Hard Hittin'

Author

admin

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Murray Robinson had a hard-punching article against sports-car owners, sports-car races and “hot-rod” folk in Collier’s dated April 4th, under the title of “The Sports Car Set Rides Again.” Point was lent to his sneers at specials-builders and beret-wearing sports-car drivers by some fine caricatures of such cars and people by cartoonist Hess.

Robinson punches hard, bringing into his criticism such well-known American sports-car lovers as Dave Garroway, NBC television star, Ralph Stein, author of Sports Cars of the World, Walter von Schonfield of New jersey, H. L. Brundage, Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida region of the S.C.C. of America. and Herb. Skinner, NBC television wit and sponsor of New York’s International Motor Sports Show. The main cartoon is clearly intended to suggest, amongst others, M.G., Morgan, and Ferrari, although we find it difficult to understand why the saloon car round which they are circulating looks more like an early Singer Junior than an American gin-palace.

Robinson tells us that the foreign car cult is growing in the States – that whereas only 464 new and 1,962 used foreign cars were imported from 1940 to 1945 inclusive, from 1946 to 1952 inclusive the figures were 113,409 new and 2,693 used foreign cars. Indeed, last year 30,000 new foreigners came in, including 200 M.G.s weekly. The author, before cocking a snook at all aspects of the game, remarks that although this number is small compared to the 1952 output of 4,320,788 American passenger cars, ” . . one little foreign sport car can make a lot of noise and attract much attention.” Incidentally, he prices an M.G. at just over 2,000 dollars, a Morgan at 2,500, a Jaguar at about 4,000 and a Ferrari at 14,000 dollars.

We thought at first, here is an immense well-written leg-pull until Robinson saw fit recall that a seven-year-old boy was killed during last year’s Watkins Glen road race, asking why “the speedbolls were racing through the narrow main stem of a small town in the first place.”

If you are thick-skinned. Robinson’s remarks will slide off like water from a wax-polished custom body. If you are sensitive, give Collier’s a miss. In any case, Murray Robinson does say of “the foreign sport-car craze” that ”For my dough, it should have stopped in the Alps and the corkscrew roads of Italy, France, and jolly old England, where it came from.”

You may also like

Related products