The Royal Automobile Club’s 1960 Guide and Handbook contains more than a million words, nearly 200 maps and town plans and information on some 4,000 towns and villages in the British Isles. New features include a special section on Motorways including the official Motorway Code, notes on how to get assistance in case of breakdown, lists of garages, hotels and restaurants in the vicinity of the London-Birmingham Motorway and a map of the M1.
The new Highway Code is included together with a list of all-night petrol station, parking places and details of the R.A.C.’s three nation-wide schemes for the instruction of learner-drivers and motorcyclists. Especially useful to the long-distance traveller is the 64-page three-colour atlas which shows all main and secondary roads and inter-town mileages. R.A.C. offices and telephone boxes are clearly marked as are sea and air ferries. The two-page map of the London area includes postal districts and main exit roads from the metropolis.
There is a digest of the law relating to motoring specially compiled for the Handbook by the Chas Solicitor.
Other important information includes the now-famous Directery of Hotels, Repairers, Agents and Restaurants; lighting-up tables for London and fourteen other centres; car-by-train services at home and abroad; caravan and camping sites; registration and licensing authorities; National Trust properties and sections on motor sport and touring abroad. And for those motorists and motorcyclists who like nothing better than a day at the seaside, the times of high title at coastal resorts are published. The R.A.C. Guide & Handbook is available from all R.A.C. offices at 6d. (post free) to members. Non-members can also obtain the book at 12s. 6d.
A comprehensive workshop manual in duplicated form, covering the Morgan 4/4, Series I and II, and Plus Four, is available for 8s. 3d. post free. from John Dowdeswell, 62, Brunswick Road, Ealing, W.5.
Note for speed fans
In the qualifying trials for the Indianapolis 500-Mile race held on May 30th. Eddie Sachs, driving the Dean Van Lines Special averaged 146.592 m.p.h. for four laps, and his third lap was the best at 147.271 m.p.h. – a new record. Nice to know that big, fast cars are still raced somewhere.
On page 466, in picture and text, Lord Montagu’s Itala is wrongly quoted as being a 1907 car. It was, in fact, built in 1905.