In these times when many garages are not able to give the sort of service that one would hope for, often for reasons beyond their control, I should like to commend three who have, in the past year, helped me enormously when I was merely a traveller in trouble, unknown to them.
(1) My Renault engine gave a small explosion and poured forth smoke on trying to start, in Eton car park. The first garage approached could not even look at it for two weeks. The second—Messrs. Martin (Eton) Ltd.—came out in five minutes, cured the trouble, and charged twenty pence.
(2) My DB4 cut out on a motorway with a fuel supply problem. Messrs. Holly House Performance Motors, of Dewsbury, Yorks., started work at closing time, with a mechanic and the foreman on the job. They made and fitted a part, road-tested the car, and looked for any other possible faults, before I proceeded, spending 1.1/2 hours with great courtesy and charging £2.50.
(3) My Fiat 125 started to belch forth smoke from the engine, south of Glasgow. The second garage I visited, with oil pouring on to their forecourt, was Messrs. Douglas Motors of Hamilton, who had me on the road within half-an-hour, charging £1.50.
I have no connection with any f the above firms but I would be most grateful if you would recognise their services, by publishing this letter.
Oakham R. C. Gregory