IT is already well known of this country the race in Great Britain or private estate. J3very some suitable place may be
racing circuit on private and the permission of the used for such a purpose.
While this search is going must not lose sight of the an estate must have the first consideration, and that in the event of such a person being kind enough to put his grounds at the disposal of a club, that club must see that his interests are fully protected. The recent Intervarsity speed trials held at the Manor House, Hexton, near Hitchin, by kind permission of Sir James Hill, provided an unfortunate example of the result of such consideration being lacking. In this case damage was caused by competing cars, and was entirely due to the behaviour of one or two competitors who apparently failed to realise that the fact of competing in a motoring event under the present laws hope of running a road in the use of some park motorist hopes that where a small road may be discovered, obtained for it to be the motoring fraternity that the owner of such
gives no exemption from the common need to act as responsible and thoughtful citizens. Although the organising club has to see that proceedings are conducted in an efficient and orderly manner, it seems hard to blame them for the thoughtless and totally unnecessary actions of irresponsible competitors. They ‘had on this occasion arranged a straight course on which there was ample room for the fastest machine to slow down after the finish. In spite of this, one driver of a comparatively slow car continued after the unnecessary speed, resulting in damage to property. The obstruction of the
course by his own car, and the breakage of the telephone line to the start, rendered the next driver unable to avoid a slight accident in consequence.
Failing to take warning from this, another car later increased the damage, and the meeting was abandoned. The ‘furtherance of the sport depends largely on the support of owners of private roads, and if this is to continue, strong measures will have to be taken to exclude those who .have shown themselves incapable of responsible behaviour.
Continental Notes, July 1977
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