LEARNING HOW IT REALLY WORKS AT THE CENTRAL MOTOR INSTITUTE.
THE motor car of the present day is an amazingly reliable vehicle, and so a large number of drivers have only the sketchiest idea of how the machinery works. To get the full enjoyment out of motoring, and especially out of a sports car, one needs to take a personal interest in its working, which generally speaking can only be acquired by a combination of study and experience. Not everyone has the time or the gift of visualising, which means so much in theoretical study, while practical experience takes years to accumulate. The Central Motor Institute, whose headquarters is on the Finchley Road, near Swiss Cottage, have arranged a series of winter evening courses devoted to the study of the car’s mechanism and repairs, which seem to provide what was previously iacking. Apart from the services of competent instructors, the student has access to a good collection of sectional engines, not to speak of gear boxes, back axles, carburettors and electrical equipment. Equipped with a knowledge of these matters the sports car owner can take an intelligent interest in his car, and if he wants to carry out the usual line of tuning which the keen owner wishes to
undertake, is not likely to damage the mechanism through elementary mistakes as to its functioning. Incidentally, Mr. A. C. Cookson, one of the directors, is a keen trials-driver and could give advice in this direction. Apart from its primary function as an instructional centre for instruction in motor driving and mechanism, the Insti
tute is the district agent for M.G. cars Their experience in this direction has caused them to market a number of gadgets for fitting on these popular vehicles, the most important being front wing valances, tool trays, which fit under the bonnet, quick filter caps and tonneau covers.