LETTERS FROM READERS
I intended to write offering congratulations on your "Bad Journalism " (vide S/Capt. hess) in relation to the preposterous proposal for a Victory Run to Berlin by Vintage cars, but Forrest Lycett has said everything very adequately.
Many people forget that in this war we have Allies who are tired of seeing their civilian populations strung from trees in puhlic places, and when victory is achieved they may well have far More control than ourselves over what happens in Berlin. The programme is unlikely to include social events for young men on mobile museum pieces.
During the 20 years Armistice it amused us to be called the " Mad English," but the events of this war have so far showed that foreign opinion had a large basis in fact. This Victory Run would set the seal on our reputation as a nation of lotus eaters, the pampered children of a fleeting prosperity. If one did not know more of the people backing the proposal one could dismiss it as the frothing of frivolous andstunted intellects, but any manufacturer who is tempted to back such an event should bear in mind that the ignorant foreigners do not take nearly such a high view of Cohttnued on page 46
British automobile design as our own complacent population, and it would be disastrous indeed if the parade of Vintage vehicles were mistaken for a display of the new British post-war models.
I have no wish to be entirely destructive and I suggest that a great deal more good would be served by trying to organise, at a proper interval after the cessation of hostilities, a run for modern cars to Moscow. We have been kept in ignorance about modern Russia far too long. To turn to other matters, it is probably inevitable, knowing the difficulties under
which the Editor works, that a few items should get by which were better left out. Few people can have been instructed by the trivial revelations of one who confessed to tampering with the silencer of his M.G., not, so far as one could discover, in a search for improved efficiency, but because he liked the noise. Nor were we thrilled by his story of how he exceeded the speed limit in a built-up area in order to provoke the police into following him. That sort of thing got us into the state where every sporting conveyance of interesting aspect had a more or less permanent police escort just before the war.
And for heaven's sake spare us further deadly drip from those who, to quote one correspondent, "hope to have fun and games just as soon as everyone losea interest in the war and it stops." Too many people haven't yet got interested in it at all.
By omitting such things you may avoid the accusation of purveying a mere opiate for escapists and be spared to provide uS all with our very welcome monthly ration of entertainment and instruction.
I am, Yours etc.'
GORDON WICLKINS. Westbury-on-Trym; Glos.