Unhappily, the Irish outlook is none too bright. Permision has been obtained to run the Ulster Trophy races on Methanol fuel or other uncontrolled spirit. This rules out the handicap race, and the Ulster A.C. is debating whether, run solely as a racing-car scratch fixture, the event could he made sufficiently attractive to ensure its success. Another factor is the many extra restrictions insisted upon if the Ballyclare circuit is used, which makes this circuit almost impossible. The future of the Craigantlet hill-climbs is also affected by the fuel position and finance. We sincerely hope the Ulster A.C. will overcome these difficulties, and that their excellent events will figure in the depleted 1948 British racing season.