I read with a great deal of interest, your article on the great drives up to Kelvin Hall, Glasgow (January 1978 Motor Sport) and your reconstruction of those marathons. Of particular interest to me was your failure to locate the County Hotel, Carlisle.
The correct name of this establishment was in fact the “County & Station Hotel”, it being situated, as the name implies, adjacent to British Rail’s Citadel Station. The hotel still exists today, although it has, almost inevitably, been seventies-ised and now goes under the Pseudonym of “The Cumbrian Hotel”. In outward appearance, however, it remains essentially unchanged, its classic lines complementing those of the fine railway station it shares the cobbled Court Square with. Incidentally, as a matter of further interest, the hotel lies on the original Monte Carlo Rally route of the 50’s when Glasgow was one of the starting points for the then classic “Monte”.
Carlisle W. J. DAWSON.