I wonder how many other Motor Sport readers were disgusted by the recent programme about Dick Seaman on Channel 4? The contributions from Doug Nye, Chris Nixon, John Aldington and John Surtees were fine in themselves — but not in the context in which they were used. The programme was trying to make out that Seaman was a black sheep of motor racing — and the views of the contributors appeared to be presented as if they were supporting that stance.They must have been horrified when they saw it broadcast.
There was no mention in the programme of the Delage that Seaman drove in 1936— though there were plenty of pictures of it— or of dear Giulio Ramponi, his engineer. There were, however, magnificent shots of the 1939 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, which I had not previously seen.
Much more could have been made of Surtees, being the only person to be interviewed who has ever driven the monster that was the Mercedes Silver Arrows. The factual inaccuracies it is better, perhaps, not to list.
What a sad waste of time, money and effort.
Peter Whybrow, Ampthill, Bedford
V-E-V odds and ends
Those who follow Anneka Rice in the helicopter-orientated TV series "Treasure Hunt" may recall that the episode for December 10th last year started from Kentwell Hall near Bury St Edmunds.…
Veteran to classic
The roads of the 1920s We left Owen John contemplating a winter tour in an Armstrong Siddeley, a tour he undertook over Christmas 1926 and New Year. He seems to…
Twelve-year-old Leigh Dorrington got a rude awakening when his father took him to his first Imdy 500 in 1964. He arrived confident that a rear-engined car would win for the…