Your Speedshop article [A Blooming Lotus, January 2020] reminded me that during the ‘50s as a teenager in Bridgnorth, I and petrolhead friends spent our time working on our road cars or building ‘specials’ based on Austin 7s. A young student from Cirencester Agricultural College appeared, called John Whitmore. His road car was a Lotus 6 and he and I travelled many times to the Littleton Arms, Hagley, to attend meetings of Hagley and District Car Club. This always seemed to be in the winter and there was no windscreen, but John always seemed to find an old pair of goggles for me.
One bitter evening off we went with goggles in position. The whole evening was spent in great company and also thawing out from the journey. On the way out John said that we had to collect something, which turned out to be a Lotus windscreen and he placed it across the back of the car and asked me to put my arm over it to avoid it falling off. On the freezing 18-mile journey home, I quickly lost all feeling in my arm and lost interest as to whether the windscreen had fallen out. The only consolation was that while most people would have taken half an hour for the journey, John would take 15 minutes.