MOTOR-RACING, like most other forms of activity, can be divided into a series of epochs. The early days have been worthily described in Charles Jarrott’s ” 10 Years of Motor Racing,” though the period from then to 1914 still lacks a chronicler. Mr. S. Davis has been fortunate enough to take part in nearly all the English races from 1921 to 1930, and also drove at Le Mans from 1925 onwards. In “Motor Racing” he has set down a straightforward and very readable account of the sports car era as he saw it, and apart from the humorous incidents which make the game worth while, we learn in some cases for the first time, the
true story of the failures and adventures which occurred in these events. Though the accounts of the actual races are justifications in themselves for reading the book, the insight into the methods of pit management and team control is almost equally important to anyone actively engaged in racing. The author was associated closely with the Bentley team, which under the management of W. 0. Bentley and KensingtonMoir, attained the high-water-mark of organisation. Anyone reading the description of their pits at Le Mans, and the alterations and improvements affected on various other cars in preparation for races, cannot fail to pick up a good number
of useful tips, and if everyone follows this up in the course of the present season, we should see a wonderful improvement in the standard of pit-work of the private entrant.
The book is personal without selfemphasis, and its steady march forward from the early days at the Daimler works to the proud moment of the first road-race is a great encouragement to those seeking recognition in the world of motor-racing.
Favoured by nothing except a tremendous enthusiasm, Mr. Davis won his way to his great ambition, which just shows the value of doing with all one’s heart that which one sets out to do.