MAY, 1944

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Sir,

I read the article “Real Racing for the Impecunious ” in your January issue with the greatest ‘interest, and am extremely glad that so much attention IS being given to the post-war prospects of the impecunious and novice drivers.

However, I do not agree with either the 750 Club’s or the Midland Motoring Enthusiasts’ Club’s ideas, because I do not believe that any formula should be laid down for this type of racing, as it would exclude a large number of would-be drivers who at present own cars which do not comply with the formula. If they wanted to compete they would have to buy a car to suit the formula, and that surely defeats the object of this racing: for the impecunious. There must be many who were able to get a decent car, quite cheap, before the war and who are now patiently waiting to try their hand at some dieing which will suit their limited financial resources. It will be bitterly disappointing for these if after the war they .find that, although the financial difficulty has been overcome, they are still barred from the Sport because

they have a car Of 1,100 c.c. which they can’t afford to change for a 750-c.c. s.v., unsupercharged machine as per formula.

The solution is difficult, but some form of handicap is indicated. As far as the public is concerned I feel that watching a race with all shapes and sizes .competing would be far more entertaining and interesting even if it does give the organisers a bad headache working out the handicaps of cars piloted by young, inexperienced, and totally unknown individuals. Such racing as was put on at the Stanley Cup meeting at Crystal Palace seems nearer the ideal than anything so far. I am, Yours, etc.,

C. W. LANBTON (Lieut.). Home Forces. [The 750 c.c. racing suggested by the 750 Club and ALNI.E.C. is, of course, visualised as something additional to, and by no means superseding, existing clubtype events. So we can hope to see Lt. Lambton’s G.P. Bugatti in action at a future Stanley Cup fixture.—En.]