After making a fairly sustained effort over the last five to six ears to win some sort of recognition for that much neglected and, indeed, much maligned mechanical species, the classic and special interest American automobile, I was indeed most happy and gratified to be present at Beaulieu to assist with the judging on the occasion of the very first Anglo-American antique and classic/special interest rally ever to be staged, to the best of my knowledge, in this country.
There could be little doubt of the interest and enthusiasm of those present, and the condition and appearance of most of the cars on display is proof enough of their owners' attitude towards American classics—they must love 'em! In fact, if there were any present who came to scoff, I am sure they must have gone away somewhat sobered. The Packard contingent, in particular, nobly upheld the best traditions of the classic era of American automobilism.
I am in agreement with the gentleman who compares his Packard most favourably with the best car in the world. I have at present three Packard Super 8s and I have owned two Ghosts, a P. II and a 20/25, and I am quite sure in my own mind that my 1938 Super 8 limousine steers better, rides better and has a superior power performance to the Rolls I have owned—and may I hasten to say they certainly were not clapped out!
Anyone who is interested in these fine pre-war Yanks is invited to drop me a line. My surname has no "c," and I run, not the Car Club of G.B. but the Classic American Auto Club of G.B.
Harry C.G. Shell.