On the subject of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost restored by Mr. Kenneth Neve, I found Mr. de Montfalcon’s letter a welcome change from all the eulogising about this car. It was, I understand, found as a bodiless wreck, incomplete mechanically and built up using some parts from another car. The only evidence that it is the so-called “Brooklands Ghost” is the fact that it is underslung and it has since been discovered that other Ghosts exist with this type of springing in Australia.
Nevertheless since the car’s discovery we have been subjected to what looks very much like a Public Relations Campaign in the form of letters and articles about the car in all the influential journals such as your own and the R.R.E.C. Bulletin. In this way rumour soon becomes accepted as fact, to the extent that the car was billed as “The Brooklands Ghost” to appear at the Blenheim Rally, although in fact it did not turn up. Tempting as it may be to do so, one cannot invent a “History” for a car on such slim evidence. At the moment it is nothing more or less than a very pleasant replica-bodied Ghost.
R. H. Larkin.