It is only very rarely that I trouble the editor of a periodical with my thoughts, but I was so incensed by the absolute drivel spouted by your correspondent, Mr Arthur Hambledon in the September issue of MO’FOR SPORT, that I felt moved to instantly reply.
Firstly, if Mr Hambledon has been asked to move away from a car, he ha, every right to feel indignant, but I must say that in many years of watching motor sport. from the Grand Prix circuits of Europe to the humble club event, both in modern racing and rallies and the vintage events, I ha, never owe been asked to mime so that a photograph could be taken. In fact, the more serious photographer would probably tell you that the presence of a suitably interested person usually enhances the picture rather than detracts from it and rimy of the better examples of the amateur photograph have often appeared in the pages of excellent journals such as this!
Secondly, if Mr Hambledon believes that • the photographer thinks that he has “captured” the car, tht only person suffering from delusions is himself. Speaking from my own point of view, the photograph serves merely as a reminder. at a later date, of an enjoyable experience or. as a means of sharing that experience with others who, for various reasons, were not tertunate enough to be present.
Personally, I tied that a far greater nuisance is the killjoy who insists that everyone should toe his particular line, or the toffee nosed twit who will insist in giving everyone for yards around an earful of his opinions on a subject about which be invariably knows very little. Finally, I would strongly advise Mr Hambledon not to attempt to “take them to one side to counsel them”. Otherwise, he will, in all probability, receive a very short, sharp and, possibly, painful, education