A Reader's Mercedez-Benz and Alfa-Romeo Cars

With reference to your reports of recent club meetings at Silverstone, I thought you might like to know that my “30/220” Mercédès-Benz, being fitted only with normal autovac feed and not pressure feed, is at a disadvantage in the longer races because with the full use of the supercharger, this does not keep the fuel supplies adequate. Hence in one race I ran out altogether and “plopped” home and in the other I did not use the blower so much in order to avoid such a result. Hence the apparent poor performance! Incidentally, the car was originally Earl Howe’s, from whom I bought it in 1933. I believe he used it for getting around to the various meetings, here and abroad, in those days.

I would also like to thank you for sending on my enquiry re Alfas to Mr. Stiles, from whom I have had an interesting reply. According to him my Alfa 8C is one of the 1931 Belfast T.T. works cars and was driven into second place by Borzachini. It was later bought by Rose-Richards for the 1932 Isle of Man Race and then by “Goldie” Gardner.

I am, Yours, etc.,
H. E. Rohm