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Sit, I have not noticed a reference to an Oakland in your columns and I think you might be interested to hear of my 1924 ” 6/44 ” model, which May be the only one now running in this country. The car has been my sole means of transport for the past twelve months and has never let me down on the road. The six cylinder o.h.v. engine gives tremendous power, . notably at low revs., and my favourite sport is to overtake liost war

tinware on steep hills in top gear. My wife and I recently returned from a fortnight’s holiday, during which we (lid 664 miles, averaging a good 30 m.p.h. on two long runs (over 200 miles) without exceeding 40 m.p.h. at any time. The car is of course capable of much higher speeds, but a little wear in the universals produces a vibration above 40 m.p.h.

The two-wheel brakes are incredibly satisfactory and on one occasion a headon collision with a gentleman(?) trying to overtake where he couldn’t see was averted solely due to their efficiency. This is the fourth car I have owned since the war, the first two being of the middle1930s and gave me nothing but breakdowns and expense, to say nothing of the indignity of setting off by car and arriving by train. As you may well guess, I 8111 completely converted to vintage machinery, even When not of the highest breed. The Oakland has only one snag–my wife finds it too heavy to drive. However, there. may be those who would regard

even this as an advantage ! I feel it is a great pity that the motorist in a “sporty ” or vintage car shbuld be automatically condemned as a dangerous driver by so many of the public. The standard of driving in this country is in my opinion extremely low. Cutting-in is rife, and it is now more than ever necessary to drive with a bit in hand to allow for somebody else’s mistake or stupidity. In my experience, I have seen far more dangerous and discourteous saloons than latyriviiriligthbulriadsrtis7rsof family I am, Yours, etc.,

JOHN B. RunxiNt.

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