LETTERS from READERS
REAL ENTHUSIASM ! Sir,
Browsing Btrongh la1111bel's Of MOTOR SPORT recently, I came across your write-up on ;IIr. K.. Smith's Speed Twenty Alvis AXX 335.
This car has now come to live opposite to me and. as its owner is called to his labours at II a' migodly hour of Wren) 7 a.m., its exhaust note provides one of the most pleasant alarrit chicks a fellow; eoold have.
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I have just finished reading Mr. Karslake's article on the 1909 Napier and would like to thank you for this, to me, extremely interesting reading.
As a boy I worked in the old Napier factory at Acton Vale in 1908, and saw some interesting things there, including the big racer for the Gordon Bennett in Ireland, the wheels which were made for Charles Glidden's 16-h.p...
THE EX-ZBOROWSKI HISPANO Sir, After reading the first of Mr. Karslake's articles on the " banana-squeezers " I unwittingly bought what turned out to be this chassis. Since then, of course, I have been trying to settle the discussion, with the following results :
(1) The car has her original engine ; a very big operation must have taken place to change the stroke.
(2) Until 1948 she had alloy...
I was interested to read Mr. Karslake's letter regarding the Enfield. My uncle had one of these cars, a 1914 model open tourer, dark green 5-seater, with dark green leather upholstery. The nickel-plated radiator had finned tubes to which the "Field Gun" motif was attached in the centre.
There was a round badge at the front of the header tank which I think read "Royal Enfield". Large nickel-...
With this issue Motor Sport celebrates its Silver Jubilee. To be factual, the very first number appeared on the bookstalls during July, 1924, bearing the title of The Brooklands Gazette, but to be quite certain that we have attained a genuine quarter of a century of publication, we have postponed the celebration of our Silver Jubilee until this issue.
Practically every sport and pastime is served...
1914 GP Mercedes
I read the recent article on the 1914 GP Mercedes with great interest and also Mr. Karslake's reply. I doubt if the tail as shown on the De Palma car in "Power andd Glory” would make much difference to the handling, being a pretty exiguous thing, but, of course, De Palma did not have to find room for a spare wheel.
Some years ago I was given a plastic kit by an American...
I was interested to read, in the V-E-V column of the July Motor Sport, that one of the cars listed by Mr. Maslin as owned by Count Zborowski between 1920 and 1924 was "an odd electric Austro-Daimler, probably of Porsche origins . .."
Presumably this was one of the cars which appeared at the Nice meeting of 1902, and of which The Autocar said on 19th April that "a great deal of curiosity had...
IN his article in the September number Of MOTOR Seoter on the 1909 sixcylinder Napier, Mr. Kent Kerslake quoted the Hon. C. S. Rolls as declaring that the " six-eylindered engine" was an English invention, and added that it could be claimed that Mr. Rolls! statement was not strictly accurate. In view of the intense heat with which hearts have burned over this question in the past, Mr....
What a marvellous commentary was carried out by John Bolster at the September Goodwood. meeting — full of wit, humour and accurate reporting. B.B.C. please take note.
I am, Yours, etc.,
A. H. Davies-Holmes.
The '08 Austin Mystery
With reference to both articles and correspondence regarding the Grand Prix Austins — in or about 1923 a firm of Wimbledon...