Too much rac­ing?

Classic Driver - - LETTERS -

I have bought Clas­sic Driver ever since its be­gin­ning. How­ever when this sub­scrip­tion runs out I will not re­new. I find there are too many rac­ing sto­ries. This last copy be­ing mainly about rac­ing, or rac­ing cars. I re­al­ize you can’t please ev­ery­one but a few sto­ries about clas­sic cars would be nice.

The cars I like to read about would be from vet­eran to post war clas­sics. Com­mer­cials, trac­tors and mo­tor­cy­cles as well. These are all ve­hi­cles I’ve had deal­ings with.

A story I told Al­lan Dick once and I think you will ap­pre­ci­ate it. You will know be­ing a vin­tage car man that when your nee­dle valve in your carb is a bit dicky it can drain your vac­uum tank pretty quick. So when you saw all those old guys park their car, the first thing they did was to turn the petrol off.

One day when I was do­ing some bull­doz­ing on a farm at Ao­rangi near Feild­ing, I was walk­ing out to the road to pick up my ve­hi­cle to go home and came across this car shed with the doors open and a lovely Model A parked in there. This was about 1966 and they were get­ting pretty scarce by then.

While I was look­ing at it an el­derly man came up. We were talk­ing about his car and he men­tioned his friend across the rail­way track used to have a nice road­ster. The man said he was work­ing near the house one day and heard this almighty crash. He rushed out and over the road to find a trail of can­vas, wood and bent Model A bits.

Ly­ing in the mid­dle of all this was a bat­tered and bruised neigh­bour. He yelled “Are you ok Jack?”

Jack’s re­ply was “Switch me petrol off.” Wil­fred Whit­ting­ham, Tau­ranga TH Thanks for ex­press­ing you views on what you do (or don’t!) want to see in Clas­sic Driver. This is af­ter all YOUR mag­a­zine and I am here to fill it with what you, our read­ers find in­ter­est­ing. So if there is some­thing you don’t like, don’t just tell your mates, tell me as well. I can’t change any­thing if no one tells me they aren’t happy. We on the Clas­sic Driver team do lis­ten to what our read­ers tell us so don’t be shy. I hope you find this is­sue is more your thing – there is only one rac­ing car, one rac­ing driver and more Model As than you can shake a stick at! to the teacher and his car but it was ex­cit­ing at the time.

I now own a to­tally orig­i­nal 1995 Toy­ota Cel­ica, which I use ev­ery day, a truly ex­cel­lent car.

Great mag­a­zine, keep up the good work. Doug Brad­dock, Avalon

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