I read with interest Stephen Hopley’s letter in your 24 February issue, as I too had an MoT test on a vehicle at the beginning of this year. The new certificate’s expiry was incorrectly set at 12 months from the test date, and not three weeks later as was the previous expiry date. After asking the examiner why, I was told it was because my car
Your Letters, The Editor, CCW, I was pleased to see your front-page taster for Top 10 Road Racers ( CCW 24 February) showing a genuine Ford Escort RS1800, and was looking forward to reading the article.
How disappointed I was. The main body of the feature was generally factual, but the statement that ‘a large chunk of these headed off for the rally stages’ is totally off the mark. Very few of the 109 road cars were rallied. Most rally cars were built up from factory shells and registered as Escort RSs not RS1800s. Your Fascinating Fact overlooks that the RS1800 was available in two trim levels, and that the extra cost Custom finish was exactly the same as the RS2000 with the same trim. Your What to Pay pricing is miles out, too. I am writing in response to the Manumatic Memories letter from Stephen Moyce ( CCW, 10 February). I served my apprenticeship in a Rootes garage when the Minx was introduced. During this time I don’t recall seeing a Manumatic Minx, but there was a Minx Easidrive. This semi-automatic clutchless system was fitted to the Super Minx.
It did have its teething troubles, mainly the gear selection. Those vehicles fitted with Easidrive only had a column change, with the gearlever situated on the left of the steering column. P Mackinder, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire
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