Good­wood safety is­sues

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I’m a long-term CCW reader I al­ways look for­ward to the next is­sue. In­cred­i­bly, you even car­ried an ar­ti­cle on the TVR Chi­maera (23 March). By sheer co­in­ci­dence I take de­liv­ery of a ropey Chi­maera soon. But, your ar­ti­cle on the Euro­pean ref­er­en­dum got my goat.

I have my own opin­ions on Europe which I shall keep to my­self. How­ever, re­gard­less of which side I may fall on I would not make my de­ci­sion based upon how it might af­fect my clas­sic car own­er­ship. As much as clas­sic car is­sues are im­por­tant to me they are hardly rel­e­vant to the wider po­lit­i­cal is­sues sur­round­ing the Euro de­bate.

Please stick to clas­sic car re­lated is­sues. That is why we all buy the pub­li­ca­tion, and for me is a few mo­ments in my own lit­tle world.

We will all be beaten over the head by the mass me­dia over the next few months, so please let me es­cape to my clas­sic car heaven free from Big Brother and their med­dling in my day to day life. Leave me to en­joy my pas­sion with a cup of tea and a biscuit with­out hav­ing to pon­der life’s wider com­pli­ca­tions. Rob Bryant, Hellingly, East Sus­sex


Your Letters, The Edi­tor, CCW, Hav­ing at­tended the 74th Mem­bers’ Meet­ing at Good­wood, I must write to cor­rect a cou­ple of er­rors in your re­port in the 23 March is­sue.

First, you state that Stephen Bond was driv­ing a Lola T70 Spy­der in the Brooks Tro­phy race when the car som­er­saulted a num­ber of times, as a re­sult of which he was air­lifted to hospital. This is in­cor­rect inas­much that Stephen Bond’s ac­ci­dent oc­curred when his Lo­tus-Cli­max 18 was caught by the er­rant Cooper-Cli­max T51 of Richard Wil­son ex­it­ing the Chi­cane on to the main straight and the Lo­tus was launched into a se­ries of cart­wheels, which re­sulted in the car en­ter­ing the Stephen Bond did sus­tain a bro­ken col­lar­bone but this did not lead to his be­ing air­lifted to hospital.

The ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing the Lola T70 Spy­der oc­curred later in the day in the Bruce McLaren Tro­phy race when the car driven by the Dutch­man Michael Smits suf­fered a heavy im­pact with the tyre wall at Wood­cote Cor­ner which did ne­ces­si­tate the driver be­ing ex­tri­cated and air­lifted to hospital with bro­ken ver­te­brae and bro­ken ribs.

While it is al­ways wor­ry­ing and un­pleas­ant to wit­ness ac­ci­dents, I be­lieve that the safety mea­sures in place at Good­wood meet the re­quired stan­dards. By its very na­ture, it is a fast cir­cuit and me­chan­ics, mar­shals and spec­ta­tors at­tend at their own risk.

The safety of ev­ery­body is para­mount, but I sin­cerely hope there is not a knee­jerk re­ac­tion to sani­tise all mo­tor rac­ing at Good­wood. John Good­man, Witham, Es­sex

Me­dia House, Lynch Wood, Peter­bor­ough, Cambs PE2 6EA. Or email ed­i­to­rial@clas­s­ic­car­

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