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Igreatly en­joyed read­ing Gil­lian Car­moodie’s ar­ti­cle on driv­ing the Stan­dard Ten ( CCW, 17 May). I drive the very sim­i­lar Stan­dard Eight Gold Star model in­tro­duced in 1957 with an en­gine pro­duc­ing only 1bhp less than the pre-1957 Ten and agree with much of what Gil­lian says.

I also agree with what she says about Stan­dards suf­fer­ing an iden­tity cri­sis, both the mar­que as a whole and the Eight and Ten ranges specif­i­cally. I have of­ten had peo­ple say to me at shows that they owned a Ten but it was a two-door. There never was a two-door Eight or Ten and it usu­ally tran­spires that what they were ac­tu­ally re­fer­ring to was an Austin A35.

As for the mar­que, I was re­cently in a petrol sta­tion in my other Stan­dard, a Vanguard. I was asked what make it was and said: ‘Stan­dard.’ ‘Yes,’ he replied, ‘but what make is it?’ I had to ex­plain that Stan­dard was a ma­jor player in Bri­tish mo­tor­ing his­tory. In the 1950s it was the fifth largest Bri­tish mo­tor man­u­fac­turer and the big­gest em­ployer in Coven­try. It had taken over the bank­rupt Tri­umph mar­que in 1945, not the other way round as stated in The CCW View in Gil­lian’s ar­ti­cle, which refers to Tri­umph’s ac­qui­si­tion of Stan­dard, though in 1963 the com­pany dropped the Stan­dard name for cars in favour of the Tri­umph mar­que. As for Gil­lian’s com­ment that the en­gine is agri­cul­tural, it’s no less smooth than most 1950s en­gines and I think she is re­fer­ring to a de­riv­a­tive of the Vanguard en­gine, not the Ten, when she men­tions that it pow­ered a Massey Fer­gu­son trac­tor. To be fair to Gil­lian, how­ever, one of our Stan­dard Mo­tor Club mem­bers once found a Ten­pow­ered dumper truck!

Peter Lock­ley, Chair­man, Stan­dard Mo­tor Club

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