Motofest looks back at our rich his­tory

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I WAS ap­palled to read Jes­sica Reece-Khan’s let­ter in the Tele­graph (Jun 11) al­leg­ing that Motofest was re­ally all about “the rich and how they like to flaunt their wealth”.

I was an ex­hibitor at the Motofest for the whole week­end at the dis­play of Stan­dard cars out­side the Fly­ing Stan­dard pub in Trin­ity Street. Our cars on dis­play had not cost a for­tune and were not owned by rich peo­ple flaunt­ing their wealth. They were owned by or­di­nary, hard-work­ing peo­ple who had bought them as non-run­ning wrecks and re­stored them at home, had bought them with hard-earned re­tire­ment funds at prices far less than a mod­ern Fi­esta or had sim­ply re­tained their old fam­ily cars.

They were show­cas­ing to lo­cal peo­ple and the world what a won­der­ful past the city had with its mo­tor in­dus­try. That was the case with many of the car clubs dis­play­ing their ve­hi­cles at the event. Their mem­bers, many of whom had worked at the city’s car fac­to­ries and garages all their lives, would be hor­ri­fied to be de­scribed as “the rich flaunt­ing their wealth”.

Ad­mit­tedly there were some ex­pen­sive Jaguar Land Rover cars on dis­play but Jes­sica Reece-Khan seems to for­get that JLR are pro­vid­ing a huge num­ber of jobs for the city and its sur­round­ing area, with­out which there would be far more poverty. Why should the city coun­cil not show­case the city and what it has to of­fer to the world through its mo­tor­ing her­itage past and present?

The city won’t sell it­self and cre­ate pros­per­ity by show­cas­ing filthy mat­tresses in door­ways.

I have in­cluded a pic­ture of two 1950s Stan­dard En­signs on our club stand owned by a coun­cil refuse col­lec­tion driver from Nuneaton and a truck driver from Dud­ley re­spec­tively who I’m sure would take a sim­i­lar view to mine of Ms Reece-Khan’s let­ter. Peter Lock­ley Southam

Why won’t coun­cil cut the hedge?

ARE the coun­cil wait­ing for a fa­tal­ity be­fore they cut the hedge in the cen­tral reser­va­tion on the Alles­ley Old Road?

We have wit­nessed sev­eral near ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing moth­ers with chil­dren cross­ing to Alles­ley Hall Drive.

The coun­cil has been con­tacted on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions with no re­sults. M Dor­rian Chapelfields

Glo­ri­ous democ­racy for the few

WHAT a rosy pic­ture P Wilson paints (Jun 11) in deal­ing with our his­tory as a democ­racy.

When­ever I hear of the long and and en­vi­able of his­tory of Bri­tish democ­racy ex­tolled in this way, I im­me­di­ately re­call Black­ad­der III, episode one, in which Ed­mund Black­ad­der, com­ment­ing on the re­cent elec­tions which see Wil­liam Pitt the Younger elected the youngest-ever Prime Min­is­ter (1783), says: “Mar­vel­lous thing, democ­racy. Look at Manch­ester: pop­u­la­tion, 60,000; elec­toral roll, three.”

Af­ter that it’s hardly nec­es­sary to re­mind any­body how few par­tic­i­pated in this glo­ri­ous democ­racy. Kevin Cryan Rad­ford

PM must speak up for rights of women

THERESA May is putting her party needs ahead of com­mon de­cency over the ques­tion of le­gal­is­ing abor­tion in North­ern Ire­land.

There was an over­whelm­ing vote in favour of le­gal abor­tion in the Repub­lic, but in North­ern Ire­land even women raped have to give birth. The con­temptible Mrs May, who re­lies on the sup­port of ten re­ac­tionary demo­cratic union­ist MPs, does not want to rock the boat.

Women should be free to choose and con­trol their own bod­ies ev­ery­where in the UK. Mrs May is lead­ing a Tory party with no moral com­pass. We want her to speak up for what is right for women and the UK, not just for the Tory party. Andy McDon­ald Tile Hill

Peter Lock­ley shared this photo from Motofest

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