In­spi­ra­tional Malone

Pilot - - AIRMAIL -

I’m a non-pi­lot, clas­sic and per­for­mance car en­thu­si­ast with a gen­eral in­ter­est in aero­planes. I read car mag­a­zines in­tensely but oc­ca­sion­ally, when fly­ing on busi­ness trips, I pick up a plane mag­a­zine to read on the flight.

On a re­cent trip I picked up a copy of Pi­lot, which I had not read be­fore. Read­ing Pat Malone’s col­umn ‘The As­cent of Man’, I found it to be one of the most in­spir­ing pieces I have ever read in a mag­a­zine. I wrote to a clas­sic car mag­a­zine re­cently to give the view that the hobby is in bet­ter shape than ever and to of­fer an al­ter­na­tive to the con­tin­ual moan­ing and doom. Our hobby, clas­sic cars, has nowhere near the amount of reg­u­la­tion as fly­ing, in fact we have seen a re­duc­tion in reg­u­la­tion and a lot of sup­port from gov­ern­ment in re­cent years, and yet the mag­a­zines still fore­cast in­cred­i­ble doom.

I think our hobby can take a good les­son from Pat. Take stock of how far we’ve come and look at the huge ad­van­tages progress has given us. Then ex­trap­o­late the line, the world just gets bet­ter and bet­ter. Thanks Pat, you’re an in­spi­ra­tion. Clay­ton Samp­son, Lit­tle Hor­wood

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