ALrtocar EDrroF Maurlce A. Smith D.F.c. TEOHNICAL EDITOB Harry Mundy A.U.!.t.oh.E.,m.8.A.E.,tf,.8.!.A. 8PoHT8 EDrron Peter Garnier ASStBTANT EDrroRa Leonard A. Ayton, Ronald Barker ittDLAilD EDtroF Edward Eves ART EotTon Howard Vyse


IUraNAotNo DtREoroF H. N. Prlaulx m.a.s.

Mighty Mini From Minsk IITROM the British point of view, and particularly Jr for the British Motor Co4roration, the Mmte r- Carlo Rally results are most hearteoing and satisfactory. Everyone who knows Paddy Hopkirk from Belfast and co-driver Henry Liddon and who has noted their perseverence and e:rcellent rallying record will be delighted ttrat at last they have pulled off the Monte.

Subject to confirmation that no technicaliry or protest will alter the restrlts, the ubiquitous Minis-itr the form of the Mini Cooper S with its beautiful litde transverse engine built to Rolls-Royce standards---also won the team prize as well by taking 4th and 7th places in the capable bands of Makinen and Vansen, and Aaltonen and Ambrose, who were entrants from Finland.

It is a pity that Eric Carlsson could not complete a hat trick of wins but rhe family and Saab can feel very proud of Eric's 3rd place and Pat's 5th which gives her her fourth C,oupe des Dames and the highest overall posidon evgr achieved by a done.

Everyone welcomes the big effon that Ford, International ,16[ Englauds are now putting into competition. Liungfeldt and Sager's fine drive into second place in the Falcon Sprint which, even in the clement weather conditions, must be quite a handful on the special mountain stages, was very creditable. So the largest car-larger of course than Ronnie Adam's winning Jaguar Mark 7 of 1956-was sandwiched between two of the smallest at the top of the list, though it took rhe final speed circuit test tg get its nose ahead of the Saab and the second of the Minis.

Congranrlations to all who completed this marathon rally and especially to B.M.C., their crews and competitioo staff for their outsr.nding successes.

Don't Shoot the Piano IUDGING by recent eveots and repofts, an outside observer mig:Lt well come to the conclusions that (a) some people are trying to discourage the use of motoneays aod (b) drivers do not deserve motorways anyhow.

Although many and varied statistics have been printed to prove that motorways ale safer than ordinary roads, another set of figures now sets out to show that we are more likely to have a fatal or serious accident on a motonvay. Encouragiag, isn't it?

Then there was ttre giaut pile-up oo the foggy Ml, and the immediate outcry for special limits, complicated warning systems, restrictions and controls and so oo. Let us get this into pcrspective. A motoruray is a track for oae-qray vehicular uave! as is a stretch of railroad. The latter, however, does not allow a train to swerve from side to side, and is guarded by ingenious aad intricate safety devices to ensure that only one uain is in its proper section at any one tirne.

Foolproof, one might think, but * accidents " still occur sornetimes. Some of these do result in serious loss of life, and in most cases result from human neglect or incompetence-a failure to obey the rules.

Tbere are rules for road travel as well, the simplest and most basic being the one oa the Highway Code which 19lls us *never drive at such a speed that you cannot pull up within the distance you can see to be clear." Easn iso't it?

There is risk in any form of human travel whenever visibility is restricted. Big ships drop archor in thick fog and big aircraft Stay safely on ttre groun4 despite all the modern aids to navigation. Pedestrians, who have no radar, do not rutt into lamp-posts in fog, they walk round them-

We cannot meter vehicles on to motorwayE, so many per mile, as do railways, neither can they all be fitted with radar. An arbitrary speed limit in reduced visibility would be of litde use, nor could it ever be enforced. The best thing that can be done is to ram horne, time and time again, from the cradle onwards if necas$ary, that simple rule 'never drive at such a speed that you cannot pull up, etc.'

. Blame the pianisa by all means, but don't shoot the prano. Sore mtrttioc mts a mourucys ud rtcir ws a14wr n Oqa 220.


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