28 APRIL 1939, Page 42


The R.A.C. Rally Whatever you say about the picnic it may be for the cars themselves, compared with the Monte Carlo, you will not deny that the drivers in the R.A.C. rally to Brighton which finishes tomorrow have had their driving poise severely tested. You will not refuse your sympathy to the toughest, cheeriest, least somnolent driver who sets out to cover those 850 miles across Great Britain at the required average speed of 24 to 30 miles an hour, with a 168-mile " mystery " stage thrown in So far as the cars are con- cerned, it must still be reckoned as a rather strenuous coach- work parade. There cannot be a 1939 car of any price which might break down in any important respect on a run of this kind. Accessories, of course, are the weak spot and marks are lost for all sorts of failures. As these are nearly all electrical, and electricity as a force in cars is still in its puling infancy so far as reliability goes, I am all for the strictest rules that can be devised to induce accessory makers to do much better in every way.