As a personal friend of Bradley Andres, the new national champion and record-holder from San Diego, I urge you to correct this oversight. Perhaps this background information will help.
Brad is 19 years old, which makes him the youngest expert motorcycle champion in history. All his previous racing experiences are in the novice and in the amateur classes, in which he won numerous honors. The AMA 200-mile national event was his first major race as an "expert" rider, however. And, he not only won the race but did it by riding his Harley-Davidson to a new record of 94.57 mph against men with years more experience. Furthermore, Brad is a personable, intelligent young man who is serious about his future, as attested to by the fact that he enrolled at San Diego Junior College.
As a Californian, I take pride in the fact that all three of the winners of the first three places were residents of this state—Jimmy Phillips of South Pasadena, who finished second to Brad Andres; and Johnny Gibson of Duarte, who finished third.
Please do not consider this to be a condemnation of your fine publication. I realize that an editor's lot is not an easy one. As a regular reader of SI, I have enjoyed many of your fine articles. My main concern in writing, however, is to give credit where credit is due—to Brad Andres, the new 200-mile motorcycling champion.
San Diego, Calif.
OBTAIN YOUR LICENSE HERE
I have a real beef: too many people read SI in general and 19TH HOLE in particular! Some weeks ago I gave a Backseat Driver's License to Pete Hollis of Cooperstown, N.Y., which he sent to you for forwarding to Backseat Driver Branch Rickey. You promptly printed it in 19TH HOLE, March 28 and what happened? Poor old Hollis has been buried with a flood of letters from people all over the U.S.A. wanting a similar license. Citizens from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Texas, among others, have written in for the license and a couple of letters have even asked the price per hundred. Hollis got tired of handling the volume of mail and has turned it over to me. After all, he says, I started it all.
I'm game to oblige the good people who want them, provided they enclose 6� for postage and envelopes. Come and get them.
THOSE FASCINATING LITTLE HOUNDS
On behalf of basset hound lovers everywhere I would like to congratulate you on the very fine pictures and article, The Tewksbury Foot Bassets (SI, March 14).
I should like to point out that basset hounds are definitely a different type dog—once you own one of these fascinating little hounds no other member of the canine kingdom will satisfy you as a pet, companion, hunter and general allround pal....
Once again, thank you for publishing the excellent article on the Tewksbury Foot Bassets as well as the interesting and informative article on the Westminster Dog Show (SI, Feb. 14).
RUTH M. TURNER
The Basset Hound Club of Northern California
West Sacramento, Calif.
OUTBOARD RACING COMPETITION
Having just returned from Florida, I am very pleased to note your coverage of the St. Petersburg outboard race (SI, March 21). Championship class outboard racing is all too often overlooked by the press. It is nevertheless of genuine public interest, since it features the fastest equipment, the most experienced drivers, and is open to all makes of motors.