Finally, I think
it is imperative that the manufacturers of racing cars should be allowed to
send representatives along to CSI meetings. Had they been consulted earlier, I
am convinced the present fracas over Formula I cars would never have
Grand Prix racing
is, and always has been, the fastest, most spectacular and the most highly
skilled side of auto sports. These days it is big business and the amounts of
money poured into it are enormous. For the big auto and supply companies,
however, the investment is fully justified. Hundreds of thousands see the
races, and in Europe particularly their products get wide recognition in the
press. But how long can the interest be maintained if the public has only the
emasculated 1.5-liter cars to watch? Not long, and fortunately that is the
conclusion reached by the manufacturers themselves. The FIA approved a
temporary Intercontinental Formula for cars with engines having a maximum
piston displacement of 2.5-liters. In effect this is the same as the present
Formula I. By July of 1961 the FIA will have raised the Intercontinental
Formula to "not less than three liters."
Thus the car
builders have dented the committee's bureaucratic armor—this is a fine thing.
As long as the sport continues to provide worthwhile advertising for
manufacturers, it will thrive. The moment people begin to ignore it—and they
will if the cars are not exciting, and the drivers, who know best how to make
racing exciting, are not given a voice in its management—advertising support
will be withdrawn and the sport will die.