Jackie Stewart's cogent editorial on racing safety ("We Drivers Shouldn't Have to Die," Oct. 12) comes at a time when, despite the big hullabaloo the subject has raised this year among the racing fraternity, little is yet being done. It has been a sad year for followers of the sport. Promoters, track owners and sanctioning organizations should give serious consideration to Stewart's ideas, especially concerning medical preparedness.
I also found Stewart's description of racing's most frightening corners very interesting, but Bob Peak's illustrations were fantastic!
ROBERT ENTRIKEN JR.
I commend SI for its recognition of an urgent situation in motor racing. Why, however, must bloodbaths like Europe saw in 1970, Indianapolis in 1964 and Le Mans in 1955 be the motivating forces behind the public criticism that will inevitably lead to better safety measures? Unfortunately, all of the trees that may now be removed, the barriers that may be improved and the facilities that may be updated are going to leave Sachs, Clark, Bandini and Rindt just as dead.
It is worth noting that the United States Auto Club, which has generally been considered by the European contingent to be run in an archaic and conservative manner, has had no fatalities and few serious crashes in its championship division in nearly three years—more than 56 races. Yet in the midst of this welcome hiatus, USAC became even more safety conscious this past summer and simply refused to sanction races on several tracks that it deemed unsafe for competition.
Perhaps the international sanctioning body will consider doing something now that there are several conspicuous absences in the driver ranks; but what a price the sport has paid for its procrastination!
RARE, MEDIUM OR WELL?
Congratulations to the masked critic, Gael Greene, for her article A Guide to All-Star Indigestion (Oct. 12). It left me in a state of good old American nausea, but I'm afraid that as long as there are superstars, there will be superstar restaurants. So move over, Mom's apple pie, here comes the All-Star burger.
Murray Hill, N.J.
Too bad your sporty gourmet did not get to St. Louis. The food at Stan Musial Biggie's is definitely digestible.
You overlooked Ken Harrelson's Boston 1800 restaurant. Miss Greene should try this one for baked stuffed lobster. No "rubber chickens" served there! It rates five trophies.
Johnny Unitas' Golden Arm restaurant is at least a four-trophy place, one of the best around. The people are nice, the food's great and the prices aren't bad either. Please tell Mr. Unitas you're sorry.
Despite the dumping your connoisseur of "junk food" gave Broadway Joe's, there seem to be quite a number of cars parked outside Joe's place. By the way, when is Miss Greene going to open her idea of a perfect hamburger joint?