I do not often write a magazine concerning its columnists, but John Bentley's article in SI, Sept. 6 is one of the most completely nauseating pieces of slop I've seen.
I race an MG?I suppose I am an example of the "Joe Blow" J.B. refers to in his column. My finances are considerably below his but I still am firm in my belief that the S.C.C.A. owes its glorious history to its firm stand on "Amateurism."
J.B. claims money problems are going to drive the sport out of existence. Does he overlook the fact that over 180 entrants were at Lockbourne and that close to 200 will be at Watkins Glen?
I will be at Lockbourne and Watkins Glen. Each time I race my MG it hurts?dollarwise; but because of a burning desire to race I'll continue. Those who quit because of money problems the S.C.C.A. can do without and it can do without J.B. also if he can't find the money.
Long live "Amateurism" and death to J.B.'s "socialized sports-car racing."
If J.B. hasn't got the money why doesn't he go out and try working for a living?
RONALD H. McCONNELL
AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS
...I join Mr. J. Bentley in his efforts to encourage future champions in giving them plenty of opportunity in a way of a member's insurance for damages during racing or training. Most, expensive for a driver is the reconditioning of the car after the race in preparing for the next one. A technical commission from S.C.C.A. could easily establish the cost of repairs or only a revision of the car. The money could come from the source Mr. Bentley suggests and by all means a certain percentage from the gate.
As a former driver (amateur) and still a big racing fan I would propose an exchange of views from other sportsmen on this subject....
J. M. SZFER
MANIACS AND SISSIES
...I heartily and totally disagree with Mr. Bentley. All of us in racing know that money at the finish line makes for an entirely different set of conditions. And as such, takes auto racing completely out of the sports category. It makes maniacs out of some drivers, sissies out of others...and fools out of 99% of the rest. It has also produced a few excellent track drivers but only a few. Hundreds drive in Europe and you can count on two hands the top men over there in money driving. Eighty percent of them die on the track...How does John expect $50 or $100 and free tires to pay for the racing if it costs $6,000 a year to race?...
Riviera Beach, Fla.
It will only lead to professionalism?the average MG and Jaguar owner can race in the production class and have a lot of fun?at low cost.