In view of the estimated migration to Europe, I'm not at all sure there will be room over there to swing a cricket bat without cracking four overseas visitors in the occipital bone. On the outside chance that the tracks and fields will be cleared of tents pitched by a Happy Holiday Tour that somehow got its reservations fouled, my specializing cohorts and I have sewn together a small compendium of a few sports events worth seeing. Also a few things to remember.
For instance: A letter from your golf club back home may give you the privilege of playing the Old Course of St. Andrew's Royal and Ancient Golf Club. However, those who fail to follow the suggestions of its royal and ancient caddies have occasioned a bag-toter to drop clubs in mid-fairway and stalk off the links.
At the race track both England and Ireland make use of the tic-tac man, a white-gloved eavesdropper who wanders among the crowd sampling the odds, then passing the signal back to the bookie by scratching an ear or stroking his nose. It is public sport to "market the odds," that is to place a bet with a bookie before he has caught the tic-tac's signal and dropped the odds. Eire's Galway Races are nominally a two-day meeting, but tinkers and gypsy caravans roll in for 50 miles around and the sideshows and carnivals throw the county into a week-long holiday spin. The Royal Ascot in England, on the other hand, is elegant and social.
The big bullfight season will be on in Spain (reversing the Mexican season), and you can buy tickets through the hotel concierge or at travel agencies at only a slight advance. Specify sombra in preference to sol unless you want to sit with the sun in your eyes all afternoon.
Royal Tournament, London, 1-18; Ascot Gold Cup, 16; Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, 20-July 2; Henley Royal Regatta, 29-July 2.
Armed services in colorful competition; elegance and royal horses (bring your topper); for tennis lovers, Wimbledon needs no explanation; in rowing circles, Henley is considered the aristocrat of all races.
Gymkhana, Saumur Cavalry School, held during month; 24-Hour Grand Prix Sports Car Race, Le Mans, 11-12; Prix des Drags, Auteuil, 24.