I was a little saddened when Jeremy Clarkson said, in his review of the Honda Civic Type R, that young people no longer aspired to own a dream car (“It’s dressed to thrill with nowhere to go”, December 11). My son, when being wheeled to nursery in his pushchair, could identify car marques from bonnet badges; years later, a Fiat Punto was the result of a summer holiday job. He recently progressed, via a BMW 420i, to the Competition Package version of the BMW M4. So, Mr Clarkson, there is hope for the future — and a very small hope that my son will insure his dad to drive the M4.
Ian Phillips, Gibraltar
Out for the counter
Other than performance-car enthusiasts, how many drivers need or consult the rev counter? It typically occupies a third of the instrument display area. Its elimination would liberate useful dashboard space and save money.
Tony Inchley, Leamington Spa
Have any readers tried to telephone Transport for London recently? Attempting to dispute a penalty charge notice, I was told the waiting time was more than 10 minutes. I held on for 15 before hanging up. Trying again later, I waited 21 minutes before someone answered. What is going on?
Derek Conway, Wembley