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Racing is a hobby not a best-dressed ego trip; LETTERS.

I REALLY must reply to the rather pompous letter from Michael Wilson (October 4) regarding dress codes.

Racing, for most people, is a hobby, a day out and a fascination, not a bestdressed ego trip at a rich man's ball. To enjoy any pastime you need to be comfortable. Many, including me, like to be smart casual. Some, like Mr Wilson, obviously prefer dressing up. Fine. We do not decry them, as they seem to do us. We also pay a lot of money for the senior enclosure, so why should we be penalised? A few years back, I was at the York August meeting when it was 30C or more. A portly man in a lightweight suit was literally saturated in sweat. Do you call this comfort? I guess he has not gone racing since.

Mr Wilson, you do not live in today's world.

I aminmy 70s and retired 20 years ago. For 35 years, I wore a jacket and tie to work every day. I visit my old office occasionally, and no-one, not even the manager, wears a suit.

If I would have to dress up to go racing I would, instead, stay at home and watch the races on RUK or ATR.

Instead of getting depressed, Mr Wilson, why not get a life? P Mulford Maryport, Cumbria
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2009
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