Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a Motor Case

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a Motor Case is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle published in The Eastbourne Gazette on 1 june 1927.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a Motor Case

The Eastbourne Gazette (1 june 1927, p. 12)

Sir, — A case which has excited a good deal of indignation among those motorists who know the facts, has been dealt with recently by the Eastbourne bench. The defendant was going along, it is admitted, at a fairly high speed, but the road was empty, save for some schoolboys at the end of it, who waved that all was clear. I have the testimony of two passengers in the car that no possible danger was threatened to any human beings, and yet the savage sentence of the magistrates was a fine of £15, 15s. costs and, what is worst of all to a motorist, endorsement of the licence, and suspension for a year. It should be mentioned that the defendant had no previous conviction in his record.

Such unjust judgments are calculated to give Eastbourne a bad name among the motor community, whose goodwill means much to a pleasure resort.


Gignell Wood [1]

  1. Typo in the newspaper, the correct spelling is "Bignell Wood".