To the Editor:
I enjoyed John K. Teahen Jr.'s column on General Motors abandoning its great nameplates, and I generally agree with his reasoning. However, Pontiac's use of the Bonneville name certainly was not earned at the famous Utah salt flats. Nor was there any historical connection between GM/Pontiac and the fabulous Bluebird streamliner of the 1930s, as could be inferred from the column.
Malcolm Campbell used British aero engines - Napier and Rolls-Royce - in his cars that went over 300 mph at Bonneville. In the mid-1950s, GM simply grabbed the Bonneville name for a Pontiac show car to capitalize on the public's fascination with speed-record efforts during that period. It was a great name for a car but simply a facade as used by Pontiac.
Farmington Hills, Mich.