In scrutineering for the 1963 Goodwood TT, the two works Aston Martin Project 214 cars – as John Wyer described in his wonderful book 'The Certain Sound': '...might have done very well but for a particularly stupid incident. We presented the cars at scrutineering on wider rims than those with which the DB4GT had been homologated. The cars had been accepted in this form at Le Mans, where the scrutineering is usually so strict, but the RAC scrutineer, Proctor, refused to allow them to run at Goodwood with the wider rims.
'There were two absurdities about this decision. The first was that with the only narrow rims we had available the rear track was reduced by 4 inches below the figure shown on the homologation sheet. In neither state, therefore, did the cars conform to the homologation, but Proctor was prepared to ignore the reduction in track but not the wider rims.
'The second point was more fundamental. The cars had been homologated as variants of the DB4GT but the chassis frame bore no resemblance to that car, being very light square-tube girder frames instead of platforms. The engine was also eight and a half inches farther back in the chassis.
'All these changes were sufficiently obvious and if Proctor had used them for his ruling instead of relying on a technicality he would have been on firm ground. It was a wonderful example of the absurdity of the homologation system, which was unenforceable. In the event we ran the cars with the narrow rims, but they were almost undriveable…'.