Reading Steven Beckett's letter (NCE 9/30 December) I was reminded of my one experience of promoting civil engineering to a local school as part of its careers education.
I rolled out all the drawings of a completed project in front of the pupils and went through the scheme from trial holes to completion, finishing up with the responsibility for any failures.
With about five minutes of my one-hour stint left to go, I asked if there were any questions. 'Yes', said one lad. 'What sort of car do you drive?' I thought proudly of my three-year old car in the car park, and said: 'A Carlton, is that OK?'
The follow-up question was: 'Do any of you drive Mercedes?'
David Jones (M), Griffin Mellors and Associates, 717 Hagley Road West, Quinton, BirminghamB32 1DJ