A remembrance first published in The Automobile, December 2019. This version contains two additional illustrations and a glossary of Vorderman bon mots on automobiles.
“History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.” —Winston S. Churchill, 12 November 1940
“Writers rarely talk about writing among each other. It’s a very personal thing, and it’s almost always hard to do well, none of which is too conducive to cheery cocktail chitchat. Most of us would rather visit a dentist than face up to the task of beginning the next piece, though it’s not quite so awful once the commitment is made and the thing is under way.”
My dear friend Don Vorderman wrote that about the English motoring writer Dennis May, but he was also describing himself.…