Having written about cars and Winston Churchill for fifty years, I finally produced a piece on them both. From exotica like Daimler, Napier and Rolls-Royce to more prosaic makes like Austin, Humber and Wolseley, the story was three decades in coming. I am satisfied that it is now complete.
Part 2, continued from Part 1: Excerpt only. For footnotes, all illustrations and a roster of Churchill’s cars, see The Automobile, August 2016.
Wolseley to Austin
In the early 1930s Churchill switched from Wolseley to Austin cars: small fours and big sixes. One of the former, a 1938 Austin 10 Cambridge, was the Chartwell workhorse.…
The Dukes of Windsor and Westminster are attacked for their “near-treasonous activity” and “overt support of the Third Reich.” In an American Spectator review of Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War (Dec/Jan 2011-12) Roger Kaplan says Winston Churchill did not turn against those “top toffs”
“Near-treasonous” and “overt support” are going some in describing actions of the Dukes, and should be discounted. Reason: They may have been “toffs,” but they counted for little. Nevertheless, Churchill did act to silence them.
The Two Dukes
The Duke Windsor certainly had “much to be modest about.” Churchill got him out of Europe by appointing him Governor of the Bahamas, where he did not rehash his prewar pro-Nazi points of view.…