A friend and fellow fan of Leslie Charteris and “The Saint” sent me the image above. “Is this yours?” he asked. Yes, it hangs in my home. My friend has now acquired AQ —Automobile Quarterly— First Quarter, 1972. It contains a portfolio of The Saint’s 1930 sports car, the Hirondel, conjured up by five great artists. This painting was presented to me by its creator, Ted Lodigensky. “It has no value,” he declared. “It’s a car that never was.”
My remembrance of Don Vorderman was published in shorter form in The Automobile, December 2019.* * *
“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.”…
A remembrance of Beverly Kimes first written for The Packard Club and the Society of Automotive Historians, May 2008; additional material has been added.
Nothing anyone can say will ease the pain of a friend’s loss, but here is one inadequate try: When The Packard Club circulated the loss of Beverly Kimes, it struck me that everyone who received the same message would in turn circulate it to a group of people, more or less organized by make or era of car.
To each of us, each in our own way, she was an inspiration.…