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.”…
All Triumphs All the Time: Issue 150 of The Vintage Triumph magazine, 2015
Harry Barnes was to have been our first editor, but quickly decided he couldn’t do it. I was elected, producing issues 1-18 from 1974 to 1977. Looking at those productions, I’m struck that while Triumphs haven’t changed much else has in half a lifetime.
Annual dues were $10—equal to $48 today, but didn’t buy as much. Imagine a world without computers! You printed off sheets of clean, “camera-ready” type. We couldn’t afford typesetting; those who didn’t have electric typewriters put a brand new ribbon in their Remingtons and banged hard on the keys.…