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Graham Robson: “He Was Always, Triumphantly, in Touch”

Graham Robson: “He Was Always, Triumphantly, in Touch”

It was typ­i­cal of my dear friend of 47 years that he wrote his own advance obit­u­ary, for Clas­sic and Sports Car. Gra­ham Rob­son always planned ahead. I quote from it below, hop­ing to approx­i­mate the mag­ni­tude of our loss.

Alec Arthur Graham Robson 1936-2021

Gra­ham was born in Skip­ton, York­shire, the only child of Clif­ford and Kath­leen Rob­son. He was edu­cat­ed local­ly before going to Lin­coln Col­lege, Oxford, where he read Engi­neer­ing. His first job was as a grad­u­ate trainee at Jaguar Cars in 1957. His sub­se­quent career became a per­fect train­ing path for some­one des­tined to become a lead­ing author.…

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Cars & Churchill: Blood, Sweat & Gears (1) Mors the Pity

Cars & Churchill: Blood, Sweat & Gears (1) Mors the Pity

Hav­ing writ­ten about cars and Win­ston Churchill for fifty years, I final­ly pro­duced a piece on them both. From exot­i­ca like Mors, Napi­er and Rolls-Royce to more pro­sa­ic makes like Austin, Hum­ber and Wolse­ley, the sto­ry was three decades in com­ing. But I am sat­is­fied that it is now complete.

Part 1:

Excerpt only. For foot­notes,  illus­tra­tions and a ros­ter of cars, see The Auto­mo­bile, August 2016. 

Mors the Pity

Always fas­ci­nat­ed by new tech­nol­o­gy, Win­ston Churchill wel­comed the motor­car, buy­ing his first in 1901 at the age of twen­ty-six. It was French Mors—one of only two non-British cars Churchill would ever own—and a dis­ap­point­ment.…

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Driving Ms. Nancy

Driving Ms. Nancy

MODBURY, DEVON, JANUARY 1ST— The Dai­ly Mail reports restora­tion of a 1923 Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Ghost “once used by Sir Win­ston Churchill” by Devon restor­er Char­lie Tope: “The vin­tage motor is said to have served the for­mer British Prime Min­is­ter when he used it to give dri­ving lessons to the first female Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Lady Astor, on a Kent estate.” Really.

Churchill, a noto­ri­ous­ly impa­tient and scary dri­ver, main­ly stopped dri­ving him­self in the 1920s, when he was last seen nav­i­gat­ing Lon­don streets in a low­ly Wolse­ley.

The idea of Churchill in this big Rolls, teach­ing tech­nique to Nan­cy Astor (with whom he bare­ly shared a civ­il word), strains the imag­i­na­tion, but con­jures amus­ing images.…

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