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The good, the mad and the ugly ... not to mention Jeremy Clarkson: The golden years of motoring journalism?
By Peter Dron


• One chapter describes a problem concerning Jeremy Clarkson
• Another discusses the enigma that was Leonard Setright
• Two chapters dissect the freeloading swine that was George Bishop
• Encounters with motor industry moguls: Ferdinand Piëch (Volkswagen), Eberhard von Kuenheim (BMW), Lord Stokes (BL), to name a few
• Driving adventures to and from international motor shows
• Motor show tales
• Giving the traffic police the slip in Sussex
• Getting caught and fined in France and Germany
• Supercars: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and more
• Why the fun has stopped


This book recalls the golden age (in the author’s view) of motoring journalism, during the last two decades of the 20th century, with additional material from before and after. Although the book is about cars it should amuse, irritate or even inform people who are not interested in cars at all.


This book takes a light-hearted look at what the author considers to have been the golden age of motoring journalism – the last two decades of the 20th century. As a writer and tester for Motor magazine, founding Editor of Fast Lane magazine, and a freelance journalist with a weekly column in The Daily Telegraph, Peter Dron has many tales to tell.
In these pages we meet industry moguls, unusual motoring journalists and various other passers-by. The reasons why it has all gone wrong, both for the motor industry and motoring journalism, are examined with candour. Although this book is essentially about cars and car people, the author ambitiously hopes that it may amuse, irritate or even inform people who are not interested in cars at all. If the readers are not amused, irritated or informed, the author does not mind in the least, provided they have bought the book with their own money rather than stolen it or acquired it by other means, fair or foul.

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Period Covered:
1976 to presentTable of Contents
1 The not about Jeremy Clarkson chapter
2 A conspicuously successful man
3 The Rollerball Corporation
4 Public Enemy Number 1
5 An industry mogul follows my advice
6 Reference points
7 The good, the mad and the ugly
8 Cardinal Sin
10 Geneva as it was
11 Fiatboating
12 Whiteout in Provence
13 A memorably bad week
14 To Turin by Quattro – Part I
15 To Turin by Quattro – Part 2
16 Nobody messed with The Electric Carrot
17 The best laid plans
18 Up the hill with Hannu
19 My ego is bigger than yours
20 Answering questions nobody asked
21 Decline of the Routes Nationales
22 A splendid Anniversary
23 A cold day in the New Forest
24 Where Russian poets go to die
25 Not picking up the tab
26 An singular experience
27 Crashing into dustbins
28 “Let’s go back to the hotel...”
29 Jabba and the Bleeptron
30 Frank and the Tardis
31 The training scheme
32 The man who shot Lord Haw-Haw
33 Just a second
34 Going to the wall
35 The subtle art of seduction
36 Crashing a motor caravan
37 Immediate and accurate correction
38 Testing, testing
39 Have you done this kind of thing often?
40 Look – no hands!
41 Brake fade
42 Insurance yarns
43 By Bentley around Europe
44 Asleep at the wheel
45 Dee-dah, dee-dah
46 What should I talk about?
47 Mr Plod takes a dip
48 Bernard
49 No way out, José
50 No escape, but in credit
51 Achtung! Take cover!
52 Purple haze
53 Scoop!
54 No survivors, it is claimed
55 EcotY? Phooey!
56 You’re a cab
57 Countach!
58 Top speed controversy
59 Maxing the Lotus Carlton
60 A bit more sideways
61 Some enchanted evening
62 The nine-million-euro dream
63 Measure for measure
64 Testing, so, jawohl!
65 Missed opportunities and creative fibs
66 Polluted steering
67 The conversion of John
68 Plan A: a relaxing weekend in Paris
69 Drinking and driving
70 The mysteriously empty tureens
71 An inspector calls
72 Asymmetric, man
73 The High Priest of Asymmetry
74 Shadow boxing with Mr Bangle
75 It’s The Pope, virtually
76 Avant-garde? Says who?
77 The real Mona Lisa, allegedly
78 The royal milk float
79 An adequate product solution
80 Sequiturs and bungarolas
81 Getting in a flap
82 Iron slugs
83 Wheeler dealer
84 Max Power
85 The largest pilot of all times
86 Telegraph times
87 V for Vette
88 The ghost of Mika Häkkinen
89 “What’s the best car you have driven?”
90 “What’s the best car you have owned?”
91 Retromania
92 Why I hate concours d’élégance
93 Stop the World...
94 Back to basics
95 From 3 to 4/4
96 Career advice
97 Crossing the finish line
98 The trouble with Uncle Harry
99 Last hoMinid at the wheel

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