Articles tagged Erik Johnson

Page 41 of March 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 41, March 1980

All in a year's work

In which the Deputy Editor reviews his 1979 motoring activities  It doesn't feel as if a year has passed since I last wrote this annual review, and looking back through my diary for this flash of time I wonder how I have managed to fit in the long list of cars driven, the countries and events visited, the production of 12 issues of this magazine and a semblance of relatively normal life as well....

Page 48 of February 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, February 1982

My year's motoring

The Editor looks back on the cars he drove during 1981 Two things in particular never fail to astonish and cheer me, when I consider the cars I have driven over the passing years. One is how quickly motor fashions change. so that what one rates as a simply delightful car when it is first introduced and one is permitted to drive it, very quickly becomes out-dated and surpassed, either by a later...

Page 57 of August 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 57, August 1973

Mercedes 60s at Brooklands

Some idea of the potential of this greatest of all veteran cars can be obtained from some of their lap-speeds at Brooklands, where they were popular before the First World War, in later years frequently entered, re-bodied and specially-prepared by Gordon Watney:— 1909 W. Jochens .......... 76.59 m.p.h. 1910 L. Collinge ............. 74.98 m.p.h. 1911 F. Samson ............. 82.86 m.p.h. 1911 F....

Page 58 of August 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, August 1973

Celebrating a Gordon Bennett – Part 2

It is not surprising that the 60s had been forgotten by then, for 27 long years and a devastating World War had passed since their inception. But Kent Karslake remembered, and his article in Motor Sport of September 1930 was responsible not only for the subsequent interest in the big Edwardians and historic racing cars but perhaps for the entire vintage and veteran movement as we now know it. For...

Page 60 of January 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 60, January 1995

Those "Boxing Night Exeters"

I thought that, in this age of a great many highly organised events for the older cars and with the real MCC Exeter Trial approaching, it might be worth recalling some quite unofficial fun in which a few true vintage-car enthusiasts participated some years ago. I refer to the "Boxing Night Exeters" which Motor Sport and I ran back in the 1950s. The idea was to re-enact the earlier Motor Cycling...

Page 65 of September 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 65, September 1993

Mercedes memories

An Editorial in a contemporary about Denis Jenkinson's one-time Giro di Hampshire, in the carefree 1950s, using my road-test cars in the dead of night, recalls some memories. The gullwing 300SL Mercedes-Benz he upended we had taken on test down to Land's End, averaging better than 56 mph over roads covered in places with snow and with many lorries to pass, and including a stop for petrol. From...

Page 63 of March 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 63, March 1978

All in a Year's work

A review of some of the more interesting variety which spiced the Assistant Editor's life in 1977 Nineteen-seventy-six had been such an exciting and dramatic year for me on the circuit and on forest tracks that in the article of this title in Motor Sport last March I was able to ignore the more mundane aspects of a motoring journalist's life—like driving exotic cats and travelling the world! (so...

Page 35 of March 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, March 1986

Mercedes-Benz in Britain

The Editor Takes a Random Look at the Great German Manufacturer's Presence in This Country, at the Time of its 100th Anniversary Whereas the rest of the World celebrated the birth of the motorcar last year, in Germany the 100th anniversary of the automobile is being commemorated this year, the first Benz horseless-carnage having been a marketable proposition in the year 1886. How this came about...

Page 45 of December 1971 archive issue thumbnail Page 45, December 1971

The Editor looks back (in sorrow) at Earls Court

The Earls Court London Motor Show now seems far distant—the 1971 Show I mean—for which grateful thanks to St. Christopher. I say this because an organisation which sends you an invitation to its Press Preview Day and a personal invitation to take tiffin or stronger nourishment with its President and, when you arrive at 9.30 a.m., cannot find you anywhere to park your car, doesn’t exactly inspire...

Page 45 of February 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 45, February 1979

My Year's Motoring

The Editor Looks Back on the Cars He Drove During 1978 I had intended giving this annual look-back a miss this time, after more than 25 years of summarising my previous year's road-test reports, especially as I do not wish what follows to appear to be the total road-testing done by Motor Sport in 1978. However, as there is a move afoot to produce a quarter-of-a-century of these summaries of road-...

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