Articles tagged Owen John

Page 47 of September 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 47, September 1986

The Roads of the 1920s

We left Owen John, the motoring diarist whose recollections we have been recalling, enthusing over a 1925 20/60 hp Sunbeam and pondering on the new road numbering that was then beginning to make an appearance on the sign-posts. Another matter that was being aired by O.J. in 1925 was the comparatively small number of accidents considering the density of the traffic (even more than sixty years ago...

Page 75 of August 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 75, August 1985

Motor Trade Memories

Sir, Motor Sport invariably reminds me of bygone days in the trade, which in my case began in 1919 and this time Ford, Citroen and Crossley started the ball rolling. When wondering how modern drivers would fare at the wheel of a Model-T, hand throttle and all, I was reminded of how I used to clean up the ignition coil tremblers for a farmer during my school holidays during World War I and how I...

Page 76 of December 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, December 1989


Sir, You will be interested to know that the memorial to Marcel Renault remarked upon by Owen John in 1929 is still in situ and in fairly good order, although a bronze palm leaf has disappeared from it during the last two years. According to Saint Loup, in his biography of Louis Renault, the monument was covered by a gravel heap in 1955 following re-alignment of the road. The original road now...

Page 66 of March 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, March 1988

Barton Stacey

Almost ideal! The Vintage Sports Car Club's luck with the weather broke for this year's driving tests at Barton Stacey near Andover. Although snow had avoided the bleak, deserted army camp which is otherwise ideal for DTs, rain poured down continuously. Vintage-car drivers do not stop for bad weather, whatever their cars might do. There were rather more non-starters than usual, and de Wills had...

Page 82 of January 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 82, January 1986

Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

Fragments of forgotten makes No 68: The Dawson A car which was almost a lost cause before it was announced appeared lust after the Armistice, in the form of the Dawson. At that time it was generally foreseen that in the prevailing economic situation following the most punishing war yet fought, small-engined economical cars would be in demand. Those who set out to meet this requirement. yet sought...

Page 50 of April 1966 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, April 1966

Book Reviews

"The German Grand Prix," by Cyril Posthumus. 143 pp., 7/2 1 in. 6 1 in. (Temple Press Books, Bowling Green Lane, London, EC 1. 21s.). This is the third in Temple Press' "Classic Motor Races" series, and extremely welcome. It covers the German G.P. of 1926 to 1965 inclusive, with results, and starting grids for later races, contains many enthralling pictures, some of them rather small, and covers...

Page 83 of August 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 83, August 1986

The Roads of the 1920s

Resuming the O.J. "diaries" of those times, we left him after he had tested, and been notably impressed with, an Alvis, in 1925. Whether it was the pleasure that driving that Alvis gave him, I do not know, but shortly afterwards Owen John was pontificating about the beauties of Britain and the fun to be had in really exploring it, which was open to anyone with a car. As for learning to drive, O.J...

Page 42 of October 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, October 1986

The Roads of the 1920s

Just to serve as a reminder of how far we have come in sixty years, yet how little has really changed, Owen John was on in 1925 about the AA and RAC still being separate organisations, as they are to this day: but then many of their road-scouts had taken over from the Police the task of traffic control at road junctions and crossroads, which today is almost unnecessary, because of the efficiency...

Page 68 of April 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, April 1985

Motoring as it was

To set the period we have arrived at in following the motoring of Owen John, as we have been doing in this look-back to the 1920s, we are at the point in his diary where he was praising Mr Lionel Rapson for having won the Dewar Trophy in 1923 with his puncture-proof tyres and Gordon England's A7 for having done so well in that year's 200 Mile Race at Brooklands. I have heard this O.J. described...

Page 49 of February 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, February 1987

V to C Miscellany

A 1922 Type AK 32hp Minerva chassis that had been lying on a farm near Salisbury has been rescued by a reader who requires a suitable engine, gearbox and radiator to help with its restoration. He would also like to hear from other Minerva owners. We were mistaken in saying in December that Gallahers may reap some return for the money they have spent restoring the Paddock Clubhouse and part of...



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100 years, three cars, one epic track test



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