Articles tagged Owen John

Page 82 of September 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 82, September 1984

Motoring as it was

A Look Back to the Roads of the 1920s Looking again at the travels of amateur motoring writer Owen John as a may of reflecting the changed conditions of motoring and how the roads and cars were, back in the now far-away nineteen-twenties, we left him reflecting on loss of a wheel from his trusty Crossley due to careless maintenance, and enjoying driving over roads in the "quiet hidden valleys...

Page 87 of November 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 87, November 1986

The roads of the 1920s

Following his tour of Lincolnshire in a 14/45 hp Rover in the early part of 1925, Owen John, whose diaries we have been studying, got back to the topic of compulsory insurance for car-owners, which had been mooted at this time in a bill read to the House of Lords by Earl Russell, and to what garments it was fitting to wear in the motor-car. O.J's recommendation of the Burbury slip-on that had...

Page 14 of December 1940 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, December 1940


THE COMPLEAT SPORTING MOTORISTS' LIBRARY Erie Sydney, who wrote that excellen t article on "Sound in quite rightly argues that we are dependent on books for our with the sport these days, and he sent us a very comprehensive book which we publish in condensed below. Amongst the fundamental books are the following " Ten Years of Motors and Motor Charles Jarrott (Hutchinson) 1906. "The Invention of...

Page 70 of August 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 70, August 1985

Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

A section devoted to old car matters Motoring as it was A Look-Back to the Roads of the 1920s (Continued from the lane issue) We left Owen John, whose vintage diary we are using to look back at that period of motoring, sampling a brand-new Rover Fourteen in 1924 and liking it very much. This was at a time when open touring cars were still far from outmoded, Lord Dunedin for instance, having just...

Page 25 of September 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 25, September 1968

On The Road

The fact that the new Minister of Transport is concerning himself with speed limits has an ominous ring to it. It has started out as a 56-page M.o.T. "green paper", to which we all subscribe, whether we want to or not, in which the Minister reveals what he chooses to call "tentative proposals" for modifying speed limits on British roads by the end of this year. Note that only four months remain...

Page 53 of February 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, February 1989

Veteran to classic

The roads of the 1920s After getting over his unhappy experiences as a judge at the Bournemouth Rally, Owen John had something to say in his diary about the Brighton Motordrome which was a 1928 proposal. Nothing was to come of it, but at the time OJ thought that out on the Downs such a track would not disfigure the scenery or cause noise problems, and that the acrimonious criticism the suggestion...

Page 62 of December 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, December 1987

The Roads Of The 1920s

It is so very true that there is nothing much new under the sun, or the moon or the stars, and I was reminded of this when I came upon a note in Owen John's diary, written sixty-one years earlier almost to the day. OJ was pressing for cyclists to pay tax, like motorists have to. He made the point that it would bring in several millions, "a thing by no means to be despised in these hard times"....

Page 87 of June 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 87, June 1984

Motoring as it was

A look back to the roads of the 1920s Continuing to look at 1920s motoring through the eyes of writer Owen John, what do we find? He had been driving, and enthusing over, the then-new (in 1922) 8 hp Talbot, the test concluding on the finest day of the year, when "the sun shone all through and set on the evening beneath the young moon in blood and six degrees of frost" — like the days of late...

Page 40 of April 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, April 1968

On the Road

This new feature, which will not necessarily appear every month, is intended to provide for coverage of those cars which are not entirely new models or are not sufficiently interesting to warrant a full road-test report or "road impressions" treatment and also to cover asides and items about motoring gleaned mainly while driving about the country, cars being for driving, not for parking or...

Page 42 of April 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, April 1983

Motoring as it was

A look-back to the 1920s (Continued from the February issue)  We left Owen John, the motorist whose 1920 activities we are following, looking at, and reflecting upon, the 1921 London Motor Show, held in the halls of Olympia and the White City. Having had quite enough of this exhibition, O.J. thought again of the open road, the beauties of the English countryside in the autumn when the woods are a...



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100 years, three cars, one epic track test



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