Articles tagged Owen John

Page 46 of June 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, June 1987

Veteran to classic

The roads of the 1920s We left Owen John early in 1926, trying the advantages of four-wheel brakes on what would now be vintage cars—in this case a Bean 14. He did so again when lent a Vatahall Fourteen by Shaw & Kilburn (where even after WW2 our road-test Vauxhalls were handed over in London). OJ was full of praise for this fine British car, which ran like velvet and whose brakes were "...

Page 58 of April 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, April 1988

Veteran to classic

The roads of the 1920s In 1927, at a time when the 21hp six-cylinder Delage saloon (the 3-litre descendant of the Delage I wrote about last month) was being praised for its very smooth engine and admirable brakes, and when Armstrong Siddeley was handing out souvenir matchboxes shaped like its famous vee-radiator (if any still exist they must be valuable now), the chronicles of Owen John were once...

Page 56 of May 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, May 1987

The Roads of the 1920s

Concluding Owen John's 1925 diary, there was his Christmas journey described in the last instalment, over wintry roads, in a new Lanchester 21. This reminded him of his very first ride on an "autocar", an after-dinner jaunt from Birmingham to Stratford-on-Avon driven by Millership, the great demonstrator for the Lanchester Company, as a young man whose place was not to remark or to interfere. The...

Page 89 of June 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 89, June 1985

Motoring as it was

— A look back to the roads of the 1920s We left Owen John, whose motoring diary this feature is unfolding, about to take delivery, around Christmas 1923, of his new 19 hp Crossley tourer, the replacement for the well-used 25hp Crossley that had served him since 1920. He had also just sampled a four-wheel-braked 15 hp Darracq provided by Colonel Warwick Wright, in this year of a braking revolution...

Page 19 of July 1950 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, July 1950

Early Motorists Among The Alps

By "Baladeur" This month, from the 12th to 21st, competitors will be engaged in the Alpine Trial. This contribution of "Baladeur's" is therefore topical and will enable present-day drivers in the Alps to judge how their fellows of Veteran and Edwardian times regarded the routes they are about to storm.—Ed. IN the eighteenth century, before the days of the Romantic Movement, the traveller who was...

Page 70 of January 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 70, January 1984

Motoring As It Was

A Look Back to the Roads of the 1920s (Continued from the October issue) The 1920s motoring scene seems as far removed from the present as steam trains are from Inter-City diesels, or piston-engmed air-liners from Concorde. To recall something of what it was like to be out and about then, let as continue the saga of Owen John, pioneer motoring journalist and for a very long period a weekly...

Page 32 of July 1966 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, July 1966

Veteran-Edwardian-Vintage

A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters The vintage car movement and its associated derivatives has never been in better or more active fettle and it would be quite impossible to estimate how many people derive pleasure and entertainment from the numerous rallies and other fixtures that occupy every summer week-end and represent such a typically English form of motoring entertainment. Few of the...

Page 43 of March 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 43, March 1985

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

The Grand Tour — Vintage Style Having pondered on the tour of the Dolomites described in "The Motor Mountaineer" article in the January, issue, When George Abraham accompanied Geoffrey Summers in his new 40/50 hp Rolls-Royce tourer on this 1921 adventure, I have been thinking about other motoring Grand Tours of Europe, in which fortunate motoring journalists were sometimes asked to take part. (...

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