OVER STEER­ING

The thoughts and ex­pe­ri­ences of Edi­tor Tony Hay­cock over the past two months

Classic Driver - - HAYCOCK - PHO­TOS TONY HAY­COCK

Should I hap­pen upon our good read­ers on my trav­els, I shall be check­ing that they are do­ing their best to live up to these stan­dards and in or­der to help with this, I will now share with you an­other of this es­sen­tial pub­li­ca­tion’s most help­ful sec­tions, this one to do with the pur­chas­ing of a mo­tor-car.

“Ex­perts agree that the death of car de­sign oc­curred some­where be­tween the last Tri­umph Vitesse rolling off the pro­duc­tion line in 1971 and the pub­li­ca­tion of J.G. Bal­lard’s Crash in 1973. Af­ter this (with the pos­si­ble ex­cep­tion of one or two mod­els pro­duced by the Mor­gan Mo­tor Com­pany), all cars be­gan to re­sem­ble te­dious house­hold items such as food mix­ers, hi-fi sys­tems, plas­tic egg car­tons or Hoovers, and as ab­so­lutely noth­ing could in­duce a gen­tle­man of qual­ity to suf­fer the in­dig­nity of trav­el­ling in a do­mes­tic ap­pli­ance, hence­forth he would elect to drive al­most ex­clu­sively in ve­hi­cles of vin­tage ori­gin.

“There is an es­sen­tial check­list that the mo­tor­ing gent needs to tick off when se­lect­ing a ve­hi­cle. This will in­clude ques­tions such as:

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