John Bluns­den 1930-2016

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For­mer Mo­tor­ing News ed­i­tor John Bluns­den has died at the age of 86.

A for­mer lo­cal jour­nal­ist, Bluns­den was one of the first staff mem­bers at Mo­tor­ing News when it was cre­ated in 1955, and went on to take on the ed­i­tor­ship in 1959. He was re­spon­si­ble for chang­ing the thrust of this ti­tle from gen­eral mo­tor­ing to motorsport, and shaped its fu­ture di­rec­tion.

Fol­low­ing on from his ten­ure at MN, Bluns­den went on to work for Mo­tor Sport mag­a­zine and used his skills as a driver to con­duct track tests in a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tion vehicles.

In 1969, he bought Mo­tor Rac­ing Publi­ca­tions and went on to pro­duce a host of motorsport-themed books. He was also the grand prix cor­re­spon­dent for The Times news­pa­per for al­most 20 years from 1970.

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