In memo­riam: An­drew Mackay

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IT IS with deep sad­ness we must an­nounce

the loss of our chief mo­tor­ing writer

An­drew Mackay. From the news­pa­per

case­room to edit­ing to mo­tor­ing writ­ing, Andy was al­ways a tour de force in jour­nal­ism.

Alas, he has passed away after a valiant bat­tle against ill­ness.

He was a gi­ant of a man in many ways. His larger-than-life sense of hu­mour some­times got him into hot wa­ter but it was matched by a truly huge heart – one that gave much needed sup­port and men­tor­ship to many younger jour­nal­ists through­out his long ca­reer.

In­deed it was his six-foot-many-inches-plus height that first in­tro­duced me to mo­tor­ing writ­ing. Un­able to squeeze his frame com­fort­ably into the lat­est test car, he Col­lie, Star. I might even get two very small nieces or neph­ews in there, with Isofix mount­ings al­ready fit­ted for their safety.

Ul­ti­mately, the DB11 Volante is a Sav­ille Row suit that dou­bles up as full body ar­mour kit. Fast, pow­er­ful yet easy to drive, this is not just a GT for all sea­sons, it’s a car cre­ated for all the right rea­sons: to look good, to feel good and, dare I say it, to make its res­i­dents look and feel good too.

Back at the Lord Crewe, warm­ing my­self by the fire­place be­hind which Ja­co­bite re­bel­lion leader Gen­eral Tom Fos­ter hid in 1715, I re­flect the good Ab­bot of Blanch­land might have gen­tly warned against in­dulging in such ex­hil­a­rat­ing deca­dence.

Me? I go with Mae West, who fa­mously opined: “I gen­er­ally avoid temp­ta­tion un­less I can’t re­sist it.”

An­drew Mackay en­joyed a long ed­i­to­rial ca­reer with The Her­ald and will be fondly re­mem­bered for his inim­itable mo­tor­ing ar­ti­cles

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