In memoriam: Andrew Mackay
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