Literary Landscapes of England
Two hundred years after the birth of Charlotte Brontë, we look back on the life and work of one of England’s best-loved novelists.
We know from your many letters and emails that, whether you are a driver or a passenger, “My First Car” gets you speeding off on a journey down memory lane. The feature is certainly a treat for me to compile as I marshal your fleet of classic, vintage and veteran motors onto these pages.
Your anecdotes and pictures always get us smiling and reminiscing in the office, and they also make us realise how characterless modern vehicles are by comparison. They might be faster, safer, more reliable and comfortable than those joyful jalopies, but they’re not so much fun and driving is no longer an adventure. Today’s power-steered, cruise controlled and satellite-navigated journeys are all very well, but they lack the excitement and joy of real motoring.
In this issue we’re topping up with an extra few gallons of motoring magic, in an article about summer car shows. (See “The Greatest Show on Wheels”, page 28.) These events make a great day out for all the family, as does a trip to one of the many motor museums across the country. Among them is Haynes International Motor Museum, in Somerset, which is featured in our Explore England publication (see page 85). Others to add to your itinerary are: Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Hampshire; the newly extended British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire; Coventry Transport Museum; London Motor Museum; Lakeland Motor Museum, Ulverston, Lancashire; and the Cotswold Motoring Museum, Bourton-on-theWater, Gloucestershire.
Start planning your destination now. Happy motoring!