Lit­er­ary Land­scapes of England

This England - - News - AN­GE­LINE WIL­COX

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!

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