Autumn / Winter Newsletter

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Welcome to my Autumn / Winter Newsletter – as the historic racing season has ended and the cars have made their way to the preparers’ workshops for care over the winter, and preparation work for next year.

But things go on busily. I have been active with historic car mediation and expert witness work, as well as with lectures and presentations. For example, recent times have seen a Lunch lecture at Brooklands of ‘When is the History Not the Whole Story?’, and a presentation at the annual gathering of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain.

It is also the Awards season, and I am thrilled that my book has been shortlisted for both the Royal Automobile Club’s Book of the Year and Publication of the Year in the Historic Motoring Awards 2023.

And perhaps most pleasing of all, from the proceeds of the books’ sales, the first donations have gone out to those excellent bodies whose activities and works sustain historic cars and their use and memory.

Included below are extracts from some recent posts on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. And I am pleased to say that sales of The Past And The Spurious – The Case of Legitimacy in Historic Cars continue strongly, and to all corners of the globe. Thank you.

Best wishes,


The Heritage Matters Insight Day of the Historic & Classic Vehicle Alliance showed just how far that body has come in its first two years.

I am proud to have been there since the early days.

Thank you to all those who have kindly placed orders for my book, The Past And The Spurious - The Case of Authenticity in Historic Cars.

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A picture paints a thousand words...

Late June saw the first day of the 2023 edition of the Leggenda di Bassano, with the section from Bassano del Grappa to Balzano.

I am pleased to be speaking at Philip Porter’s inaugural Motoring Literary & Art Festival at Silverstone on 2-3 December. And proud to be in the company of fellow participants Dr. Andy Palmer, Sir John Egan, Professor Peter Stevens, Ian Callum, Lord Hesketh, Jackie Oliver and Howden Ganley.

To mark the launch of The Past And The Spurious - The Case of Legitimacy in Historic Cars the Pall Mall headquarters of The Royal Automobile Club kindly hosted an evening under the title of:⁠ ⁠ 'Handshakes, Snakes and Possibly Fakes: Salutary Tales For Classic Car Owners'⁠.⁠

The gathering saw a panel of Gregor Fisken, Michael Squire, Matthew Collings KC, Neil Twyman and Eddie McGuire moderated by Simon Taylor in a discussion of some of the issues raised in the book.⁠

Watch the video above to hear the first reactions.

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