March Newsletter 2022

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the recent writings which have appeared on my social platforms LinkedInFacebook and Instagram

During the last month, I have been discussing whether historic cars are matters of art or function and below are some of the posts – thank you to all those who expressed a view.  There was no clear conclusion!

Things are now running quickly towards the publication  of my book,  The Past and The Spurious – The Case of Legitimacy in Historic Cars, and I look forward to updating you next month with a publication date. 

Best wishes

The C-type Jaguar was designed to be fast and to win at Le Mans, but was undoubtedly beautiful too. This image from 1952 shows Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis on theMille Miglia. ⁠ ⁠ A court has recently found the C-type Jaguar to be an artistic work. ⁠ 

Image – Newspress⁠

Above, I asked whether the Jaguar C-type was⁠ a matter of art or function. This image shows Tony Rolt in the first Jaguar D-type XKD401 testing at Le Mans in1954. More a matter of function at this stage?⁠ ⁠ What do you think now?⁠ ⁠

Image – Newspress⁠

Having looked at Jaguar’s C-type and D-type, this third image shows Alfa Romeo’s BAT cars. Created in 1953 – 1955, these are now viewed as a triptych and universally welcome at art exhibitions. More a matter of art by now?⁠ ⁠ What do you think now?⁠ ⁠

Image – Giles Chapman⁠

The March 2022 edition of @classicandsportscar magazine carries a feature about the excellent work of the Historic & Classic Vehicles Alliance. As part of the feature, Aaron McKay included this piece about me and the work I do. Thanks to the @whitewebbsmuseumoftransport for providing such an excellent venue for the feature.⁠

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