An Introduction from Driven to Write’s Editor.
Archie Vicar represents a different generation; people who came of age in an uncertain period where a World War followed a World Recession. Few of these men (and we cannot deny that they were all men) set their youthful sights on Motoring Journalism as a profession. They came into it through circuitous routes, bringing with them, for good and for bad, a worldliness that is, perhaps, missing today, where a childhood spent poring over EVO magazine, followed by a spell at journalism school, leads directly to employment on a national magazine. Where is the wisdom; where is the experience of a wider world?
Richard Herriott has spent several years transcribing what appear to be the best of Archie Vicar’s writings from the many magazines he worked for, all now sadly defunct. They evoke a past that is lost, a British Motor Industry ruled by men who were confident that they were the best and who knew that they were right, even if History has shown that they were frequently mediocre and generally wrong. I think that, of all the journalists I have known, Archie’s writings encapsulate that age most accurately.