A Driven to Write stalwart strikes out on his own
Regular readers of Driven to Write will be well aware of Christopher Butt’s writings on subjects as diverse as the machinations within VAG, the social history of the W126 S-Class or indeed travels through Italy in his majestic Jaguar XJ12. So it is with with some pride and no little emotion that we salute Kris on his own website venture. Auto Didakt – for that is its name, is a German language automotive site, focusing upon landmark cars and the people instrumental in their creation. But don’t take my word, Kris can put it more succinctly…
“The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that’s alive”
‘Thus spoke a (largely) wise man back in the day. And this is also the reason why I write about automobiles, rather than toasters. Of course, there are just as many opinions about cars and their styling as there are vehicles on our roads.
I am therefore less interested in using this site to simply judge. I rather want to portray both entire cars – as well as minuscule details – that can be exciting, touching and sometimes even irritating. Beauty, by the way, is not the defining criterion. Considerably more important is what a car has to say about its origins, its creators and also its owners – after all, it is the characterful cars that tell the interesting stories.
Just like the men behind those very cars, incidentally. Which is the reason why, every now and again, I’ll introduce the people who created these automobiles.’
Auto Didakt launches with two major pieces, an interview with Burkard Bovensiepen, the father of ALPINA and a dissertation on Jaguar’s love-it-or-hate-it XJ-S.
Kris won’t be leaving us entirely, assuring us he’ll remain a continuing presence both in commentary and longer-form. Meanwhile, we wish him the very best with his new venture and heartily recommend you bookmark it – after all, even if you don’t read German, there’s always the photos…
Please note this website can now be enjoyed in English. (Please enjoy responsibly).