Driven to Explain



ER Intro

Eóin Doyle is a freelance writer currently dividing his time between London and West Cork. Driven to Write’s resident Jaguariste, he currently drives a twenty year old Saab but only in lieu of that XJ40 he keeps harping on about. 


ST Intro

Sean Patrick is an industrial designer turned decorative artist living in London. His dream garage would have a decent roof, would cost less than £60 a month to rent and have room to also squeeze in the Alfa Giulia Berlina he doesn’t yet own.  Until then he’ll park his Citroen SM in the street.


Richard Herriott

Richard Herriott lives in Denmark but not Copenhagen. He is a researcher and teacher in industrial design. His present car is a 1990 Citroen XM. For nearly a decade a Peugeot 604 has been his dream alternative but each year the budget for buying such a car is spent instead on machine-made cigars of indifferent quality.



SK Intro

The term ‘icon’ is often ill-used, but it is safe to suggest that Simon A Kearne is truly an icon in the world of transport publication. From the start of his career at 16 years of age as Goods Rolling Stock Reviewer for Modeller’s Monthly, he has moved seamlessly through the industry, including a spell at Jane’s Armoured Fighting Vehicles and a memorable period as assistant to the legendary motoring journalist, Archie Vicar. Following his unexpected retirement as Editor of Duple Coach Magazine, the Founders of DTW were fortunate to secure his services.

A true veteran, possessing the iron will and relentless self-confidence of a cerise Rolls Phantom accelerating down a Moscow VIP lane, Simon is the point of contact for all correspondence.

Email Simon


Was Then : Is nostalgia what it used to be? Has history taught us anything? In this area we discuss the past, but hopefully avoid the rosy glow of sentimentality.

Is Now : What is happening now, and where will it all end up. We’re not a site for running news, and the new season S-Class bumper trim is of little interest. But things are happening and they deserve comment.

Print The Legend : “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend” – to borrow a quote from a old John Ford movie. In our other areas we hope to present a pretty accurate, if sometimes subjective, view of the way things were or are. The only problem with this is that the way things were or are is sometimes… dull. Fortunately, this area falls outside the rigorous scruples and discipline we normally insist on, so we can afford to be as economical with the truth as official fuel consumption figures. Let us look at an alternative reality motor industry, where the goalposts of economics and legislation are forever on the move to our will, where our greatest dreams are achieved or where our worst fears are realised. Let us expose the frauds and skullduggery that never occurred. Let us scoop the non-existent.

Print The Legend is sponsored by The Journal of Automotive Progress (Subscription by Invitation Only) and its sister publication Car Chat (still only 99p).

Monthly Themes : Every month we propose a theme. A broad one, but a starting point, we hope, for things to develop.

Galleries : Not, we trust, a spot for ‘My Very Predictable Top Five Supercars’ but, although we hope to be word rich on this site, we can’t deny the allure of pictures. Interesting photos and make the descriptions as wordy as you please.

The Archie Vicar Archive : DTW is proud to be the new home of the Archive of the legendary motoring journalist


Our rules and guidelines are straightforward though, of course, verbose.

  • All original content (words and pictures) remains sole copyright of the authors and may not be republished in any format or platform except by their express permission.
  • There is no fixed minimum or maximum size for a contribution, but please don’t expect to deliver a series of staccato two-liners in a day and have them all featured – we are not a running comment website.
  • We would prefer that you publish under your proper name, or at least a variant of it, rather than a screen name, since ‘The History of the Desmodromic Valve’ by BigCheesyThing lacks gravitas.  However, if you insist, you may.
  • We would like contributions to be any combination of interesting, insightful, informative, controversial and amusing. The piece should be original, though attributed quoted references are naturally fine.
  • Please don’t submit anything that is not your own work – it would reflect quite badly on us, but it would reflect very badly on you.  We will do our best to check the provenance of anything submitted but, should you find anything on this site that should not be here, please let us know and, assuming you are correct, we will remove it promptly.
  • We don’t restrict to cars – cycles, motorbikes, buses and tanks, to name a few, have also changed our lives for good and for bad.  We are interested in facts and opinions on the past, present and future.  We reserve the right not to publish if we consider something to be gratuitously offensive, incomprehensible or supremely dull.  That said, you might read something here that you consider to be any one of those – if so we apologise in advance, but all these things are subjective, and it is our site after all.
  • We are not insisting that individual posts win literary prizes, though we do want them to read as well as possible, so emoticons and SMS abbreviations are banned from all posts.  If you must use them in comments, you may.  We lack the inclination to be grammarian pedants, but we do reserve the right to make any small corrections to spelling, grammar or punctuation. If more substantial changes are necessary in order to make something clearer, we will suggest and agree them with a contributor before publishing.
  • We are tolerant of occasional vulgarity, until it becomes repetitively gratuitous. Your definition of bigotry might not coincide with ours, but ours will be the default in judging and deleting offensive generalisations. In this, our view is final.
  • You may be robust when challenging opinions, but we will not tolerate personal insults to other posters.  If you can’t differentiate between these two things, this probably isn’t the site for you.  We don’t have the disposition or the financial clout to defend your desire to libel people so, if you consider that, say, someone in the industry is a crook or a con-artist, you’ll have to give us firm evidence before we publish.
  • Photos can be included. Images should be of good quality and preferably submitted as JPGs in a reasonably compact file size. Normal display sizes on this site are 300 pixels or 640 pixels wide. We try to credit photos we use here, but if we inadvertently use something we shouldn’t, (and you’re the owner), let us know and we’ll remove it.
  • This is an English language website, and there is probably a slight, though certainly not complete, Eurocentric bias to the Editor’s knowledge, but we have no desire for the scope of this site to be so restricted.  Some commentaries may be designed to start a discourse and, in these cases, subsequent comments, good or bad, sent in by others will be appended below them. However if you, or we, feel that is not appropriate to a particular subject, we will not offer that facility, although other contributors will still be able to submit a further piece inspired by something they have read.
  • In submitting, you grant us the right to maintain your contribution on our site indefinitely, without payment of any fee, but copyright remains with you, should you also wish to publish elsewhere.
  • Driven to Write reserves the right to take any action we deem appropriate to ensure this site is not disrupted or abused in any way. Similarly, we will remove all spam material, blatant advertisements and trolling.


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