WELCOME TO DRIVEN TO WRITE
Eóin Doyle is a writer currently living a bi-polar existence between London and the Republic of Ireland. Co-founder and Editor, with responsibility for the day-to-day running of the site, Eóin remains, amid his other weaknesses, a lifelong automotive enthusiast. Driven to Write’s resident Jaguariste, he currently smokes about in an twenty three year old Saab of dubious provenance, but only in lieu of that elusive XJ40 he keeps harping on about.
Richard Herriott lives in Denmark but not Copenhagen. He is a researcher and teacher in industrial design. His present car is a 1990 Citroën 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.
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 moved seamlessly through the industry, including a spell at Jane’s Armoured Fighting Vehicles and a memorable period as assistant to legendary motoring journalist, Archie Vicar. Following his unexpected retirement as Editor of Duple Coach Magazine, the DTW founders were fortunate to secure his services. Our Consultant Editor, combining the iron will and relentless self-confidence of a cerise Rolls Phantom accelerating down a Moscow VIP lane with the predictability of a Chevrolet Corvair on a wet roundabout, Simon is both our touchstone and our forewarning.
Our rules and guidelines are straightforward though, of course, verbose.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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