Driven to Explain



ER Intro

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 HerriottRichard 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.


SK Intro

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.


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  1. I have been researching the Delahaye Type 175, 178 and 180 series of 4.5-liter, six-cylinder engined, exclusively coachbuilt chassis, for over three decades. In this arduous process, I have acquired a great deal of information, sort of through osmosis. And that is due to the scarcer-than-hens-teeth lack of information able to be sourced. Even the global authority on the marque, Club Delahaye, has been of marginal use. According to its retired octogenarian race-car historian, past archivist, and auto-journalist Andre Vaucourt, this august organization of enthusiastic volunteers has “no technical information, whatsoever” on this rare motorized chassis-series in its archive. Sad but true. Only 107 examples are recorded as having been built, of which 24 have been reported to Club Delahaye as Survivors. I own the first of them all: the factory’s pre-production prototype that did further yeoman service as its sustained high-speed and performance test-mule for its even rarer Type 175S racing-engines.

    I have done as much as I can to provided data to the Club, through its president and fellow auto-journalist, Jean-Paul Tissot, as I come across documented substantiated facts obtained from around the globe. Much of what I have has been derived from the finite physical evidence discovered throughout the lengthy gestation period involved in reconstructing my own Delahaye from this series. It came into being by or before March 1944, during the war. It was known to involved factory workers as reference-number 92002, from early 1946 until it seemingly vanished, in November 1947. Its extinction was over-blown. It did not manage to vanish into thin air. This historically pivotal machine, after having served its dual purposes, was liquidated. It was sold to an unsuspecting third party, so that the company could, not entirely ethically, recover some portion of its design and development costs. Delahaye never built a chassis-series beginning in a “9”, but there it was, with six, count ’em, six, pre-production units, all of which differed in detail. One was the prototype; another was its Paris Auto Salon show-chassis. This one, numbered as being 92002 became, like a butterfly leaving its larval cocoon, a seductively attractive coachbuilt cabriolet, assigned “production build number 820001”. It was the first of the breed, in more ways than merely numerically.

    I have previously contributed a considerable amount of information about this Delahaye series to WIKIPEDIA, and it has from there been disseminated by a variety of resources intimating their expertise through blatant plagiarism of my efforts. It matters not a whit to me. I realized long ago that there is less than no point in my endeavouring to have a book published on this esoteric topic, because there are not remotely enough potential buyers, and I do not need piles of boxes of unsold books cluttering my home. Instead, I hope to correct a number of fallacies that continue to prevail out there on this little known subject; and, in so doing, contribute factual information, for the enlightenment of enthusiasts, owners, collectors, museum curators, and auto-historians associated with the most prominent auction houses.

    You may have noticed, that like yourselves, I have a propensity for verbosity.

    But, have I captured your interest?

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