Driven to Explain

WELCOME TO DRIVEN TO WRITE

ABOUT THE EDITORS

ER Intro

Eóin Doyle is a writer currently living a bi-polar existence between London and the Republic of Ireland. Co-founder and acting 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.

 

ABOUT THE SENIOR EDITOR

SK Intro

The term 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 legendary motoring journalist, Archie Vicar. Following his unexpected retirement as Editor of Duple Coach Magazine, the DTW founders 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 final arbiter in all matters.

SITE GUIDELINES

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 or 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.

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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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One thought on “Driven to Explain”

  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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