Welcome to 2022

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Lancia Appia
Image: La Repubblica

When Driven to Write was initiated in 2014, it was with a combination of blind faith, optimism and a certain naivety. Now, almost eight years on, we appear to have established a solid niche amid the outer margins of automotive discourse; well removed from the mainstream, but nonetheless, a distinct and distinctive part of the conversation.

2021 has been another intensely difficult year for us all, so much being lost amid a seemingly endless (if mostly necessary) series of restrictions and privations. Yet, we have demonstrated our resilience; our overwhelming capacity to Continue reading “Welcome to 2022”

Resolutions, Revolutions and Restitutions

Dear Readers

Lea Francis Lynx

First of all, if you keep the Gregorian Calendar, I wish you all the best for the imminent New Year.  As this is the traditional time for making promises that we are unlikely to honour, I have asked the Driven To Write staff (including myself) for their resolutions or wishes for 2015.

Simon A Kearne : I have two wishes that I repeat every year. One is that I will drink less sherry.  The other is that the Lea Francis brand will return.  Mercifully neither of these things ever happens.

Richard Herriott : My wishes for the New Year are to see the extermination of the false reverse rake d-pillar. I also want to see deeper side-glass on passenger cars. Finally, I would like to hope that ashtrays could once again regain their position of dominance in car interiors.  If Simon is allowed to ask for Lea-Francis, I want Humber.

Sean Patrick : I have many motoring wishes, but I am resigned that few of them will ever happen. I gave up hoping for the renaissance of Citroen a long time ago. I’d like to see a more knowledgeable buying public demanding real-world cars that suit them, rather than manufacturers giving us stuff we don’t need. Fat chance. On a personal level, I must sort out the side mirrors on my SM and travel in it to Retromobile or Techno-Classic Essen – but then I’ve promised myself that for the past three years.

Eóin Vincent : I, Eoin Vincent, being of sound-(ish) mind do solemnly swear to henceforth:   Ignore the subject of Jaguar during the coming year  /  Stop worrying and learn to love Gorden Wegener and all his works  /  Lose my obsession with Sergio Marchionne’s obsession with knitwear  /  Learn the art of brevity  /  Get a grip on punctuation and sentence structure  /  Become DriventoWriteMoreFrequently