There are some tasks one confronts with the utmost reluctance. It’s as if writing an obituary or a tribute to an old friend who has died somehow converts the blunt news – which part of one file in a drawer marked “I don’t have to believe it” – into an uncomfortable reality and sets the unwelcome, the sense of loss, in stone.
Doug Nye: RIP Dan Gurney – top‑class driver, top‑class man
Doug Nye began writing about racing cars at ‘Motor Racing’ magazine in 1963-64. Today he is a multiple award-winning motor sports journalist and author of over 50 years’ experience, with some 70 books to his name. He is Goodwood Motorsport’s founding Historian and consultant and fulfils similar roles for Bonhams Auctioneers and the Collier Collection/Revs Institute in Naples, FL, USA. He is a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council at Beaulieu, Hants, and is a regular columnist for ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, while contributing to many other specialist periodicals worldwide.