Well, it’s almost here. The older one gets the quicker the years seem to hurtle by, and from one Christmas to another passes in the blink of an eye. But what a busy, hectic, frenetic year we have seen – again. Presently I am minded of the American humorist Will Rogers’ famous line: “I don’t make jokes – I just watch the Government and report the facts…” Of course throughout history – no matter how bad current affairs and what used to be debated so earnestly through the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s as “the International situation” might appear to be - true enthusiasts have always turned to more congenial motoring activities “to get away from it all”.
Doug Nye: Icebound – what racing drivers used to do in winter
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.