Sitting on a bookshelf just opposite me as I write is a bound run of the early French motoring journal ‘La France Automobile’. It was launched in 1896 by an enthusiastic journalist and entrepreneur, and co-founder of the Automobile Club de France, named Paul Meyan. His first editorial explained that “Just as the Automobile Club de France is an enterprise of encouragement, ‘La France Automobile’ will be the organ of propaganda that will drive the same principles…”.
A brief history of early land speed record cars
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.