There has been much in the motoring press recently about the extraordinary fact that the ever-youthful, always free-thinking designer Gordon Murray created his first car half a century ago. And that, appropriately but coincidentally, he has set up a new car-making enterprise at Dunsfold, a creative mecca with as test track made famous by Top Gear.
John Simister: Learning the Gordon Murray formula
A deep concern for the planet's welfare ensures that the cars in John Simister's current assemblage of classics all have engines of under a litre, including a two-stroke Saab which causes the road behind to disappear from view after a cold start. This squares well with John's status as a Car of the Year jury member and a writer both on modern cars and old ones, the latter for Octane and Practical Classics. He has been a journalist since 1984, and lives in the Chiltern Hills with his wife Deborah and a dog called Sprocket.