In early 1969, my father bought a new pair of shoes. He must have wanted them for a long time because they were described on the box as 'The Shoe You've Always Promised Yourself'. The shoes were named Gluv Capri, and the box bore a picture of the car, also newly launched, to which the owner of the newly-shod feet might also aspire.
John Simister: A hankering for the coolest coupe of all
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.