You may not have heard of Gérard Welter, who has died at the age of 75. But you will surely know some of his creations, be they a humble supermini or the fastest car ever to have blazed along the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. For Welter was a man with a surprising breadth of motivations.
John Simister: Gérard Welter – the man who made the ideas work
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.