RTFM, goes the aphorism, when something doesn't work as it's supposed to: Read The Flaming Manual, or something similar but stronger. But people ever more often don't.
John Simister: Lamenting the demise of the motor manual
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.