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OCT 16th 2017
John Simister

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John Simister: Re‑living the rotary glory days

Sometimes it seems that anniversaries are the lifeblood of classic car journalism. I make no apology, though, for marking this one before 2017 is itself history. It's 50 years since you could first buy, from the price lists, a car with a Wankel rotary engine.

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John Simister

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.

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