The good, the mad and the ugly ... not to mention Jeremy Clarkson: The golden years of motoring journalism?

 
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This book takes a light-hearted look at what the author considers to have been the golden age of motoring journalism - the last two decades of the 20th century. As a writer and tester for Motor magazine, founding Editor of Fast Lane magazine, and a freelance journalist with a weekly column in The Daily Telegraph, Peter Dron has many tales to tell. In these pages we meet industry moguls, unusual motoring journalists and various other passers-by. The reasons why it has all gone wrong, both for the motor industry and motoring journalism, are examined with candour. Although this book is essentially about cars and car people, the author ambitiously hopes that it may amuse, irritate or even inform people who are not interested in cars at all. If the readers are not amused, irritated or informed, the author does not mind in the least, provided they have bought the book with their own money rather than stolen it or acquired it by other means, fair or foul.

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Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of magazine road tests? If so, The Good, the Mad & the Ugly may be for you. Through 99 short essays, former Motor man Peter Dron tells a few truths, and reignites the old grudge, in his look back at what he claims to be the 'Golden Age' of motoring journalism. --Classi & Sports Car

Musings on motoring journalism throughout the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. Very funny. --Classic Cars

Even if your interest in cars, or the motor journalistic scene, is minimal, you will find much to enjoy in this book, mainly because it is just a darned good read! --Iain P W Robertson

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Peter Dron's writing career spans many years. In 1976 he joined Motor magazine, then Britain's biggest-selling weekly motoring magazine, as a road tester, rising to Features Editor. In 1984, he became the launch Editor of the British monthly magazine Fast Lane, which had a circulation of over 50,000, where he remained until 1991. Peter also wrote for The Daily Telegraph as a columnist and contributor for 15 years. In addition, he has written for numerous other publications in Britain, the USA, France, Germany, Australia, South Africa, and more. During the 1980s he tested approximately 100 cars per year.

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