The Motoring Forum 2018

The Club’s Motoring Forum has become a firm favourite in the London Motor Week festivities, and this year was no exception.

Now in its seventh year, members and guests were treated to a fascinating array of presentations, on a variety of motoring-related topics, which included an Edwardian themed fashion show, a history of roads in Britain, European manufacturers in the US and motoring fiction.

The Club was delighted to welcome historian Evan Ide who provided a fascinating talk on ‘European Motor Manufacturers in the US Market pre-1914’. The talk focussed on the factors that led to their rise and demise and talked about some of the colourful stories associated with these ventures.

Richard Peskett’s talk on the history of roads in Britain explored the development of road building in Britain from Roman Times to the trade roads of the 15th Century. Whilst Mary-Jo Ashenfelter-Heckman’s catwalk show brought history alive – the fun and entertaining exploration of Edwardian motoring fashion included some stalwarts of the Veteran Car Run donning genuine Harris tweed plus fours in true fashion show style!

Finally, John Boothman’s presentation `Romance on the Road’ focussed on motoring related novels and short stories from the turn of the century to the outbreak of WWII, a period of rapid development in car design and the social and romantic conventions for those fortunate to own them.

Rounding off the day was Club member and Veteran Car Steering Group member Daniel Ward with his popular and entertaining Veteran Car Run themed quiz.

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