Early in the history of mass ownership of ‘autocars’, the magazine sought to engage and inform enthusiasts on the best ways to handle and maintain their cars.
However, few articles could have been as entertaining as this analysis of the “disturbing yet fascinating phenomenon” of skidding. Not least because it was purportedly penned by the appropriately named BPW Twist MA and began opposite an advert for the Fiat Pillarless Saloon, which, with 10hp, hardly seemed likely to require a dab of ‘oppo’.
“Caution on a slippery road is essential, of course,” warned Twist, “but it is those people who drive gingerly along in fear of a skid rather than in the expectation of it who are likely to find their car out of control.”
Reflecting the more carefree nature of the times, Twist went on: “Yes, in the interests of general safety, the best advice is – choose your time and your place with some care, and try to skid.”
Twist’s logic was that any application of opposite lock must become instinctive: “One cannot, as soon as the car begins to skid, remark to the passenger, ‘Pass me the issue of The Autocar for February 2nd, my dear, and turn to page 173’.”