If you hang around these parts long enough, if you don’t want to leave Autocar for a job that allows you to buy a Porsche, eventually they give you an unfathomable job title and a column. It’s the accepted magazine way.
And if they do that, you’ll want to keep notes, ideas, things to write about in an upcoming issue. Because although you’ll always have more nonsense about autonomous vehicles to fall back on, having one new idea for column a week frequently doesn’t – for me, anyway – come when the deadline approaches. And sometimes chief sub-editor Tim Dickson isn’t around to tell me what to write about.
So I keep a page of notes on my phone, one-line ideas I write down when they occur to me, some of which make the cut and appear here. Some of them, however, don’t. Perhaps they’re too short, or too obscure, or perhaps I have no idea what I meant when I wrote them down at 3am.
Why my notes wanted me to check the visitor numbers at Stonehenge, for example, I now have no idea. Nor why there is a line that says ‘1901 Baker electric speed machine’.
I do know why there’s one that reads ‘Honda Civic Type R heights’. Do you remember the old bread vanlike Civic Type R? I used to think it felt tall and upright, but it looks quite low and sporty these days. Perhaps cars, I figured, have become taller. Guess what? Quite a few have. It’s not worth 570 words, though, is it?