The Auto Biography: British Motoring from Golden Age to Gridlock
BACK IN THE DAYS when petrol stations had pump attendants, AA patrolmen saluted, and your granny put on her Sunday best to go out in ‘the motorcar’, Mark Wallington saw the world from the back seat of his dad’s Ford Popular. Playground credibility was all about your collection of Dinky toys and the car your dad drove. Then the Ford Popular had to go. 2013, and Mark drives a Ford Focus. A grey one. It’s sensible, reliable, and eco-friendly. It’s probably going to outlast him. How did he get to this? From Donald Campbell to Jeremy Clarkson, from ‘Lovely Rita Meter Maid’ to ‘Road to Hell’, The Auto Biography charts the story of British motoring from the driving seat. Having grown up in the golden age of motoring in the 1950s, and now getting ready for his free bus pass in the age of gridlock, Mark Wallington takes us on a nostalgic journey through the cars he’s loved and owned to create this funny and evocative portrait of Britain on the road. STARRING: The Morris Oxford, The Morris 1000, The Leyland Terrier, The Triumph 6, The Peugeot Estate, The VW Camper Van, and three generations of Ford.
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