Perhaps you might reflect that Jenks was completely his own man. He did what he wanted to do and lived life on his own terms. he cocked a snook at military service and worked for the war effort because he was interested in the technical problems it presented, not from a desire to further the aims of the allies. ( I am sure he would have cocked that same snook at Hitler had he been born German). He had proved his own personal disregard for danger in Eric Oliver's chair, he went on proving it as passenger to various drivers in competition. He just said what he thought and a lot of it gelled with what we, too, thought but could not express so beautifully. If somebody with those same qualifications were writing today I, for one, would have the same feelings of involvement as I derived from Jenks' writings
Thanks John, I agree with all that you say about him, and I hope that what I wrote didn't come across as some sort of criticism of him. I was just trying to suggest, and my second point was perhaps a poor example of it, that times change, as do attitudes, and that DSJ's forthright style of journalism might possibly be too strong for today's money-orientated, Health and Safety fixated, corporate bunch of nannyfied milksops.
If even the saintly JC*, who most certainly doesn't have "those same qualifications", was to suggest in a current publication that one could drive the latest Jaguar from A to B in X minutes (thanks Roger Clark and others for clarifying my ageing and ever-vaguer memories!), surely there would be uproar in the House, let alone the Daily Mail? I doubt the publication's editor/solicitor would even allow it into print. An AVERAGE (stated as c10 miles in c9 minutes) of what, around 75? On public roads, on the Prime Minister's own turf?
"Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven."
Lucky we young were, to live in that very heaven of proper cars, empty roads and forthright Continental Correspondents.
*Fill in as necessary.
Edited by johnthebridge, 13 August 2013 - 08:02.