Full Speed Ahead

The generation game


Early in my journalistic career, I became the maritime editor for a new weekly magazine, which was called Speed & Power, designed for ten- to 14-year-olds, with some brilliant writers.

The aviation editor was, in real life, a famous aviator who popped up on the TV in the aftermath of every air crash, while the chap who wrote about road transport was normally test-driving supercars for the most prestigious motoring magazines. The greatest living expert on trains contributed columns on railways, although they were a bit stumped when it came to ships. I was technical editor of their little shipbuilding weekly and the nearest person to hand, so I got the job.

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