Monday, July 5, 2010

Charles Spencer King, 1925-2010

"Sadly, the 4x4 has become an acceptable alternative to Mercedes or BMW for the pompous, self-important driver. To use them for the school run, or even in cities or towns at all, is completely stupid." - Charles Spencer King
Spen King, who died on 26 June, led the team that developed the Range Rover. According to his obit in the NY Times, he also designed aluminum engines for the Triumph Stag and TR8, "powerful convertibles in the English sports car tradition." As Bill Baker, ex-Rover, said, "He was a go-fast and turn-tight type guy." He was hit by a van while on his bike - riding it because a detached retina kept him from driving. Not likely to RIP.

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