Video: Sir Harold Evans Lauds The Ultimate Bond Car And Dreams Of Getting Tina Brown In The Back Seat


Sir Harold Evans, octogenarian writer and editor of The Week, has had no shortage of excitement when it comes to cars: his motorist lineage can even be directly linked to 007.

But when it comes to his foxy wife, Daily Beast/Newsweek editor Tina Brown, he’d like to trick things out a bit more, as it were.

And with due cause. Evans, over his years as a journalist, has found his purchases more mundane and, in his own assessment, “very boring.”

“I used to drive Jaguars and Mercedes,” he said. “And I’m now driving a Ford, partly out of patriotism. It’s called Taurus, which is a bull.”

After raving about Alan Mullaly’s handling of Ford during the bailout, he reveled in the memory of his time as editor of the Sunday Times in London.

“Don’t forget,” he said. “I employed the man who wrote the James Bond books, Ian Fleming. So the Aston Martin was the Sunday Times car.”

Given the espionage bent he has associated with his automotive passion and literary career, we wondered whether he’d like to revive some of that secret agent fervor.

What would he ride off into the sunset in with his editrix wife?

“I had a car, when I was driving in America in the ’50s, which was a Chevrolet,” he began. “And this car, the backseat, I had it engineered so at the press of a button, it became a bed. That’s the car.”

The giddily maniacal laugh tells the rest of the tale.

Stashi is an Editor at Driver Pulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and latest news throughout the automotive industry. From the sight of sleek curves to the sound of a roaring engine, old and new, she has a great love for vehicles of all makes and models. What she finds most exciting is that automakers of iconic muscle cars from the past, such as Ford and Chevrolet, are reproducing them for this generation of gearheads. Her dream car, the 1964 or 1966 Ford Mustang, is the ultimate American pony car and paved the way for her love of growling and rumbling engines of old school muscle cars. She spent her whole life in the Midwest and still finds herself playing the same game she once played with her father when she was a young girl. It’s a game her father liked to call “Name that make and model”. This game has become more challenging as the years pass making it a great way to pass the time on long road trips. She believes that automobiles, old and new, are an art form that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

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