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David E. Davis, Jr. – Click above for high-res image

Legendary automotive journalist David E. Davis, Jr. passed away earlier this week at the age of 80. Davis (known to his countless friends and colleagues simply as "David E.") was a prolific writer, with published bits of wit and wisdom dating back over fifty years.

David E. spent a lengthy tenure atop the masthead of Car and Driver, and the magazine has put together a collection of his most memorable pieces published in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Davis had a passion for driving "great cars on great roads," and stories like his April, 1968 C/D review of the BMW 2002 showcase his influence. In writing about the 2002, Davis brought BMW front and center within the mind of the American automotive enthusiast.

A total of nine stories are offered in C/D's collection, available as either text or downloadable magazine-layout PDFs. Head over to Car and Driver's website to read the lot.

[Source: Car and Driver | Image: Winding Road]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe he is gone... It seemed to me like he was always there when I opened a car mag, and now I feel like I took him for granted. I never met the man but I feel like I lost a friend.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never really found him to be relevant to the type of cars that I found interesting. I am sure that people his age found him more interesting and that is always the case when it comes to public figures. I wish his family the best.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a pleasure to read David E.'s 2002 road test after 43 years. My brother and I were still teenagers when based on Car and Driver's assessment, we convinced my father that he HAD to buy a '66 911 at a time when none of us had seen one in person. Then there was the review of the BMW 1600 which prompted selling the beetle convertible as the family car. It happened again with the 2002. By that time my brother was working and able to buy his own 2002 and I was able to sell my beetle sunroof (white with shelby blue stripes, lucas fog lights, michelins on Porsche rims - a big deal in my mind) and buy the 1600 from my parents. Those three cars gave endless miles of enjoyment, with my brothers seeing many afternoons of autocrosses. Thanks David for helping my father be a good father!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I consider myself privileged to have spent a week with David E. doing exactly that: Driving Great Cars, on Great Roads. It was on the Going To The Sun Rally back in 2006. David E. and his wife were there in their vintage Corvette and we toured the best roads of the Last Best Place. He took a liking to my father, who is close in age and temperament, and it was a pleasure to just sit and listen to their conversations at our meal and rest stops.
      • 3 Years Ago
      RIP David.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for my poor behavior in a prior thread about Mr. Davis. Thanks to all who helped me to realize this.