Born in Wigan in 1939, David Culshaw was educated initially at Wigan Grammar School. His teachers suggested he send his postwar car production notes to a publisher, and so, when only 19 years of age, his manuscript was taken up by Temple Press Ltd, publishers of The Motor. Practical automotive skills were honed by an uncle who had worked at Leyland Motors and Daimler. Education continued at Loughborough University, after which a commission arose from Walter Parrish International Ltd for a definitive history of the British Motor Industry from 1895 to date. Written with Peter Horrobin, the result was published in 1974 by McMillan in the UK and Morrow in the USA. It was reissued by Veloce in 1997, and remains a standard work of reference. David’s obsession with the Alvis marque from the age of 15 led to the publication of a series of 16 booklets on the different models, and later, a definitive work on the postwar Three-Litre ranges. For many years he has been granted exclusive access to Alvis Company Records, which has contributed in no small way to the accuracy of the tables and the veracity of the text in his latest book, Alvis Society – A Century of Drivers.