L. J. K. Setright

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L. J. K. Setright
Born (1931-08-10)August 10, 1931
London
Died September 7, 2005(2005-09-07) (aged 74)
Occupation Air traffic controller, Lawyer, Author, Journalist
Alma mater University College London
Genres Non-fiction history and technology
Subjects Automotive and motorcycling
Notable award(s) Gwen Salmon Trophy for automotive photography, fellow Institute of Mechanical Engineers (1969), fellow Institute of Rubber Industries (1970)

Leonard John Kensell Setright (10 August 1931 – 7 September 2005) was an English motoring journalist and author.[1]

Born of Australian parents in London, his father Henry Roy Setright, was an engineer who invented the Setright ticket machine used on buses and trams.[1] Setright studied Law at the University of London and practised for a time but hated the profession. His National Service was served in the Royal Air Force as an air traffic controller.

After writing for the engineering magazine Machine Age in the early 1960s, Setright became a motoring journalist and author, contributing to CAR Magazine for more than 30 years and writing several books on cars and automotive engineering.[2] Setright's writing style polarised readers as some[who?] considered it to be pompous and containing excessively esoteric quotes, while others[who?] found his erudite style and engineering knowledge a welcome change from the usual lightweight and largely non-technical journalistic style.

Setright also wrote about music, motorcycles and high-fidelity sound systems, and contributed to among others Punch, The Independent, Bike, Back Street Heroes and Car and Driver.[3] [4] He was also known for his love of smoking tobacco, in particular of Sobranie Black Russian cigarettes.[2]

Setright was a practising Jew and Judaism scholar.[1] Married twice, his first wife Christine committed suicide in 1980.[4] After this he spent some time in a Lubavitch community in Texas,[4] later returning to the UK. He died of cancer in 2005.

List of works[edit]

Author
  • Setright, L.J.K. (1971). Ferrari, Ballantines Illustrated History of the Car, Marque Book No. 5. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-02343-9. 
  • —— (1971). Rolls-Royce, Ballantine's Illustrated History Of The Car, Marque Book No. 7. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-02386-2. 
  • —— (1971). The Power to Fly: The Development of the Piston Engine in Aviation. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 0-04-338041-7. 
  • —— (1973). The Grand Prix, 1906 to 1972. Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. ISBN 0-17-148025-2. 
  • —— (1974). Bristol Cars and Engines. Motor Racing Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-900549-22-X. 
  • —— (1975). Rolls-Royce. Haynes Publishing Group. ISBN 0-85429-200-4. 
  • —— (1975). Some Unusual Engines. Mechanical Engineering Publications. ISBN 0-85298-208-9. 
  • —— (1976). The Designers: Great Automobiles and the Men Who Made Them. Follet Publishing. ISBN 0-695-80584-3. 
  • —— (1976). Motorcycles. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 978-0-297-77234-7. 
  • —— (1976). Turbocharging and Supercharging for maximum power and torque. J H Haynes. ISBN 0-85429-184-9. 
  • —— (1978). Anatomy of the Automobile. Random House Value Publishing. ISBN 0-517-26999-6. 
  • —— (1978). Bahnstormer: The Story of BMW Motorcycles. Transport Bookman Publications. ISBN 0-85184-021-3. 
  • —— (1979). The Guinness book of motorcycling facts and feats. Guinness Superlatives. ISBN 978-0-85112-200-7. 
  • —— (1999). Mercedes-Benz SL and SLC. Motorbooks International. ISBN 1-85532-880-1. 
  • —— (1999). Mini : The Design Icon of a Generation. Virgin Books. ISBN 1-85227-815-3. 
  • —— (2004). Drive On!: A Social History of the Motor Car. Granta Books. ISBN 1-86207-698-7. 
  • —— (2006). Long Lane with Turnings: Last Words of a Motoring Legend. Granta Books. ISBN 1-86207-872-6. 
Coauthor
  • Hough, Richard Alexander; Setright, L.J.K. (1966). A history of the world's motorcycles. New York: Harper & Row. LCCN 66018583. 
  • Setright, L. J. K.; Forsyth, Derek; Newman, Robert (1987). With flying colours: the Pirelli album of motor sport; The Pirelli Album of Motor Sport Series. Summit Books. ISBN 0-671-64459-9. 
Editor

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "LJK Setright". The Daily Telegraph. 17 September 2005. 
  2. ^ a b 10, August (6 October 2005). "L. J. K. Setright". The Times Online (London). 
  3. ^ "L. J. K. Setright". The Independent. 19 September 2005. 
  4. ^ a b c Williams, Mark (19 September 2005). "LJK Setright". The Guardian (London).