Amid the current obsession with the industry's future, we ought to remember the greats of its past — the ones who really did understand the future and helped to shape it.
Roy Lunn, who died this month at 92, is a shining example. Not only was he a brilliant engineer, he was an engineer with a vision.
Lunn's achievements have been recounted in our pages — for starters, the Ford GT40 that dislodged Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s, the 105E Ford Anglia in 1959 that set sales records in the U.K., the Mustang I concept that foretold the original Mustang, and the 1983 Cherokee XJ that changed the world. It was enough for two hall of fame careers.
Like all the greats, he had the aptitude and the instincts. Indeed, remembering Roy Lunn is to remember all of the engineering geniuses who have made the industry what it is.