Some people get upset when royalty die. Some people get upset when soap stars die. But when I think it’s sad when someone I’ve never met dies, it’s often someone who has changed the world in ways most people don’t notice.
And the latest person in that category is Charles Spencer (“Spen”) King.
Who? I hear you ask.
Spen King lead the design teams for the Rover 2000 and SD1, Triumph Stag, TR6 and TR7, and most notably the original Range Rover. Arguably the TD7 wasn’t his best work, but it’s still an fantastic CV.
The world has lost one of the finest car designers ever. The man who arguably created an entire new segment of the car market – the luxury SUV – is no longer with us.
That’s worth raising a glass in his memory.