The rugby legend talks about the World Cup contenders, motoring and the long-standing appeal of A Question of Sport 

“I get star-struck when we have some of the world’s greatest sportsmen on the show”

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Welcome to the Autumn issue of<br><i>The AA Magazine</i>
The AA Magazine

Welcome to the Autumn issue of
The AA Magazine

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Film franchises don’t get much bigger than James Bond, though for lightsabre-lovers of a certain age – roughly mine – then perhaps Star Wars is number one. This autumn is a bumper harvest, as eagerly anticipated new movies from both camps hit our screens in the next few months.

Aston Martin will forever be associated with 007, but what does it take to design new wheels for the perennial super spy? The man who knows is Marek Reichman, the manufacturer’s chief stylist who has seen his pencil sketches turned into stunning supercar reality. He writes exclusively about the experience in this issue.

Rugby is also taking centre stage this season as the World Cup arrives back on our shores. No-one knows the game better than our celebrity AA Driving School candidate, A Question of Sport team captain Matt Dawson, and he shares his insight – as well as his motoring life – in our exclusive interview. He even reveals who might win.

As usual, we’ve featured the best of what’s new from the automotive world, with details of a planned return for the London Motor Show, roads made entirely of solar panels and the grand opening of the UK’s biggest new car factory for more than 20 years.

That’s all about the future, so we’ve also taken a look into the past as well – specifically the earliest days of the AA. We’ve unearthed a wealth of fascinating facts about the motoring organisation’s history – too much for one article, so we’ve split it into two and will publish the rest next time.

Every year as the clocks go back, the issue of road safety raises its head as campaigners argue that the current system of time-shifting puts lives at risk. Having a similar impact is the current fashion for switching off street-lights after midnight to save money and energy. It’s obviously well-meant, but as AA President Edmund King found out to his cost, it can have consequences. He reports on what happened and how it sparked some important AA research.

As ever, we’d love your feedback or ideas for stories. We’ll be back in the winter with more features and competitions. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Richard Yarrow

Richard Yarrow
Editor, The AA Magazine