Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.
David E. Davis was a mountain of a man, both literally and figuratively. Standing 6'3" and solidly built, he certainly had a commanding physical presence. His real presence, though, was felt on the page. A one-time editor and publisher of Car and Driver and the founder of Automobile magazine, he certainly cast a light over all of automotive journalism.
Though he sadly passed away two years ago, his presence can still be felt. When a lot of the older buff books would be afraid of actual automotive criticism, Davis took a stand. In 1967, he was forced to quit after giving a glowing review to the BMW 2002. The car itself was great, but the only downside was the radio. When Davis was asked to rescind the heinous accusation (yes, sarcasm) of a car having a crap sound system, he chose to resign instead. He was that kind of guy, and not all guys are that kind of guy.