Wayne Webster was formerly the auto editor for Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. Now retired, he still maintains a razor-sharp wit, an unsentimental view of the world of cars and the car business, and has insights honed over years of listening to PR BS being directed at him by car companies.
During my time with Jaguar Australia Wayne joined me on a number of trips to Europe, including a one-day, roundtrip dash in a motor coach from Frankfurt to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium to watch the Silk Cut Jaguars in action.
He has a reputation for ‘spirited driving’ including this now-famous shot of him at the wheel of a Jaguar XJ6 somewhere in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, trying to set a record for the fastest completion of the road test course.
Wayne was not alone in the hijinks department. Witness this shot of him and two of his comrades-in-arms (David ‘Haggis’ Robertson riding the shoulders of Will Hagon) in the main street of Woodstock, in the Cotswolds, following a lunch lubricated with some of France’s best reds.
Perhaps his greatest achievement, in addition to entertaining his fellow travellers with his pithy and pungent comments on life in general, was an outstanding and definitive book he authored on Australia’s legendary touring car driver, Peter Brock.
Wayne was, and is a great writer, and I’m proud of the fact our friendship has survived my life in PR, dealing with his candid and irreverent treatment of my best efforts.