My Life With Cars & Other Vehicles
by Leslie Scrase
Sometimes it’s easy to imagine cars are just for getting from ‘a’ to ‘b’ – but we all know deep down that each vehicle has a character of its own. In this
humorously offbeat and unusual book we share in Leslie Scrase’s life through his automotive experiences, where Jaguars and VW camper vans are
viewed with equal affection.
Having always loved cars from his very earliest days, the 1950s found Leslie
with his first purchase of a 1934 Austin 7, which became known as Aubrey – and Aubrey was to prove a valuable early lesson in the art of car ownership and
driving in general!
Leslie amusingly describes events in his life in relation to the vehicles he
has encountered; at one point even finding himself in South India where the
transport was an ancient Ford Anglia.
There are cars, minibuses and camper vans, and a Vauxhall Victor, which
together with a Pemberton caravan come truly to life in one chapter as Vera and
Charlie, causing considerable trouble for their owner Leslie!
Eventually love of cars and driving led Leslie to start a chauffeur driven car
hire company in Surrey. The cars were all Daimlers and Jaguars, and the
clientele were largely leading businessmen, politicians and stars of stage and
screen, some of whom provide an interesting lesson on the affect money and
power can have on human nature.
The author was born in Addiscombe, East Croydon. He was evacuated in 1939 and
again in 1940, which led to his attendance at Selhurst Grammar School followed
by Shebbear College in North Devon.
Following National Service in the Royal Navy he went to Richmond College,
London University. Trained as a Methodist Minister, he worked in many places
around Britain and also in South India, where he was Principal of an adult
When his views on theology changed, Leslie Scrase left his Ministry and created
his own business in Surrey: Alpha Cars, a chauffeur driven service mostly for
businessmen and the stars. In 1996 he left this business to concentrate on his
work as a Humanist Celebrant, lecturer and author.
His published books include a number of thought-provoking commentaries dealing
with Humanism and theology, fiction for both adults and children, poetry and
three autobiographical fiction accounts: An Evacuee; A Prized Pupil! and A Reluctant Seaman.
Twice married, he and Wendy share over twenty grandchildren. In their spare time they are to be found at their
home in Dorset.