Hilton Holloway reflects on the history of British roads, from Roman strategic routes to the organic lanes and hollow ways cut by cart wheel and human foot throughout the ages. Nothing has done more for the aspirations of the working class than the automobile, he argues, and today’s aversion to the road – and the car – fails to recognise the freedom that access to motor transport has given us.

Hilton Holloway grew up in the Lancashire industrial town of Leyland and left, enthusiastically, to study product design for six years at three Polytechnic art colleges. He briefly practised in mountain-bike design in the US and UK before moving to motoring journalism, working at three London-based titles for over 22 years. He has received numerous awards, including the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Journalist of the Year and News Writer of the Year three times. The job had a global brief and cumulated in a decade of intensive hyper- mobility and a BA Gold card. Hilton is currently recovering in the Surrey Hills.