Blog: Dave LeggettRacking up the just-auto mileage

Dave Leggett | 26 June 2009

We have just passed something of a milestone here. I hope it doesn't sound too introspective, but our online database of news and feature articles, all sequentially numbered, has just ticked over the 100,000 mark.

That's a pretty big archive of material and hitting a milestone like that has caused us to stand back and pause for a moment's reflection.

Phew, 100,000 articles on just-auto. That's a big number. If you printed all those articles out and laid them end to end, they would stretch all the way to the moon.

Okay, I obviously made that up, but let's get the old calculator out...

Let's make the assumption that each one, on average, when printed out, takes up a single sheet of A4 paper. A single sheet of A4 is 297mm in length. That means, according to my calculator, those 100,000 sheets would stretch to 29,700 metres which is 29.7 kilometres (18.4 miles). Travelling east, that would get you from London to Southend for a paddle in what passes for the sea in the Thames estuary. Not quite as impressive as a paper chain that gets to the moon, I know, but that's some distance.

Anyway, it's a lot of articles since we began operations way back in 1999.

Myself and deputy editor Graeme Roberts have been here at our desks and out on assignment since 2000. Many of the journalist/analyst/research editorial contributors on just-auto have been with us since then also. The time has flown by and it's been a blast from the outset. Even in these tough times – our duty is to report and analyse, but when the industry feels pain, we quietly empathise with those affected - there's so much to keep us fascinated, so much to write about and to consider. The automotive industry is constantly buzzing and there's never a dull moment, as they say.

We will raise a mug of tea to just-auto and all those who sail – or have sailed - in her, colleagues past and present. And of course, we don't forget the people like you who read our publication and keep us in business.

Below is a link to just-auto article number 100,000 (you can see that milestone number in the URL).



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