Obituary – Stuart Marshall
Stuart Marshall, one of the UK’s best-known former tyre industry journalists, has passed away aged 82.
With a background in newspapers and public relations following wartime service in the RAF, Marshall became editor of TAB, the British tyre industry’s business magazine, in the 1970s. He also served as European editor of the US publication Modern Tire Dealer, and gained a reputation as a leading writer about, in the words of a colleague “the black round things that keep you on the road.” Marshall’s other writing credits include a range of leading UK publications including the Guardian, Illustrated London News and the Financial Times, for whom he was a regular columnist for more than 20 years.
Marshall was also a strong advocate of the diesel engine, and foresaw their rise in popularity many years before their European sales finally outstripped those of petrol cars.
Following his formal retirement in the late 1990s he remained an occasional contributor to the Weekend Financial Times, and in 2001 was made a life member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. Stuart Marshall is survived by his wife Cherie, his daughter Gilly and two grandchildren.