Supported Books

Publishing Achievements. The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust has assisted the production of a wide variety of highly successful publications including:

British Motorcycles 1945 – 1965: Aberdale to Wooler

Author: Rinsey Mills
Publisher: Herridge & Sons

From the forgotten Aberdale, of Llwynypia, Wales, to the ingeniously eccentric Wooler, of north-west London, here is alphabetical coverage – in no less than 600 pages – of British motorcycle makes of the period 1945-1965, among them great names such as AJS, BSA, Matchless, Norton, Royal Enfield, Triumph and Vincent. The two decades covered by this book represent the final flowering of the motorcycle industry in Britain, a period when British bikes were shipped all over the world, when America discovered high-performance British twins and when ton-up boys vied with each other in feats of horrific daring. In the meantime, rush-hour roads...

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Aspects of Motoring History 14

Author: Edited by Craig Horner
Publisher: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 14, edited by Craig Horner, features:

  • Ford's British Engineering and design facilities in the 1950s and 1960s by Nick Hull
  • H.G. Creasey & Sons (commercial vehicle body makers): a photographic essay by Stephen R.G. Creasey
  • Charles Lincoln Freeston (1865-1942): transport writer and journalist by Richard Fletcher
  • The electric...

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Reid Railton, Man of Speed

Author: Karl Ludvigsen
Publisher: Evro Publishing

Winner of the Michael Sedgwick Award 2018. Presented by the Society Of Automotive Historians in Britain for the best motoring book in the English language demonstrating excellence in research and writing, published in the previous 12 months. 2018 review by James Loveridge. For much of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s the World Land Speed Record was held by British drivers in British cars and that predominance was in large measure down to an extremely gifted Motor Engineer, Reid Anthony Railton (1895 – 1977). Railton’s life and achievements are now the subject of a magisterial two-volume book entitled “Reid Railton, Man of Speed” (ISBN 978-1-910505-25-0)...

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Aspects of Motoring History 13

Author: Edited by Craig Horner
Publisher: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 13, edited by Craig Horner, features:

  • From 'new motoring' to the microcar by Michael Worthington-Williams
  • Motoring's bicycling beginnings by Carlton Reid
  • Birth pangs of a breed: early estate cars by Anders Ditlev Clausager
  • The Manchester Automobile Club Reliability Run, 1907-14 by John Archer
  • Early Scottish vehicle licensing by...

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Trucks of the Soviet Union – The Definitive History

Author: Andy Thompson
Publisher: Behemoth Publishing

Following the author's highly regarded Cars of the Soviet Union and Cars of Eastern Europe, this sister title is a detailed record and history of the trucks produced by the Soviet Union and its successor nations. It is also a unique collection of pictures and photographs of these trucks, with particular emphasis on the post-war era. The author explores the historical and socio-economic context within which the Soviet Union developed its truck industry and the intimate relationship between trucks and life in the Soviet Union. Finally he looks at the changing shape of the post-Soviet truck industry in the post-communist era....

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De Dion Bouton – An illustrated guide to type and specification 1905-1914

Author: Michael Edwards
Publisher: Surrenden Press

This is the second volume of a series of publications on the De Dion Bouton company. The first volume: ‘An Illustrated Guide to Type & Specification 1899-1904’, published in 2016, documented the development of single and twin motor vehicles in the first five years of production.​​ By the end of 1904, De Dion Bouton had established an enviable reputation for the performance of its well-designed single and twin-cylinder engines, ignition systems and transmission, coupled with a robust lightweight chassis suitable for a wide range of two and four-seater coachwork. During the initial five years of production, fourteen single cylinder and two twin...

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Aspects of Motoring History 12

Author: Edited by Craig Horner
Publisher: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 12, edited by Craig Horner, features:

  • The Crossley Streamline by John Humphreys
  • A Grand Prix Peugeot by Richard Crump
  • The Rise and Fall of the Model T Ford in Britain by Chris Barker
  • Driving to the 'Super' Roadhouse by Michael John Law
  • Chas Crombie's Motoritis Cartoons by John...

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Caithness to the Cote D’Azur

Author: David Whyte
Publisher: SpeedReading Books

A book covering the story of the first British driver to win the Monte Carlo Rally - Victor Bruce in 1926- and the cars and drivers who followed in his wheel tracks from John O'Groats over the next 13 years. Drivers such as 'Sammy' Davis, Glen Kidston, Katy Brunell, Amy Johnson, Norman Garrard, Lionel Martin and H J Aldington. Their cars included Lagonda, Bentley, Rolls Royce, M.G., Alvis, Jaguar, Triumph, Lancia and Talbot. Over 200 men and women took on the challenge of the Monte starting from the north of Scotland when even getting to the start was an achievement in...

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Wolseley: A Very British Car

Author: Anders Ditlev Clausager
Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd

Winner of the Michael Sedgwick Award 2017. Presented by the Society Of Automotive Historians in Britain for the best motoring book in the English language demonstrating excellence in research and writing, published in the previous 12 months. 2017 review by Guy Loveridge. To most of us Wolseley is a somewhat peripheral British marque. It was never a “Glamour” name in the same way as Riley or MG and did not seem to possess the staying power of an Austin or a Morris, and yet, as this meticulously researched new “tome” reveals, Wolseley were in at the very beginning of the British motoring industry,...

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Aspects of Motoring History 11

Author: Edited by Craig Horner
Publisher: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 11, edited by Craig Horner, features:

  • Beach Buggies: A British take on the 1960s’ Stateside fun car explosion, by James Hale
  • The Pioneer Power Company of London, by Peter Heilbron
  • Colour advertising of the thoroughbred & luxury motor-car: seducing the wealthy and discerning customer, by Peter Moss
  • S....

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De Dion Bouton – An illustrated Guide to Type & Specification 1899-1904

Author: Michael Edwards
Publisher: Surrenden Press

In the first few years of the 20th century the level of technical progress in the construction of motor cars was remarkable, as evidenced by the output from De Dion Bouton’s Puteaux works. ​ In September 1899 the company produced its first rear-engined, four-wheeled, twin-speed vehicle with a single cylinder engine, an unsprung back axle, no rear brakes, and very limited accommodation. ​ Five years later, in December 1904, a four cylinder, four-speed vehicle, fully sprung and capable of carrying limousine coachwork and a full complement of passengers in comfort over long distances, was available. Between 1899 and 1904 De Dion Bouton produced 16 Types of...

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Harry Lester – His Cars and The Monkey Stable

Author: Stewart Penfound
Publisher: BR Books

Winner of the Michael Sedgwick Award 2015. Presented by the Society Of Automotive Historians in Britain for the best motoring book in the English language demonstrating excellence in research and writing, published in the previous 12 months. Garage owner and expert tuner of MG cars, Harry Lester was one of the more successfulsports car competitors in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1949 he designed and built his own car, with a rigid tubular chassis, lightweight aluminium body and utilising the favoured engine of many club racers of the time, the XPAG unit from the MGTC. So successful was the car...

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Aspects of Motoring History 10

Author: Edited by Malcolm Jeal
Publisher: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 10, edited by Malcolm Jeal, features:

  • Skinner’s Union – its origins and the annals of the SU Company, by Mike Harvey
  • Making tracks – some early motor racing circuits, by Jim Loveridge
  • Motoring 1914 style – with artist René Vincent
  • The ups and downs of Delage I, by...

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The English Model T Ford Beyond the Factory -Volume 2

Author: Chris Barker, Neil Tuckett and Drew Lilleker
Publisher: Model T Ford Register of Great Britain

Written by the Model T Register of Great Britain's current Archivist, Chris Barker, together with Neil Tuckett and Bruce Lilleker's son, Drew. It complements Volume 1 by describing what happened to British Model Ts after they left Trafford Park. In the years before and after WWI, Ford sold 300,000 Model Ts in Britain. Customer choice was limited; two seats or 4 (with or without a roof), a van, or later on, a truck. For ten years they only came in black. Henry Ford believed his Model T was perfect for everyone just as he built it. Customers and inventors thought differently....

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Aspects of Motoring History 9

Author: Edited by Malcolm Jeal
Publisher: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 9, edited by Malcolm Jeal, features:

  • The saga of the CEMSA Caproni by Malcolm Jeal
  • A slight diversion’ cartoons from "Punch"
  • The England family’s forty years of motoring by Bruce Dowell & Malcolm Jeal
  • Flat out – colour section of illustrations from "Flat out" by George Eyston. Artwork...

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Morgan – International Adventure

Author: John C. Clarke
Publisher: John C. Clarke

In 1938 Morgan appeared on the world stage, competing at the famous 24 hour race at Le Mans against the best sports cars of the day driven by the best international drivers. Two enthusiastic amateurs, Prudence Fawcett, a pretty young society lady and Geoff White from the Winter Garden Garages brought the Morgan home to 13th place having covered over 1,350 miles. Now the story is being told in full together with Morgan's foray into other international pre war races, remarkably all in the same Morgan 4-4. This book tells the story of Morgan's adventures in the RAC Tourist Trophy races in...

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Bert Hadley – Son of Birmingham

Author: Geoff Roe
Publisher: The Pre-War Austin Seven Club

This book is the biography of Bert, one of the famous Austin Works drivers competing pre-war in the Side Valve and Twin Cam racers and post war in the Austin Seven Grasshoppers, as well as driving for Healey, TR, Jaguar and Jowett. This is an important work with much new information, very well researched and written by Mr Roe. A necessary "must have" for all Seven enthusiasts. This book is published by the Pre-War Austin Seven Club (PWA7C), the largest international club for Austin Seven enthusiasts everywhere. Founded in Derby, England in 1962, the Club has grown to over 1000 plus members in...

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Rippon Brothers – a coachbuilder of Renown

Author: Jonathan Wood
Publisher: James Hinchliffe & Annabel Sleigh

In this carefully researched, readable book, awarded the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Thomas McKean Cup, award-winning motoring historian Jonathan Wood recounts the history of Rippon Bros, a family coachbuilding business established in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1870. Renowned for quality of its coachwork and closely allied with Rolls-Royce for most of its corporate life, Rippon survived until 1970. It's bodies, created by some of the trade's finest craftsmen, also featured on examples of the best British and Continental makes of their day, with Bentley, Daimler, Delage, Railton and Renault chassis being so enhanced. Copiously illustrated with hundreds of rare contemporary...

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Panhard – The flat-twin cars 1945-1967 and their origins

Author: David Beare
Publisher: Stinkwheel Publishing

Until now an informative in-depth, fully-illustrated English-language history of Panhard’s ingenious post-WW2 flat-twin cars has never been published. French language books abound; many are well-written milestone works illustrated with Panhard company archive images, studying models from 1945 to the company’s demise in July 1967. This book, “Panhard, the flat-twin cars 1945-1967 and their origins,” is the result of four years research and writing. It covers all the factory- made models including light commercials, estates, sports cars and convertibles and references Panhard’s many competition successes. The in-depth study of often-revolutionary technology used by Panhard for their flat-twin cars is illustrated throughout by...

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Aspects of Motoring History 8

Author: Edited by Malcolm Jeal
Publisher: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 8, edited by Malcolm Jeal, features:

  • The formation and legacy of Britain’s first motor museum, by David Jeremiah
  • Aids to research: the motoring journals, by Michael Worthington-Williams
  • Full colour section: Charron automobiles 1912 10-year anniversary brochure
  • Rivington Pike, an early speed hill-climb, by John Warburton
  • A local garage,...

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Russian Motor Vehicles: Soviet Limousines 1930-2003

Author: Maurice A. Kelly
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

A book concerning Russian Limousines, and the Chinese models that were initially derived from them, has never been attempted before. This book investigates the whole story of why the Soviet Communist Party required such a bourgeois product, and how production was subsequently achieved. Following the orders of Stalin, work on the Limousines commenced during the first Five Year Plan (1927-1933) at the Putilov Works, late the Kirov Zavod, where the Leningrad L-1 was made in a limited number. From these beginnings, the Moscow and Gorky models emerged, and later the Chinese-derived types made with Russian aid during the late 1950s. Covering...

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The Book of the Standard Motor Company

Author: Graham Robson
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

Starting with the original Standard prototype of 1903, this definitive and highly illustrated record covers the scores of Standard models built until the brand was discontinued in 1963 (Britain) and 1987 (India).It also covers the Ferguson tractor involvement and the manufacture of military aero-engines (including the Rolls-Royce Avon turbo-jet), military aircraft (including Beaufighter and Mosquito fighter-bombers) and of course, Triumph cars. Graham Robson studied Engineering at Oxford University and joined Jaguar Cars as a graduate trainee, becoming involved in design work on the Mk II, E-Type and Mark X. In 1961 he joined Standard-Triumph as a Development Engineer, mainly on sports car...

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Archie Frazer-Nash…Engineer

Author: Trevor Tarring and Mark Joseland
Publisher: The Frazer Nash Archives

Archie Frazer-Nash, was not one person, but several heroes rolled into one. Four of our reasons for remembering him bear his name. These are the Frazer-Nash gun turrets fitted to most British World War II bombers; the Frazer Nash sports car of the twenties; the Vickers-Nash crane safety indicator; and last but not least, his record as an extremely successful racing driver from 1919 to 1931. As this biography sets out to show, even these achievements do not tell the whole story. Before and after World War I, together with Ron Godfrey, he developed the cheap but lively GN cyclecar into a...

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Aspects of Motoring History 7

Author: Edited by Malcolm Jeal
Publisher: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 7, edited by Malcolm Jeal, features:

  • Mister ‘Miles-per-hour’: Reid Railton, by Karl Ludvigsen
  • The Motor Technical Record Cards, by Michael Worthington-Williams
  • The Taylor Bedmobile motor caravan, by Tony Beadle
  • Motoring moments in the busy life of Henry Deutsch da la Meurthe, by Malcolm Jeal
  • Looking back down the...

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H.R.G – The Sportsman’s Ideal

Author: Ian Dussek
Publisher: Ian Dussek

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust supported the original edition of this book, which was published by Motor Racing Publications in 1985. The Trust are delighted to support this revised and expanded edition incorporating the results of a further 35 years of research by Ian Dussek, a long-time HRG owner and leading light in the HRG Association. This comprehensive tome contains the complete history of the Marque. HRG Engineering Company also known as HRG, was a British car manufacturer based in Tolworth, Surrey. Founded in 1936 by Major Edward Halford, Guy Robins and Henry Ronald Godfrey, its name was created from the first...

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Russian Motor Vehicles: The Czarist Period 1784 to 1917

Author: Maurice A. Kelly
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

While many books have appeared concerning Russian aircraft, railway locomotives and naval craft, there has been nothing published outside of Russia concerning the activities of its motor industry. Bearing in mind that by 1937 the Soviets had become the largest producers of motor vehicles in Europe, albeit with the help of Henry Ford, it may appear strange that nobody has attempted to document this enterprise in any shape or form in the west. The writer decided to concentrate on the work of the pioneers in Czarist Russia, for their efforts were more diverse than those of their counterparts in the Soviet...

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Sunbeam-Talbot & Alpine – In Detail

Author: Anders Ditlev Clausager
Publisher: Herridge & Sons

In the 1950s Sunbeam-Talbots and Alpines earned a very good name in rallying, consistently gaining awards in international events and even achieving an outright win in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1956. The star-studded Rootes works team at the time included Stirling Moss, Peter Collins and the irrepressible Sheila van Damm. In sales terms too the cars were a success, their good looks, useful performance and willingness to take punishment winning them many friends. The story begins with the humble but pretty Talbot Ten, based on the Hillman Minx, which became the Sunbeam-Talbot Ten. A 2-litre version was not as exciting as...

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The Stinkwheel Saga Episode 2

Author: David Beare & Philippa Wheeler
Publisher: Stinkwheel Publishing

The previously published episode 1 of The Stinkwheel Saga covered the most popular cyclemotors of the 1950s: Cyclemaster, Mini-Motor, Winged Wheel, Power Pak, Cucciolo, Firefly, Cyclaid, GYS/Cairns and Mosquito. This book, episode 2 completes the saga by mopping up the rest - the also-rans. With any review of cyclemotors, the main problem is where to draw the line: where do cyclemotors end and mopeds start? The VéloSoleX forms a useful border line and Stinkwheel seems to have adopted this. Included in the book are Cymota, Berini, Teagle, Lohmann, VAP, Tailwind, Busy Bee, Itom, TI Powerwheel, Ostler, ABJ, Bantamoto and Bikotor. There are...

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Freddie Dixon – The Man with a Heart of a Lion

Author: David Mason
Publisher: Haynes Publishing Group

Freddie Dixon was a true all-rounder of the pre-war era of motor sport, and is the only man to have won Isle of Man TT races on two, three and four wheels. Dixon was equally competitive off-track, and his legendary penchant for wild celebrations, regardless of success or failure, fuelled his reputation as a hard-working, hard-drinking racer. An innovative thinker, he had an unsurpassed ability to see engineering problems in their simplest terms, which played a significant part in his success. Here is the story of a true British character, a man who left an indelible mark on the record books,...

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The English Model T Ford – A Century of the Model T in Britain

Author: Martin Riley, Bruce Lilleker & Neil Tuckett.
Publisher: Model T Ford Register of Great Britain

Volume 1 - The English Model T Ford - A Century of the Model T in Britain, published by the Model T Ford Register of Great Britain in 2008, was written by Register Archivist Martin Riley and enthusiastic collectors Neil Tuckett and the late Bruce Lilleker. It covers the early history of Ford in the UK from 1903 to the end of Model T production in 1927, including the contribution made by Percival Perry, Ford UK's first MD. All the factory cars and commercial vehicles are described and illustrated. The full history of prices, production and sales is documented. There is...

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South Harting Hill Climb

Author: Graham Orme-Bannister
Publisher: Newlands Press

Graham Orme-Bannister, who drives a Bristol 403, writes of South Harting Hill Climb, the one-time Hampshire hill venue. His coverage includes over 120 pictures, which exactly convey the atmosphere of the time, obtained at considerable cost to the author, with the help of LAT. There are long reports of all the South Harting meetings and an appendix covering entries in detail, the history of speed limits, the organising clubs, with new history, and over 25 pages on the life of Earl Russell, the founder of the South Harting ’climb, and his cars, and the author has carefully researched controversial factors in contemporary...

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Alpine Trials and Rallies

Author: Martin Pfunder
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

This book charts how the Alpine Trials spread from Austria to Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany. There are lists all the winners of Alpine Cups through six decades and details the French Alpine's itinerary. This book also recalls the Rolls-Royce performance of 1913 in Austria and tells how Jaguar established its sporting reputation through the Alpine Rallies . The predecessor of today's international rally sport, the alpine trials and rallies of 1910 onwards were an incredible test of endurance for early pioneers and their cars. Becoming ever more international, the event would continue in various forms until 1973. This book, written by a...

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Armstrong Siddeley Motors – The cars, the company and the people in definitive detail

Author: Bill Smith
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

This book is a unique blend of social, economic and industrial history. It covers the story of the company from Siddeley's birth to the present time and graphically illustrates the stylish products and personalities involved. The book covers the political and economic background of the time and shows the relationship between the aero and car sides. It highlights the many illustrious owners of this marque and tells why car production stopped and what happened next. The text covers how enthusiasts' clubs kept the marque alive and lists in detail surviving cars. If ever there was a car that exuded British style...

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Vauxhall Cars 1903 – 1918

Author: Nic Portway
Publisher: New Wensum Publishing

Published in two volumes in a slipcase as a limited edition of 850 copies, each one signed and numbered by the author. Each volume comprises 156 pages (297 x 323mm) with over 400 photographs taken in period, many never previously published, compiled over the past decade, as well as drawing on the author's unrivalled personal collection. There are also reproductions of period catalogues, original technical drawings and charts, contemporary advertisements and ephemera. The books tell two differing, but totally related, stories. The first is of Vauxhall cars, built for sale, from the beginning of the 5hp tiller-steered, single-cylinder models to the D type...

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Ave Atque Vale

Author: Dave Cox
Publisher: Martin Publications

Containing nearly 200 pages and over 250 photographs and illustrations, many never before seen in print, Ave Atque Vale has been hailed as the definitive work on the Vale Special motor car and the Vale Motor Company. Extensively researched and based on personal diaries, letters and authentic records; it follows the car from conception, through production and onwards, with detailed records of cars and their owner histories to date. It is a compelling story, not just of the Vale Special, but of the personalities behind it that made this sports car possible. The company was heavily involved in motor sport of the...

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Petroleum Collectables

Author: Mike Berry
Publisher: Shire Publications (now part of Bloomsbury)

In 1967 Beaulieu held the first autojumble in the United Kingdom and collectors of anything remotely connected with motoring found they had a huge market place. Early petrol pumps look very attractive, as do the globes that go on top. Enamel advertising signs are a popular collector’s item and the petrol companies produced many of these. Petrol sold in two-gallon cans for many years; hundreds survive and, like stamps, are closely scrutinised by collectors for variation from standard. Now anything to do with petrol retailing is a collectable item and in this book Mike Berry outlines some of the thousands of...

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The Rise of Jaguar

Author: Barrie Price
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

This era of the Jaguar company's history tends to be a 'Cinderella' period, often glossed over by historians more interested in the 'XK era'. These twenty-two years, nevertheless, are those in which the foundation of the company's success as a motor manufacturer was laid and they represent the period in which the marque's character was clearly defined. This was the first book dedicated to Jaguar's formative years and the company's evolution from SS, through SS Jaguar, to Jaguar. Between the covers Barrie Price charts the development of the company and records the successful management strategies - including the relationship with Standard - that...

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Out in Front – The Leslie Ballamy Story

Author: Tony Russell
Publisher: Motor Racing Publications

Out In Front was a trading slogan of Leslie Ballamy's LMB companies, whose suspension, engine and transmission conversions became a passport to success not only on race tracks, hill-climbs and trials venues, but also on the road, where customers for his 'go-faster' conversions included some of the country's top sportsmen and even members of the aristocracy. This is a story of a forthright character who was a great patriot, an inspiration to many, and a tireless and ingenious 'ideas' man, who never stopped designing until the day he dropped dead at his drawing board at the ripe old age of 87. Out...

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Sunbeam – The Supreme Car 1899 – 1935

Author: Bruce Dowell
Publisher: Landmark Publishing Ltd

John Marston, the man who started it all was born in Ludlow in 1836, of a minor landowning family, and was sent, aged 15, to Wolverhampton to be apprenticed to Edward Perry, a japanware manufacturer. At the age of 23 he left and set up his own japanning business, making any and every sort of domestic item, after purchasing Daniel Smith Lester's factory in Lester Street, Bilston. Perry died in 1869, and John did so well that in 1871, he took over his company and incorporated it into his own. He started making Sunbeam bicycles, with great success and on the...

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Coventry Climax Racing Engines

Author: Des Hammill
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

Des Hammill was given free access to Walter Hassan's papers. He also managed to track down surviving key players from the company's motor racing heydey in the 1950s and '60s. This book is a history of Coventry Climax racing engines and how they developed out of normal production engines, for the most part, yet were powerful enough to power Formula One World Championship winning cars. This hardback is for the technically minded who are interested in the history and development of motor racing engines. It goes into great detail analysing the difficulties encountered by an engine manufacturer trying to make world...

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William Beardmore – Transport is the Thing

Author: K. A. Hurst
Publisher: NMSE Publishing

William Beardmore, the ambitious entrepreneur, summed up his peacetime strategy after World War I with the simple sentence, 'Transport is the Thing'. He planned on a large scale and built transport for land, sea and air, endlessly seeking partnerships and encouraging innovation. By expanding the business which began with his grandfather in 1815, Beardmore was destined to make a considerable impact on the history of Scottish engineering. However, William Beardmore, the flawed visionary, lacked the technical knowledge to discriminate between genuine engineering advances and mechanical curiosities. Unable to delegate responsibility, serious mistakes were often made. In the midst of a diminishing economy,...

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The Bean

Author: Jonathan Wood
Publisher: Shire Publications (now part of Bloomsbury)

It all began in 1826 well before motor cars were thought of, when Absolom Harper started making fenders and fire irons in Waddams Pool, Dudley. He was assisted by his sons John and Edward, the firm becoming A. Harper & Sons, but by the 1890s the Black Country iron industry was in decline. However in 1879 John Harper's only daughter, Mary, had married one George Bean, aged 24 and an ambitious bank clerk, from Stamford, Lincolnshire. He had been working for the Birmingham Town Bank since 1874 and in 1875 was transferred to its Dudley branch and so came to meet...

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Number Plates – A History of Vehicle Registration in Britain

Author: Dave Moss
Publisher: Shire Publications (now part of Bloomsbury)

Registration marks are one of the very few unbroken links between the earliest days of the motor vehicle and the present day. In this book, the lengthy history of the humble British number plate is revealed. The system introduced at the beginning of the twentieth century had a straightforward purpose in identifying the place of origin of motor vehicles, providing links to owners. As more and more vehicles came into use, the original system evolved through piecemeal development and sheer necessity to the point where adaptations changed it almost beyond recognition. This book looks back on the evolution of the British...

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High Speed Diary – The Life and Times of Reggie Ellis Tongue

Author: Reggie Tongue, Edited by Eric Dymock
Publisher: Dove Publishing

This is the biography of 1930's motor racing driver and latter Battle of Britain pilot, Reggie Tongue, who was only 22 when he drove in his first real motor race, the 24 Hour Grand Prix d'Endurance, at Le Mans. His family trustees had been against him taking part in speed events while at university, so although rallies and trials were deemed safe, at Le Mans he had to enter surreptitiously as "A Vincent". During practice, fearful of what would happen if he had an accident, he wired home confessing his duplicity. This account of the life and times of Mancunian Reginald...

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Road Signs

Author: Stuart Hands
Publisher: Shire Publications (now part of Bloomsbury)

Featuring road signs, direction, warning, boundary, and advisory, this book covers various aspects of traffic signage and signs. Road signs have never attracted the interest that railway signs have, perhaps because they are so commonplace. There have been direction signs ever since man began to travel, and boundary signs too, have a long history. Warning signs, however, did not become necessary until cycling and motoring became established at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then the British government has sought to regulate all aspects of traffic signage and signs are often altered to keep abreast of developments, but neverthless signs...

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Proprietary Engines

Author: Nick Baldwin
Publisher: Shire Publications (now part of Bloomsbury)

Famous vehicle firms like Kenworth, Railton, Jensen, ERF, Morgan and Peterbilt have never made their own engines. Instead they have relied on outside specialists. Since the dawn of motoring firms like De Dion-Bouton and Aster have provided power for other manufacturers' chassis. Until the numbers of car makers were decimated by takeovers and bankruptcies around 1930 up to half of all the hundreds of models available on both sides of the Atlantic had proprietary engines. However. they were seldom amongst the best sellers and afterwards it was diesels for commercial vehicles and niche market cars that kept the engine specialists going....

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Ford Model Y – Henry’s Car for Europe

Author: Sam Roberts
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

The definitive histories of the 8 h.p. Ford Model Y and the 10 h.p. Ford Model C of 1932 to 1937 and all their worldwide variants, complete with detailed technical specifications and production records. The book traces the history from the cars' inception, through design and development and into production with its associated problems and solutions. Surviving models are also detailed. Most of the great names of the Ford Motor Company were involved with these small cars. The Model Y, in particular, had a huge impact on the history of the European family saloon car. In fact, so pleasing was the...

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Vauxhall 30-98 The Finest of Sporting Cars

Author: Nic Portway
Publisher: New Wensum Publishing

This beautifully produced book tells the story of what knowledgeable enthusiasts believe was Britain's finest vintage sporting car. 30-98 Vauxhalls were, and continue to be, understated vintage cars respected by the knowledgeable for their high quality and their outstanding road performance. For the last two generations, however, only owners and a few enlightened enthusiasts with a knowledge of motoring history, have been aware of their virtues. Most of these individuals are members of the Vintage Sports Car Club, which has kept the spirit of the 30-98 alive within its many activities. The Vauxhall company, so respected for the finest quality cars in the...

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The Story of Hampton Cars

Author: Trevor G. Picken
Publisher: Trevor G. Picken

The story of Hampton Cars is a fascinating mixture of history, geography and the many personalities involved. It is not merely a technical manual although that aspect is fully covered. This is an adventure story; its roots reach back centuries back into the past and push forward to the present day. The basis of the story is the industrial heritage of Stroud and its five valleys. The area, dominated originally by all aspects of the textile industry, had many mills driven by fast flowing streams. It also attracted a wide variety of manufacturing industries. Dudbridge, where most of the Hampton cars were...

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The Singer Story

Author: Kevin Atkinson
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

Here is the definitive history of one of Britain's oldest, most important and influential car manufacturers. George Singer started building bicycles in Coventry in 1874 and by 1905 his company was building cars and motorcycles too. Later the company would concentrate on the manufacture of cars and commercial vehicles, bringing great success in sales and motorsport until, in the early 1950s, things began to go wrong. By 1955 Singer was absorbed into the Rootes Group and slowly lost its distinctive identity. In 1970 the last car to carry a Singer badge was built - marking the end of the great Coventry...

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Britain’s Motor Industry: The First Hundred Years

Author: G. N. Georgano, N. Baldwin, A. D. Clausager and J. Wood
Publisher: G. T. Foulis & Sons

This work records the full history of the British motor industry from 1896, when the first British-built vehicle was produced in series for sale to the public until its centenary. It examines closely the technical, social and economic aspects, and includes a number of first-hand interviews with men and women who were personally involved at the time. The book chronicles the graduation from the first French designed Bollee three-wheelers produced at Coventry's Motor Mills in 1896, through to today's high-volume cars manufactured by robots. It also charts the technical contribution to manufacturing and the role of computers in areas like product...

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Automobiles Voisin 1919 – 1958

Author: Pascal Courteault and Peter Hull
Publisher: White Mouse Editions

Until the publication of this ambitious Voisin history not a lot has been available on this renowned French automobile. Now we have the full coverage, of the man and his individual motorcars, and some of his aeroplanes and later products, including cyclecars and biscooters. The main publication contains not only this comprehensive history of Voisin but has an incredible number of photographic reproductions of these cars, from the beginning to the fading years. This book covers all the known Voisin models, with specifications, catalogue extracts, engineering drawings and the like, including the streamlined record-breaking racing cars which Voisin built and used so effectively...

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Armstrong Siddeley – The Postwar Cars

Author: Robert Penn Bradly
Publisher: Motor Racing Publications Limited

As the name implies, this book concentrates on the cars made after 1945. There is an excellent 13 page prologue on John Davenport Siddeley and the origins of Armstrong Siddeley Motors written by Nick Baldwin. This describes the story up to 1939 and is well illustrated with contemporary photographs. When the Hawker Siddeley Group decided in 1960 to give up car manufacture, one of Britain's most distinctive marques was struck off the list. Armstrong Siddeley, formed in 1919 when Armstrong Whitworth took over the enterprising J.D. Siddeley's car factory in Coventry, had established a reputation in the 1920s and 30s for cars...

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Malvernia – The Origins and History of the First Motor Cars Built by the Charles and Walter Santler

Author: R. A. Sutton
Publisher: R. A. Sutton

The origins and history of the first motor car built by Charles and Walter Santler at Northumberland Works, Malvern Link, Worcestershire. The brothers Charles (1864-1940) and Walter (1867-1942) Santler, cycle makers and general engineers, have a good claim to the title of Britain's first car makers, for they built a steam car in 1889.' – 'The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile'. Some 20 years before the first Morgan three-wheeler emerged from Malvern, the Santler brothers had built a primitive automobile in this genteel Worcestershire spa town. After training as an engineer, Charles Santler went to work in his father's business in 1885. Established...

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The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust

This Charitable Trust exists to encourage the recording and publication of motoring history. A not-for-profit organisation, it was established in 1983 in memory of Michael C Sedgwick, one of the world’s most respected motoring writers and automotive historians. The M.S.M.T. can provide help to authors, researchers and publishers seeking advice and support for book projects about mechanised road transport of any kind.

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