Small-Wheeled Pedal Machines
A Better Way of Cycling
After explaining the engineering and convenience advantages of small-wheeled pedal machines, including their speed, suspension and lighter weight (which makes them easier to accelerate and brake as well as lighter to carry), Julian Edgar looks in turn at the three main types: fixed-frame bicycles, folding bikes and recumbent tricycles. He goes on to discuss commuting and touring with small wheels and, finally, uses his own rebuilt Moulton to illustrate practical restoration and rebuilding.
The Biography of the Bike
This illustrated history by the Olympic gold medallist and influential bicycle designer follows the evolution of the machine from the invention of pedals and the double-diamond frame through to the modern derailleur and electronic gearing. It profiles riders and designers who spearheaded breakthrough designs and discusses the way that modern commuters and off-road bikers have inspired new materials and modifications.
The Tank Book
The Definitive Visual History of Armoured Vehicles
After the first true tank, known as ‘Mother’, was used by the British in 1916, armoured vehicles came to dominate 20th-century warfare. This comprehensive history includes detailed illustrations and specifications of classics such as the Panzer, the Centurion and the fastest model ever, the Hellcat. It also shows how innovations and adaptations were made in response to the challenges of two world wars, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.
AA British Road Map Puzzle Book
How well would you find your way if the satnav died? The AA’s quiz book invites you to use your map-reading skills to answer questions about the history and geography of roads in Britain and how to drive on them. Arranged by topics from early roads to record-breakers (the steepest, bendiest etc), each of the 40 quizzes is based on a section of an AA map, with ten questions and puzzles to challenge your general knowledge and driving skills.
England's Motoring Heritage from the Air
From deserted streets at ‘the dawn of popular motoring’, to the infamous ‘Spaghetti Junction’ in 1971, this collection of around 150 aerial photographs and commentaries shows the impact of the first 50 years of motoring, not only on road traffic, but also on the built environment.
American Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Armoured fighting vehicles have long been a mainstay of the American military. This illustrated history progresses from the first crude attempts to mount machine guns on cars and the M1, first manufactured in 1931, through the M8 (widely used in the Second World War) on to the more sophisticated vehicles of the Cold War and the desert conflicts of recent decades.
Kings of Tarspraying
W & J Glossop of Yorkshire's West Riding were a major road surface dressing firm through the 20th century, using a fleet of steam wagons and other vehicles converted to tarsprayers. Including 70 drawings and photographs, this book tells the history of the company from its foundation in 1906 to its acquisition in 1984, detailing the technicalities of the surface dressing trade and listing the firm's many articulated road burners, steam traction engines, road rollers and wagons. Off-mint.
Garrett Steam Tractors and Rollers
The engineering firm Richard Garrett & Sons Ltd of Leiston, Suffolk, began as bladesmiths and edge-tool manufacturers in 1789; by the mid-19th century the company was famous for its threshing machines and portable steam engines. Following his history of the company, RA Whitehead wrote a series of immensely detailed, illustrated books on its various manufactures: here, he describes the steam heavy rollers and steam tractors produced between 1898 and 1919, and later, after the firm’s amalgamation into Agricultural and General Engineers. With 149 illustrations, including photographs and technical drawings.
100 Postcards of Iconic Bicycles
Touring, mountain, road and recumbent bicycles, BMX bikes, tandems and folding bikes... Each of 100 modern-era bicycles is photographed against an immaculate white background for these semi-matt postcards. There are technical details on the reverse sides and the whole set is contained in a smart red and white card box.
Type 57 Grand Prix – A Celebration
Winner of the French Grand Prix in 1936 and Le Mans in 1937, the Bugatti Type 57G Tank remains one of the most glamorous and recognizable vintage racing cars. With design diagrams and archive photographs, this analysis of Jean Bugatti’s classic car describes its racing career and evolution through the Types 57, 57S and 59 as well as identifying the race-to-race body and chassis differences of the competition models.
The Kübelwagen and the amphibious Schwimmwagen, the standard issue military utility vehicles used by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS in the Second World War, were based on the Volkswagen, and originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche. This fully illustrated guide to their design, history, construction and operation includes detailed technical diagrams and contemporary photos.
The Mister Softee Story
Famous Fleets: Volume Five
Steve Tillyer presents the history of Mister Softee mobile ice cream, from its origins in Philadelphia, USA, to the introduction of the vans to the UK by Smiths of Gateshead motor vehicle body manufacturers and the subsequent involvement of Lyons Maid and Nestlé.
LMS Railway Road Vehicles
Famous Fleets: Volume Six
As well as the innovative Mechanical Horses, this survey of the London, Midland and Scotland Railway’s road vehicles from 1923 to 1947 includes buses and coaches, tractors and trailers, livestock transporters, and wartime conversions. Slightly off-mint.
Nostalgia Road: Volume Five
In the 1930s, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway needed to mechanize their delivery service: the solution, the Karrier Motors’ Mechanical Horse, was an important advance in road haulage – the forerunner of the articulated lorry, albeit with three wheels.
Russian Motor Vehicles
The CZARIST Period 1784 to 1917
The Russo-Baltic Waggon Works of Riga in Latvia was the most prominent manufacturer of motors in the Russian Empire before the Revolution, producing vehicles to rival the best German or American designs. This analysis of the industry in Russia places it in the context of engineering innovation in the Czarist period and, with 90 illustrations and archive photographs, assesses the vehicles produced before 1917, from early steam and electric experiments to motorcycles, cars, trucks and military vehicles.
The Prestige Series
A boom period for bus operators in Cambridge was coming to an end in the 1950s as services were gradually cut, larger vehicles were used and driver-only operation was introduced. This history charts the scene in the area up until deregulation in the 1980s with nearly 200 photographs showing the many operators and the wide variety of vehicles that were in service.
Volume One: Makes Founded Before World War II
The first trailer caravans appeared for sale in Britain in 1919 and this detailed history, published in association with The Caravan Club, identifies 177 manufacturers who started up before 1939, although many only turned out a handful of examples and most had ceased production by the outbreak of the war. The plentiful photographs and advertising materials show the varied and novel designs of these early campers – from mock Tudor styling to streamlined teardrop coachwork.
The Romance of Motoring
This reprint of a classic first published in 1933 explores the history of the automobile, dating back to 19th-century steam cars, and the challenges and achievements of motoring in the 1930s. Its final chapter speculates on the qualities of the 'new' diesel engines (cheap and free from fumes and smoke) as well as imagining a future of driverless lorries or electric cars powered through the road.