To Boldly Go
Twenty-Six Vehicle Designs That Dared to Be Different
In this celebratory review of automotive design, former Rolls Royce and Bentley designer Graham Hull highlights clever styling and novel engineering solutions. Illustrated with his own sketches, the profiles include recognized motoring milestones such as the Willys Jeep, Fiat 500 and Citroën 2CV, quirky three-wheelers and micro cars, and outside-the-box engineering solutions such as Tyrrell's P34 six-wheel Formula 1 car.
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.
Bedford Light Commercials of the 1950s & '60s
Classic Marques: Volume Three
Continuing the Bedford story, the authors examine the 5-cwt to 35-cwt range of commercial vehicles produced by Vauxhall Motors during the 1950s and 1960s to meet the dramatically increasing demand as post-war Britain began to prosper.
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.
The Prestige Series
Bus services in the United Kingdom in the 1930s were undergoing a period of consolidation with smaller operators buying out bigger companies. Trams were being replaced by motor buses, electric trolleybuses were popular and the vehicles themselves were supplied by a host of chassis and coachbuilders. This book surveys the scene through over 100 contemporary images and detailed captions.
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.
Crime in Wartime London
At a time when most Londoners were pulling together in the face of terrible adversity, a criminal minority was taking advantage of blitz and blackout to rob and murder. Here, the renowned crime writer Simon Read paints a vivid picture of what life was like in 1940s London as he describes the crimes of the most notorious killers, among them the 'Blackout Ripper', the Elephant Boys, John 'Acid Bath' Haigh and the infamous Rillington Place murderer, John Christie.