Garrett Traction and Ploughing Engines
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: this volume covers self-moving steam traction engines and variants including ploughing engines, road locomotives and showmen’s engines. Illustrated with photographs and technical drawings. 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 milltary 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. Written by acclaimed military history author David Doyle, this is a fully illustrated guide to their design, history, construction and operation, including 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.
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.