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`A band of stubborn pioneers rose from the embers of Britain's cities after World War Two and created the finest automobiles the world had ever seen ... High Performance tells the exhilarating tale of their journey down the fast lane.' Ben Collins, bestselling author of The Man In The White Suit and How To Drive `A wonderful glimpse "backstage" at the flamboyant mavericks and crazies who populated the British motor industry in the 60s.' Alexei Sayle In January 1964 a team of tiny red and white Mini Coopers stunned the world by winning the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. It was a stellar year for British cars that culminated in Goldfinger breaking box office records and making James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 the world's most famous sports car. By the sixties, on road, track and silver screen the Brits were the ones to beat, winning championships and capturing hearts. Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Paddy Hopkirk were household names who drove the sexiest and most innovative cars. Designers like John Cooper, and Colin Chapman of Lotus, dismissed as mere `garagisti' by Enzo Ferrari, blew the doors off Formula One and grabbed all the prizes, while Alex Issigonis won a knighthood for his revolutionary Mini. The E Type Jaguar was feted as the world's sexiest car and Land Rover the most durable. But before the Second World War only one British car had triumphed in a Grand Prix; Britain's car builders were fiercely risk-averse. So what changed? To find out, Peter Grimsdale has gone in search of a generation of rebel creative spirits who emerged from railway arches and Nissen huts to tear up the rulebook with their revolutionary machines. Like the serial fugitives from the POW camps, they thrived on adversity, improvisation and sheer obstinate determination. Blazing the trail for them was William Lyons, whose heart-stoppingly glamorous and uncompromising Jaguars propelled a bruised and bankrupt nation out of the shadows of war, winning the fans in Hollywood and beating `those bloody red cars' at Le Mans. High Performance celebrates Britain's automotive golden age and the mavericks who sketched them on the back of envelopes and garage floors, who fettled, bolted and welded them together and hammered the competition in the showroom, on the road and on the track - fuelled by contempt for convention.
TV presenter and all-round car nut Ant Anstead takes the reader on a journey that mirrors the development of the motor car itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone's horses to 150mph pursuits with aerial support and sophisticated electronic tracking. The British Police Force's relationship with the car started by chasing after pioneer speeding motorists on bicycles. As speed restrictions eased in the early twentieth century and car ownership increased, the police embraced the car. Criminals were stealing cars to sell on or to use as getaway vehicles and the police needed to stay ahead, or at least only one step behind. The arms race for speed, which culminated in the police acquiring high-speed pursuit vehicles such as Subaru Impreza Turbos, had begun. Since then the car has become essential to everyday life. Deep down everyone loves a police car. Countless enthusiasts collect models in different liveries and legendary police cars become part of the nation's shared consciousness. Ant Anstead spent the first six years of his working life as a cop. He was part of the armed response team, one of the force's most elite units. In this fascinating new history of the British police car, Ant looks at the classic cars, from the Met's Wolseleys to the Senator, the motorway patrol car officers loved most, via unusual and unexpected police vehicles such as the Arial Atom. It's a must-read for car enthusiasts, social historians and anyone who loves a good car chase, Cops and Robbers is a rip-roaring celebration of the police car and the men and women who drive them.
A collection of entertaining trivia about our favourite mode of transport. Did you know that the Hennessey Venom F5 is the world's fastest road car, with an official top speed of 301mph? That the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car of all time? Or that you can instantly cool down a car that has been sitting in the sun by rolling down the window on one side and opening and closing the door on the other side five or six times? Car books often take themselves too seriously or are about hugely expensive models that most people can only aspire to. This new title includes all types of cars (modern, classic, road, race, real and imaginary), as well as engines and all things automotive. The lists, infographics and nuggets of information will appeal to those who love cars or who just enjoy brilliant pieces of trivia. And because the book's arranged in fun, bite-sized pieces, you can devour it in one sitting or dip in and out of it, as the mood takes you.
A car book which takes you through motoring history, from classic cars to how we enjoy driving today, and beyond. As Jodie Kidd says in her introduction "Sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride".
From the public's amazement at the idea of a horseless carriage to today's excitement for driverless vehicles, find out everything you need to know about motoring from 1895 to the present day. Begin your journey through the history of motoring with Drive, and weave your way through the twists and turns of the early days, through to how the motorcar has shaped the modern world over the last century. It also reveals the exciting and impressive advances in technology and design that have made cars faster, safer, and better to drive, and transformed them from a means of transport into objects of status, excitement, and desire. Speed through personal accounts of motoring throughout the years, and discover exciting new facts about the world's most famous racing events.
From the first service stations to the latest fuel cell, this book tells the full motoring story.
A graphic guide to the brands and their logos. From childhood memories to car journeys spent spotting the badges, to the cars we drive and desire, the familiarity of these logos hold a unique power and appeal. The AA Guide to Car Marques tells the stories behind the emblems that have represented automobile manufacturers both large and small, current and defunct, over the last 120 years. With annotations of the designs, and detailed information about their origins and evolution, this compendium is an invaluable resource for graphic designers, logo enthusiasts and motoring aficionados. It provides an unparalleled depth of information on the marques and is a perfect gift for all car enthusiasts.
Did you know there are over 47,000 facts in the world?* And the good news is, many of them are in this book. That's right, The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car is the only reference guide you need for cars, driving and all related matters, especially if you're not too fussed about those facts being accurate. In this lavishly tooled book you will find a rich and satisfying collection of motor-related informations from the origins of Porsche and the fate of Lada to the dark history of the Wankel engine and the correct name for those weird little hairs on new tyres. Throughout the book, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are on hand to share their knowledge and wisdom, and then we've made the pictures bigger to fill in the gaps around it. If you want to impress your friends, and then annoy your friends, and then cause your friends to think "Oh God, now they're telling us about the slightly ironic way in which the founder of MG died" before hurriedly leaving your house, possibly forever, The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car is the book for you. The Grand Tour A-Z of the Car - literally bursting with facts!** * Grand Tour estimate ** Not literally
A nostalgic A-Z of the most special and well-remembered 60s, 70s and 80s cars, with stylish illustrations accompanied by warm, humorous personal memories. Designer and illustrator Roy McCarthy explores the cars that made a big impression on him in his younger days, from the sludge-coloured, disappointing Austin Allegro his father brought home in 1975 to the Ford Zephyr he coveted from afar on the way to school. The evocative, colourful illustrations form a visual feast of late 20th-century driving, featuring all the cars drivers of a certain age will remember: the Hillman Imp, the Triumph Dolomite, the Opel Kadett, the Renault 5, and even the lowly Yugo 45 - a whole alphabet's worth, in fact! The perfect gift for anyone who's ever owned, been driven around in or hankered after one of these motoring icons. Word count: 15,000
From the Chevrolet Bel Air to the Ferrari Testarossa, this book takes you on a scenic drive through the history of classic cars, exploring their status as objects of luxury and desire. The Classic Car Book showcases the most important and iconic classic cars from every decade since the 1940s, with a foreword by award-winning writer and commentator on the industry, history, and culture of cars and motoring, Giles Chapman. Fully illustrated and packed with stunning photography, The Classic Car Book uses specially commissioned photographic tours to put you in the driver's seat of the world's most famous and celebrated cars, including stylish roadsters and luxury limousines from manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Rover, Jaguar, and Bentley. Ideal for any car collectors and enthusiasts, The Classic Car Book is an essential addition to every bookshelf.
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