This illustrated history gives a fascinating behind-the- scenes insight into the past and present of Ford Dagenham factory, famous for producing some of Britain’s favourite family cars: the Anglia, Cortina, Consul and Zephir. A revealing record of the evolution of Ford in Britain, it offers an intimate portrait of the people who have worked at Dagenham and depended on it for their livelihood over the past 70 years.
The story of motor racing at Goodwood from 1948 to 1966 covers the most exciting formative era in the post-war history of the sport. In this symphathetic, authoritative and finely illustrated account, the author recaptures something of the unique atmosphere of those pioneering days and celebrates the commitment and ingenuity of the enthusiasts who transformed British motor racing after the war.
John Tipler’s portrait of this charismatic man gives a keen insight into his character and rare talent as a driver. The book features vivid recollections from many of Hill’s contemporaries, including Sir Jackie Stewart. Hill’s contribution to the popularity and development of the sport is well covered, and the book recaptures the atmosphere and ethos of top-level motor racing 40 years ago.
Malcolm Bobbitt has produced a meticulously researched and well written biography of W.O. Bentley, founder of the legendary Bentley marque. It will be a valued addition to the library of any motoring enthusiast or motoring historian. Bentley`s first major contribution to motoring was his championing ofaluminium pistons in the pre-World War I days, then there was his work on aero-engines during that conflict, culminating in the Bentley BR1 and BR2 rotary engines, his establishment of Bentley Motors and his later work for Lagonda before his long retirement. All of this and more is covered in detail by Bobbitt in this excellent biography.
Derek Minter started his racing career in 1953 on a BSA Gold Star. His early promise as an inexperienced youngster was very quickly fulfilled. After transferring to a couple of Nortons he soon became King of Brands, succeeding the famous John Surtees. After becoming double British Champion in 1958, two years later he became the first man to lap the Isle of Man TT circuit at over 100mph on a single cylinder bike. During 1962 he not only became triple British Champion, but also won the 250cc TT on a privately entered Honda-beating the might of the Honda works team in the process. Then in 1963 he rode for the Geoff Duke Scuderia Gilera squad and only a crash early in the season prevented him seriously challenging World Champion Mike Hailwood for the 500cc title. By 1965 he held the lap record for virtually every British short circuit. And by the time he retired at the end of 1967 had ridden for many manufactures, including MZ, Moto Morini, Bianchi, REG, EMC, Honda and Norton. Derek Minter: King of Brands is a fitting tribute to one of the worlds greatest ever motorcycle racing stars.
Rocker to Racer is the exciting story of one man’s motorcycling career, from a café racer and gang member to a top line competitor, who rubbed shoulders with the world’s top riders, including Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Bill Ivy. Reg Everett was an unknown club racer with just two years experience when he marched into the Greeves factory and asked for works’ backing. Greeves, then top of the moto cross tree, laughed at him, but Reg managed to persuade them to give him an engine. He bought a frame and built a bike – and it resulted in the birth of the famous Greeves Silverstone. But the Greeves saga was only one of many in his racing career – he also rode BSA, Velocette, Ducati and Yamaha bikes. And it was on the Japanese two-stroke that Reg Everett really set the racing world alight, finishing runner-up in the 250cc British Championships on no less than three occasions, with a string of victories against the likes of Hailwood, Read and Ivy. Besides the British short circuits, Reg also rode in the Isle of Man TT, Thruxton 500 Miller and the legendary Barcelona 24 Hours marathon.