Described in depth as never before, the story of TVR’s birth and great struggle to become established during the 1950s and early 1960s is not only extraordinary but also totally absorbing and entertaining. Indeed, it’s probably the most amazing specialist sports car story of them all. Peter Filby, who wrote Success Against The Odds, the first ever book about the sports car from Blackpool, has spent no less than three years researching and writing his new book. It is a remarkable effort, an outstanding combination of in-depth detail and factual yet entertaining style. In fact, it is the first time the fascinating history of the great marque has been written in such comprehensive fashion.
Many big personalities and eccentric characters were drawn into the TVR scenario, and the consequence was an almost relentless series of incidents and events. These generally developed into humorous anecdotes, liberal helpings of which Peter has included in his new book. No TVR history would be complete without its fair share of wicked humour!
The story of all TVR models built between 1947 and 1965 from the early specials to the MGB engined Mk3 1800S.
Freshly uncovered facts and many highly entertainin anecdotes.
The remarkable tale of the ferocious Ford V8 engined Griffith, the Anglo-American hot rod that, in its day, was one of the fastest cars in the world.
The sad story of the dramatic TVR Trident, acclaimed in 1965 as ’the most beautiful car in the world’.
Coverage of most of the great personalities and skilled craftsmen who were involved at the Blackpool factory.
Coverage year-by-year of the best known TVR racing drivers, their successes and their failures.
Foreword by Steve Morris. From 1997, traditional four-wheeled Morgans were modernized with superformed aluminium wings, a stainless steel bulkhead, stainless exhausts, and alterations to the body tub that provided longer doors, an increase in interior width, and a roll hoop under the dashboard. Buying and Maintaining a Modern Traditional Morgan provides practical advice on choosing, running and even modifying one of these exceptional cars, including full technical specifications of each model since 1997. Topics covered in the book include: buying your first Morgan, and the variations available; making the best of the cockpit area and optimizing comfort; staying dry in the rain and protecting the bodywork from wear and tear; Morgan suspension, the practicalities and the modifications available; service and maintenance for the home mechanic and, finally, a practical guide to touriing holidays in a Morgan.
Benefit from the author’s decades of working on and writing about Triumphs, with the real facts you need to decide whether a Herald or Vitesse is going to suit you. The book covers the chassis-built small Triumph models, explains how and where to buy one, how to handle auctions and whether to buy the best you can find, or to take on a restoration or a rolling restoration. It advises on choosing the right model for your needs and your budget, and describes the flavour of the more pedestrian Herald, contrasted with the more expensive and more powerful Vitesse.
The Jaguar D-type helped to establish the Coventry marque’s place in Le Mans 24 Hours folklore, thanks to three successive victories between 1955 and 1957. With its long, elegantly sculptured bonnet and distinctive tail fin, the D-type quickly became one of the world’s most recognisable sports racers – as well as one of the most successful in period. This book focuses on the fascinating history of XKD 526, one of only three D-types registered new in Australia. While its competition pedigree was forged at some internationally celebrated circuits – Bathurst and Longford, for instance – it also raced at delightfully named bygones such as Gnoo Blas and Catalina Park. This is a comprehensive history of its distinguished track record.