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Since Shire's beginnings in 1962 it has been their aim to produce small inexpensive books on interesting topics - some more obscure than others! Many of the books have had colour pictures added in recent years and others were redesigned. The main objective remains the same: to publish authoritative, well-written and well-illustrated books, by experts on the subject, and to keep the price low in order to encourage the purchaser to satisfy his or her curiosity.
It is not possible for all the Shire titles to be in print at any one time so at times we could be out of stock on stome titles. There are always titles waiting their turn to be reprinted. Because each book is numbered within its series (except for a few 'miscellaneous' titles) Shire books have become 'collectables' and there are many readers trying to complete their sets.
|SHIRE BOOK - 3 WHEELERS |
Temporarily out of print Ref:SPL3WHEELER
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|SHIRE BOOK - 4 WHEEL DRIVE/LAND ROVER $12.00|
Nick Baldwin 32 pages, about 47 b/w illustrations. Four-wheel drive was first tried on steam-powered agricultural machinery; then it was adopted as a cure for sideslip in racing cars. Thousands of four-wheel drive vehicles were used in the Second World War and afterwards many found their way into agriculture, forestry and specialised transport. Ref:SPL4WHEEL
|SHIRE BOOK - AA, IT'S HISTORY, BADGES & MEMORABILIA $12.00|
The AA has been present on Britain’s roads for nearly a century. This book charts its rise and reflects the interest in collecting its memorabilia in the form of badges, books, models and signs, giving detailed dating information on car badges for the first time in the public domain. Collectors will also appreciate sections on memorabilia hitherto unknown by the general public. The illustrations are all from the AA archive or have been specially commissioned.Ref:SPLAA
Michael Passmore is the former Archivist of the AA. He joined the Association in 1968 in the Membership Department, transferring in 1990 to the archive section, where he spent 10 years. During this time he gave talks to outside organisations, conducted tours of the then AA museum to staff and visitors and added many items to the AA collection.
|SHIRE BOOK - AMBULANCES $12.00|
The history of ambulances and the various organisations and services that have been responsible for them has been sadly neglected. This book presents not only a fascinating history of the development of the ambulance from hand litters and bicycle ambulances to the advanced paramedic units of the 1990s, but also the continual changes in the responsibility for the ambulance service in Britain. The chassis manufacturers such as Ford, Daimler, morris, Austin and Bedford will be well-known to those interested in motoring history but the ambulance bodybuilders such as Pilcher Green, Herbert Lomas, Wadham Stringer, Barker and Hooper may be less familiar. The book includes details of ambulance livery and points out that not all ambulances have been white and that relatively few have carried the red cross.Ref:SPLAMBULANCES
Chris Batten's interest in ambulances arose from the time he spent in the St John Ambulance Brigade. He writes regular features on ambulances in the model press and is an active member of the British Ambulance Society.
|SHIRE BOOK - AUSTIN 7 $12.00|
Jonathan Wood 32 pages, 50 b/w illustrations. One of the most famous of British cars, the diminutive but robust 750 cc Austin Seven, introduced in 1922, changed the course of automobile design and proved the viability of the small-capacity four-cylinder car. The salvation of the Austin company, it was aimed at families who might otherwise have travelled by motorcycle and sidecar, and it remained in production until 1939. The Seven performed as well on the race track as it did on the road and inspired a team of magnificent twin overhead camshaft single-seaters. It survives in respectable numbers to provide new generations of enthusiasts with a practical, economical car to run, race and restore. Ref:SPLAUSTIN7
|SHIRE BOOK - BRITISH FAMILY CARS OF THE 50S AND 60S $12.00|
Anthony Pritchard, 64 pages. With the end of the Second World War it was not long before increasing wealth, cheaper cars, and social pressures made a family car the aspiration of thousands. Ford, Hillman, Standard, Morris and Vauxhall became household names, and the streets of Britain's suburbs began to fill with modern-looking saloon cars, designed to transport mother, father and 2.4 children with ease, if not speed. This highly-illustrated book looks at the British cars that were available to the post-war family, and also some of the foreign makes that had an important place in the market, and which had a great influence on the British-made cars that followed. Ref:SPLFAMILY
|SHIRE BOOK - BROOKLANDS $12.00|
Nicholas H. Lancaster, 64 pages. Before the Second World War, Brooklands was the most famous motor racing venue in the world, attracting large and glamorous crowds to its banked circuit to watch races being won and records being broken. Also an important centre for aviation, Brooklands saw the first flight of a British pilot in a British aircraft. With the outbreak of war in 1939, motor racing would stop, never to resume again, and the site became an important centre for aviation manufacturers, producing in its history both the Wellington bomber and the Concorde. Discover the history of this unique sporting site, from its heyday as a motoring treasure to its wartime service in aviation production. Nicholas Lancaster conjures up the atmosphere of pre-war race meetings and early British flying achievements in this nostalgic look at the birthplace of British motor sport and aviation. Ref:SPLBROOKLANDS
|SHIRE BOOK - BULLNOSE MORRIS $12.00|
Jonathan Wood 32 pages, about 43 b/w illustrations. The ubiquitous Morris Cowley and its more expensive Oxford stablemate were some of the most popular British cars of the 1920s. Illustrated with many rare contemporary photographs contributed by the Bullnose Morris Club, this Album explains how the Bullnose helped to make William Morris, the future Lord Nuffield, Britain’s most successful and richest motor manufacturer of the inter-war years. Ref:SPLBULLNOSE
|SHIRE BOOK - British Motorcycles of the 1940s and '50s $12.00|
After VE Day in 1945 the British population returned enthusiastically to the road. But the cost and availability of both vehicles and fuel led to the post-war scene being dominated by motorcycles, most of them ex-military machines, eagerly snapped up for everyday use in an age when a family car remained just a dream for many. British industry, meanwhile, was exhorted to 'export or die', and until well into the 1950s the majority of new British bikes were sold abroad. During this period, the industry - the largest and most important in the world - continued to develop new and exciting machines. Mick Walker tells the story of the British post-war motorcycle during this golden age of the industry. With the help of archive photographs and advertising material this book conjures up a lost age of the British bike, of journeys to work by popping two-strokes, and trips to the seaside in the family motorcycle combination. Ref:SPLMOTORCYCLES
|SHIRE BOOK - CHILDREN'S CARS $12.00|
Children’s cars first appeared between 1901 and 1903; by 1910 they were being made commercially in largenumbers and by the 1920s the market justified mass production, bringing prices within the range of working class families. This book outlines the history of children‘s cars in Britain from the first custom-built models, through the period of greatest popularity, to the present revival of interest, particularly in miniature replicas of famous makes of motor car.Ref:SPLCHILDREN
Paul Pennell’s family collection of children’s cars is one of the finest in Great Britain, many of the models having been painstakingly restored after acquisition in a neglected state. Through his business, Mr Pennell has been involved with vintage cars and the motor trade all his life, and he collects and writes about all forms of motoring art and automobilia, with particular emphasis on children’s pedal cars.
|SHIRE BOOK - CLASSIC COACHBUILDING $12.00|
Jonathan Wood, 56 pages. This account examines the history of coachbuilding, beginning with the coachbuilders who for generations had built horse-drawn wooden carriages, and then explaining how they turned their craft to building the bodywork of the first motorised cars. Using photographs of the different stages of coachbuilding, the author describes the materials, equipment and key techniques involved. Today the profession of coachbuilding is almost a lost art, yet as the restoration of vintage cars seeks to keep the trade alive, this book reflects back on the heyday of the coachbuilt motor car and the skilled workers that made it their craft. Ref:SPLCOACH
|SHIRE BOOK - CLASSIC MOTOR CARS $12.00|
Jonathan Wood 32 pp, 47 ills. This book is about British cars of the post Second World War era, when Jaguars regularly won the Le Mans twenty-four hour race and Mini Coopers dominated the Monte Carlo Rally. It was the heyday of the British sports car, when MGs, Triumph TRs and Jaguars were exported all over the world and brought the delights of open-air motoring to a new affluent generations. The top-selling saloons of the time, such as the Morris Minor, the well appointed 'Auntie' Rover and the successful Ford Cortina are all reminders that Britain was also producing some of the world's finest automobile engineers. It was a period of change, when new makes such as Austin Healey, Bristol and Lotus arrived and Alvis, Armstrong Siddeley and Riley departed.This Album describes the makes, models and designers and charts the switchback fortures of the British motor industry over thrity crucial years from 1945 to 1975 Ref:SPLCLASSIC
|SHIRE BOOK - DINKY TOYS $12.00|
Dinky Toys were introduced in 1931 as 'Modelled Miniatures', and these delightful diecast metal toys instantly became bestsellers. By 1941, when production temporarily ceased because of the Second World War, over sixty sets and series had been issued, each containing up to eight separate items. More than one thousand different subjects have been modelled, mostly transport-related; they include cars, vans, lorries, buses, trains, military and farm vehicles, aircraft, ships and figures.Ref:SPLDINKY
David Cooke's passion for Dinky Toys began when as a child in the 1940s he was given four for Christmas by his grandfather, and his collection grew throughout that and the following decade. In 1972 he founded the South West Model Club and in 1979 the East Anglian Model Club. David now appears regularly on radio and television describing toys, lectures to many organisations and writes articles for magazines. He is the Curator of the Dinky Toy collection at Bressingham Steam Museum in Norfolk.
|SHIRE BOOK - EARLY ARMOURED CARS $12.00|
Armoured cars were the first armoured fighting vehicles. Automobiles were converted for military use soon after the beginning of the twentieth century and in 1912 armoured cars were used in action for the first time. This book traces their development from the first improvised designs to the turreted armoured cars in service during the First World War. The emphasis is mainly on British vehicles, but foreign armoured cars are also included. The book is illustrated with photographs from the archives of the Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset.Ref:SPLARMOURED
E. Bartholomew was the Education Officer and Assistant Librarian at the Tank Museum. This book makes extensive use of material from the Museum's collections.
|SHIRE BOOK - ELECTRIC VEHICLES $12.00|
The electric road vehicle has been around for more than a hundred years. It is most familiar on the morning milk round; nevertheless, the simple, silent and easy to drive electric has a perennial attraction, particularly for town work. In this pollution-conscious age, the electric car has become prominent once more and in this book the author explains the basic workings of the battery and electric motor and considers a great variety of vehicles, from the first land speed record cars through heavy trucks and fashionable broughams, milk and bread delivery vans to today's electric cars and buses.Ref:SPLELECTRIC
Nick Georgano is a full-time writer and editor. He is the author of The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars and has written more than twenty other books.
|SHIRE BOOK - FORD CORTINA $12.00|
When launched in 1962, the Ford Cortina was an entirely new type of British car. Compared with its rivals – and with earlier Fords – it was light yet strong, inexpensive yet roomy, mechanically simple and cheap to maintain. It quickly established a totally new class of car, which even its rivals admitted should be called the ‘Cortina class’. Not only did it sell well, but it was very profitable for Ford, which expanded considerably, and it became the most successful British car of the 1960s and 1970s.Ref:SPLCORTINA
Graham Robson has been a motoring writer for many years and has always been attracted to the study of motoring history. A Cortina owner from the early days, he also rallied the cars and later became immersed in their motorsport heritage. He has written more than a hundred books, including several definitive histories of Ford models and Ford in motorsport.
|SHIRE BOOK - JAGUAR $12.00|
By Andrew Whyte (updated by Jonathan Wood) - In 1935 William Lyons's company, SS Cars Ltd, launched a range of cars called the Jaguar. The name was later adopted by the company, which became known for luxury saloons and sports cars noted for their style, performance and good value. It describes and illustrates the history and development of the company, including its personalities and cars such as the famous XK120 and E-type, and the modern XJ6. This third edition, revised and updated by Jonathan Wood, takes the story on from the takeover by Ford up to the Jaguar XK, Car of the Year in 2006. The late Andrew Whyte was a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and the Society of Automotive Historians. Before becoming a freelance writer in the late 1970s he had spent over twenty years with the Jaguar company in Coventry. Ref:SPLJAGUAR
|SHIRE BOOK - LAND ROVER $12.00|
James Taylor, 64 pages. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the long-established Rover company of Solihull was fighting to survive. It needed a vehicle that would give it an advantage over its rivals. Taking the American Willys Jeep as inspiration, Rover designers came up with a four-wheel-drive utility vehicle that would become an all-time classic. The Land Rover has undergone a number of facelifts in its sixty-year life, but the vehicle still made today is fundamentally very close to the 1948 original. After 1970 the original was joined by a host of other models including the Discovery, Range Rover, and Freelander. This is this story of Land Rover, written by the foremost historian of the make, encompassing all the models and dividing them according to their use. The distinguished histories of Land Rover on expedition, in agriculture, warfare, and in many other fields are told separately. Ref:SPLLANDROVER
|SHIRE BOOK - LAND SPEED RECORD $12.00|
David Tremayne 32 pp, 57 ills. Since 1898 certain men have sought to travel faster than their fellows. The land speed record is more than just a battle of distance against time, it is a human story, with the inevitable failures, tragedies and successes. Today more than ever, getting an advanced vehicle to Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, or the Black Rock Desert in Nevada is an expensive undertaking requiring a resourcefulness that defies the majority. None of the successful contenders has ever taken the record lightly, nor easily and this book traces man's pursuit of speed since the birth of the motor car and tells more about those who succeeded and those who did not. Ref:SPLLANDSPEED
|SHIRE BOOK - LONDON TO BRIGHTON $12.00|
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu 32 pp, 52 ills. Every year on the first Sunday in November four hundred pre-1905 cars gather in Hyde Park, London for the annual Brighton Run. It is one of Britain's greatest annual motoring spectacles. Organised by the Royal Automobile Club with the co-operation of the Veteran Car Club, this event is reputedly watched by a million people over the 52-mile route from London to Brighton in Sussex. Ref:SPLBRIGHTON
|SHIRE BOOK - LORD NUFFIELD $12.00|
Peter Hull 48 pp, 22 ills. It is largely a result of the career of motor manufacturerWilliam Richard Morris, Viscount Nuffield, that the university city of Oxford became one of Britain's foremost industrial cities. Leaving school at fourteen he was apprenticed to a bicycle repairer. Only nine months later he set up his own cycle business and from then on his rise to become one of Britain's leading industrialists was almost without setback. He was an astute businessman and an expert mechanic; he saw the need for a small economical car that was of high quality yet could be produced in large numbers. His special talent enabled him to obtain the right parts and to assemble them, and so the first Morris Oxford car appeared in 1913. Production boomed and Morris became a millionaire and was made a peer, but he was generous with his money and gave away over £30,000,000 in his lifetime, much of it to hospitals and other medical causes. He also financed the establishment of Nuffield College, Oxford, which bears his title. His name ceased to appear on motorcars after 1983 when Morris Motors was part of British Leyland, but the MG (Morris Garages) badge has survived under British Leyland's successor, Rover Cars. Ref:SPLLORDNUFFIELD
|SHIRE BOOK - MG $12.00|
F. Wilson McComb. 32 pp, 51 ills. MG is Britain's best-loved sports car. It was created in 1922 by Cecil Kimber, manager of The Morris Garages (hence MG), who began to modify versions of the corporate Bullnose Morris. These led to the stylish T-Series open two-seaters that attained a world-wide reputation. They were succeeded by the popular MGA and the seemingly evergreen MGB, of which over half a million were built between 1962 and 1980. There was no successor, the MG badge being applied solely to corporate saloons, but sports cars returned in 1995 with the launch of the acclaimed MGF. The marque was reborn in 2000 when Rover, its corporate owner and hitherto the property of BMW, returned to British ownership. This edition has been brought up to date by Jonathan Wood. Ref:SPLMG
|SHIRE BOOK - MILESTONES $12.00|
Erected to inform travellers how far they have come and how far they still have to go, milestones are a relic of a time when life moved more slowly. This book tells the story of milestones and the technology they reflect, as well as road measurement. It uses the great variety of designs and styles to argue the historical importance of conservation and to illustrate the compelling fascination of the subject.Ref:SPLMILESTONES
Mervyn Benford has worked in education all his professional life and has a consuming interest in history. Concerned at the rate at which evidence of the past disappears, often inadequately recorded, he believes that the understanding of history, the ability to understand cause and effect, to interpret evidence and to recognise what changes and what does not, are all central to an effective society.
|SHIRE BOOK - MINI $12.00|
Jon Pressnell 32 pp, 55 ills. The best-loved of all British cars, the Mini was a revolution when it came out in 1959. This album looks at the background to the Mini, details its design and development, and chronicles the evolution of the car over the years. It also looks at attempts to design a replacement for the Mini, and - bringing the story fully up to date - examines the car’s twilight years, through to the end of manufacture in 2000.Ref:SPLMINI
Jon Pressnell is a freelance journalist specialising in classic cars and is a Senior Contributor to Classic and Sports Car magazine. He has a particular interest in the British Motor Industry and has carried out pioneering research on various aspects of the work of the Mini’s creator, Sir Alec Issigonis.
|SHIRE BOOK - MORGAN CARS $12.00|
By Ken Hill - When H. F. S. Morgan designed and built his first three-wheeled single-seater car in 1909, he could never have envisaged the enormous success that his cars were to enjoy. Several attempts have been made by major manufacturers over the years to take over the company but all have been resisted, making Morgan the oldest family motor manufacturer in the world. Such is the attraction of the Morgan that the company no longer has to advertise its cars and the waiting list for a new car is between six months and two years, depending on the model ordered. Ken Hill's interest in old cars began in 1956 and his association with the Morgan in 1967, when he was given his famous 4/4 Le Mans, which has competed successfully in many continental rallies, driving tests and concours events Ref:SPLMORGAN
|SHIRE BOOK - MORRIS MINOR $12.00|
Ray Newell 32 pp, 44 ills. More than half a century after it first appeared in 1948, the Morris Minor has become a much loved classic car. It is as popular now as when in production. During the Second World War, when Alec Issigonis and his team began to design a prototype small car for the post-war era, few could have foreseen that it would become the first British car to sell a million or that the revolutionary design features would stand the test of time so well. This book traces the evolution of the Minor through the different phases of its development to its demise in the 1970s. Ref:SPLMORRIS
|SHIRE BOOK - MOTOR CAR MASCOTS AND BADGES $12.00|
By Peter W. Card - The use and display of ornamentation on motor vehicles have always been fashionable, dating from the dawn of motoring to the present day. The motorcar mascot served two main purposes: a decoration for the car it adorned, and a talisman for the owner/driver, who would often retain his mascot after his motorcar had been exchanged for another. The quality of artisanship applied to the numerous designs and models means that the older mascots and badges are eagerly sought by collectors and there appears to be no limit to availability. While some mascots and car badges are justifiably considered to qualify as ‘high art’, and are therefore often expensive, the overriding joy of collecting today is that the majority of examples are relatively inexpensive. Consequently, a worthwhile and colourful display can be economically accumulated. This book surveys the wide variety of types available both in Europe and in America, introduces the designers, outlines the manufacturers, and discusses forgeries and reproductions, together with the problems of restoration. Peter W. Card, BSc FIA, is a museum director and auctioneer and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Motor Museum. Ref:SPLMASCOTS
|SHIRE BOOK - MOTOR SCOOTERS $12.00|
Michael Webster, 40 pages. Motor scooters are commonly associated with two manufacturers - Innocenti who made the Lambretta and Piaggio who produced the Vespa. This book traces the ancestry of the modern scooter. Ref:SPLSCOOTER
|SHIRE BOOK - MOTORING SPECIALS $12.00|
Ian Dussek 32 pp, 50 ills. Since motoring began, enthusiastic amateur car builders have experimented with collecting and re-assembling components, notably chassis, engines and suspension units, to create highly personalised, sometimes, transient and frequently unique vehicles. This book tells the story of some of these hybrid machines, many of which achieved sporting success, and their constructors. Most are long forgotten but a few like Chapman's Lotus for example, have become household names. The cult of the 'special' flourished in Britain, when unitary construction deprived the impecunious builder of easily available chassis. Ref:SPLMOTORING
|SHIRE BOOK - NUMBER PLATES $12.00|
Dave Moss (In association with the Michael Sedgwick Trust) 32 pp, 53 ills. Registration marks are one of the very few unbroken links between the earliest days of the motor vehicle and the present day. The system introduced at the beginning of the twentieth century had a straightforward purpose in identifying the place of origin of motor vehicles, providing links to owners. As more and more vehicles came into use, the original system evolved through piecemeal development and sheer necessity to the point where adaptations changed it almost beyond recognition. This book looks back on the evolution of the British number plate, showing how the original, painstakingly developed system was gradually adjusted and modified in the light of escalating traffic growth, becoming riddled with ever more anomalies, until there was no alternative but to make a fresh start, with a brand-new system. Ref:SPLNUMBERPLATES
|SHIRE BOOK - OLD BUSES $12.00|
Interest in old buses has increased enormously in recent years, so that there are now -probably over two thousand of these vehicles restored and preserved for future -generations. Some were discovered up to fifty years after their withdrawal from -passenger carrying, serving as summer houses, tool sheds or for other purposes. Hundreds of hours of -loving care have been spent on them so that they can now be seen as they looked in their prime.Ref:SPLBUSES
This completely revised edition traces the development of the omnibus through the horse-drawn era to that of mechanical propulsion, when, after experiments with steam and electric battery units, the petrol engine reigned supreme until just before the Second World War.
David Kaye has been writing books on buses and trolleybuses since 1960. He is also a regular contributor to Classic Bus magazine.
|SHIRE BOOK - PETROLEUM COLLECTABLES $12.00|
In 1967 Beaulieu held the first autojumble in the United Kingdom and collectors of anything remotely connected with motoring found they had a huge market place. Early petrol pumps look very attractive, as do the globes that go on top. Enamel advertising signs are a popular collector’s item and the petrol companies produced many of these. Petrol sold in two-gallon cans for many years; hundreds survive and, like stamps, are closely scrutinised by collectors for variation from standard. Now anything to do with petrol retailing is a collectable item and in this book Mike Berry outlines some of the thousands of pre-Second World War items which now come under the title of ‘petroleum collectables’ or ‘petroliana’.Ref:SPLPETROLEUM
Mike Berry started collecting petrol cans in the early 1980s and now has Britain’s largest collection. He then went on to collect oil cans, petrol pumps and enamel signs and now anything to do with petrol will find a place in his collection.
|SHIRE BOOK - ROAD SIGNS $12.00|
Stuart Hands (In association with the Michael Sedgwick Trust) 32 pp, many ills. Road signs have never attracted the interest that railway signs have, perhaps because they are so commonplace. There have been direction signs ever since man began to travel, and boundary signs, too, have a long history. Warning signs, however, did not become necessary until cycling and motoring became established at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then the British government has sought to regulate all aspects of traffic signage, and signs are often altered to keep abreast of developments, but nevertheless signs from bygone days can still be observed along Britain’s highways today. Ref:SPLROADSIGNS
|SHIRE BOOK - ROLLS ROYCE $12.00|
Jonathan Wood 32 pp, 43 ills. The Rolls-Royce name is synonymous with perfection and the pursuit of excellence, on account of the extraordinarily high engineering standards demanded by Henry Royce, the marque’s founder. His first car, built in 1904, attracted the attention of the aristocratic Charles Rolls, who was initially responsible for selling it. Soon afterwards came the legendary Silver Ghost and Royce’s place in motoring history was secure. All subsequent models have followed this perfectionist approach, maintained by BMW, which acquired the company in 1998. Ref:SPLROLLS
|SHIRE BOOK - ROYAL CARS $12.00|
Kings and queens, emperors, tsars, maharajas, princesses and their escorts have depended upon the motor car to give them mobility and enhanced prestige ever since its invention more than a hundred years ago. This book describes the relationship between royalty and the motor car, from the reign of Edward VII to the present day, with the main emphasis on the British Royal Family.Ref:SPLROYAL
James Dewar McLintock is a distinguished motoring journalist and a member of both the Guild of Motoring Writers and the Institute of Advanced Motorists as well as being President of the Renault Owner's Club.
|SHIRE BOOK - SCOTTISH MOTOR INDUSTRY $12.00|
With the exception of the Hillman Imp plant at Linwood private car production in Scotland effectively ceased with the closure of the Arrol-Johnston's factory in 1931. The story of the Scottish motor industry is the story of Argyll, Arrol-Johnston and Albion, but of these only Albion survived into modern times. At various times Scotland has supported well over fifty independent manufacturers of motor cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses and this book chronicles the rapid rise from 1897, and the slow decline of the Scottish industry which set in from 1914 onwards.Ref:SPLSCOT
Michael Worthington-Williams is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians and the Guild of Motoring Writers, a Sotheby's consultant and a regular contributor on early vehicle subjects to many magazines.
|SHIRE BOOK - Stephenson's Rocket and the Rainhill Trials $12.00|
George and Robert Stephenson's Rocket is arguably the most enduring silhouette in railway history. But why was Rocket that special? And why does the surviving locomotive look so unlike the striking yellow image that we are familiar with from books, postage stamps and the five pound note? Rocket was built to take part in The Rainhill Trials, the competition to find a locomotive design to pull trains on the world's first passenger line, the Liverpool and Manchester. The trials caught the public's imagination and its victor, Rocket, became a sensation. It quickly became of symbol of technological progress. The Stephensons' engine set the pattern for future world steam locomotive development for the next 130 years. But would the steam locomotive have developed differently if Rocket had not won the trials? All these questions while exploring in words and pictures the machine that became the metaphor for what is seen as Britain's greatest gift to the industrial world: the steam locomotive. Ref:SPLSTEPHENSON
|SHIRE BOOK - TAXI $12.00|
Nick Georgano 32 pp, 50 ills. Londoners have a unique vehicle in their taxicab, for it is the only one in the world to be specifically designed for hire work in cities. Since the early years of the twentieth century London taxicabs have had to conform to very strict regulations of design laid down by the Public Carriage Office. One result of this is their much appreciated turning circle of only 25 fee. Before 1914 forty-five manufacturers submitted cabs to the Public Carriage Office, through the market soon became dominated by a few makes, Austin becoming the leading make in the 1930s. This Album chronicles the development of the taxi and the growth of the cab trade. Ref:SPLLONDON
|SHIRE BOOK - THE COUNTY GARAGE $12.00|
The advent of the internal combustion engine brought many changes to society, the most neglected of which is arguably the garages built throughout Britain to serve motor vehicles, which revolutionised rural life. Yet, for all the fame attached to the now well-known heroes of early motoring, their exploits depended upon the energy and elbow grease of the early garage mechanic, and the petrol served on the forecourt by his wife from a hand-cranked pump. This book is a reminder of those days and of those men and women who held the keys to the motor industry's success. Ref:SPLGARAGE
|SHIRE BOOK - THE ROVER $12.00|
George Mowat-Brown, 32 pages. For over a century, no surviving marque so accurately charted the triumphs and tribulations of the British motor-manufacturing industry as Rover. This book traces the history of the company, starting with the cycle-making precursors of the Rover Company Limited. Covering the struggle through the Depression of the 1930s, and the expansions, mergers and contractions of the post-war period - the time of Rover's greatest success - the author then discusses Rover's placement within British Aerospace, the influence of the Japanese company Honda, and the ownership by BMW and the Phoenix Consortium. This book celebrates the history of Britain's last volume car producer, up to its sale to the Nanjing Corporation of China. Ref:SPLROVER
|SHIRE BOOK - TRIUMPH |
A. A. G. Robson 32 pp, 55 ills. With its first modern two-seater, the TR2, Standard Triumph established itself as a major sports car manufacturer. Triumph built only motorcycles before 1923, and then cars in limited numbers, but after it was taken over by Standard the company's sales and its sporting image improved considerably. The TR2 and TR3 models sold very well in the USA, and when the TRs were joined by the Spitfires and GT6s of the 1960s the range was complete. In the 1970s Triumph also produced the Stag, which was larger and more luxuriously equipped than any previous Triumph. After Standard-Triumph became part of British Leyland, the wedge-tyled TR7 was developed. The last TR7 was built in 1981 Ref:SPLTRIUMPH
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|SHIRE BOOK - TURNPIKE ROADS $12.00|
Geoffrey N. Wright, 32 pages. Turnpike trusts formed an important part of English life for over 150 years, from about 1690 to 1840, during which time they made a significant contribution to economic development before and during the industrial revolution. Locally and privately funded and usually operated on a relatively small scale, they represented an administrative innovation which recognised and tried to meet the need for an improved road transport infrastructure. For the first time road users paid for repairs and improvements to roads, and parishioners hitherto responsible were relieved of an often burdensome charge on local finances. Over 20,000 miles (32,000km) of roads were 'turnpiked', and most of these eighteenth- and nineteenth-century roads are still used today. Apart from the roads themselves, the most obvious survivals of turnpike trusts are the scores of neat little tollhouses and hundreds of roadside milestones. This book outlines the origins, development, success and decline of the turnpike trusts and some of the features associated with them. Ref:SPLTURNPIKE
|SHIRE BOOK - VINTAGE MOTOR CARS $12.00|
By Bill Boddy - This book tells of those fascinating makes and models that were manufactured between 1919 and 1930, from the crude and inexpensive cyclecars and popular light cars like the Austin Seven and Bullnose Morris Cowley to the Rolls-Royce and Daimler luxury limousines and the exciting sports cars such as the Frazer Nash, 12/50 Alvis and Bentley and 30/98 Vauxhall. It is intended for all those fascinated with the vintage era, whether they were motorists in those days of inexpensive petrol and uncongested roads or younger enthusiasts who have become aware of the joys of driving these cars in more recent years. Bill Boddy attended his first vintage motor-race in 1927, at Brooklands, with his mother. He has been the editor of a motoring journal longer than anyone else in Britain, having run Motor Sport by remote control during the Second World War and becoming full-time editor in 1945 Ref:SPLVINTAGE
|SHIRE BOOK - WOLESLEY $12.00|
Nick Baldwin 32 pp, 54 ills. Wolseley was one of Britain's leading car manufacturers in veteran and vintage days. Its two early managers, Austin and Siddeley, became famous for their own makes of car and Wolseley made a fascinating assortment of products from sledges for Scott of the Antarctic to Count Schilowsky's two-wheel Gyrocar. Austin and Morris fought American firms for its ownership in the 1920s, Morris winning eventually in 1927. The name was used for upmarket versions of first the Morris and then BMC models of the 1950s, when the cars were widely used by the police. The name Wolseley still stood for sumptuous interiors and illuminated radiator badges when it reached the end of the road in 1975. Ref:SPLWOLSELEY