• Transportation

The good, the mad and the ugly ... not to mention Jeremy Clarkson

The golden years of motoring journalism?
Author: Peter Dron
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1787112993
Category: Transportation
Page: 256
View: 1836
This book takes a light-hearted look at what the author considers to have been the golden age of motoring journalism – the last two decades of the 20th century. As a writer and tester for Motor magazine, founding Editor of Fast Lane magazine, and a freelance journalist with a weekly column in The Daily Telegraph, Peter Dron has many tales to tell. In these pages we meet industry moguls, unusual motoring journalists and various other passers-by. The reasons why it has all gone wrong, both for the motor industry and motoring journalism, are examined with candour. Although this book is essentially about cars and car people, the author ambitiously hopes that it may amuse, irritate or even inform people who are not interested in cars at all. If the readers are not amused, irritated or informed, the author does not mind in the least, provided they have bought the book with their own money rather than stolen it or acquired it by other means, fair or foul.

    • Transportation

The Good, the Mad and the Ugly ... Not to Mention Jeremy Clarkson

Author: Peter Dron
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
ISBN: 9781787111844
Category: Transportation
Page: 256
View: 3593
The Good, the Mad and the Ugly ... Not to Mention Jeremy Clarkson takes a light-hearted look at what the author considers to have been the golden age of motoring journalism, during the last two decades of the 20th century. As a writer for Motor magazine, founding editor of Fast Lane magazine, and a freelance journalist with a weekly column in The Daily Telegraph, Peter Dron has many tales to tell. In these pages we meet industry moguls, unusual motoring journalists and various other passers-by. The reasons why it has all gone wrong, both for the motor industry and motoring journalism, are examined with candor. Although this book is essentially about cars and car people, the author ambitiously hopes that it may amuse, irritate or even inform people who are not interested in cars at all. If the readers are not amused, irritated or informed, the author does not mind in the least, provided they have bought the book with their own money rather than stolen it or acquired it by other means, fair or foul.

    • Soccer players

The Good, the Mad and the Ugly

The Andy Morrison Story
Author: Andy Morrison
Publisher: Fort
ISBN: 9781905769278
Category: Soccer players
Page: 224
View: 7753
This is the autobiography of former Scottish footballer Andy Morrison, who played for Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Manchester City.

    • Travel

The Road to Muckle Flugga

Great Drives in Five Continents
Author: Phil Llewellin
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
ISBN: 9780857330031
Category: Travel
Page: 384
View: 386
Phil Llewellin is an award-winning writer whose adventures have enthralled readers of leading magazines and newspapers worldwide. His two million motoring miles - in everything from modern and classic cars to powerful American trucks - have taken him to wild places like Afghanistan, China, Tobago, Sudan, Alaska and Borneo. Here he chronicles some of the most exciting journeys.

    • Business & Economics

Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

The Battle for the Soul of American Business
Author: Bob Lutz
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101516027
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
View: 2725
A legend in the car industry reveals the philosophy that's starting to turn General Motors around. In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public's imagination with great cars, the money would follow. The car guys held sway, and GM dominated with bold, creative leadership and iconic brands like Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GMC, and Chevrolet. But then GM's leadership began to put their faith in analysis, determined to eliminate the "waste" and "personality worship" of the bygone creative leaders. Management got too smart for its own good. With the bean counters firmly in charge, carmakers (and much of American industry) lost their single-minded focus on product excellence. Decline followed. Lutz's commonsense lessons (with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes) will inspire readers at any company facing the bean counter analysis-paralysis menace. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Transportation

No Speed Limit

Sixty Years of Road Testing Classic Cars
Author: Stuart Bladon
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750966572
Category: Transportation
Page: 272
View: 5241
Stuart Bladon's long career as a motoring journalist has seen him test drive thousands of cars. He has seen motoring change from no speed limits, no motorways, and new cars costing less than £300 to the world of today. Often flying cars out to Belgium to test on their straight roads, he has driven a Bond three-wheeler, a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, covered the European car rallies, and achieved many awards for economy driving. He was the first person to be issued with a parking ticket in the UK, the second to pass the advanced driving test of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, and drove all the way along the first 70 miles of the M1 while under construction in 1959. He had many close shaves during his career including run-ins with the law and brushes with death, and this book recounts the best of his adventures.

    • History

The 12-Volt Bible for Boats

Author: Miner K. Brotherton,Edwin R. Sherman
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071660739
Category: History
Page: 208
View: 3399
The 12-Volt Bible for Boats is a clear, nonthreatening introduction to the 12-volt electrical systems used on small boats to power everything from reading lights to bilge pumps. This second edition is thoroughly updated with respect to modern batteries, breaker and panel design, alternative energy sources, and troubleshooting equipment, but it retains the fundamental simplicity that is the source of its enduring popularity (more than 100,000 copies sold).

Germany and the Ottoman Railways

Art, Empire, and Infrastructure
Author: Peter H. Christensen
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300225644
Page: 204
View: 4340
The complex political and cultural relationship between the German state and the Ottoman Empire is explored through the lens of the Ottoman Railway network, its architecture, and material culture With lines extending from Bosnia to Baghdad to Medina, the Ottoman Railway Network (1868-1919) was the pride of the empire and its ultimate emblem of modernization--yet it was largely designed and bankrolled by German corporations. This exemplifies a uniquely ambiguous colonial condition in which the interests of Germany and the Ottoman Empire were in constant flux. German capitalists and cultural figures sought influence in the Near East, including access to archaeological sites such as Tell Halaf and Mshatta. At the same time, Ottoman leaders and laborers urgently pursued imperial consolidation. Germany and the Ottoman Railways explores the impact of these political agendas as well as the railways' impact on the built environment. Relying on a trove of previously unpublished archival materials, including maps, plans, watercolors, and photographs, author Peter H. Christensen also reveals the significance of this major infrastructure project for the budding disciplines of geography, topography, art history, and archaeology.

    • Transportation

Lamborghini Countach

The Complete Story
Author: P Dron
Publisher: Crowood Press
ISBN: 9781852239145
Category: Transportation
Page: 192
View: 315
Explore one of the most legendary cars of all time, from its birth as the LP400 through its evolution into the 5000 Quattrovalvole, and the latest Diablo. Dron goes behind the scenes of the Lamborghini factory to chart the checkered history of the company and its successive management eras. Filled with driving impressions, road test details, model specs and special feature panels.

    • Transportation

Day One

An Automotive Journalist's Muscle-Car Memoir
Author: Martyn L. Schorr
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 0760359725
Category: Transportation
Page: 208
View: 5246
In Day One, automotive journalist Marty Schorr recalls life on the front line in the classic muscle car era, thrashing brand-new cars that would become collector vehicles. Most muscle-car books celebrate beautifully-restored vehicles surrounded by hard facts; Day One tells the real story from the point-of-view of one of the period’s most respected automotive journalists, Marty Schorr. For the first time in print, you’ll get a unique perspective on what it was like to actually drive, race, and otherwise thrash what are some of today's most valuable collector cars. CARS, the iconic magazine Marty wrote and edited didn't rely on industry advertising for revenue. Instead, the magazine made money the old fashioned way, from newsstand sales, leaving it able to be honest and frank in its coverage of high-performance street cars. CARS magazine reported on both Day stock and modified cars, cars the traditional magazines wouldn't touch, like the ultra-high-performance vehicles from companies like Baldwin-Motion, Yenko Chevrolet, Nickey Chevrolet, Royal Pontiac, and Tasca Ford. Prepare yourself for Day One to cover the most important cars of a given year, including: Pontiac’s 1962-1963 lightweight Super-Duty 421 street and Swiss Cheese models Chevrolet’s 1963 big-block 427 Mystery Motor and ZL-1 Impala. Ford 1963 ½ 427/425 Galaxie fastback The 1964 Ramchargers The first 426 Street Hemi Cotton-Owens prepared Hemi Coronet A 1966 Olds Twin-Engined (850 cubic inches) Grant Toronado, currently owned by Jay Leno A prototype 1966 Plymouth 426 Street Hemi Satellite One of two 427 SOHC Galaxies prototypes A ’67 Royal Bobcat GTO Plymouth’s original ’68 Hemi Road Runner Hurst-built Plymouth & Dodge 1968 Hemi-Darts and Hemi-Cudas

Golden Stripes

Leadership on the High Seas
Author: V. S. Parani
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781849953146
Page: 208
View: 3062
'Inspiring leadership lessons from the sea,? Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray Jr, USN (ret), author of Saltwater LeadershipAlthough merchant ships carry 90% of the world's trade, the mariners who run them have little guidance on leadership. This can result in disasters such as the Titanic, Costa Concordia, the Exxon Valdez, and the recent El Faro. With modern ships being worth several million dollars, seafarers need leadership advice at every level of their career. Golden Stripes, Leadership on the High Seas provides this guidance, and much more. Captain Parani weaves together his rich experience, cutting-edge insights and real-life stories in this book which has already garnered international acclaim. The reader will discover how to run a tight ship; enhance expertise; lead and communicate with a team; implement safety leadership; decide effectively in high-stake situations and be inspired by legendary sailors. It is a practical leadership action plan which can be applied at sea, or in any other workplace, anywhere.Golden Stripes is the first leadership book of its kind, written by a mariner specifically for commercial shipping. The author's experience both on board and from his corporate roles gives him a unique perspective on why, when and how sailors fail or succeed. Important messages are woven around engaging stories, quotes and practical leadership models, making this an indispensable read for all leaders.

    • Transportation

The BSA Bantam Bible

All Models 1948 to 1971
Author: Peter Henshaw
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 184584159X
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
View: 8575
Year-by-year evolution of the BSA Bantam, a simple commuter bike that thousands learnt to ride on. It became the standard GPO 'telegram bike' in the 1950s and was a huge success, with 100,000 built in the first four years of production. It's a story with interesting asides, like the Hummer, Harley-Davidson's version of the DKW that inspired the Bantam, and survived into the 1960s. But it's a sad story too – BSA failed to follow up the Bantam's early success by developing it, and by the mid-1960s it was looking outdated, especially next to the new breed of four-stroke Hondas. That the Bantam was allowed to fizzle out in 1971 symbolised the state of the industry that produced it, but today there's a thriving community of Bantam owner/riders. The book ends with a guide to buying a secondhand Bantam, along with useful appendices on specifications, engine/frame numbers, and contacts among the clubs and Bantam specialists. Every Bantam owner, or would be owner, needs this book - the Bantam Bible!

    • Self-Help

How Cycling Can Save the World

Author: Peter Walker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143111779
Category: Self-Help
Page: 288
View: 5491
Peter Walker--reporter at the Guardian and curator of its popular bike blog--shows how the future of humanity depends on the bicycle. Car culture has ensnared much of the world--and it's no wonder. Convenience and comfort (as well as some clever lobbying) have made the car the transportation method of choice for generations. But as the world evolves, the high cost of the automobile is made clearer--with its dramatic effects on pollution, the way it cuts people off from their communities, and the alarming rate at which people are injured and killed in crashes. Walker argues that the simplest way to tackle many of these problems at once is with one of humankind's most perfect inventions--the bicycle. In How Cycling Can Save the World, Walker takes readers on a tour of cities like Copenhagen and Utrecht, where everyday cycling has taken root, demonstrating cycling's proven effect on reducing smog and obesity, and improving quality of life and mental health. Interviews with public figures--such as Janette Sadik-Khan, who led the charge to create more pedestrian- and cyclist- friendly infrastructure in New York City--provide case studies on how it can be done, and prove that you can make a big change with just a few cycling lanes and a paradigm shift. Meticulously researched and incredibly inspiring, How Cycling Can Save the World delivers on its lofty promise and leads readers to the realization that cycling could not only save the world, but have a lasting and positive impact on their own lives.

    • Transportation


The Art of the Motorcycle
Author: Zef Enault,Michael Levivier
Publisher: Mitchell Beazley
ISBN: 1784724726
Category: Transportation
Page: 240
View: 7402
This is the definitive story of Triumph, told through 130 years of its magnificent motorcycles. Created with support from Triumph and with a foreword from CEO Nick Bloor, The Art of the Motorcycle is a celebration of Triumph's most beautiful bikes, and an essential companion for any fan. With unprecedented access behind the scenes, the book tells the story of Triumph's motorcycles through the years, from the earliest models and much-loved classics to the most recent bikes. Features include: Entries on each of the greatest Triumph models Stunning photography throughout - including never-before-seen images Detailed technical information Early design sketches First-hand reports from the people who were there Other treasures from the Triumph archives With insightful, thoroughly-researched text, Triumph - The Art of the Motorcycle is the ultimate history of an enduring icon, told through its greatest machines.

    • Transportation


The Definitive History of Motoring
Author: Giles Chapman
Publisher: DK
ISBN: 9781465469243
Category: Transportation
Page: 360
View: 782
Charting the 130-years from the arrival of horseless carriages to the advent of driverless vehicles, celebrate the automobile and the romance of the open road. Beginning with the development of the first vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine, Drive explores the early glamour of driving, motor sport, and car design, and looks at how the automobile has shaped the modern world. Revealing the advances in technology and design that have made cars faster, safer, and better to drive, and transformed them from a means of transportation into objects of status, excitement, and desire, Drive tracks trends in auto manufacturing and the public's changing tastes in cars: whether it's Golden Era sports cars such as the MG, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Chevrolet, muscle cars like the Mustang, hot rods, custom cars, the hippie-standard VW, or modern-day hybrid cars. Trivia and fascinating facts covering the growth of car racing, the development of traffic lights, the boom in automobile advertising, the first car washes, and the craft of artisan-made cars complete the subject, making it a must-have for car enthusiasts.

Confessions from Quality Control

Stories of Bodges and Balls-Ups of Car Factories in the Nineties
Author: Rich Duisberg
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781532719790
Page: 120
View: 3563
Confessions from quality control is a light hearted traipse through various car factories around the world. From Ford to Fiat, Hummer to Porsche (and quite a lot of Rover) the author retells stories of the amusing bodges and balls-ups he experienced in the quality department of car manufacturers in the 1990s. If you've ever found a finger in your new MINI, or a sandwich in your Vauxhall, this book might explain how it got there. The author travels around the world and gets mugged in Poland, lost in China and locked in an asylum in the Czech Republic, but the scariest place of all was Ford in Dagenham. The story finishes with an epic experiment; a roadtrip to Africa in a fleet of 'industrial unrest Rovers'. "Hilarious" - TopGear script writer, Richard Porter.

    • Transportation

The Lea-Francis Story

Author: Barrie Price
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1845847067
Category: Transportation
Page: 176
View: 8684
Founded in 1895 under the aegis of R.H. Lea, the company originally built cycles and motorcycles but, by the 1920s, was established as a manufacturer of high quality sporting cars. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Lea-Francis specialized in medium-sized cars built with care and the best quality components. Successful in motorsports, "Leaf" was an innovative company, but a lack of regard for good business principles led to fluctuating fortunes throughout the company's long life. This text tells the story of the firm.

    • Transportation

Jaguar from the Shop Floor

Foleshill Road and Browns Lane 1949 to 1978
Author: Brian James,John Starkey
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
ISBN: 9781787112797
Category: Transportation
Page: 192
View: 2743
In Jaguar from the Shop Floor, Brian Martin tells the story of his life as a long-time employee at Jaguar, giving a first-hand account of the development and production processes, and the ups and downs of factory life through the eyes of someone who was actually there. In this part-autobiographical and part-historical account, the author tells of his childhood in a typical working family of the depression era, and then describes his career from starting at the Jaguar factory in 1949, through a spell doing national service in the RAF and then going back to Jaguar. He left briefly in 1972 to try other jobs, but returned to the factory in the mid-1970s. Providing a fascinating insight into the Jaguar production process, the book also covers the development of the XK120, Mk V, Mk VII, MK X. The Mark 1 and 2 (2.4, 3.4 & 3.8 litre) saloons, the XKSS, E1A, E2A, lightweight E Types, XJ6 XJ12 & XJS.

Baillon Collection

A Sensational Barnfind
Author: Rémi Dargegen
Publisher: Delius Klasing Verlag Gmbh
ISBN: 9783667103079
Page: 144
View: 2489
"Found sheltering in a garage was one of just three Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinettas with coachwork by Frua, dating from 1956. And then, beneath piles of magazines, they discovered something even more exciting... a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, with covered headlights, a car whose first owner was comedian Gerard Blain... Blain sold the Ferrari to actor Alain Delon, who was on several occasions photographed at the wheel - accompanied, in 1964, by Jane Fonda." Classic Driver A Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport. A Facel Vega Excellence. A Hispano-Suiza H6B. A Bugatti 57 Ventoux. Alain Delon's Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. Several Talbot-Lago, Delahaye and Voisin - the list of classic automobiles, forgotten for decades on an estate in Echire in south-western France, is almost unbelievable. That was not what the owner, the haulier Roger Baillon, had in mind. He intended to establish the first automobile museum of France before financial setbacks forced him to sell part of his impressive collection. What was left of his dream, his descendants have now handed to other collectors. Before the cars were auctioned in early 2015, French photographer Remi Dargegen took pictures of the incredible "Baillon Collection." When the photo sessions at Chateau Gaillard started, Remi Dargegen had not expected to find such a huge treasure trove of classic automobiles: "Unbelievable, just unbelievable. This place is unique. What is most impressive, is the sheer number of cars that were stored in the barns." That enthusiasm is reflected in his photographs, presented for the first time in this book: Baillon Collection. It is also the first publication of a "barnfind"; historically unique and outstanding in dimension. Text in English and German."