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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:54 pm 
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Just noticed this book while searching for another.......anyone read it?

MGs The Mini and Me
by Dudley Pike (Author)
"Dudley Pike grew up with MGs: he, his father and two brothers all worked in the MG factory. This is the story of Dudley’s forty-five years in the motor industry, from his apprenticeship at the MG works at Abingdon, progressing to the preparation of rally cars, moving on to the retail trade, and finally returning to the manufacturers. Dudley enjoyed his life in the industry, and here he shares some of his experiences during his apprenticeship and within the Competitions Department of BMC/BL, giving the reader inside experience of what it was like preparing the cars for a very successful rally team. All the apprentices dreamt of ending up in the Competitions Department where they would prepare rally cars for BMC and later, British Leyland: the Mini Cooper S, the Austin Healey 3000 and the MGB. Pike spent six months here. He helped Brian Moylan, the longest serving mechanic at the factory to build a car for the Monte Carlo Rally. It was one of the Minis that was going to be used as a recce (a car used for practice) for The Tulip Rally. The car completed the recce without incident.
Adapting to working in the retail trade, after the closure of the Competitions Department, Dudley maintains he was always in the right place at the right time, with one notable exception when he spent the night in jail. MGs, The Mini, and Me is an amusing tale of one man’s journey from apprentice to management." ... 1508778515

PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:59 pm 
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Yes, not as informative on cars as you would like to think from the title.

See this thread:

PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:47 am 

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Amazing similarity in upper and lower body shape of all the women Dudley met. Was this a real coincidence, author's license, or was he dreaming?
Prudently, I found the otherwise interesting narrative unnecessarily salacious and gave the book away.

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