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 Post subject: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:50 pm 
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I've always liked a good book at Christmas....Bill Price's Comps department hardback is very good,... the very expensive comps department secrets book was a let down ( I sold it soon after Christmas ! )....Brian Moylan's anatomy was another good one ( written with lots of input from Jumpin Jeff ),... and the second edition Peter Browning Works minis has to be my favourite.....
Can anyone recommend a good stocking filler for this year ?


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:40 am 
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I'm only here for the beer. Gerry Marshal's autobiography an excellent read!


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
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Try any books by Erick "Winckle" Brown .. Test Pilot & WW2 stuff Spitfires etc; he also test flys the German rocket planes & first man to land a jet on a Aircraft Carrier .. his books will give you a big respect to a humble man & a true Hero.


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:24 am 
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I have just read "The British Car Industry - Our Part in its Downfall" by James Ruppert:-
"It is the true story of what happened to the British Car Industry from 1945 until it effectively ended with the implosion of MG Rover in 2005. It occurred to me that my Dads car owning, driving and buying history (from a Triumph Mayflower to a VW Golf) was a great way of injecting some social history into it all. I also wondered whether his decision in the 1970s to buy an Audi triggered the downfall, or was it the inept motor industry management, stupid commie unions or meddling governments. I think we know the answer, but it is fun finding out and there some good stories along the way."
https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Car-In ... 0955952905


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:02 pm 
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What’s Graham Robson’s A Series Engine book like anyone? Also is there a history of BMC / BL book out there worth reading?!


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
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I have enjoyed reading it. The history of the engine's origins is interesting. To some extent the book also covers many aspects of the development of the British motor industry including the BMC period of course. The importance of the A series to the rise and ultimate demise of BMC/BL/Austin Rover is well documented. The Mini (and derivative) applications feature heavily but all others get adequate coverage. It also covers the various attempted redevelopments in the later years

As with all such books some of the content will be already known but there's loads of stuff that someone who is just into Minis would not be familiar with.

It even contains two photos of Unipowers! (Not engine bay unfortunately)

Like everyone should have driven a Mini, everyone should have read this.


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:25 pm 
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Location: N/E England Where the SAND is GOLDEN and the sea is always COLD!!
Pat Moss The Story so Far (William Kimber), written when men were men. :o


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:58 pm 
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For me some Mini Magazines ;)

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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
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I've recommended this before on here... if only because it's so cheap! Hear the story from the man himself:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Back-Brink-Edw ... l+edwardes

Mind you...
He turns it around only for BAE to pillage the company a few years later.
Then BMW ruin the partnership with Honda, extract the 4wd technology for their own range and make off with the MINI brand and Cowley
Then the Phoenix Four take £9 million each for 5 years work winding it all down.
but I'm not at all bitter...

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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:01 pm 
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Whenever I'm down in the dumps, I pull out Graham Robson's 'The Cars Of BMC' Graham now elderly has some knowledge about BMC cars. :D :D :D

Alan


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