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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:22 pm 
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People in Abingdon won't hear a kind word for Michael Edwardes.


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:49 pm 
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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.


I'll give it a whirl then, thanks for that. What about the Chris Cowin books about BMC/BL, anyone read them?


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:56 pm 
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Peter Laidler wrote:
People in Abingdon won't hear a kind word for Michael Edwardes.


I can understand that, but someone had to make the hard decisions otherwise there would have been no Longbridge or Cowley by the early eighties. He didn’t get everything right and tens of thousands lost their jobs but, by the end of his short tenure, there was an almost viable company.
Sadly, it allowed BAE to extract millions during their 5 year ownership.

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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
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Stuart Turner's 'Twice Lucky' I enjoyed.

Graham Robinson's 'Metro' was another, though it seems to be a marque that's not looked too kindly on these days.

Burt Munro's book would probably be the best 'personal story' book I've read.

I also have a personally signed / issued copy of Gorden Spice's Book 'Life of Spice' waiting to be read.

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What’s Graham Robson’s A Series Engine book like anyone?


I did enjoy the A Series book.


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:51 pm 
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Pete wrote:
What’s Graham Robson’s A Series Engine book like anyone?


I did enjoy the A Series book.


I also enjoyed the A-Series book.......some scanned photos/pages from the book when it first came out are posted here:-
http://www.mk1-forum.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4309


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 Post subject: Re: A Christmas read....
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:00 pm 
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Pete wrote:
What about the Chris Cowin books about BMC/BL, anyone read them?


I have read 'British Leyland: Chronicle of a Car Crash 1968-1978' by Chris Cowin,
after reading this short review below by Keith Adams of AROnline and found it to be a good informative read:-
http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/blog-br ... car-crash/


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Mexico or Bust, by Mark Kahn.
A good read about the highs and lows of factory motor sport before the advent of helicopter support and multi million pound funding.


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;) Gona start allover the VORTZ bible again :P

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