Category: Automotive

1935 Triumph 8C Dolomite: The Big One….Is Back

1935 Triumph 8C Dolomite: The Big One….Is Back

Jonathan Wood, Don­ald Healey’s 8C Tri­umph Dolomite. Wether­by, York­shire: Jonathan Turn­er & Tim Whit­worth, 2017, 300 pages, pro­fuse­ly illus­trat­ed in col­or and b&w, $275. Avail­able from the pub­lish­ers. Writ­ten for The Vin­tage Tri­umph Reg­is­ter.

Donald Healey’s Dolomite

In 1977 I wrote the pre-World War II chap­ters of Tri­umph Cars, now reap­pear­ing in an expand­ed new edi­tion, thanks large­ly to my co-author Gra­ham Rob­son (bla­tant plug, please order).

At the time, though, there was lit­tle to describe about Triumph’s most impres­sive fail­ure, the leg­endary straight-eight Dolomite. The only one built by the fac­to­ry had come to grief (along, almost, with Don­ald Healey) at a rail­way cross­ing on the 1935 Monte Car­lo Ral­lye.…

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Triumph Cars: The Whole Story, the Last Word: Coming in September

Triumph Cars: The Whole Story, the Last Word: Coming in September

Announc­ing the return of Tri­umph Cars: The Com­plete Sto­ry. One of the best books I ever wrote (actu­al­ly co-wrote, with the great Gra­ham Rob­son), arrives in Sep­tem­ber from  Veloce Pub­lish­ing in Eng­land. This is the finest edi­tion ever. It con­tains scores of new full col­or car por­traits of great Tri­umphs from the 1920s to the last TR8s of the 1980s. To order a copy at a guar­an­teed pre-pub­li­ca­tion price, go to Ama­zon (USA) or Ama­zon (UK).

This book was as good as it was because we man­aged to find and inter­view so many old Tri­umph hands.…

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Should this have been the “Step-down” Hudson?

Should this have been the “Step-down” Hudson?

Read­er Brent Hinde writes about my Hud­son book, The Clas­sic Post­war Years (1977, reprint­ed 1993). Very kind of him, since it’s the first men­tion of that book in decades.

Recent­ly at an estate sale I picked up the book and found it an excel­lent read. On page 38 is a ter­rif­ic sketch of a car that should have been built, rather than the design man­age­ment chose. My ques­tion is: Who drew that sketch? Are there more draw­ings like that in exis­tence? It would make a great guide for a project car.

1948 Hud­son: dra­mat­ic low­ness was achieved by sink­ing the floor with­in the frame rails.…

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