Tag: British Leyland

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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Driving in Britain Then & Now

Driving in Britain Then & Now

A friend head­ed for Eng­land who heard about their speed cam­eras asks how many he’ll encounter. Answer: a lot. Even out in the coun­try, they snap away at you.

Hav­ing logged about 80,000 road miles in the UK since 1974, I’ve noticed this and oth­er changes that turned dri­ving from a joy to drudgery. Of course a lot has to do with the huge growth of cars on cramped roads, and maybe mod­ern depre­da­tions of the State is a result rather than a cause. Head­ed into Dorch­ester one Sat­ur­day morn­ing, I had to resort to an Ord­nance Sur­vey map to get in using one-track roads—all the arter­ies were packed and stuck.…

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