Tag: Graham Robson

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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“The Vintage Triumph” and Triumphs in My Life

“The Vintage Triumph” and Triumphs in My Life

All Tri­umphs All the Time: Issue 150 of The Vin­tage Tri­umph mag­a­zine, 2015 

Har­ry Barnes was to have been our first edi­tor, but quick­ly decid­ed he couldn’t do it. I was elect­ed, pro­duc­ing issues 1-18 from 1974 to 1977. Look­ing at those pro­duc­tions, I’m struck that while Tri­umphs haven’t changed much else has in half a life­time.

Annu­al dues were $10—equal to $48 today, but didn’t buy as much. Imag­ine a world with­out com­put­ers! You print­ed off sheets of clean, “cam­era-ready” type. We couldn’t afford type­set­ting; those who didn’t have elec­tric type­writ­ers put a brand new rib­bon in their Rem­ing­tons and banged hard on the keys.…

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Bulldog Not: Say it isn’t So

Bulldog Not: Say it isn’t So

Churchill after the 1951 elec­tion, which returned him to Down­ing Street.

“The clas­sic British bull­dog, a sym­bol of defi­ance and pugnac­i­ty, may now dis­ap­pear. A shake-up of breed­ing  stan­dards by the Ken­nel Club has sig­nalled the end of the dog’s Churchillian jowl. Instead, the dog will  have a shrunk­en face, a sunken nose, longer legs and a lean­er body. The British Bull­dog Breed Coun­cil is threat­en­ing legal action against the Ken­nel Club. Chair­man Robin Sear­le said: ‘What you’ll get is a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent dog, not a British bull­dog.’

I referred this one to long­time col­league, promi­nent motor­ing writer and bull­dog par­ti­san Gra­ham Rob­son, who writes:

As a long-time bull­dog own­er (you have met var­i­ous of my much-loved mutts) I am at once delight­ed and appalled by what is being pro­posed.…

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