All in Good Time, by George Daniels, is the sort of book you know you are going to enjoy before even opening it. It is the ‘rags to riches’ life story of one of the world’s greatest horologists and maker of exclusive watches with his revolutionary co-axial escapement So much of the book is about that, with lots of wonderful colour plates of watches and their interiors.
That apart, it covers Daniel’s 13 Bentleys, his other vintage and Edwardian cars and motorcycles and his racing, with a large quantity of fascinating shots of them. The publishers are Premier Print, Unit 1, Shugborough Training Estate, Bradden, Isle of Man IM4 4LH. Price £33 including postage (£35 to USA).
Another long-awaited autobiography is that of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Wheels within Wheels — An Unconventional Life, which runs to 322 pages, is of absorbing interest, especially to motoring enthusiasts who are fully aware of his Lordship’s long interest in the veteran and Edwardian movement, his participation in all manner of events in such cars, and how he started the Montagu Motor Museum, and developed it into the National Motor Museum.
There is a very large number of pictures, mostly unpublished, which show personalities along the years (Montagu is now 75) and the many outstanding events in his life. The ‘Montagu Case’ is dealt with franldy and shows the police and the courts of the time in a tarnished light The book is published by Orion Publishing, price a notably modest £20. ISBN 297 81739 6.