Book reviews, July 1944, July 1944

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“Road Star Hat Trick,” by Prince Chula Chakrabongse. (Foulis.) 8s 6d.

This excellent account of “Bira’s” 1937 and 1938 seasons was originally published for private circulation in 1939, but it has now been re-published and includes a most attractive jacket and a full list of “Bira’s” race results for 1936-39. It makes a most valuable and welcome addition to the enthusiast’s library.

“Floyd Clymer’s Historical Motor Scrapbook.” 1st Edition. 1.50 dollars.

It is astonishing how versatile is the quality and composition of American publications. On the one hand we have beautifully produced, lavish magazines like the Saturday Evening Post and, on the other, works like this little book, which is composed mainly of reprints of a mixed collection of advertising pages from numerous American publications dating from the close of the 19th century to the mid-1920s. Frequently a typed date is the author’s only contribution to a page, which is otherwise as the original. A short introduction, some disconnected jottings, and some photographs of such things as BMW and streamlined Brough-Superior motor-cycles, modern freaks, etc, are thrown in to make up weight. Over here it would be difficult to find a publisher who would look at such a work, but it sells for 1.50 dollars in the States. It covers early motor-cycle advertising also, and is actually quite acceptable ; veteran car enthusiasts should try to get a copy. Later editions will follow, and Clymer Motors, 2125 W Pico Street, Los Angeles, 6, California, also supply “Saga of the Roaring Road,” “Auto Racing Photo Album” and “Excuse My Dust” which may, or may not, be so worthwhile.