Book Reviews, November 1952, November 1952

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“Modern Buses and Coaches,” by C. B. Morrissey. (Temple Press Ltd., Bowling Green Lane, E.C.1; 86 pp.; 9s. 6d.)

Although this is a book in the Boy’s “Power and Speed” Library, it is the sort of present uncles and fathers will buy to read before giving it to their nephews and sons. We found the historical notes, explanations of how local, urban and long-distance bus and coach services operate and the chapters on different makes of buses, how time-tables are drawn up and put into practice, and on express buses of the world, very interesting and written in a style easy to comprehend. The book is nicely illustrated and would make an excellent Christmas present.

“1952 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race Year Book,” (Floyd Clymer, 1268, S. Alvarado Street, Los Angeles 6, California; 111 pp.: 1.50 dollars.)

This breath-taking official account of the great race at Indianapolis is a welcome annual. This year it is bigger, better illustrated, and more comprehensive than ever. It gains in appeal to European readers because Ascari and his Ferrari were present at Indianapolis this year. There is plenty of technical data and engineering illustrations of the specialised American track cars which Europeans have come to respect. The book is available from specialised booksellers in this country.—W. B.

“British Cars-1952,” by Peter Chambers. (P-C Publications, 7, Newhall Street, Birmingham; 3. 56 pp. 6s.)

We welcome another edition of this stiff-cover manual, which gives prices, specifications and very clear (although not original) photographs of all the cars on the British market. It is an excellent annual reference work, now in its fourth year, although it is a pity that, written during August, it awaits publication until October, when most of us are thinking in terms of 1953 cars. However, this does not lessen its value as a reference work.—W. B.