” 100 of the World’s Finest Automobiles.” Edited by Ocee Ritch. 107 pp. tofi, in. >S in. (Floyd Clymer, t268 S. Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, 6, California. 4 dollars.)
This is a typical Clymer photo-litho soft-cover production, which gets topical Press and catalogue extracts about the World’s more exotic cars, from Alfa Romeo to Voisin, between modern covers. It contains fascinating ” auto lore “and some rare pictures hut falls down because of the method of compilation, which leads to patchy particulars, and many omissions. There are also the inevitable inaccuracies without which no book is complete—such as a Riley M.P.H. being quoted as typifying Autovia design and construction, whereas the Autovia was based on the V8 Riley, a suggestion that the eccentric drive for the o.h. camshaft on the 6-cylinder Bentley was used for .the 44-litre, which it wasn’t, the mixing up of the 1927 White House crash at Le Mans with the 1929 race, the enjoyable statement that 8-litre Bentley limousines were ” capable of real Grand Prix performance,” a picture of a defunct Leyland Eight confused with the sole surviving example, the Lanchester Forty given eight cylinders when it had but six, the changed name of the late Gordon Crosby, artist, to Peter Crosby, the omission of the Ensign, the various attempts to spell Sensaud de Lavaud (” Sensaud de Lavaux,” ” Sensaul de Lavaux “), incorrect engine capacities, and, one that really shouldn’t have happened, the ” Genevieve ” Darracq captioned as a 1904 Spyker.
Not an important hook, but a rather attractive one and, coming from America, you must expect the mistakes.—W. B.