Articles tagged Bill Gunston

Page 58 of May 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, May 1979

Cars in books

FROM "Gilbert Harding" by Wallace Reyburn (Angus & Robertson, 1978) one learns that the famous broadcaster and TV personality, who wielded so much power and viewer-esteem in his time, was no motorist. In the days of his alcoholic fame Harding had a chauffeur-driven car, although he preferred the term "driver", finding "chauffeur" too pretentious. The only car he ever owned, apparently, was an...

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Cars In Books

Cars In Books I found nothing about motoring in "Forty Years Of A Sportsman's Life" by Sir Claude Champion De Crespigny, Bt. (Mills & Boon) in spite of the last chapter being titled "Racing By Land And Air" - it means steeplechasing and ballooning. One ballooning item caught my eye. In 1882 Simmons made a cross-Channel ascent from Maldon, covering, it is said, 170 miles in "slightly over an...

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Books for the New Year

The Scimitar and its forebears by Don Poker. 231pp (Court Publications, Drays Court, Witcombe, Gloucs GL3 4TN. £11.95 + £1.55 p&p) That the Reliant marque should have had to wait until now for a comprehensive history to be written is surprising; that the author of such a work should be Don Pither is not. Stalwart of the Historic Rally Car Register, Sabre racer, Scimitar hill-climber, and...

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Books for Easter

"By Jupiter! The Life of Sir Roy Fedden" by Bill Gunscon. 157 pp. 8¼" x 5¾" (The Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London, W1V OBQ £5.00). This is a long overdue and entirely excellent study of the late Sir Roy Fedden. I had known that Roy Fedden was associated with the Straker Squire car, which he raced at Brooklands before the war, and that he was responsible for those very...

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Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters Some Thoughts About Bentleys I reviewed Donald Bastow's book about the engineering aspects of all the Walter Bentley products, from BR rotary aero-engines to the post-war Lagondas, last month ("W. O. Bentley Engineer" by Donald Bastow, Haynes, 1978). But it is rather heavy going, which I have been absorbing slowly, coming upon some more interesting items on...

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Book reviews

"Adventure with Fate" by Harald Penrose, OBE, CEng, FRAeS etc, 394 pp, 9 in x 6 in. (Airlife Publications Ltd, 7 St John's Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 11E. £14.95.) Here is the book I have waited a long time for! — Harald Penrose's aviation autobiography. He was Westland's Chief Test-Pilot, but was much more besides, so that he knew almost everyone of importance in the developing years of...

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