• Motor cars: general interest
      May 2011

      London Taxis - A Full History

      by Bill Munro

      An illustrated history of London taxis.

    • Vehicle maintenance & manuals

      The Definitive Guide to Point and Figure

      A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practical Use of the Point and Figure Charting Method

      by Jeremy. Du Plessis

    • Fiction
      May 2013

      Hazardous Material

      by Kurt Kamm

      A firefighter battles a his own painkiller addiction and the infamous Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang. When he joins the Sheriff s Department in a drone search for a meth lab in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, an enigmatic aerospace scientist joins the intrigue. Firefighting, hazardous materials, illicit drugs and aerospace technology are brought together in the fourth in a series of firefighter mysteries by award winning author Kurt Kamm

    • Medicine

      The Psychedelic Traveller

      Short Stories

      by ANTHONY JAMES

      A collection of short stories from adventures and fantastic imaginings aroud the world. Each story is set in a different country, from Brazil to Siberia, from new Zealand to India. Each story is a cameo in itself, each one of a different mood, be it playful, or dark, of conflict or good humour. Stories will remind those who travel widely of the pitfalls and opportunities and remind all the readers that there is nothing more wonderful than this wonderful world and the ppeople in it.

    • Buses, trams & commercial vehicles: general interest
      July 2016

      From a Nickel to a Token

      The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA

      by Andrew J. Sparberg

      Streetcars “are as dead as sailing ships,” said Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in a radio speech, two days before Madison Avenue’s streetcars yielded to buses. LaGuardia was determined to eliminate streetcars, demolish pre-1900 elevated lines, and unify the subway system, a goal that became reality in 1940 when the separate IRT, BMT, and IND became one giant system under full public control. In this fascinating micro-history of New York’s transit system, Andrew Sparberg examines twenty specific events between 1940 and 1968, book ended by subway unification and the MTA’s creation. From a Nickel to a Token depicts a potpourri of well-remembered, partially forgotten, and totally obscure happenings drawn from the historical tapestry of New York mass transit. Sparberg deftly captures five boroughs of grit, chaos, and emotion grappling with a massive and unwieldy transit system. During these decades, the system morphed into today’s familiar network. The public sector absorbed most private surface lines operating within the five boroughs, and buses completely replaced streetcars. Elevated lines were demolished, replaced by subways or, along Manhattan’s Third Avenue, not at all. Beyond the unification of the IND, IRT, and BMT, strategic track connections were built between lines to allow a more flexible and unified operation. The oldest subway routes received much needed rehabilitation. Thousands of new subway cars and buses were purchased. The sacred nickel fare barrier was broken, and by 1968 a ride cost twenty cents. From LaGuardia to Lindsay, mayors devoted much energy to solving transit problems, keeping fares low, and appeasing voters, fellow elected officials, transit management, and labor leaders. Simultaneously, American society was experiencing tumultuous times, manifested by labor disputes, economic pressures, and civil rights protests. Featuring many photos never before published, From a Nickel to a Token is a historical trip back in time to a multitude of important events.

    • Travel & Transport
      June 2014 - July 2014

      Tracks

      Racing the Sun

      by Sandro Martini

      In this epic novel about the motor-racing heroes of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, legendary characters battle to win incredible races on switchback roads along the edges of ravines. Exploring the relationships between the champions as much as the sporting events themselves, this is a thrilling tale based on true rivalries, triumphs and disasters during a fascinating period in European sporting history.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      October 2018

      AEC Double-Deckers

      by Howard Berry

      Even though it is nearly forty years since the last vehicles left the Southall factory, the products of the Associated Equipment Company, more commonly known as AEC, are still synonymous with quality and reliability. In this, the second of a series of two books, Howard Berry sets out to give a pictorial overview of the bus chassis manufactured in the last years of double-deck bus production by AEC. AEC were known as ‘the builders of London’s buses’ and produced such iconic models as the RT and the Routemaster – the familiar red buses that symbolise London to people across the world, but there was much more to AEC than this. Regents, Renowns and Bridgemasters all contributed to making AEC the byword for reliability in the PSV world. With 180 informatively captioned photographs, almost all in colour, and all taken when these fine vehicles were in their operating heyday, this book is sure to appeal to enthusiasts of the AEC marque and the layman alike.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      March 2019

      AEC Regents in Service

      The Late 1960s and 1970s

      by David Christie

      From 1967 to the late 1970s the author visited many towns and cities in Britain, photographing the remaining traditional buses in service. This book concentrates on one marque – the AEC Regent, which was to be found generally in its Mk 3 variant and more so in the southern counties. ‘Up North’ was generally Leyland country, and a companion book covers the PD Leylands. Travelling from Romford in Essex ,the author’s home town, and starting with a brief LT selection, we call in along the south coast before heading north to the Midlands ,the Isle of Man, then on to Scotland, where the Author relocated in 1973. All the photographs are in colour, originally in slide form, from which they have been digitally restored.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      March 2019

      Birmingham Buses, Trams and Trolleybuses in the Second World War

      by David Harvey

      This books looks at the effects of the Second World War on public transport in the West Midlands. New regulations were introduced within days of Chamberlain’s public announcement and buses, trolleybuses and trams had to conform with new blackout regulations. Many single-deck buses were either commandeered by the War Department or converted to ambulances. Service reductions were made and significant damage to buildings and infrastructures presented a unique set of challenges for those tasked with keeping the West Midlands working. Air raids resulted in many routes being abandoned or changed as the inevitable reduction in fleet sizes put the public transport systems under even greater strain. Photographing public transport system was forbidden during the war, but many enthusiasts continued to record history. Delving into his superb collection of wartime shots, renowned Midlands bus expert David Harvey offers a fascinating snapshot of theses buses’ life during wartime.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      October 2018

      Family Cars of the 1960s

      by James Taylor

      The 1960s saw car ownership take off in Britain, as the newly opened motorways created new opportunities for travel – on family holidays, to visit relatives, or for work. The kinds of cars the British drove also changed. Small economy cars in particular helped to swell the numbers on the roads, while safety concerns started to have a greater influence on design. Larger cars for the wealthy few were joined by a new breed of ‘executive’ saloons and family runabouts. Although they may seem crude by modern standards they were perfectly in keeping with their times. This was a period when Britain still thought it produced the best cars in the world – and was struggling to accept that its golden age was over. Many old-established British makes disappeared in this decade, challenged by a gradually increasing number of imports. But the 1960s was a decade in which many families came to own and cherish a car for the first time, with the greater convenience and freedom it gave. This book is part of the Britain’s Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain’s past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with family cars of the 1960s in all their variety.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      October 2018

      Hull Trolleybuses

      The Final Decade

      by Malcolm Wells, Paul Morfitt

      1955 opened with optimism for Hull’s trolleybuses. New ‘Coronation’ trolleybuses, which were replacing the last 1937 Leyland TB4s, promised a new era of one-man-operated trolleybuses, starting with the Beverley Road route. Trolleybuses carried 38.8 million passengers, producing a net surplus of £24,200. Frequencies were intensive, with an afternoon peak two-minute headway on Hessle Road, down to a five/six-minute one on Chanterlands Avenue. General Manager Mr Pulfrey promised larger trolleybuses with flat floor doorways. In November 1959 approval was given to purchase ten 35-foot-long Sunbeam single-deckers for the Chanterlands Avenue route; yet, within a year abandonment was confirmed, the trolleybuses being the victims of a general decrease in passenger numbers and the effects of housing clearance plans. The final decade was interesting, with some rebuilding and refurbishment and the transfer of trolleybuses to be withdrawn to the garage operating the doomed route. This book illustrates those years.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      October 2018

      The Leyland National

      by Peter Horrex, Robert Appleton

      The Leyland National was conceived as a joint venture between British Leyland and the National Bus Company to replace all the rear-engined single-deckers in the British Leyland Group – the AEC Swift, Leyland Panther, Daimler Roadliner, single-deck Daimler Fleetline, and Bristol RE. The Leyland National was built at a new factory at Lillyhall in Cumbria and had several novel features, including integral construction, a sophisticated heating and ventilation system that meant a rear pod on the roof, and a turbocharged 8.3-litre horizontal Leyland engine. Most Leyland Nationals were 10.3 or 11.3 metres long and the first was delivered to Cumberland Motor Services in March 1972, registered ERM 35K. Over 7,000 Leyland Nationals were built, but it never achieved its full production targets due to the advent of one-person-operated double-deckers. The last Leyland National was registered C49 OCM and delivered to Halton Transport in November 1985. Utilising their fantastic collections of previously unpublished images, Peter Horrex and Robert Appleton pay tribute to this popular and iconic chariot of the people.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      October 2018

      Lotus 2 + 2s

      Elan, Elite, Eclat, Excel and Evora

      by Matt Younger, Mike Younger

      This engaging book follows the history of the Lotus 2+2 coupés from the Elan through to the Evora. The authors cover the Elan model history from start to finish of the range with details of the changes made through the years. They then follow the developments of the Elite through the Eclat to the Excel, including coverage of the attempt to break into the ‘executive’ market. The book finishes with the development and history of the Evora, including coverage of the return of Lotus to racing and the creation of its fastest production car ever with the Evora 430GT. The book also includes a buyer’s guide with details of what to look out for on each model and where to find replacement parts, along with estimates of time needed to complete restorations. Complete with original photography and tips and advice for current and potential owners, this book is a must for all Lotus fans.

    • Motorcycles: general interest

      TT Rider by Rider

      by Liam McCann

      TT RIDER BY RIDER is a comprehensive collection of profiles of the best riders to have raced at the prestigious Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. From the legendary racers at the beginning of the 20th century like Charlie Collier to the stars of modern TT racing like John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Michael Rutter, this book examines the careers of some of best riders in the history of motorcycle racing. Re-live the sport's golden age in the 1950s, wonder at the skill and courage of riders like future Formula One World Champion John Surtees, superstar Geoff Duke and the legendary Giacomo Agostini in the sport's most dangerous era, and celebrate the magnificent achievements of Tony Rutter in the 1970s, Steve Hislop in the 1980s and Joey Dunlop and Carl Fogarty in the '90s. Packed with superb photographs and statistical information, each profile looks at the riders' successes, failures and iconic moments. This book is a fantastic reference point for all fans of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy

    • Road & motor vehicles: general interest

      DIGGERS - LITTLE BOOK OF

      by Ellie Charleston

    • Road & motor vehicles: general interest

      CARAVANS - LITTLE BOOK OF

      by Steve Lanham

    • Motor cars: general interest

      BEETLE - LITTLE BOOK OF

      by Jon Stroud

    • Motor cars: general interest

      CITROEN 2CV - LITTLE BOOK OF

      by Ellie Charleston

    • Motorcycles: general interest

      SCOOTERS - LITTLE BOOK OF

      by Steve Lanham

    • Road & motor vehicles: general interest

      TRACTORS - LITTLE BOOK OF

      by Ellie Charleston

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