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  1. When it comes to reading books, a lot of the younger generation would say that it is an outdated media, but is it? If you are of a certain age then you would remember that the only option to gain knowledge was via the printed word. You may not even had the resources to purchase a number of books, but this was not an issue as you could nip to your local library and borrow a copy. Back into the 21st century, you can read so much information online, but it is sometimes 'too much information' that we are faced with in one simple internet search. Sometimes the information is good, sometimes it is unreliable and even in a lot of cases 'wide of the mark' when it comes to accuracy when researching a topic. So, back to the printed book and magazine. Why would you want to buy and read a book? Well, for some people it is the aesthetic value of a book, the feel, the smell and just handling a book can be all one needs to settle in for a good read. You can get this on an electronic device and indeed Tablets are great for summer holiday reading as you can download several books onto one device and work your way through them as you lay by the pool. Equally, the spoken word by way of Audiobooks are an excellent way to grab some downtime on the eyes and be absorbed into the story being narated. But generally, the essence of reading a book is rather comforting to most knowing that the content has been researched thoroughly by the author and verified by a publisher as original and authentic work. Added to that, there may be images that are not available online due to copyright reasons and the reader can benefit from this in a printed version. Is the digital age providing too much information? Now this is a matter of perspective, there is a huge amount of information and when you look at the number of 'hits' on Google for a specific subject it then becomes quite difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. It takes some refining via specific search terms and even then it may only show snippets of information that you require. I was once asked by a student on a Motor Vehicle course that I was teaching "how does he know what it is that he doesn't know". This was in context to an exam and he didn't know what the question would be and therefore didn't know what to revise in order to confidently answer the question. Now this sounds quite a simple problem to resolve but when faced by huge amounts of information available on the internet (which is where they are encouraged and prefer to go to for knowledge) then it does become a big problem indeed! My answer was to pick up a theory book which covers the fundamentals of the subject from the very early basics to the most advance knowledge you would need. Now here is the killer!....read the index and if you know what a certain topic or technical term means then move on but when you hit subject terminology you are not familiar with, then you are confronted with 'what you don't know'. Simple but effective method to revise in an exam. Conclusion: the internet doesn’t have an index that you can refer to! The Value of Books Books nowadays are considered to be desirable in anyones front room. It may be for aesthetic reasons, such as a means to impress or draw conversation on specific contents on the bookshelf. A well read person enjoys having books around them and sometimes revisits an old book that was read many years ago. Equally, books can also be quite valuable nowadays in the collectors market. This applies to rare copies such as first editions and some that are now out of print. Motoring books in particular are sought after by many who either own or desire to own a specific model of car and therefore buy a book to learn more about the car. In some cases, Ferrari in particular, books can command several thousand pounds on particular models or by renowned authors. I have purchased old books for no other reason than I have wanted them in my collection and believe me there is nothing better than holding a copy of a book first published in the 1930's a getting a sense of feeling that someone else read this book and got huge amounts of joy from owning and reading it. Personal collections can vary from small and particular in tastes to large and eclectic collections with many varied tastes in subject matter. Personally, my collection of books reflect my varies interests in specific cars I have owned over the years and jump around from American Muscle to Italian to British to new and old cars and motorcycles. A collection never stands still ! Hopefully you have enjoyed reading this article and may it lead to you assembling or enhancing your own collection and realising that in today's 'throw away' world that we live in that books still have their place in our lives and can be cherished by many owners rather becoming landfill.
  2. By the early 1990s the Rover Group sales were on the up. Their relationship with Honda had produced the success of the Rover 200, the flagship Rover 800 and the company was now in the hands of British Aerospace Unfortunately the world"s economy was not strong, with the world"s markets for both cars and planes, commercial and military, falling. It is in these times that the SK3 project started, stalled and was reborn as the R3 Rover 200. It has been called 'The last all-British, volume car' but that's not true... It is a story worth telling and now has been told by many of those involved at the time. They have revisited distant areas of their memories, their lofts and drawers to recover lost parts of a fascinating story. Versions have been told before, but they are based on facts released at the time, and are therefore only partially complete. The story covers the the genesis of the car, Honda's involvement, the switch to being a Rover-only project, the design and engineering, marketing and launch of, in Quentin Willson's words of the time, "This little Burster"! The Rover 200 & 400 Owners Club has compiled their stories into this 80-page full cover book. I recently reviewed the book and found the accuracy and detailed information to be of the highest quality. Having owned and operated an MG Rover garage for many years, my involvement with these cars during the period before and after administration, was based on mutual respect to both the cars and the owners. It was easy to see why these cars had an appeal to a specific market, unfortunately though not to the mass market due to media reviews of poor substance (Top Gear springs to mind) and the British public never really warmed to the brand as they should have done. I personally owned several 200 models, diesel, petrol and my particular favourite the 200 LE 'BRM' which was a superb car in every respect. Head Gasket failure was an issue but once the revised polyelastimer gasket of more substantial quality was fitted (without skimming the head) it resolved the issue and we never had one returned. Overall, it was a quality small car which should have enjoyed more success than it did and definitely deserves its place in British automotive history. Thanks to this very well written publication, the cars' history lives on and those lucky few to have owned one should enjoy reading this book which delivers plenty of factual and historic information. Enjoy!
  3. Transporterama is an online store, specialising in motoring, motorcycling and motorsport books and related products Run by Collectors for Collectors! What started as selling part of a personal motoring book collection has now evolved in retailing a wide range of motoring and motorsport related products such as books, magazines, programmes, memorabilia, watches, art and DVDs. We also publish the occasional book and offer eBooks within our stock range. We are happy to enter into discussion to acquire the item in which you are interested, so feel free to make us an offer, but not too cheeky though 🙂 Based in the south coast of England, we ship to the United Kingdom currently, but will be looking to expand outside of the UK in the near future. Thank you for shopping with us Transporterama
  4. Adamir Marchand was a Swiss watch/clock maker and inventor in the early 1900s for the prestige watch brand Benrus. His Great Grandson, Daniel started the Marchand brand to share his Swiss heritage and passion/experience with motor racing to bring to life the UK's newest motoring watch brand. Adamir Marchand Below is just one of Adamir's inventions from 1949 which is his design of a calendar timepiece which was later patented by him in 1952. It's just awesomely inspirational for us to read back on the work of Adamir and start our new brand under his name in his honour. Having competed and worked in Motorsport for several years in his late teens to early 20’s Daniel had been surrounded by exotic cars, which naturally brought Daniel into the watch world of car enthusiasts. Being surrounded daily by cars and watches of the most exotic categories the passion for watches was truly established and now alive. When his racing years came to an end Daniel promised himself that he would continue to have an involvement in Motorsport through offering products or services that that would bring great pleasure in sharing with others, now he's fortunate enough for this to be in the form of Motorsport watches. The day one vision has been to establish an affordable watch brand which infuses Motorsport within the watch designs. Offering premium watches with a racing essence and at an affordable price is the core of their collections. The design motive is to produce collections that can be worn at the track, at home or in professional life. The current watch and accessory collection is increasing with new products being introduced to satisfy any discerning watch and motorsport enthusiast. With Brand Ambassadors involved within a wide arena of motorsport activities, the watch collection truly is building a heritage that will eventually become a name to sit alongside some of the more expensive rival brands. Click here to view the watch range
  5. Author: Brian Laban (2016) Publisher: Crowood Press Hardback, 12 Chapters, 208 pages Retail Price: £25.00 A very well laid out book detailing the history of the XK range of Jaguars with many black & white and colour photographs, illustrations and supporting data. The Author has successfully covered the range of XKs from the inception in 1948 to the E-Type, with each chapter chronologically detailing the marque and history of the manufacturer’s technological evolution within that era. The Jaguar XK was incredibly successful in racing and this has been covered in detail with particular mention to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race when Jaguar dominated the Motorsport world in the 1950’s. The ‘Racing Cousins’ such as the Lightweight E-Types and the Lister Knobbly have also been covered with sufficient detail without going too in-depth to become a specialist publication of each variation. There are plenty of books available about each of the specialist racing Jaguars to satisfy the enquiring reader’s curiosity. At the end of each chapter is a summary of the specifications of each model from that particular era with technical and performance information. Overall, this book delivers a definitive overview of the variety of XK’s produced over a 22-year span. CLICK LINK TO BUY THIS BOOK
  6. TOM BARNARD - 'I GATHERED NO MOSS' Tom Barnard, a local author, racing driver, engineer, boat builder, track designer, car designer along with a string of other accomplishments. His book 'I gathered no moss', an autobiography detailing his fascinating life story. His book starts with the advent of WW1 when his father returned from the war and purchased Bluepool at Furzebrooke. He then set about landscaping the grounds with rare plants and trees. Soon enough, tourists started flocking to this wonderful place of tranquillity. WW2 then disrupted proceedings and Tom writes about the Army taking over the land and buildings, overhead dogfights and near misses from exploding bombs. After the war, he schooled at Eton and entered into a social life in London. Around this time, he got interested in Engineering but also in Motor Racing. This was the golden era for racing and he was fortunate enough to compete in races with the likes of Mike Hawthorn, Stirling Moss and driving cars for Colin Chapman at Lotus. A few years later on, he decided to adapt his engineering business to produce small scale racing cars that children (or an adult) could race on any track, The Barnard Formula Six. The car could be adapted so that it was safe for any youngster to drive at a very early age and the controls were in reach of a supervising adult. His early childhood, first in South Africa and then in South Dorset was suddenly interrupted by World War Two. The Barnards were evicted from their house, which became a military hospital, and bombs soon became part of daily life. After schooling near Swanage, and then at Eton, Tom was called up for National Service in the Army. He then spent sixteen years in his chosen profession of engineering but managed, during this time, to fit in seven years as a racing driver, mostly with Lotus. His invention of the Barnard Formula Six miniature racing car earned him enormous publicity in the UK and abroad with over four hundred models sold. This was followed by boat building, classic car restoration and then four years helping to develop Silverstone Circuit. His success with race track designing led to projects in a dozen countries spread over a further twelve years. Finally, with a quiet life in mind, he began a study of his family history and the writing of his book. The fourteen chapters confirm that the title is fully justified. He has been throughout his life, a true rolling stone. CLICK LINK TO BUY THIS BOOK Join the Barnard Formula Six Facebook Page
  7. Written by Peter Lightfoot - A brand new Book listing the history of Jaguars' people that made the car and shaped the future of the motor industry A unique perspective of the Jaguar car company over the decades and the people that made the company and motoring history. So many superbly illustrated and technically explicit books have been written about Jaguar cars over the long and successful existence of the marque, but not many have been written about ‘the people’ that created and shaped the future of the Jaguar brand. This book is dedicated to the bosses and employees that made the Jaguar brand a truly legendary car brand, recognised and respected worldwide, both on the roads and the race tracks. Buy the 1st Edition of the book here This book is also available in E-Book format as well as Printed Softback Book format

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