Archive for Author 'Tom King', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

The Other Bentley Boys

by Elizabeth Nagle-Turnbull

To this day we think of the storied drivers by that name but it is the “other” Bentley Boys—the mechanics—who first called themselves that.

Driven, An Elegy to Cars, Roads and Motorsport

by John Aston

This is a book for an unhurried moment when you have the time to roll words around in your head. If your interest is motorsports and the people and places that give it color, all the better but that’s not all you’ll find here.

Inside the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Styling Department 1971 to 2001

by Graham Hull

Due to their unique place high up on the foodchain, these marques have rather unusual design parameters. Their monied customers’ demand for a recognizably traditional look are difficult to reconcile with modern, even forward-looking design trends. A long overdue book.

I Kept No Diary

by F.R.(Rod) Banks

If your motor requires high octane fuel it probably has high compression. Banks is the man who championed this technology—and a thousand other things—which is probably why he had no time to keep a diary. He was 80 when he wrote this book, and still working!

Fly and Deliver, A Ferry Pilot’s Log Book

by Hugh Bergel

Ferry pilots deliver planes—military, civilian, private. It’s an interesting career or sideline, even today, and a great way to build flight time and get your hands on the controls of many different types.

Betrayed: Secrecy, Lies, and Consequences

by Frederic H. Martini

Being a POW is hard enough. Not being believed afterwards, and even being denied disability benefits is worse. Having someone who knew of your plight but didn’t help be hailed as a hero is . . . well . . . this book will make you question who the good guys are.

“I Would Not Step Back . . .” Phil Lamason

by Hilary Pedersen and others

More than a just another war story, this book explains what made a quiet, humble man a leader even his enemies could not ignore.

Take Five, the Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond

by Doug Ramsey

A serious, thoughtful biography of a jazz saxophonist by a jazz critic and musician who knew his subject personally. This spells real insight, and, in fact, this book ought to be a model to all biographers.

Riley Sports Cars 1926–1938

by Graham Robson

As so many other British makes, afflicted as they were of a singularly Britsh way of executing industrial policy, Riley had a complicated history. This book isn’t helping, not even in regards to the small sports car segment it focuses on.

Enzo Ferrari’s Secret War

by David Manton

No, this is not about Ferrari’s “war” on the race track with Ford but his much lesser-known actions during World War II vis-à-vis the Germans. If you ever wondered why Enzo had a soft spot for New Zealanders, this book has an answer—one that reads like fiction but aparently is not.

Frontiers – A Colonial Dynasty

by Simon Best

New Zealand, that most remote of British colonies. From whalers to Rolls-Royces to two airmen of Maori descent lying buried together on a hilltop in England, this book covers four generations.

Lagonda, A History of the Marque

by Arnold Davey & Anthony W. May

Founded by a US opera singer of Scottish ancestry in 1906, this British luxury marque has had a difficult life. Owned by Aston Martin since 1947 you may soon see Lagonda-branded SUVs on the road so find out what makes Langonda special.