Archive for Author 'Mark Dwyer', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
The Spirit of the Age
by Davide Bassoli
Hardly the sexiest Rolls-Royces and Bentleys ever but for their buyers they were the only game in town at that segment of the market. Over their 20-year production run many modifications were made, not least the first-ever disappearing mascot.
Those Elegant Rolls-Royce
by Lawrence Dalton
This first of the five Rolls-Royce books lifelong motoring enthusiast Lawrie Dalton would write covers the range of coachwork mounted on Rolls-Royce chassis from 1907–1939. To produce the best book possible, he started his own publishing house; that was half a century ago, and it still exists.
Freestone & Webb, 1923–1958
by James Taylor
“Top Hat” and “Razor Edge” were just some of the clever ideas this coachbuilder had up their sleeve, they won gold medals nine years in a row, and were among the last five big remaining firms. But bespoke coachwork went the way of the dodo bird and it is little consolidation that F&W went out in a blaze of glory.
War at Sea: A Naval Atlas 1939–1945
by Marcus Faulkner
Every time you watch a movie or read a book about WWII naval engagements, this book should be in reach. Without it you’d have no real sense for space, distance, scale, and even time because movement on the open sea does not exactly happen at warp speed.
Duesenberg, The Mightiest American Motor Car
by J.L. Elbert
Did the individual marque history genre begin in 1973, as has been argued, with the publication by Automobile Quarterly of its histories of Cadillac and Corvette? This book, now nearly forgotten, clearly set the stage nearly 25 years earlier. And it still deserves a spot on the serious enthusiast’s bookshelf.
Park Ward: The Innovative Coachbuilder
by Malcolm Tucker
It’s a good time to be alive: Park Ward is a hundred years old this year but only now do we have here the first proper book about it, so thorough—over 1200 pages, and it only covers 20 years!—that it is also likely the last.
The Cadillac Northstar V-8, A History
by Anthony Young
First seen in the Pininfarina-designed Cadillac Allante, the technically complex Northstar has powered cars as diverse as grocery-getters and a Le Mans prototype. Phased out in 2011, without a direct replacement, this long-serving powerplant gets a good look here.
Clydebank Battlecruisers: Forgotten Photographs From John Brown’s Shipyard
by Ian Johnston
This storied shipyard built five of the Royal Navy’s thirteen battlecruisers and not only had the foresight to document their work photographically but to hold on to the photos for decades—which is why a hundred years later this excellent book is possible.
The Battleship Holiday: The Naval Treaties and Capital Ship Design
by Robert C. Stern
Battleship-building may have been forced to take a ten-year holiday in the 1920s but thinking and designing continued anyway, and the next generation of capital ship turned a new page. This excellent book describes the implications of treaties on technical developments.
Bugatti; The Man and The Marque
by Jonathan Wood
Reprinted several times, this book raised the bar when it first came out 25 years ago and it’s still a, if not the, definitive book on the marque.
Bugatti: Le Pur-Sang des Automobiles
by H.G. Conway
A landmark book, not just for the marque but in the genre of automotive histories. In the 50 years since its original publication it has lost none of its luster and is, thankfully, still easily available in any of its several editions.
The Complete Guide to the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph and Bentley Arnage
by Richard Vaughan
Of all the Rolls-Royce and Bentley models, these two have been largely ignored by the specialist literature. This privately published book by an enthusiast/owner rectifies that and, specifically, records the myriad of year to year changes.