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

101 Hours in a Zeppelin

Ernst August Lehman and the Dream of Transatlantic Flight, 1917

by Robert S. Pohl

Primarily based on a large trove of letters by a civilian scientist who field-tested new concepts on military airships this book explores a familiar subject from a new angle.

Morgan – An English Enigma: The Vintage and Classic Years

by Martyn Webb

Plenty has been written about the anachronistic cars, now in their 115th year of production. What sets this book apart is that the author is the company archivist and that many of the hundreds of photos have never been published before.

From the Pilot’s Seat, Kiwi Adventures in the Sky

by Fletcher McKenzie

From Dambusters to Richard Branson’s private pilot, 23 Kiwi pilots from different eras who have worked around the world share reminiscences.

Joseph Figoni: Le Grand Couturier de la Carrosserie Française

Vol. 1: Alfa-Romeo
by Larsen and Erickson

If coachbuilder Figoni is on your radar, you’re in luck because this is the first volume in a series that will cover the five main marques and most minors in about a dozen books. They will break your bookcase and your bank account. But what fun you’ll have!

Classic Engines, Modern Fuel: The Problems, the Solutions

by Paul Ireland

A compliation of articles the author wrote for various magazines about his Manchester University XPAG Tests. Features real data and practical descriptions applicable to all classic engines.

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 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!

The Riley M.P.H.: A History of Its Development & Production 1932–1935

by Robin Cameron

Blink—and you missed it! Not because it’s so fast but because it was offered for only half a year and in all of 14 copies. Like many other makers’ “Vitesse” or “Speed” models Riley’s “MPH” was less about nominal speed than the idea of speed.

Drawn Out, A Seriously Funny Memoir

by Tom Scott

Comic relief . . . you know you want it. Political commentator and cartoonist, satirist, scriptwriter, playwright, raconteur, provocateur, all-round funny man. He won New Zealand Cartoonist of the Year—seven times! (Ok, it’s a small country.)

The Spiders’ Web

by John Bradshaw

Nothing “itsy-bitsy” about this Spider, or its newer incarnation Big Spider. Following Wasps and Gnats it was made by British Cyclecar maker GN. Looking more agricultural machinery than sporting car it routinely embarrassed bigger cars and set hillclimb records in the 1920s. This is the story.

The Wilson Preselector Gearbox, Armstrong Siddeley-Type

by Peter “Banjo” Meyer

It’s all in the name: preselecting allows you to call up the next gear, usually with the transmission remaining in the current gear until you press the “gear change pedal,” thereby obviating the need to master timing clutch to shift lever. It’s complicated. This book explains all.

“Sam” – Marshal of the Royal Air Force the Lord Elworthy

by Richard Mead

KG, GCB, CBE, DSO, LVO, DFC, AFC, MA—this letter salad bespeaks a highly decorated life. It is only fitting that a biography of this distinguished officer should appear during the RAF’s Centenary year.