THIS DAY IN AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY


THIS DAY IN AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY

BRIAN COREY    Book Number: 85932    Product format: Paperback

As the name implies, for each of the year's 366 days we discover what happening (or, often, happenings) in automotive history occurred then, with all the details and implications and (mostly) colour photos. Poor Mary Ward has the unwanted distinction of being the world's first automobile related death - she was thrown from her husband's experimental steam-powered car on 31 August 1869 and died at the scene. The very first Mini - or, more accurately, as this was the days of the BMC and Austin/Morris - the Morris Mini-Minor or Austin Seven, rolled off the production line on 26 August 1959. Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (known by most of us as ALFA) opened for business on 24 June 1910 (Nicola Romeo acquired the company in 1918, hence the name that still lives on over a century later) and 28 April saw not only the birth of Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916), but also Douglas Davidson being the first motorcyclist to hit a verified 100+mph on a Harley at Brooklands in 1921 and Niki Lauda winning his first F1 race in 1974. If you had a penny to spare on 15 December 1930 you could buy the very first edition of The Highway Code and (we loved this one most of all) on 23 August 1922 Count Louis Zborowski's 23 litre Maybach aero-engined Mercedes bodied behemoth won the Southsea Speed Carnival. This car was known as Chitty Bang Bang and would be the inspiration for Ian Fleming's book, the movie and the musical. Packed with fantastic illus throughout, this is browsing heaven for petrolheads. 196pp softback, 9¾" square format.
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from Geoffrey SEVERIN on 28/03/2020
Very interesting and easy to read. Enough photos too.