A few months back the excellent Giles Chapman sent me a copy of his book 100 Cars Britain can be Proud of and, like a fool, I popped it on the pile and promptly forgot to read it. Yeah, I know – nearly as bad as my terrible habit of forgetting to answer emails once they drop off my front page… Sorry, Giles.
Anyway, I revisited the book last night and have to say that it’s interesting how it chimes with my own interests and ambitions for AROnline.
The cars covered really are the best of British and include everything from the AC Ace to the Wolseley 6/8o. All were built here and all have redeeming features – some more than others. Giles has stuck to his popular A5 book format, with an entry per car across a spread. There’s a number of interesting sidebars on each page and, in typical Giles Chapman style, he’s dug out some pictures that I’ve not seen before.
I like the car selection, including the Japanese UK imports, such as the Honda Civic and Nissan Qashqai (but I doubt they’ll make it onto this site just yet), as well as the Hindustan Ambassador and TX4 taxi – which, as we know, is now a Chinese vehicle. It’s an interesting, thought-provoking, read – of course, it’s slightly lightweight, but none the worse for that. Drop by the Amazon website, where it costs a very reasonable £6.99, if you want a copy,
Giles has, though, set me thinking about interesting additions to AROnline. The Jensen Interceptor, recently relaunched, would fit comfortably here as would the Bond Bug and Panther 6. What would be your suggestions? Oh, and yes, I know about the Morris Minor, BMC Farina saloons and MG Midget/Healey Sprite… but give me something interesting to work on, please.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.