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New book: Hotchkiss – a History

I’m currently working on a new title, possibly my last as author/researcher, on the French Hotchkiss empire which lasted from 1867 to the mid-1950s. Founded by an American arms manufacturer in France at the behest of Napoleon III, at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries the company began machining parts for the thriving French motor induistry. This led to making… Read more →

FIAT – Twenty More Years 1980-1999 Volume 3. ISBN 978-0-9547363-9-2

Volume 3 has been delivered from my printers and is now available from the shop, price £28. This last volume covers twenty years from 1980 to 1999, a period when many social conflicts occurred throughout Europe and Italy, where industrial relations between management and workers at Fiat and their supporters, the Italian unions, were at their lowest ebb. “People did… Read more →

The Stinkwheel Saga, Episode 2 v3 reprinted.

A newly revised, updated and extended edition of this title, first published in 2008, has been reprinted and is now available from the Shop. Following the success of The Stinkwheel Saga, Episode 1, first published in 2004 and now reprinted as Episode 1 v3, the second volume, Episode 2 v3, has also been reprinted. This second volume covers the lost-causes… Read more →

FIAT Thirty Years of Progress 1950-1979, Volume 2.

The immediate post-war period from 1950 to the mid-1960s saw Fiat renew their entire model range, replacing carry-overs of the pre-war models once funds were available and the Italian economy had recovered some stability after years of penury. Engineering had progressed, technologies had advanced and some of the most gifted engineers in Italy (Dante Giacosa, Aurelio Lampredi, Oscar Montabone, Gaudenzio… Read more →

FIAT, the First Fifty Years 1899-1949, Volume 1

This new book traces the history of the FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) company from foundation in 1899, when a group of well-to-do young men decided to found one of the first Italian motorcar manufacturers in Turin, having watched imported French cars putter around and realising their country had no equivalent industry. One of the founders, Giovanni Agnelli, addressed a… Read more →

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in force from 25th May 2018

In line with new EU regulations, any historical personal data stored in computer email files or on this website’s server as a result of recently ordering books online will never be disclosed or divulged to third parties. This website is now protected by an HTTPS location and all communications to or from this website are SSL encrypted, rendering hacking virtually… Read more →

PEGASO & RICART- From Hispano-Suiza to Pegaso; trucks, buses and sportscars. Vol. 2

The reprinted second volume of the Hispano-Suiza and Pegaso books is now available from the online shop.  The book covers the career of Catalan engineer Wifredo Ricart and his early designs and creations of the 1920s and 1930s in Spain- (Ricart y Peréz 1922-26), S.A. Automóviles Ricart (1926-28) and Ricart España (1928-30). Ricart then moved to Italy and was employed… Read more →

Hispano-Suiza and Pegaso, Birkigt & Ricart vol. 1, reprint is now back in stock.

This is the first volume of two and principally covers Hispano-Suiza from 1904 to 1939 from the perspective of Barcelona rather than Bois-Colombes in France. I have used mainly Spanish-language sources and have written about Hispano-Suiza cars, aero-engines, military vehicles, trucks and buses, the satellite Guadalajara factory and its products, racing cars and competition successes. The evolution of the French Bois-Colombes… Read more →