TO BOLDLY GO: TWENTY-SIX VE­HI­CLE DE­SIGNS THAT DARED TO BE DIF­FER­ENT

Graham Hull Pub­lished 2017 by Ve­loce, which sup­plied the re­view copy ISBN 978-1-78711-002-1 Re­viewed by: Mark Hol­man

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

Graham Hull has ‘ form’ in the car de­sign world, and has also writ­ten some good books — for in­stance, on Rolls-royce and Bent­ley styling. Here, he gives us a re­fresh­ing and en­joy­able book. He makes no at­tempt to se­lect the 26 ‘ best’ cars — there are no Model Ts, Citroën DSS, or E-types here; in­stead, the book fo­cuses on cars that the au­thor con­sid­ers to be wor­thy of recog­ni­tion for var­i­ous reasons.

The Mini is about the only ‘ iconic’ car here; there aren’t a lot of other main­stream de­signs. The Citroën 2CV fea­tures, but as a ute and in its Dyane form. The Pan­hard 24CT fea­tures, as does the Lam­borgh­ini Bravo. There are a sur­pris­ing num­ber of ‘tri­cy­cles’, in­clud­ing Mor­gans, Messer­schmitts, the Bond Minicar and Bug, and the Raleigh Safety Seven.

Rac­ing side­cars are in­cluded, via the in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful BMWS, as well as Owen Green­wood’s Mini. Other com­pe­ti­tion cars are the sixwheeled Tyrrell P34 For­mula 1 car, and the amaz­ing Deltaw­ing that raced at Le Mans and in the US.

Some one-offs also make the grade, from British Ley­land and Vaux­hall. I was im­pressed, too, with the Brubaker Box that was an amaz­ingly stylish MPV in the mid 1970s.

In ad­di­tion to ex­plain­ing why the ve­hi­cles cho­sen are sig­nif­i­cant, ei­ther to him­self or be­cause of what they rep­re­sent, au­thor Hull proves to be an ex­cel­lent il­lus­tra­tor, as all of the chap­ters in this 160-page book use his draw­ings rather than pho­tos; they bring a fas­ci­nat­ing book even more to life.

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