Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - RICHARD BAR­NETT, MAR­KETS ED­I­TOR

I know plenty of en­thu­si­asts use the in­ter­net to search out the in­for­ma­tion they want, but you can’t beat a de­cent mo­tor­ing book, and there’s been a re­cent run of truly in­ter­est­ing works ripe for adding to the shelves.

No mat­ter how many books are pub­lished, there’s al­ways room for more and, even with pop­u­lar cars, new ti­tles can un­earth fresh in­for­ma­tion, which gives us more un­der­stand­ing of those ve­hi­cles.

We’re see­ing some fab­u­lously es­o­teric ti­tles, too – last year I stumped up for Da­vide Bas­soli’s Street Muses of Lon­don, which is a col­lec­tion of Bent­ley and Rolls-Royce pho­to­graphs taken in the cap­i­tal from the 1950s to the 1980s. Per­haps it’s not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea, but it is un­usual and en­ter­tain­ing and it puts the cars in con­text of the time and their sur­round­ings.

Now what I’d re­ally like to see is a com­pre­hen­sive his­tory of pre-war An­glo-Amer­i­can cars, as there’s noth­ing bring­ing all these mar­ques to­gether. And let’s face it, how much bet­ter to get that in­for­ma­tion in one book, rather than trawl­ing the in­ter­net. Per­haps I’d bet­ter get writ­ing.

‘We’re see­ing some fab­u­lously es­o­teric ti­tles’

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