Auto Review Books – Latest News March 2017

By Rod Ward

Rod Ward is our Consultant Editor and Founder. His series of Auto Review books are monographs full of pictures and information which are often of considerable interest to model collectors as well as those with an interest in transport in general.

Auto Review 127 Kaiser-Frazer-Willys and 128 Sentinel Album have just arrived, along with an extensively revised and updated 45a Jowett Album (with an appendix on other vehicles made in Yorkshire) which has around 40 new illustrations, a new cover, and revised text, following input from readers of the first edition.

The next three titles are now completed; 129 The air-cooled Volkswagen and 130 Micro Caravans by Keith Jenkinson (covering small trailer and motor caravans). For release at the same time, in April, is the second edition of 47a Standard Album which has around 40 new illustrations and a new cover. Stocks of a number of other early Auto Review books are now running low, so there are likely to be more reprints in 2017 and 2018.

Also now completed, for release later this year, are 131 Maserati Album, 132 Delahaye Album (the first in a mini-series of three books devoted to the triumvirate of Delage-Delahaye-Hotchkiss) and 133 Scammell Album. I am currently working on 134 Westland Album, which will include coverage of Petters of Yeovil, the engineering firm which owned Westland, and Teddy Petter who designed some great Westland aircraft, then left in 1944, taking the design for the Canberra jet bomber with him to English Electric. I hope to complete the two remaining 2017 titles by the Summer, 135 AEC part 1 and 136 BMW Album. Then I begin work on the 2018 titles…

If you have anything (photos, advertising material etc) we can use for these publications, and/or for any of our other future publications, please send it to me as soon as possible. A big thank you to all those who have recently supplied photographs and other material for future titles.


Here is the 2017 Auto Review publishing programme:

127 Kaiser-Frazer-Willys: including Henry J, Graham-Paige, Whippet, Jeep and much more available now
128 Sentinel Album: motor buses, trucks, steam vehicles, locos, TVW, Doble, HSG, Garner, Straussler etc. available now
45a Jowett Album, plus an appendix on other Yorkshire-built vehicles. available now
129 VW air-cooled: Beetles, Transporters, Karmann-Ghias etc
for publication in April 2017
130 Micro caravans: Tiny trailer and motor vans. By Andrew Jenkinson for publication in April 2017
131 Maserati Album: including road and racing cars etc for publication in June 2017
132 Delage, Delahaye, Hotchkiss: including US, French and British Hotchkiss firms etc. for publication in June 2017
133 Scammell Album: Steam wagons and motor trucks, heavy haulage, mechanical horses, trailers, dumpers etc, plus the story of Unipower for publication in August 2017
134 Westland aircraft: including the story of Petters of Yeovil
for publication in August 2017
135 AEC Album: Part one – from the beginning to the 1940s
for publication in October 2017
136 BMW Album: to include the stories of BMW, Dixi, Isetta, Glas, BFW etc. for publication in October 2017


Auto Review 2018 titles

A sneak peek at the titles currently pencilled in for 2018 release. They are almost definite, but not quite:

137 Delage Album (Delage-Delhaye-Hotchkiss part 2)
138 AEC Album Part 2 including Maudslay and ACV
139 American Motors Album including Nash, Hudson, Rambler, etc
140 Foden Album
141 Ferrari Album
142 Jeep Album
143 Porsche Album
144 Fairey Album
145 ERF Album
146 Studebaker Album


Here is a little introduction to each of the new Auto Review titles just released:
Auto Review 127 Kaiser-Frazer-Willys
by Rod Ward
This is a story packed with strong characters. First there is Henry J Kaiser, the dynamic and forthright industrialist responsible for the Hoover Dam, the Liberty ships, the Hughes Hercules flying boat and much more; he set up over 100 companies in his lifetime. Kaiser next wanted to diversify into making automobiles for the postwar market. His chosen partner for this venture was a gracious Southern gentleman and born salesman, Joe Frazer, who had spent his life in the industry reviving moribund car firms. Frazer had ended up at Graham-Paige, which he retitled under his own name, then combined it with Kaiser in the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation. Earlier in his career, one of Frazer’s berths had been at Willys-Overland during the wartime Jeep years.

After Frazer left the partnership with Kaiser, the great industrialist took over Willys-Overland, which had been created by another super salesman and auto industry hero, John North Willys. Their story includes walk-on parts for other characters, including Walter Chrysler, Howard Hughes, Joe Graham, Brooks Stevens, Howard Darrin, Charles Sorensen and many more. These personalities populate an account of 20th century industrial and automotive history with some diversions into unexpected byways. ISBN 978-1-85482-126-6 £5.95


Auto Review 128 Sentinel Album
by Rod Ward


The existence of the Sentinel marque is thanks largely to two men, both called Stephen Alley, father and son. Stephen senior went into a partnership as Alley & McLennan in Glasgow in 1875. This engineering company was very advanced for its time, producing prefabricated ships and even prefabricated buildings, including its own factories, all under the Sentinel trade name. Stephen Alley died in 1898 and his 26-year old son took the helm, diversifying into steam-powered vehicles by taking over a Manchester firm called Simpson & Bibby. During the Great War steam waggon production moved to Shrewsbury, in a new company separate from the Glasgow engineering concern. During a period when many steam vehicle manufacturers fell by the wayside, Sentinel and Foden were the two biggest firms left in the business, Sentinel with its advanced ‘undertype’ engine layout. It could not last; even a licence for the advanced Doble steam patents led nowhere, and Sentinel had to consider motor vehicle manufacture. In 1933, therefore, Sentinel took over Garner Motors. Sentinel fell into receivership in 1936, however, and Garner had to be sold. Sentinel still produced railway locomotives, and the firm also dabbled in producer gas plants by taking over HSG, which had taken over the old Gilford factory in London.

By this time the Second World War had broken out, and Sentinel were fully employed on war work. When peace returned the railway locomotives were revived, and a new range of Sentinel diesel-engined lorries and buses was launched. Sentinel employed advanced techniques for the period; Ricardo-designed horizontal underfloor diesel engines and unitary bus body construction. These vehicles only lasted in production at Shrewsbury until 1956, however, though TVW extended production until 1960, when the component stock ran out. Rolls-Royce took over Sentinel, in order to build diesel engines in the Shrewsbury works, and they continued Sentinel railway locomotive production, in conjunction with THR. The last Sentinel-badged railway locomotive was produced in the early 1970s, almost a century after the brand first appeared. ISBN 978-1-85482-127-3 £5.95


Auto Review 45a Jowett Album – second edition
by Rod Ward

Introduction by Rod Ward
First I should say that I am not a Yorkshireman, though I’ve lived in ‘God’s own County’ for many years. I first arrived in Yorkshire in the early 1960s. Many of my friends (and later, my Yorkshire in-laws) turned out to be current or past Jowett owners, and I even owned a Mark Ia Jupiter myself for a short time. I had not been in Yorkshire long when a friend described seeing a Bradford van climbing the steep track up from a well-known cove heavily-laden with a catch of fish, its two-cylinder engine chugging manfully. This led to much car talk, in which I wondered aloud why Jowett had chosen to make horizontally opposed engines, which by the 1960s were usually only seen in Volkswagen Beetles. The response from my Leeds-born friend was, ‘Jowetts came from Bradford; they were horizontally opposed to everything. They even built Javelins upside down, just to be different’. That may be so; if you read the famous Jowett advertisements in motor magazines in the 1920s and 1930s, written by Gladney Hai, you could be forgiven for thinking that they sometimes took their ‘music hall Yorkshireman’ act a little far. There is no doubt, however, that their little engine with the big pull kept the firm in business for half a century, powering no-frills reliable cars and vans. With this no-nonsense heritage, it is all the more remarkable that after the departure of the founding brothers this tiny company embarked on the design and production of the Javelin, one of the most advanced family cars of its era. The Javelin, with its Jupiter sports car derivative, is the car by which most enthusiasts know Jowett today, rather than 50 years of flat twin motoring. The British motor industry mostly developed in certain areas of the country. The West Midlands, South East and North West between them accounted for most vehicle production. Yorkshire had different industrial traditions; mostly in heavy engineering, steel and coal. Apart from Jowett, few enthusiasts could name more Yorkshire vehicle makers, but there have been others. Many of them are listed in the extensive appendix to this book. For amendments and additional information included in this second revised edition we must thank Noel Stokoe, Press Officer & Librarian of the Jowett Car Club, Edmund Nankivell of the Jupiter Owners Auto Club, and Phil Green, the renowned authority on Jowett, who added comments on the postwar years of Jowett from his personal experience. ISBN 978-1-900482-44-8 £5.95


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