Auto Review News December 2015

By Rod Ward

Auto Review is a series of compact, concise, affordable monographs on subjects related to transport, collecting and popular culture.

The latest two Auto Review titles, now available, are 115 Saab Album and 116 Horse Power.
You can read more about these new publications below, and you can order any Auto Review book via Oxford Diecast online at our new link:
Auto Review publications are also available on eBay, or direct from us by email, telephone or snail mail. From February 2016 we hope to have a new and updated presence at:

Auto Review 2015 publishing programme

107 Fiat Album Including commercials and aircraft
       Available now
108 Austers and other other classic British light aircraft
       Available now
109 Leeds in steam (rail and road steam machinery made by the classic Leeds engineering companies).
       Authors: Derek Rayner, Kris Ward and Andrew Johnson
       Available now
110 Honda Album including Acura, motorcycles, Formula 1 and aircraft
       Available now
111 Thornycroft Album including ships, boats, steam vehicles, cars, buses, trucks etc
       Available now
112 Auto Union (DKW, Horch, Audi, Wanderer, Framo, Auto Union, NSU)
       Available now
113 Scottish vehicles including Albion, Arrol-Johnston, Argyll, Galloway, Grampian and many more makers
      Available now
114 Guy Album Including cars, buses, trucks etc, Star vehicles and Sunbeam trolleybuses
      Available now
115 Saab Album, including aircraft, and Scania buses and trucks
      Available now
116 Horse-drawn vehicles: all kinds of vehicles, with some identification aids
      Available now

If you have any material we can use for any of our future publications, please send it to me as soon as possible. A big thank you to all those who have recently supplied photos and other material, especially Fabrizio Panico, Peter Seaword, Tony Greaves and Dave Turner. I am currently working on AR120 ‘A car less ordinary’ for publication in 2016.

Auto Review 2016 titles

117 Cord Corporation: obviously Cord-Auburn-Duesenberg, but also Checker cab, Stinson aircraft,  Vultee, American Airlines and much more, all owned by E L Cord at one time or another..   for publication in February 2016
118 Borgward Album – including Pionier, Borgward, Hansa, Lloyd, Goliath, etc.         for publication in February 2016
119 Seddon and Atkinson: lorries and buses, including Seddon-Atkinson etc.         for publication in April 2016
120 A car less ordinary: Retro, repro & pastiche cars, plus novelty vehicles.         for publication in April 2016
121 Spanish cars: Hispano-Suiza, Pegaso, Seat, Voisin, David and others.         for publication in June 2016
122 Dennis Album: including cars, buses, trucks, fire appliances etc
        for publication in June 2016
123 Micro and city cars: mostly those not already covered in previous AR publications: bubble cars, Aixam, Ligier, Keicars, Smart etc
        for publication in August 2016
124 Volvo Album :  All cars, trucks, buses etc
        for publication in August 2016
125 Gloster Aircraft: Including Nieuport etc, and Gloster-Saro
        for publication in October 2016
126 Optare, plus Charles Roe, East Lancs, etc
        for publication in October 2016

Your suggestions for new titles are always welcome; we have already pencilled in some titles for 2017, but we can replace any of them with a more interesting subject, if it is requested .

Here is a little introduction to each of the new Auto Review titles recently released:

Auto Review 115 Saab Album: the cars, the aircraft and the story of Scania

by Rod Ward
First, should it be spelled SAAB or Saab?
Like the names of Daf and Fiat, previous Auto Review subjects, SAAB began as an abbreviation, expressed in capital letters, but it later became formalised as a word in itself, as Saab. The ‘Saab’ title was in general usage after the Second World War, so we use ‘Saab’ throughout this publication for matters after 1944. Here we tell the story of a Swedish company which had its roots in the aviation industry. The first part of this publication is devoted to Saab aircraft from the 1930s to more recent years. Then we go on to Saab cars from 1946 to the 21st century, with all the twists, turns and changes of ownership en route. For almost three decades, from 1968 to 1995, Saab was merged with the Scania-Vabis commercial vehicle company. In the third part of this publication, therefore, we also look at Scania; before, during, and after the period in which it was connected to Saab.
Saab cars have always had their keen adherents, though in more recent years colleagues in the motor trade declared that Saab convertibles were ‘hairdressers’ cars’. That was not a image shared by makers of British televison cop shows, however. They saw a Saab as a tougher proposition; Detective Superintendent Pullman drove a Saab 9-3 convertible in New Tricks, Detective Superintendent Dalziel drove a Saab 900 turbo in Dalziel and Pascoe, and Detective Inspector Rebus in the eponymous novels and tv series drove a Saab 900, though it was rather old and tired, like its owner. We will see what the perception of Saab cars becomes in future years.
ISBN: 978-1-900482-114-3    £5.95

Auto Review 116 Horse Power: horse-drawn vehicles of all kinds

by Rod Ward

It may seem quaint and archaic to recall this in the 21st century, but as a small child in Lancashire in the late 1940s the author would see more deliveries by horse-drawn vehicles than by motor vehicles. Donny Green delivered milk in churns with a two-wheeler float. The Co-op had two four-wheel horse vans; one from the bakery, the other delivering the weekly grocery order from the local shop. Coal came in sacks on a flat ‘lurry’, the rag and bone man had a similar cart, and beer was delivered to the local pub by a horse dray. Only 30 years earlier the author’s grandfather made deliveries from his butcher’s shop with a ‘little mare and a trap’ (though in fact his ‘trap’ was a Liverpool Gig). On the other side of the Pennines, Ringtons still delivered tea with small horse-drawn vans. Householders looked out for manure dropped in the road by all these horses; it would be immediately scraped up and added to the compost heap. Other horse-drawn vehicles which persisted for longer than one might expect included the Governess Cart, which was still produced into the 1930s, because few ‘nannies’ could drive a car when taking their small charges for outings. Whenever there was a fuel shortage or petrol rationing, horse vehicles would reappear on the streets; in 1939, in the 1956 Suez crisis and even during the 1973 Arab oil embargo. Here we collect together descriptions of vehicles drawn by horses (and some other animals). We have mostly concentrated on the British Isles, with some mentions of the USA; apologies to readers elsewhere; horse-drawn vehicles have been used in almost every country in the world. Some of their stories are also told in thematic contexts in other Auto Review publications, notably taxicabs (Auto Review 36), Hearses (Auto Review 71), holiday coaches (Auto Review 33), and caravans (Auto Review 07 and 34).
ISBN: 978-1-900482-115-0   £5.95

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