Manifold Pressures - Motoring Misadventures of Major Upsett - Russell Brockbank

1958 - Temple Press Limited, London - First Edition
With original drawing by Brockbank to the front end-papers, and the dedication ‘John......Brock....Hi’ with an arrow pointing towards a sketch of Major Upsett. A fantastic and unique example of British cartoon work, in it’s original dust-jacket bright and fresh.

“Brock’s reputation was established as one of the finest illustrators – I refuse to call him a cartoonist – in the motoring world. When Brockbank drew a Blower Bentley, you knew it was a Blower Bentley. And when he drew a Bugatti, you knew if it was a Type 35, 51 or 57." - Dean Batchelor.
 
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SOLD - The Romance of Motor-Racing - Sir Malcolm Campbell

1936 - Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., London - First Edition
Written by the man who, in addition to his land and water speed records, won over 400 motor-racing trophies, his early career included gold medals in the London to Lands End motorcycle trials, 1906-08, and by 1910 he was racing at Brooklands in cars he called 'The Flapper’.

The Romance of Motor-Racing
takes you through motor racing, including chapters on ‘,Up To 200 m.p.h.’ ‘Beyond 200 m.p.h.’, Famous Drivers’, Heroes of High Speed’, and ‘Famous Racing Cars’. Illustrated throughout with 77 photographs and 15 Diagrams.

After demobilisation Campbell (1885-1948) took up racing cars seriously and won many times, often at Brooklands, and gradually started getting more interested in speed rather than races. In 1927 and 1928 he won the Grand Prix de Boulogne in France driving a Bugatti T39A. In 1926 he finished second in the inaugural British Grand Prix. In 1924 he broke the land-speed record - the first of nine land records he held - at Pendine Sands in Wales. At Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in 1935, he was the first motorist to exceed 300 mph.
 
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Down in the Sumps - with - Unbalanced Cranks - W.H. Charnock

1951 - By the Author, Sussex - First Editions
The inimitable W.H. Charnock, the motoring man’s poet laureate.

On this grid are 51 poems to the joy and nostalgia of the motor vehicle, such as:
Combustio ad Infernum; Club Handicap - Silverstone; The Continental Boys; Bore Wise, Piston Foolish; Elegy For Cleaning Rags; Hill Climb, 1921; Bat Out of Hell; Salute to Bentley Drivers; S.T.D. and O.P.

An extremely rare and vintage duo in concours condition, harder to find than a brace of Blower Bentleys.
 
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Motoritis or Other Interpretations of the Motor Act - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1906 - Simpkin, London - First Edition
A superb rare and large (38 x 27.5 cm) folio. ‘Motoritis’ contains twelve colour plates of humorous ‘Other Interpretations’ of the newly passed 1904 Motor Car Act. Section 1 of the Act introduced the crime of reckless driving, which Crombie aptly illustrates in the third plate.

Produced for ‘Perrier’ ‘The Champagne of Table Waters’, with additional colour plate advertisement for them, and bottle labels to the verso of each of Crombie’s illustrations.
 
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On Wandering Wheels: The Tour of the Happy Hearse through the Eastern States of America - Jan & Cora Gordon

1928 - Dodd. Mead & Company, New York - First Edition
A wonderful account of a trip from Maine to Georgia in an old car, complete with break downs, auto camping in the 1920s, and local colour - an attempt to enlighten Europeans as to the charms and romantic side of America seldom seen or written about, according to the Authors.

Black and white woodblock illustrations by Jan Gordon and maps showing the route used as endpapers.
 
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At the Wheel - Ashore and Afloat - Lt.-Cmdr. Montague Grahame-White

Circa 1935 - G. T. Foulis & Co., London - First Edition
Montague Grahame-White [1877-1961] - A founder member of the Royal Automobile Club, brother of the famous aviator Claude Grahame-White, and owner and connoisseur of fine cars and boats. Having owned some of the finest machines of the day from Hispano Suizas and Rolls Royce to the two largest private yachts (one later being owned by Mussolini).

In with the right set, he once drove an Indian Raja for a trip to France in a Mors racer that the Rajah was going to buy for his own ‘Bombay to Poonha ‘race. According to Car magazine ‘Grahame-White was gratified to find that the Mors was up to the top of its form, but the Rajah’s hair stood on end, and he abandoned racing on the spot.

This wonderful book is full of similar anecdotes, from Monte-Carlo to the Suez, and some great classifications of road users, discourteous uses of a car, pedestrians and so on.

With 65 black and white photographs and 9 facsimile letters and illustrated endpapers, a superb copy in publishers decorated cloth.
 
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Price HK$ 2,600