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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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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. 
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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 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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A Racing Motorist - His Adventure at the Wheel in Peace and War - S.C.H “Sammy” Davis

1949 - Iliffe and Sons, London - First Edition
The autobiography of the legendary S C H Davis (1887-1981), covering his early days, through the Bentley Years, to his Second World War exploits. Illustrated with 32 photographs.

One of the most popular and enduring figures in the history of British motor sport, known to friends and fans as Sammy, universally remembered for his heroic, glorious victory for Bentley at Le Mans in 1927. Born in the 1880s, he experienced and was involved in the earliest days of motoring before going off to the First World War in 1914. Though injured, he survived the War and in 1919 joined the staff of
The Autocar, as Sports Editor writing and sketching under the pen-name 'Casque'. In the 1920s he earned a reputation as a fast, reliable and intelligent driver in competition, showing a profound sympathy and understanding of machinery. He worked with and drove for Aston Martin (for whom he later designed their famous winged badge’), Brooklands AC racing team, Austen and Alvis, amongst others. This activity, along with journalism, continued into the 1950s. When hostilities broke out again in 1939, though now in his 50s and too old to enlist, he was able to wrangle his way into the war, and served through to 1945. 
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1956 - Frederick Muller Ltd., London - First Edition
‘Sammy’ Davis, legendary Bentley Le Mans winner, and erudite editor of The Autocar, rightly focusses almost solely with what Mercedes-Benz did in racing. ‘It is very easy reading, dramatised in places as no pure historian would venture to do, and gaining here and there little tit-bits of information because Davis was present at many of the races he describes’ (Motorsport 1945).

First edition, illustrated with 24 photographs, and in a nice sharp dust jacket,
 
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1975 - Vincent Publishing Company, London - First Edition
The autobiography of George Eyston, one of the most versatile drivers in the history of the sport, illustrated with forty photographs.

During his racing career Eyston established more records than virtually any other driver including breaking the Land Speed record three times. Between 1926 and 1954 Eyston set hundreds of records at Brooklands, Montlhery, Pendine Sands and Bonneville using cars ranging from a 750 c.c. M.G to the 73 litre 4,500 horse power Thunderbolt.

Aside from his motor sport he was also a talented oarsman and was the Captain of the Trinity Boat Club at Cambridge University. He was an accomplished yachtsman, flew a Deperdussin monoplane in 1912 (he actually gained his pilot's license in 1917) and raced motor-boats in 1925. He also played a prominent part in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and was awarded the OBE in recognition of his service to his country. [historicracing.com]
 
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1933 - John Miles, London - First Edition
‘I have read this book by my old friend George Eyston, and in doing so have relived those exiting episodes which represent the high lights of the game. The hand which has steered the wheel to many records has taken up the pen and dipped it in most thrilling ink’ - Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Mainly autobiographical, by the man who understood the meaning of “
Flat Out”. Captain Eyston rose to become one of the world's top racing drivers after World War I. In his Rolls Royce Thunderbolt he was the first man to break the 300mph barrier, setting a land speed record of 312mph in 1937 and on two later occasions.

First edition, in the stirring dust jacket from a painting by Bryan de Grineau, who provides the four magnificent coloured plates, there are also five photographic plates.
 
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