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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901295672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901295672
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 1.3 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hughie tells the story of his life at the Meriden factory and, as with all the great stories, it contains both smiles and tears. Reading it will make you laugh out loud, make you wonder, evoke memories of times long passed and yes, make you sad too ... Quite simply, this is by far the best book I have read in a very long time. --Nacelle

An engrossing memoir of his time working at the Triumph Motorcycles factory. Through his vivid writing, Hancox shares with readers his passion for classic English motorcycles, and his labors in motorcycle restoration. --Motorcycle Classics

Written in an easy to read style and features many interesting Photos from What now seems a rather more care-free Period of motorcycling. This is a must-have for any true Triumph enthusiast. --Triumph Times

A great read and a fascinating window into the era. --Daily Express/Sunday Express

Written in an easy to read style and features many interesting Photos from What now seems a rather more care-free Period of motorcycling. This is a must-have for any true Triumph enthusiast. --Triumph Times

About the Author

Hughie Hancox spent most of his working life with the Triumph company and with Triumph motorcycles. Today, Hughie was the world's best known restorer of Triumph motorcycles, Vice Chairman of the Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club of Great Britain and an International Concours judge. Hughie's restoration business was based in the city of Coventry and he lived in Bedworth, Warwickshire, England.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gaffers Gallop on 22 Feb 2007
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At last, a human account of life in an institution of supreme importance, yet one slowly slippng out of sight; the English factory. And that anyone should think that life in a factory is necessarily dull demonstrates how neglected the subject has been.

It is vital that Hughie Hancox wrote this book to record for future generations what has been lost. Far more than nuts and bolts, the humanity shines through. And it is written in a refreshingly unpretentious style that is the exclusive preserve of the finest writers.

A solitary author watches the world go about its business whilst waiting to be interviewed and then he commences a career which brings him into contact with Steve Mcqueen, world speed records, the White Helmets ( of which he was one ) and finally demolition. But what really makes this book and puts it way above any other motorcycle book, is that the passage of time is marked by characters; some great characters. From those who take a young man under their wing through to the camaraderie and humour. There was a time before " human resources " when people loved their work. And here it is.

Triumph, under the leadership of the great but mercurial Edward Turner was an idiosyncratic place ( or that's how it would seem today ). " There's the right way , the wrong way and the Triumph way ". But it was a vitally important place and contributed to a motorcycle industry that right up until the late sixties was the nation's fourth largest foreign currency earner.

There's also technical information about the lengths the factory staff went to in ensuring that their product was worthy of being known as The Best Motorcycle In The World.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kerr on 5 May 2009
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A fascinating insight into the changes in the workplace cuture of Triumph Motorcycles.

Well written, amusing and sad.

Interesting to read with Whatever happened to the British Motorcycle Industry? By Bert Hopwood
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. B. Watson on 7 April 2009
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I bought this book 'Tales of Triumph Motorcycles and the Meriden Factory' for my son-in-law's birthday. He was 'over the moon' so I reckon it was a good choice. He knows his bikes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By speedtwin007 on 5 Mar 2011
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This is a really well written book giving lots of facts on how the factory worked and how the Triumph bikes evolved, along with the authors witty comments and how Triumph fitted into his own life made this book a really good read. Not to be missed if you are a Triumph fanatic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin UK on 20 Jan 2011
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Only someone who actually worked at Meriden could write this book, and thankfully fate chose Hughie Hancox. His easy writing style, and mixture of character memories, humourous anecdotes mixed with his own experiences and the ability to mix all of these with a factual history of the development of Triumph Motorcycles through the 1950's and 1960's and heading towwards their end at Meriden leads you to believe he is an accomplished professional author, which behind the facade of his technical expertise and engineering background, he also achieves with ease. Once I started the book, I found it hard to put down. It's an insight into a golden era not only for Triumph but for the country, a time that we will never see the likes of again. Thank you Hughie for taking the time to write an amazing book for future generations to read and appreciate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AGC19 on 22 May 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. Hughie really brings to life the characters that he worked with. I can't recommend it highly enough for anyone with either an interest in old Triumphs, or an interest in the British motorcycle industry. I didn't want to put it down.
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