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The British Car Industry Our Part in its Downfall [Kindle Edition]

James Ruppert
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Book Description

What’s this Book about?
It explains why you can’t buy a British built hatchback car for you and your family from a British owned company anymore. James Ruppert was really worried because in 1974 his Dad did a very strange thing and came home in an Audi 100LS. James wondered whether the rot set in from that point onwards. But his Dad continued to be a fiercely loyal British car buyer which didn’t do him much good when in 1978 he accidentally bought the single worst car British Leyland ever made. So this is personal. Where did it all go wrong and why is the British Car Industry in the scrapyard? Tracing the rise, mediocrity and fall from 1945 to 2005 James Ruppert gives a unique commentary on what happened, and all the cars his Dad bought. There are loads of small pictures to look at which have been arranged in a ramshackle scrapbook style similar to the ones James kept in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

One for the Anoraks then?
Nope, it is free of car jargon, too many stats and opinions of industry experts. This is how the fortunes of the British car building directly affected one family, so there is social history, power cuts, flared trousers and failed driving tests plus laughter, tears and runny noses.

Some really nice things that people have said recently…
Beautifully written with considerable wit – Daily Telegraph.
It’s informative, well-written and extremely funny - anyone who bemoans the demise of the British Car industry should make a beeline for this fantastic book - Daily Express
We’re big fans of Ruppert’s writing…it’s a great read. Highly Recommended - Dep-O Magazine
A light emotive and charming view of a difficult period for British pride. - Classic and Sports Car
James Ruppert’s book is a mixture of social history and personal insight - Classics Monthly
A funny and informative account of the industry – Autocar
Writing a readable motoring book is difficult enough, but writing something brilliant which gives a totally different outlook on a well covered subject is a true achievement….it’s the warmth of the family story that really makes this book something special – Classic Car Weekly
From start to finish it is a thumping good read… personal, honest and deadly accurate. The notion of using his family as a microcosm for the country at large is very, very clever - Austin Rover Online
Great if you want to understand the utter chaos of the rise and fall of the British car - Mini World
A great read – Practical Classics

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10061 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Foresight Publications (2 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well written, a great combination of motoring nostalgia on the one hand and an informative survey of the history of the industry. Will particularly interest anyone who has owned British cars over the past thirty or forty years, but, more than that, it's a thought-provoking analysis of what happened to British industry generally over that time,
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