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Volkswagen Golf GTI (Crowood Autoclassics) [Hardcover]

James Richardson
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20 Oct 2008 Crowood Autoclassics
The V W Golf was planned to be a worthy successor to the venerable Beetle, a move that required dynamic thinking and a clean drawing board if Volkswagen was to continue to hold its position at the nucleus of top motor manufacturers. Where the Golf differed from the crowd was in the out-sourced design work of Giorgetto Giugiaro and his resultant distinctive body design, for here was the world's first hatchback.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (20 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847970486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847970480
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Copping was born in Yorkshire in 1954 and attended Batley Boys Grammar school. One of the masters alternated his mode of transport between a Bentley and a VW Beetle. After completing his education in York where he studied history, Richard acquired his first car. A legacy financed the purchase of a VW Beetle if not a Bentley!
Richard's ownership slowly developed into enthusiasm for the marque and he became a regular on the merry-go-round of each summer's Volkswagen shows where he amassed a modest collection of trophies for his efforts with a polishing cloth. Graduating at a snail's pace from competitor to worshipful judge, a task he still undertakes today, Richard volunteered his services as editor of a club magazine in 1994, a post he held for the next seven years. Towards the end of his tenure of office he was contacted by Ivan Hirst, the former REME Major who had been the senior resident officer at Wolfsburg in the immediate post-war period. The octogenarian wished to compliment him on his writing style and the contents of his articles, one of the greatest accolades any Volkswagen fan could expect. Shortly afterwards, Richard was similarly flattered when the editor of a national VW magazine asked him to contribute articles. The hobby and passion was about to change direction once more!
Everyone allegedly believes they have one book inside them and boosted by events Richard was determined to see his out and published. Thanks to the auspices of Rod Grainger of Veloce Publishing, 'VW Beetle - the Car of the 20th Century' was published in 2001. However, a one-off it was not to be. More titles followed, from history books to buyers' and specification guides.
Over the years he has written for The Crowood Press, his most recent work being 'Volkswagen T3 1979 - 1982', Haynes Publishing, Shire Publications, Trans-Pennine now Crécy Publications, and J Salmon Ltd, the calendar and postcard people. For a variety of reasons some volumes have been written using the pseudonyms of James Richardson and Jonathan Harvey although all future titles will be under the name of Richard Copping. A percentage of the books to date have been written in partnership with fellow enthusiast Ken Cservenka, while the mighty 400 page and 90,000 word volume 'Volkswagen Transporter - the first 60 years', published in 2009, was prepared in collaboration with another VW fan of long-standing, Brian Screaton.
As of February 2011 Richard has 20 titles to his name, covering both past and present Volkswagen models and ranging from semi-academic histories and concisely factual tomes, to coffee table presentation and bedtime reading tales. His book for Shire Publications, 'VW Camper and Microbus' is a part of the range of titles widely available at museums and tourist attractions, while the Salmon title, 'VW Campers - Everything you want to know' is aimed fairly and squarely at the gift market.
Further titles are either fully or partly written, while others are at the concept stage. Amazingly Richard still has an element of spare time to dedicate to the contribution of a column in Jazz Publishing's 'VW Camper and Commercial' magazine, while he continues to collect VW sales literature whenever he can.
Richard is married and lives and works on the borders of the English Lake District.

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James Richardson has had a passion for the Volkswagen marque for many years and currently owns both air-cooled and water-cooled models. His spare time is spent researching and writing about the history of Volkswagen and its cars. James has amassed an enviable hoard of archive material over the years and continues to search out material relating to all models of Volkswagen - resident Cumbria

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1.0 out of 5 stars APPALLING 29 Jun 2014
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The Crowood Autoclassics series of books is a large collection of affordable motor books, usually written by renowned writers, that oddly has a rather uneven level of quality between its more than eighty books. Unfortunately this is one of the worst of this series.

The book is about one of the best subjects there is on the automobile panorama of the seventies and eighties in Europe. A car so important that created its own niche market and that, at the image of the muscle cars of the sixties in US, motivated a fanatic following by a thrill seeking youth and the correspondent insurance company driven backlash in the nineties. I'm talking about the Golf GTi.

On this subject much as been written but a lot more could be said. Unfortunately this book says nothing new about it as it is a gigantic copy-paste exercise, with the words taken from VW brochures and period magazines and shoddily stuck together to form a kind of text.

The photos chosen to illustrate the book are not much better. The ones that came from VW are okay but the rest were taken at club meetings and show modified cars badly lit. Sad.

I bought this book (fortunately at a reduced price) with high hopes. They were crushed. I now understand why the book was published under an assumed name. I would be ashamed of it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars god book 26 Aug 2011
This is a reasonable book on the subject but at this price is a must have for anyone with an interest in old golf equipment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golf Gti book 8 Nov 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book about the GTI. Unfortunately it only goes up to the Mark 5 but inevitably any book written is going to be a little behind. I look forward to the publication of an update.
My husband bought me this book when I got my first GTi (mark 6), I purchased this one as a gift for someone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GTI's Rule! 10 Sep 2009
By Dieter M. Motz - Published on Amazon.com
Great car, great book. Although written largely for Europeans (read British) this book was replete with interesting facts and anecdotes about my favorite car. Some of the models were unfamiliar and of course unavailable to us here in the USA. Still a good read, nontheless. Pictures were plentiful, but not over-done. Chapters were logically developed. I would recommend this book for all GTI drivers.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Average at best 5 July 2009
By M. Rosner - Published on Amazon.com
Seemingly hastily written review of the Volkswagen GTI reveals no insight that would separate itself from the countless other books dedicated to the same subject matter. In fact, almost baffling is the nearly complete absence of photographs of the interiors of any GTI. The information seems overly reliant on both outside publications and VW's own internal press releases, both of which any 12 year old with a PC has access to. How interesting is that, really? What this book desparately needed is a combination of technical insight and ideally, perspective from VW's own internal engineers, stylists, managers. In such a well-traveled topic such as this, an author should begin with the premise of, " what don't we already know about the GTI?", or don't bother writing it at all.
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