This wonderful new book covers in detail the early life of Archie Frazer-Nash and his evolution as a motor manufacturer, starting with his GN cyclecars before World War I and finishing with his chain-driven Anzani-engined Frazer Nashes of the late 1920s. It includes a chapter chronicling Archie's time during The Great War and his involvement with finding a solution to firing machine guns through the propellers of fighter aircraft. Another chapter covers Archie's competition career in GNs, Frazer Nashes and Austin Sevens up to 1931. In this regard, the book adds greatly to the Frazer Nash literature already available, especially the seminal books by David Thirlby in 1965, 1977 and 2000 and by 'Jenks' in 1984. Many of the photos have not been seen before in these or other books.
The second half of the book deals with Archie's work as an engineer and inventor after the end of his involvement in car manufacturing. His products included the Vickers-Nash Safe Load Indicator for cranes, an aircraft-mounted flare device which illuminated the runway on landing and, probably most famously, the gun turrets which were used in their thousands on British bombers as well as tanks and ships during the Second World War.
Post-war, Archie continued to develop ideas in the defence field and the book covers his work in connection with atomic power and atom bombs, up to and including those used on the British Aircraft Corporation's TSR2 bomber. One of the final chapters explains what happened to Archie's companies after his death in 1965. The book concludes with a number of appendices, covering in detail Archie's achievements such as patents applied for, companies directed, his competition record and the various projects undertaken by him and his companies.
This book has been published by The Frazer Nash Archives and has had the full support of the Frazer Nash Car Club as well as The Michael Sedgwick Trust