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Making Cars at Longbridge: 1905 to the Present Day Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Mar 2006
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About the Author
Colin Corke is a lifelong car enthusiasts and is a Reverend in Longbridge. Gillian Bardsley works at the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust at Gaydon.
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Both authors have close links to the subject area, Gillian Bardsley having completed a biography on Alec Issigonis and Colin Corke who is the Chaplin of the Longbridge factory. There are hundreds of images from both war years and post war of the factory, its products and people giving an insight into the conditions and changing times the site has faced.
Full credit for the research carried out as many of these books do turn up some fascinating images of times past.
The last chapter is particularly poignant as the images were taken shortly after the closure of the plant with rows of both Rover 25 and 45 cars waiting to be completed on a desolate construction track.
Overall almost a coffee table book pictorial history of Longbridge with a few paragraphs of general history starting each chapter, which is slightly disappointing as there are no other sources included or any detailed map of the factory areas piecing together the images. For the casual reader to dip in and out of this is a good book, for those wanting a bit more flesh around the bones it is a little of a let down.
So as an insight into the glory years of the company, this book is an affectionate tribute, but as a bona-fida bit of 'closure' it will still leave you clueless and having to rely on the hearsay and rumours that persist.
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