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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 January 2013
The book works really well as an antidote to driving today - Vic Darkwood takes the readers back to the early part of the 20th century, when we were motoring rather than driving, and when the activity was exhilirating, exciting and sociable, rather that the drudge it is often seen to be in today's world.

The book is divided into specific chapters, such as on what to wear, how to choose a motor, how to behave to other motorists, etc. It is peppered with quotes from automotive publications from the 1890s to the 1960s throughout and has many illustrations (from the same timeframe) illustrating the points.

In the style of the 'Chap' magazine (same author) you get a good dose of hillarity, although having said that women may find it a bit less gender equal than would be expected of a today's publication.

Overall a nice and humorous way to let you rethink a pretty important activity that pretty much all of us engage in on a frequent basis and make it a bit more fulfilling.

A final criticism of the Kindle edition being that a lot of hte Figures, which are properly annotated and hyperlinked, fail to display - i.e. there is a blank space where many of the pictures are supposed to be (hopefully something that will be corrected at some point).
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on 21 July 2012
I'm in my 60's and I still - despite the governments aim to fleece the motorist while making us feel guilty for owning a car - enjoy motoring. I respect other motorists and the laws of the road and have a clean license to prove it and also have an extensive 'motoring nostalgia' library so this book attracted me. It was bought on a whim but it was humorous and had interesting illustrations that made me chuckle as indeed did the authors comments. Its a hark back to the days of 'I say, sir - that's a spiffing car!' and although a bit tongue in cheek actually contains some very interesting facts.
If you are a baby boomer you will enjoy this book as I did. Real old school and well worth the pennies!
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on 4 July 2017
Brought as a gift. My dad seemed appreciative of it. Nice front cover and lengthy read.
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on 12 November 2014
very good, the current Mrs W, has learned the errors of her ways trying to drive and think about making my tea at the same time.

Now she just thinks of making my tea, thank you Mr Darkwood for showing the little lady & myself for the correct way to drive
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on 6 September 2014
If you are thinking of buying this book, then best not bother with the Kindle version. I have bought it, and although all the text is there, most of the illustrations and diagrams referred to in the text are not! Sadly given up with it now.
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on 2 December 2012
really enjoyable read. graze or read it through, cover to cover. a book to be savoured for those who yearn for the old days of the open,and uncluttered , road.
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on 20 March 2014
A very good read this book will amuse petrol heads and non petrol heads alike.
A very entertaining and well written book
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on 17 April 2013
Great book full of humour and old photos of the early days of motoring. It has an excellent 'tongue in cheek' approach to the topic and thus informs at the same time as it entertains. It is recommended fully to those benighted loved ones searching vainly for a gift idea for the males (and some females) for whom presents at Christmas or birthdays are too much of a challenge.
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on 28 December 2014
Lovely book about historic motoring, with a lovely tone of humour.
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on 19 July 2016
Bought as a Christmas gift. It was reported that the recipient found it amusing.
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