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Travelling with Mr Turner Paperback – 21 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Panther Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956497543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956497543
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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"Mr Winter's pleasant narrative style soon draws you in..." --Best of British magazine

"...Winter is a good story-teller, writing with detail, wit and self deprecating humour, and this book is peppered with classic quotes that elevate the tale" --RealClassic magazine

"...an interesting and absorbing book, one that you will want to come back to after you've put it down" --Nacelle magazine of the Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club

"The writing style encourages one to keep reading, and the further I read the better it got."
--Centerstand magazine

"I couldn't put the book down, I must congratulate you on a fantastic read" --Editor Daimler And Lachester Owners' Club

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Entry in the renowned Orwell Literary Book Prize 2012

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This summer, I met an American tourist who introduced me to this book whilst we were visiting legendary Triumph motorcycle designer Edward Turner's blue plaque at Turner's former home in 8 Philip Walk, Peckham, London SE15.

I immediately went to Foyles (oddly enough, founded by another Peckham old boy) to buy a copy and found it un-put-downable.

The author combines the detail of Edward Turner's publicity stunt of travelling from Lands End to John O' Groats on his smallest design, the newly introduced 150cc Triumph Terrier, with his own duplication of that trip albeit on board a modern 900cc Triumph Thunderbird. The author visits the hotels that Turner and his entourage stayed in as well as the roads and sights that Britain's greatest motorcycle designer must have taken in. Photographs at each stage of the Turner's trip introduce each chapter whilst the author's photos of his own modern recreation are within the body of each chapter.

Of particular interest are the author's own observations on British industry , especially the history of Triumph motorcycles and his commentary on the famous Meriden co-operative. Just after Turner passed away in 1973, the new owners of Triumph wanted to shut down Turner's legendary Meriden factory in the West Midlands. The Triumph workers blockaded them from doing so and eventually with a loan from then-Minister of Trade, Tony Benn, acquired the manufacturing and later marketing rights to Triumph itself, producing Turner's designs against all odds until the continuing recession of 1983.

There are some minor factual inaccuracies and this reviewer would have preferred the journey to have been done on a motorcycle designed by Turner (a 1983 TR65 Thunderbird perhaps ?
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Nigel Winter could easily give up the day job, if being an author paid as much as being a lawyer. He's a great natural writer, with a lyrical and slightly lunatic way of looking at the world which suits perfectly the mad story of how men like Turner made Triumph the greatest motorcycle company in the world, how a group of idiots who didn't even like bikes managed to ruin it, and how a group of visionaries in the Turner mould are now making it great again.
There's some truly inspired writing, like the Stairway to Heaven sequence, the imagined meetings with the ghost of Turner and Turner's imagined sighting of Nigel's own modern Triumph.
Highly recommended.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a very funny book, with the humour born of a love and wide knowledge of Triumph motorcycles, and an admiration for Mr Turner, the boss of Triumph motorcycles. That Triumph boss, put himself and the other two directors on new Triumph Terriers, to ride the full length of Britain. It was 1953 and the motorcycles had 150 cc engines. There was a humour and humility in the exercise - these were bosses in an age when bosses were neither young nor slim. The book is peppered with wry (but razor-sharp) humour, making it impossible to read without a permanent and wide smile. And then there are the guffaws at outrageous and whacky comments on the story of Triumph motorcycles and British life through the 50s, 60s and 70s - lovely Monty Python off-beat humour. It is as discursive as Motorcycle Diaries. Britain was going to the dogs, but Mr Turner was an inspiration and was doing his best - and the author weaves these two strands with a humorous and affectionate light touch. And then we get the up to date commentary on bikes and Britain, from the author, Nigel Winter, nostalgically riding the route half a century later. And on a bike you stand a chance of re-capturing the fun of all previous bike journeys. There are similarities, such as getting cold and wet, and warming up in the bar at the day's end - and all that thinking time. And the author got wetter and colder than those bosses, and stayed in cheaper hotels, even camping, which all seems unfair, and to deny progress. He notes that John Steinbeck was also reluctant to get out of his warm bed for the start his road trip, which informed Steinbeck's book, Travels with Charley, but I am glad that Nigel Winter also got out on the road that first wet day. The book has nice photographs too.
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The author of this book cannot spell, four letter words are beyond him, it seems! He uses the terms "as I rode passed" or "he rode passed" or "they drove passed" about 55 times in this book, it's PAST! Also in a church he looks at the "alter" ! Is that where the bride changes her mind? "ALTAR" at my secondary modern school! Was this book not proof read?
Why Mr Turner? Cutting out the "Mr" bit that occurred hundreds of times would have saved a couple of pages!
I bought this as a travel type book and was very disappointed to have to read through about three chapters on the author's own personal ideas and reasons for the demise of the British bike industry and being subjected, I thought, to a British industrial history lesson, when I wanted to read about the road conditions weather (sorry no, it started to rain in Cornwall and seemed to have been doing so constantly until John O'Groats!) MPG bike was doing, performance, speeds in gears, views to look out for etc etc etc.
He calls Turner "Mr" but Sir Anthony Wedgewood Benn is used as "wedgie" throughout. Sir Harold Wilson is taken to task over an affair-what place has that in a travel book I ask you?
My very cheaply produced copy was so tightly glued together that I had to almost bend the whole spine back to back, almost ruining the book, just to be able to read it! When I put it down it stayed in that position, needing a heavy weight to flatten it back again.
Only positive place for me was reading about the Bonnyville record breakers at Salt Flats Utah, USA, but still not usually met with in a travel book.
I shall use it for Winter fuel next.
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