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Travelling with Mr Turner Paperback – 21 Apr 2011
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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 ?Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not much detail about the actual journey of Edward Turner or the authors following it lots of stories detailing the demise of the triumph factory and British life from that era.Published 19 months ago by mark Goodman
What joy - written in the greatest tradition of witty English writing. Very keen observation about life in our Sceptr'd Isle and of the motorbike world. Read morePublished 20 months ago by reader