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Still more interest in 'Len'
Interest in Len continues to spread. Martyn was thrilled to have a lengthy and extremely objective review of his book on the AROnline website which provides comprehensive coverage of a multitude of British Leyland, Austin Rover and motor industry topics. The piece, by ROBERT LEITCH, is more a feature than a plain review, and you can enjoy what Robert had to say here.
CRAIG WATSON expressed this view in his excellent Australian magazine (get hold of it if you can!) The BMC Experience.
The prestigious journal of the worldwide organisation, the Society of Automobile Historians has given Brick by Brick an excellent review crafted by one of the leading authorities on matters British Motor Corporation, Anders Clausager.
Praise for the book is under-pinned in the SAH Journal’s July/August 2013 issue where eminent historian, Michael Ware’s complimentary review, published below, is reproduced.
Meanwhile the erudite and highly respected transport historian, MICHAEL E. WARE has contributed a complimentary and well-informed review to the magazine of that prestigious organisation, the Bentley Drivers' Club. Click here to read what Michael wrote.
Len's Made it 'Down Under'
The important Australian auto bi-monthly Restored Cars has done Len and Brick by Brick proud with, not only a long review, describing the biography as a work 'setting Lord's life within the context of the great social, political, economic and industrial changes of the time', but the magazine has included a four page feature by Martyn that looks frankly and objectively at Lord's relationship with William Morris.
I'm honoured to be part of Restored Cars' celebration of the Morris centenary and a number of photos I supplied for the feature may be new to Australian enthusiasts.
You can read the review here.
You can buy the magazine from Eddie Ford Publications Pty Ltd, 29 Lyons St, Newstead, Victoria 3462 and, if you live in Australia, Brick by Brick. The Biography of the Man Who Really Made the Mini - Leonard Lord from Bookworld. Elsewhere, go online to Amazon.
Restored Cars, Editor - unsurprisingly, EDDIE FORD - reports that the article has been well received even outside 'Morris circles'.
And Now, Back Home, a Friendly 'Toot' on the Klaxon
Klaxon is the journal of the Preston and District Vintage Car Club and arguably, one of the very best club magazines in the UK. It would be. It's edited by JOHN WARBURTON who was, for some years, the esteemed and distinguished editor of the VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club) Bulletin which is almost certainly the most informed, erudite and aesthetically pleasing vintage car journal, commercial or club, in the world.
Mr Warburton undertook to review 'Brick by Brick' on the basis that, although it did nor appertain directly to PDVCC members' interests, they would appreciate its broader perspective.
In his text he says: '."..I read every word with real interest, and now have a better understanding not only of Lord's career and the firms for which he worked, but of the history of the whole industry over a thirty-year period" Praise indeed. You can read the full review here.
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Even "Lord haters" at MG gave Len a fair hearing...
Read what Enjoying MG , the excellent magazine of the MG Owners' Club had to say.
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Meanwhile, I was privileged to have an article published in the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain’s highly respected Gazette describing Len’s little known involvement with that important body.
Click here to see the opening. Buy the book on-line to learn the whole story!
And one we missed
The long-standing UK historic car magazine, The Automobile, carried
a write-up in the July issue. Reviewer 'SB', is someone else who has clearly read the book with interest, and made an objective and largely fair appraisal. Martyn, of course, would not agree with all the assessments, but they are intelligent, well-reasoned and add to this important discussion. Here's the review.
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