The good, the mad and the ugly ... not to mention Jeremy Clarkson

The golden years of motoring journalism?

Author: Peter Dron

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1787112993

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

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This book takes a light-hearted look at what the author considers to have been the golden age of motoring journalism – the last two decades of the 20th century. As a writer and tester for Motor magazine, founding Editor of Fast Lane magazine, and a freelance journalist with a weekly column in The Daily Telegraph, Peter Dron has many tales to tell. In these pages we meet industry moguls, unusual motoring journalists and various other passers-by. The reasons why it has all gone wrong, both for the motor industry and motoring journalism, are examined with candour. Although this book is essentially about cars and car people, the author ambitiously hopes that it may amuse, irritate or even inform people who are not interested in cars at all. If the readers are not amused, irritated or informed, the author does not mind in the least, provided they have bought the book with their own money rather than stolen it or acquired it by other means, fair or foul.
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The Good, the Mad and the Ugly ... Not to Mention Jeremy Clarkson

Author: Peter Dron

Publisher: Veloce Publishing

ISBN: 9781787111844

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

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The Good, the Mad and the Ugly ... Not to Mention Jeremy Clarkson takes a light-hearted look at what the author considers to have been the golden age of motoring journalism, during the last two decades of the 20th century. As a writer for Motor magazine, founding editor of Fast Lane magazine, and a freelance journalist with a weekly column in The Daily Telegraph, Peter Dron has many tales to tell. In these pages we meet industry moguls, unusual motoring journalists and various other passers-by. The reasons why it has all gone wrong, both for the motor industry and motoring journalism, are examined with candor. Although this book is essentially about cars and car people, the author ambitiously hopes that it may amuse, irritate or even inform people who are not interested in cars at all. If the readers are not amused, irritated or informed, the author does not mind in the least, provided they have bought the book with their own money rather than stolen it or acquired it by other means, fair or foul.
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No Speed Limit

Sixty Years of Road Testing Classic Cars

Author: Stuart Bladon

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0750966572

Category: Transportation

Page: 272

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Stuart Bladon's long career as a motoring journalist has seen him test drive thousands of cars. He has seen motoring change from no speed limits, no motorways, and new cars costing less than £300 to the world of today. Often flying cars out to Belgium to test on their straight roads, he has driven a Bond three-wheeler, a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, covered the European car rallies, and achieved many awards for economy driving. He was the first person to be issued with a parking ticket in the UK, the second to pass the advanced driving test of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, and drove all the way along the first 70 miles of the M1 while under construction in 1959. He had many close shaves during his career including run-ins with the law and brushes with death, and this book recounts the best of his adventures.
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The Good, the Mad and the Ugly

The Andy Morrison Story

Author: Andy Morrison

Publisher: Fort

ISBN: 9781905769278

Category: Soccer players

Page: 224

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This is the autobiography of former Scottish footballer Andy Morrison, who played for Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Manchester City.
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Lamborghini Countach

The Complete Story

Author: P Dron

Publisher: Crowood Press

ISBN: 9781852239145

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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Explore one of the most legendary cars of all time, from its birth as the LP400 through its evolution into the 5000 Quattrovalvole, and the latest Diablo. Dron goes behind the scenes of the Lamborghini factory to chart the checkered history of the company and its successive management eras. Filled with driving impressions, road test details, model specs and special feature panels.
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Confessions from Quality Control

Stories of Bodges and Balls-Ups of Car Factories in the Nineties

Author: Rich Duisberg

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781532719790

Category:

Page: 120

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Confessions from quality control is a light hearted traipse through various car factories around the world. From Ford to Fiat, Hummer to Porsche (and quite a lot of Rover) the author retells stories of the amusing bodges and balls-ups he experienced in the quality department of car manufacturers in the 1990s. If you've ever found a finger in your new MINI, or a sandwich in your Vauxhall, this book might explain how it got there. The author travels around the world and gets mugged in Poland, lost in China and locked in an asylum in the Czech Republic, but the scariest place of all was Ford in Dagenham. The story finishes with an epic experiment; a roadtrip to Africa in a fleet of 'industrial unrest Rovers'. "Hilarious" - TopGear script writer, Richard Porter.
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American Default

The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold

Author: Sebastian Edwards

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400890381

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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The untold story of how FDR did the unthinkable to save the American economy The American economy is strong in large part because nobody believes that America would ever default on its debt. Yet in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt did just that, when in a bid to pull the country out of depression, he depreciated the U.S. dollar in relation to gold, effectively annulling all debt contracts. American Default is the story of this forgotten chapter in America's history. Sebastian Edwards provides a compelling account of the economic and legal drama that embroiled a nation already reeling from global financial collapse. It began on April 5, 1933, when FDR ordered Americans to sell all their gold holdings to the government. This was followed by the abandonment of the gold standard, the unilateral and retroactive rewriting of contracts, and the devaluation of the dollar. Anyone who held public and private debt suddenly saw its value reduced by nearly half, and debtors--including the U.S. government—suddenly owed their creditors far less. Revaluing the dollar imposed a hefty loss on investors and savers, many of them middle-class American families. The banks fought back, and a bitter battle for gold ensued. In early 1935, the case went to the Supreme Court. Edwards describes FDR's rancorous clashes with conservative Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, a confrontation that threatened to finish the New Deal for good—and that led to FDR's attempt to pack the court in 1937. At a time when several major economies never approached the brink of default or devaluing or recalling currencies, American Default is a timely account of a little-known yet drastic experiment with these policies, the inevitable backlash, and the ultimate result.
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Nothing Handles Like a Rental Car

(confessions of an Automotive Adventurer)

Author: Rich Duisberg

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542376884

Category:

Page: 324

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This book is about road trips with a reason; retracing the steps of some well-known motorsport heroes like Fangio and Hopkirk, and less well-known (but no less interesting) men like Roy 'The Weasel' James, Jock Horsfall and Captain Albert Ball. There's some Hermann G�ring-inspired barnstorming too, thanks to lax security at an unnamed airfield.Starting with a �100 trip to Stelvio in a rented Fiat 500 and ending up hooning around France in a broken press fleet Maserati, the author unwittingly goes from weekend roadtripper to ham-footed TV presenter. Vehicles as diverse as the Volvo Laplander, Morgan 3 Wheeler and Mercedes 190E Cosworth all feature, in locations such as Zandvoort, Las Vegas and Sicily. Even time stuck in the office doesn't stop the mischief, with an amusing spell of chasing the ambulance chasers.This book is a loose collection of light-hearted and mildly incriminating stories from around Europe. It contains photographs, bad maps and a useless guide to dealing with foreign police. There are twelve uses of the word 'Porsche', six of the word 'apex' and one of the word 'frenulum'. Nothing handles like a rental car.
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The Lea-Francis Story

Author: Barrie Price

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1845847067

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

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Founded in 1895 under the aegis of R.H. Lea, the company originally built cycles and motorcycles but, by the 1920s, was established as a manufacturer of high quality sporting cars. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Lea-Francis specialized in medium-sized cars built with care and the best quality components. Successful in motorsports, "Leaf" was an innovative company, but a lack of regard for good business principles led to fluctuating fortunes throughout the company's long life. This text tells the story of the firm.
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The 12-Volt Bible for Boats

Author: Miner K. Brotherton,Edwin R. Sherman

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071660739

Category: History

Page: 208

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The 12-Volt Bible for Boats is a clear, nonthreatening introduction to the 12-volt electrical systems used on small boats to power everything from reading lights to bilge pumps. This second edition is thoroughly updated with respect to modern batteries, breaker and panel design, alternative energy sources, and troubleshooting equipment, but it retains the fundamental simplicity that is the source of its enduring popularity (more than 100,000 copies sold).
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Hobbo: The Autobiography of David Hobbs

Motor Racer, Motor Mouth

Author: David W Hobbs

Publisher: Evro Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781910505311

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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Englishman David Hobbs--'Hobbo' to his friends and fans--is one of motor racing's most remarkable all-rounders. In a 31-year driving career he raced in almost every imaginable category: endurance sports racers, touring cars, Formula 1, Formula 5000, Indycars, IMSA, Trans-Am, Can-Am and even NASCAR--he has done the lot. And on top of that he has been a television commentator in America for nearly 40 years, bringing wit and wisdom to the screen, latterly as part of NBC's Formula 1 team. Now, at last, this very popular racer has put down all his experiences in this highly readable memoir that will be welcomed by racing enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Baillon Collection

A Sensational Barnfind

Author: Rémi Dargegen

Publisher: Delius Klasing Verlag Gmbh

ISBN: 9783667103079

Category:

Page: 144

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"Found sheltering in a garage was one of just three Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinettas with coachwork by Frua, dating from 1956. And then, beneath piles of magazines, they discovered something even more exciting... a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, with covered headlights, a car whose first owner was comedian Gerard Blain... Blain sold the Ferrari to actor Alain Delon, who was on several occasions photographed at the wheel - accompanied, in 1964, by Jane Fonda." Classic Driver A Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport. A Facel Vega Excellence. A Hispano-Suiza H6B. A Bugatti 57 Ventoux. Alain Delon's Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. Several Talbot-Lago, Delahaye and Voisin - the list of classic automobiles, forgotten for decades on an estate in Echire in south-western France, is almost unbelievable. That was not what the owner, the haulier Roger Baillon, had in mind. He intended to establish the first automobile museum of France before financial setbacks forced him to sell part of his impressive collection. What was left of his dream, his descendants have now handed to other collectors. Before the cars were auctioned in early 2015, French photographer Remi Dargegen took pictures of the incredible "Baillon Collection." When the photo sessions at Chateau Gaillard started, Remi Dargegen had not expected to find such a huge treasure trove of classic automobiles: "Unbelievable, just unbelievable. This place is unique. What is most impressive, is the sheer number of cars that were stored in the barns." That enthusiasm is reflected in his photographs, presented for the first time in this book: Baillon Collection. It is also the first publication of a "barnfind"; historically unique and outstanding in dimension. Text in English and German."
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Practical Journalism

How to Write News

Author: Helen Sissons

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446205177

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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Practical Journalism: How to Write News introduces the beginner to the skills needed to become a journalist in the digital age. The book draws on interviews with dozens of working journalists. They share their thoughts on the profession and we watch them work - selecting stories, carrying out interviews and writing scripts. There are chapters on interviewing, research techniques and news writing. Further chapters cover working in broadcasting and online. Media law and ethics are also included. Most journalists believe they work ethically although few have set rules and others admit to being pressured to behave underhandedly. This book looks at how journalists can work more ethically and provides a guide for beginners. The book is easy to read. Each chapter concludes with activities and a list of further reading. A glossary of terms is included at the end of the book.
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The Data Industry

The Business and Economics of Information and Big Data

Author: Chunlei Tang

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111913840X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 216

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Provides an introduction of the data industry to the field of economics This book bridges the gap between economics and data science to help data scientists understand the economics of big data, and enable economists to analyze the data industry. It begins by explaining data resources and introduces the data asset. This book defines a data industry chain, enumerates data enterprises’ business models versus operating models, and proposes a mode of industrial development for the data industry. The author describes five types of enterprise agglomerations, and multiple industrial cluster effects. A discussion on the establishment and development of data industry related laws and regulations is provided. In addition, this book discusses several scenarios on how to convert data driving forces into productivity that can then serve society. This book is designed to serve as a reference and training guide for ata scientists, data-oriented managers and executives, entrepreneurs, scholars, and government employees. Defines and develops the concept of a “Data Industry,” and explains the economics of data to data scientists and statisticians Includes numerous case studies and examples from a variety of industries and disciplines Serves as a useful guide for practitioners and entrepreneurs in the business of data technology The Data Industry: The Business and Economics of Information and Big Data is a resource for practitioners in the data science industry, government, and students in economics, business, and statistics. CHUNLEI TANG, Ph.D., is a research fellow at Harvard University. She is the co-founder of Fudan’s Institute for Data Industry and proposed the concept of the “data industry”. She received a Ph.D. in Computer and Software Theory in 2012 and a Master of Software Engineering in 2006 from Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
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As I Was Saying . . .

The World According to Clarkson

Author: Jeremy Clarkson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405924160

Category: Humor

Page: 352

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As I Was Saying... is the seventh book in Jeremy Clarkson's best-selling The World According to Clarkson series. *** Crikey, the world according to Clarkson's been a funny old place of late . . . For a while, Jeremy could be found in his normal position as the tallest man on British television but, more recently, he appears to have been usurped by a pretend elephant. But on paper the real Jeremy remains at the helm. That's as it should be. For nearly thirty years he has been fearlessly leading the charge as one the best comic writers in the country. And in 2015, he shows no sign of slowing down. So, whether it's pondering If Jesus might have been better off being born in New Zealand Why reflexive pronoun abuse is the worst thing in the world How Pam Ayres's head trumps Gordon Gecko's underpants Or what a television presenter with time on his hands gets up to Jeremy is still trying to make sense of all the big stuff. Circumstances change. Nothing's forever. But As I Was Saying provides glorious proof that Jeremy remains as funny, puzzled, excitable, outspoken, insightful and thought-provoking as ever. As if you ever doubted it . . . *** Praise for Clarkson: 'Brilliant... laugh-out-loud' Daily Telegraph 'Outrageously funny... will have you in stitches' Time Out 'Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube' Evening Standard
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Autonomous Driving

How the Driverless Revolution will Change the World

Author: Andreas Herrmann,Walter Brenner,Rupert Stadler

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1787148343

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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The technology and engineering behind autonomous driving is advancing at pace. This book presents the latest technical advances and the economic, environmental and social impact driverless cars will have on individuals and the automotive industry.
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