In the forty years before the Second World War Britain was changed for ever by the automobile. This rich, evocative and entertaining book charts that transformation. At first motoring was a sport, the car a plaything of the rich - think King Edward and Mr Toad. Soon motor transport - its value confirmed many times over in the war - became central to the economy. The automobile became an instrument of civilization and rejuvenated countryside, towns and villages left derelict by agricultural depression. The car was a symbol of individual liberty for men - and women; it was glamorous and stylish and sexy too.By means of the car, the con man leads her to disaster. ... But then, lighting her cigarette with his a#39;beautiful cigarette lightera#39;, Andy apologizes for the dirtiness of his hands: a#39;You get a#39;em ... a#39;And it seems my car collects all the dirt there is in London. ... Then there were a couple of unreliable sports-type cars which a#39;both dripped oil and smelled heavily of petrol and were almost permanently under repaira#39;.
|Publisher||:||Profile Books - 2004-10-07|