A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Society of Authors and Society of Automotive Historians, for as long as he can remember, Malcolm Bobbitt has been fascinated by cars. With more than thirty motoring books to his credit including marque histories of the Fiat 500 and 600, Rover P4, Volkswagen, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Silver Spirit, Bentley T-Series and Mulsanne, and post war Hillmans, Malcolm's output is diverse. His works also encompasses London Taxicabs, British Police Cars, austerity motoring, bubblecars, three-wheelers, motorhomes, British lorries of the 1950s and '60s as well as buyer's guides to both baby Fiats and Rolls-Royce & Bentley Silver Shadow & T-Series. He was commissioned to write the biography of W.O.Bentley and a history of Rolls-Royce to commemorate the firm's 60th anniversary at Crewe. Additionally Malcolm is a regular contributor to several periodicals and newspapers and compiles the motoring pages for a number of 'county' magazines. Malcolm lives on the northern edge of the Lake District with his wife Jean. He likes walking, classical music, collecting motoring books and discovering anything and everything that has wheels. He has possessed more old cars than he cares to remember but he does have a very early British-built Citroen DS which he has owned for more than twenty years and which he regularly uses.
Much has been written about the DS, and a fair amount by Malcolm Bobbitt. For the newcomer to the model, or an enthusiastic youngster, though, this paperback from Veloce is a model of efficient and entertaining knowledge without being so dense as to dissuade the less committed readers. Plenty of colour and black and white illustrations tell the story of one of the greatest 20th century design, which a nicely balanced section on buying. A must-have for owners and enthusiasts alike.- Classic Car Weekly; Author Malcom Bobbitt has done a sterling job with this revised and updated edition, but what always impresses is the author's writing style: crisp, to the point, and not ashamed to look not only author the DS came about, but French culture, politics and the nation's past, all of which seemed to come together int he DS. Bobbitt documents the DS' history beautifully and unlike many motoring titles, it's hard to put down. Especially interesting is the comparison of the DS with its rivals along with a good look at its competition history.- on.magazine.co.uk.