Jonathan Wood has been writing and researching the history of the British motor industry all his working life. He has some 35 books to his credit, has twice won the Guild of Motoring Writers' Montagu Trophy, and is a two-time recipient of the US-based Society of Automotive Historians' Cugnot Award. A founder member of the staff of Classic Car magazine, he ran an MGA as his company car. Over the past 30 years he has given illustrated talks on motoring history to old car clubs and branches of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2005 he presented the Institution's Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture to mark the publication of his biography of Alec Issigonis, creator of the Morris Minor and Mini. Now living in Ludlow, Shropshire, he combines his automotive enthusiasms with writing and lecturing on local history. -- After a spell as art editor of Autocar, Lionel Burrell was the originator, in 1973, of Classic Car, which went on to become the world's best-selling classic car magazine under the title Thoroughbred & Classic Cars. Later he became managing editor of the The Automobile magazine, and now he works freelance. He was instrumental, together with Roy Berry, in starting the first full-time diploma course in classic car restoration in the UK, at the Colchester Institute. His first car was an Austin Seven, which he bought in 1955. Since then he has owned and restored Jaguars, Aston Martins, Triumphs and MGs, including an MGB that was his first restoration project at the Colchester Institute. Currently, he still has his 3-litre Bentley, which he has owned for nearly 50 years, and he has just finished a two-and-a-half-year rebuild of a 1926 Talbot 10/23.
Now in its fourth edition, this is a real heavyweight book. The rich period and contemporary photography alone would merit the asking price, but they are accompanied by detailed and authoritative text that tells the whole story of the MGB in great detail, from the very first thoughts of designing the model to its swan song incarnation as the RV8. Including contributions from many of the key members of the original design team and also finding space to cover both the MGC and the BGT V8, this latest edition also contains 16 pages of wonderful new illustrations and an original 1962 Autocar road test report. Whether for reference, for entertainment or information, no MGB enthusiast will want to be without it. - MG Enthusiast. The MGB was Britain's most successful ever sports car, with sales of over half a million. And the truth is, that more than three decades after production ceased, the MGB's classic lines, affordability, fun factor and certain `rightness' mean that its enthusiastic following remains undiminished. In "MGB: The Illustrated History" the authors, self-confessed `B' enthusiasts both, recall the remarkable history of this remarkable car. Originated with full co-operation and contributions from key members of the original design team, including John Thornley, Syd Enever, Don Hayter and Roy Brocklehurst, this book takes the reader behind the scene at the world-famous MG factory at Abingdon, which closed its doors in 1980 with the demise of the MGB after 18 years in production.The background of the MGB roadster's development is first recalled in the context of its immediate predecessor, the MGA, the various famous EX experimental models, and the heritage of MG as a whole. Separate chapters then follow the development, introduction and production of the GT, MGC and V8. Further chapters on the MGB's competition successes and the RV8 complete the story. Along with a feast of colour photographs and contemporary brochure material - enough to satisfy even the most ardent MGB lover - the book also features full-colour cutaway illustrations of the three main `B' variants. - Safety Fast. The book is what we have come to expect from Veloce: packed full of high-quality and unusual photographs and including details from a wide range of people involved in the production of this iconic classic including contributions from the original design team. Even as a non-MG enthusiast, I found the chapter on the design and development of the MG to be fascinating. The book is a very comprehensive and visually-pleasing record of one of Britain's best-loved classic roadsters, the MGB. - Hagerty Classic Cars Newsletter. Jonathan Wood is an old hand and his erudite yet immensely readable prose style draws the reader in. Your reviewer, not especially a marque fan, felt his scepticism melt away while MG enthusiasts will need no second bidding to give this fine work pride of place on their bookshelves. update. Despite the amount of detail, however, the book has a pleasingly accessible feel to it and is clearly laid out too. This is a real treat whether you're new to `Bs or a seasoned owner looking to learn more about the marque. Classic Car Weekly A CUT above many similar books, Auto Express. this record of what they [the people that were involved] contributed to the MGB now stands as their memorial and on that basis this is not only a valid book for any MG enthusiast's library, but worthy of consideration to join earlier editions in those libraries. Enjoying MG. Written in a flowing and informative style by its two authors this is a definitive history of the model which can be enjoyed by both the casual enthusiast and dedicated MGB devotee alike. MG Owners Club Newsletter (Bournemouth & Poole) It is a treasure. I have not been able to put it down ... I promise, [it will] hold any MG enthusiast, or, for that matter, any car enthusiast, spellbound. Daily Star (Sunday) All in all, this interesting and well-written book should appeal to the many MGB owners and enthusiasts out there. Classic driver (monthly) a must for every enthusiast o the model. New Zealand Classic Car Always a good book tkc (Totalkitcar)In keeping with the MGB ethos, this fourth edition is easy to read and looks great: it's highly enjoyable and reasonably priced. octane -- It is packed with facts and figures so if you own one of these irrepressible sports cars you will want a copy of the comprehensive study before they sell out again. Big End/All Torque "If you have a passion for the MGB then this book should be in your collection!" - The Log Book. Overall, this is a great book for any MGB, MGC or V8 fan. I definitely recommend adding it to your library - especially if you don't have any books that cover the history and development of these models - MGB Driver