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To Boldly Go - Twenty Six Vehicle Designs That Dared to be Different

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Graham Hull studied Industrial Design at Harrow School of Art, and the Central School of Art and Design, London, sponsored by Chrysler UK, under Roy Axe, on the Royal College of Art Automotive Design course. He joined Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Crewe, as as Stylist, in 1971, becoming Chief Stylist and head of Department in 1984. His career at Crewe spanned 30 years. Apart from all Crewe studio projects, he has worked with various consultants and design houses, on all manner of projects, including special limited production orders, ranging from Head of State limousines, to two-seater sports cars. Graham has worked in France, Germany, Italy and America, and his work has appeared in the international design press. In his spare-time he has been involved in three of his own project vehicles, has continued to illustrate cars, and has made several eighth-scale models.


From the origins of the affordable 'light car' and the influence of sidecar racers on sports car handling and what the Alfa Romeo SZ has in common with almost all cars designed since - it's all here. Classic Cars if you're not worried about visuals, then the text will still provide an enjoyable read. Classic & Sports Car Hull writes with supreme wit and authority, and the book contains his own illustrations of every car. If (like me) you're unhappy with the notion that the words 'classic car' always have to mean Jaguar E-Type or Austin-Healey 3000, this book is for you. Autocar (Steve Cropley). Vehicles that are "different" - this sound interesting! On approximately 150 pages, the author presents 26 automobiles, which, according the were groundbreaking. - Austro Classic. I was more that a little intrigued to look at Hulls latest tome for Veloce where he picks out twenty six really rather radical vehicle designs that are a world away from the vehicles he styled over 30 years at Crewe. If I tell you he starts with the three-wheeler Morgan in 1911, the Raleigh Super Seven of 1933, the Bond Minicar of 1949 and theMesserschmitt Kabinenroller 200 of 1950, you'll get the idea. Should you feel the author is fixated by vehicles with one wheel short of a full set, others include the legendary Austin 7 of 1922, the Citroen 2CV of 1948, the Fiat 500 of 1957 and the Issigonis Mini of 1959. Hull employs a readable and opinionated style to justify his selection of vehicles that dared to be different, while the 160 pages within this excellent little hardback are greatly enhanced by using Hulls characterful drawings and illustrations rather than photographs.- Big End. The former Rolls-Royce and Bentley chief stylist displays his motoring knowledge by taking 26 cars ranging from Morgan three-wheelers and Austin 7 to the Nissan Deltawing via the like of Bond Minicars, Panhard 24CT, FMR Tg500, Raleigh Safety Seven and BL's Zanda Design Study of 1969. Other subjects include the rare British-built 2CV Pick-up and Unipolar GT. Graham Hull not only comments on the histories of the models but also discusses their styling and what they were like to drive. He makes no apology for his choice of vehicles being very much a personal matter. Beautiful written in an authoritarian manner, the book is profusely illustrated with the authors own skilful renderings. This is one of those rare delights of a book that is an unusual in-depth study of an eclectic collection of topics. Hopefully, the author will be persuaded to compile a second volume. - SAHB Times. Revolutionary cars overcome challenges. Anyone with an interest in vehicle design will be fascinated by this joinery through 100 years of exceptional designs, focusing on 26 of the most revolutionary. - Practical Classics. In addition to explaining why the vehicles chosen are significant, either to himself or because of what they represent, author Hull proves to be an excellent illustrator, as all of the chapters in this 160-page book use his drawings rather than photos; they bring a fascinating book even more to life. - New Zealand Classic Car.

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