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Our car, motorbike and automotive books will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

  • Bikers' Britain

    Simon Weir

    Product Code: BIKR
    Paperback
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    Ride the country in style!

    From soaring mountains to windswept coastlines, the second edition of AA Bikers' Britain will inspire you to rev up your engine and explore 82 motorcycling routes (32 of which are new for this book) throughout our country.

    Designed in a wiro-bound format so that it can easily fit into a motorcycle tank bag and featuring a foreword from Charley Boorman, Simon Weir's book describes, reviews and rates a number of roads for motorbiking and offers clear and detailed maps of the routes, too.

    Covering the whole country, the book also provides information on biker-friendly places to stay as well as practical advice on preparing for a trip including information on clothing, safety and bike maintenance.
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    Trials and Error

    Dougie Lampkin

    Product Code: TEDL
    Hardback
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    Dougie Lampkin, the world's greatest off-road rider, talks about his life in motorcycling in this incredible and unique autobiography.

    He reveals the inspirations behind his stunts and how he always believed he was set for a life on two wheels - his dad placed a motorcycle next to his cot before he arrived home for the first time, after all!

    Dougie comes from a family of sportsmen and had won seven consecutive outdoor world titles and five indoor world titles, earning him the MBE by the age of 25 and this book he brings the excitement of his sport vividly to life - sharing behind-the-scenes drama of his Red Bull challenges including riding over a multi-million-pound F1 car without leaving a scratch.

    For fans of: Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Carl Fogarty
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    Cops and Robbers

    Ant Anstead

    Product Code: COPS
    Hardback
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    In Cops and Robbers, TV presenter, former police officer and dedicated petrolhead Ant Anstead talks through the history of the British police car - revealing how it evolved from being a 20mph annoyance that scared horses to a vehicle capable of 150mph pursuits.

    Ant has always loved cars and this was partly the inspiration for his decision to join the police force. However, he was a serious copper and succeeded so much he joined on of the force's most elite units.

    From the Met's Wolseleys to the Senators that patrolled the motorways, Ant's love of cars shines through. This is a fascinating read for anyone who loves cars, races or modern history.
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  • Land Rover

    Ben Fogle

    Product Code: LRBF
    Hardback
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    Popular presenter Ben Fogle has previously written about his love of adventure and the labrador. In his latest book, he celebrates a British institution - the Land Rover.

    Travelling the length of the nation in his Old Series 1 Land Rover, Ben spends time with Defender enthusiast Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the Royal Marines and the Dartmoor search-and-rescue teams as he attempts to explain why Britain has fallen for this most iconic of vehicles.

    He visits the Bristol dockyard where Defenders are despatched around the world and heads onto the Western Isles of Scotland and Islay, the island where the prototypes were put through their paces in the 1940s. After almost 70 years and 2 million vehicles, the Land Rover Defender has now ceased production and this is a fitting tribute to its durability, popularity and legacy.
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  • Drive: The Definitive History of Motoring

    DK

    Product Code: DRVE
    Hardback
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    Rev up for a truly exciting read... DK's Drive offers a definitive history of motoring that spans from 1985 all the way through to the present day.

    Written by petrolhead Giles Chapman and packed with facts, diagrams, illustrations and photographs, it covers everything from the public's initial reactions to the idea of a horseless carriage to the ways that cars might look and operate in the future.

    With emphasis on personal accounts and biographies of famous motor figures, this book covers how cars have become an essential part of modern life and how they are now faster, safer and easier to drive than ever before. It also looks at their evolution from being a means of transport into objects of desire and status...
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  • Classic Beetle

    Keith Seume

    Product Code: CBEE
    Hardback
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    The specially commissioned photographs in this book display each Beetle variant model in their full glory. From the military vehicles of the 1930s through the post-WWII cars, up to and including the final German-built model of 1979, this book offers a loving tribute to the car in sumptuous detail. The beautifully restored and kept cars of each decade are displayed across several double page spreads. Parts of each model are shown in close-up, compared and explained using studio photographs of each model's steering wheels, indicators, engine bays and other aspects of design and function. The history of the Beetle is illustrated using contemporary archive photography, and attention is given to the cultural impact of the Beetle as shown through movies (such as the Herbie franchise), advertising and graphic design. This large format, fully illustrated book presents the Beetle as an object of art, albeit one that starts every time and will run forever on reused cooking oil, with a little modification. Word count: 24,000
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  • The AA British Road Map Puzzle Book

    Helen Brocklehurst

    Product Code: CBHMG
    Paperback
    How well do you really know your way around Britain? Uncover the history of Britain's roads and work your way around its highways, byways, bypasses and backwaters in these map-based challenges. Test your word-puzzling skills, map-reading savvy, general knowledge and problem-solving prowess, with over 400 mind-stretching questions. Guaranteed to drive your mind round the bend, this is the ultimate quiz to British places for motorists and map addicts. From producing the first road signs and handwriting route directions, to its bestselling atlases and touring guides, The AA has been helping motorists navigate British roads since 1905 - and no one knows Britain's roads better.
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  • How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver

    Jason Plato

    Product Code: BZOIV
    Hardback
    Pre-order your copy of the full-throttle memoir, How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver, now! My name is Jason Plato. Two-time championship-winning and record-breaking racing driver, television presenter, voiceover artist, pilot, bon viveur, hedonist, robber, former inmate of the Monaco police department and a living, breathing example of what you shouldn't do if you want to become a professional racing driver. That's not some idiotic tabloid claim, by the way. That's genuinely who I am. I drink, I smoke, I don't go to the gym and I rarely stick to the script when talking to the media. Yet I'm still racing, and at the same level I was when I first won a seat with the Williams Touring Car Team over twenty years ago. It's no coincidence that I've won more races in the British Touring Car Championship than any other driver and over twice as many as the drivers who've won more championships. Then again, it's also no coincidence that I once spent several days in prison in Monaco for stealing a JCB. There is nothing sensible, predictable or considered about me, I'm afraid. This is my story.
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  • Total Tractor Sticker Encyclopedia

    DK

    Product Code: CAVED
    Paperback
    This bumper children's sticker encyclopedia with more than 600 reusable tractor stickers covers everything you need to know about tractors, from big bulldozers to Antarctic haulers. This fact-filled, colourful sticker book will give children hours of playful fun, while packing in lots of exciting facts and figures about these magnificent machines. Children can have fun matching the different tractors to their descriptions. Tractors old and new are included - from steam-powered tractors to today's major movers. Feature pages give kids extra information about some of the most fascinating tractors, including huge American prairie tractors and small and nimble city tractors. There are double-page scenes of farmland, prairie and forest to let kids create amazing scenes with their extra stickers, while topic pages teach children about key jobs that tractors do, such as harvesting, foresting, and clearing snow. Jump in your cab and learn all about these mighty machines with Tractors Sticker Encyclopedia, the perfect gift for every tractor fan!
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  • A Biker's Life

    Henry Cole

    Product Code: BXHLG
    Paperback
    I can't think of anywhere I'd less like to be than in a car. When you're driving a car, you're not taking part, you're a spectator. You're in a can; if it's cold you turn up the heating, if you're hungry you have a wine gum. You might be looking at what's going on, but you're definitely not a part of it. A BIKER'S LIFE is the dramatic, humorous and candid memoir of one of the most recognisable names in motorcycling. Henry Cole's passion for motorbikes began when, at the age of eight, he was first introduced to a 'man cave'. His great-uncle Redbeard's corrugated iron shed was 'stuffed to the gills with old motorbikes' which Henry helped rebuild and ride. Since then, Henry's life can be charted through the bikes and journeys he has been on - from a stifling public-school education, via many years battling addiction, to the big-sky iconic routes Henry has ridden for over twenty series as presenter of numerous TV shows. This book reminds millions of motorcyclists why their bike gives them the freedom to be exactly who they want to be: to say 'Fuck you, fuck the world, I'm doing my thing.' When you ride a motorbike you become part of a worldwide community of kindred spirits - those of us who will not be pacified by driving a car, but instead live for adventure, escape and the sheer thrill of the throttle.
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  • The Camper van Bible

    Martin Dorey

    Product Code: AUDSO
    Paperback
    The Camper Van Bible is THE definitive glovebox bible for anyone who owns or 'would die for' a camper van. In this book Martin Dorey, acknowledged camper van expert and presenter of BBC2's 'One Man and His Campervan', delves headfirst into the nitty gritty of camping and camper vans. The book covers all aspects of the camper van life, including: - Owning and living day to day with a camper van (LIVE) - Cooking and eating in your camper (EAT) - Sleeping in your camper (SLEEP) - Keeping you and your van going (REPEAT) Packed with stunning photography, and oodles of vital, definitive and authoritative information, plus some tasty recipes too, this book will be essential for both dreamers and do-ers alike. It will appeal to all areas of the market, from the Classic VW owners and the owners of modern VWs to owners of all makes of camper vans, smaller motorhomes, and the tented camper markets too. Heed the advice, drool over the pictures. Then go and do it.
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  • Cool Cars

    Quentin Willson

    Product Code: AJLBR
    Paperback
    Over 100 of the world's best cars in a comprehensive guide. If you're fascinated by Ferraris and mad about Mercedes, Cool Cars is perfect for you, showing you all your favourite cars. Cool Cars is a visual car guide showcasing a selection of the best cars, handpicked by car expert Quentin Willson. Stunning multi-angle photography shows you the true craftsmanship and beauty of classic cars, including interiors and engine close-ups, so you can see exactly how your favourite fast car gets its speed. With all the latest super cars also shown in fascinating detail, Quentin Willson pays tribute to each vehicle, explaining why it's considered a classic and covering each car's historical, technical and performance details. Cool Cars (previous ISBN 9780751312812) is a must-have gift for motor enthusiasts everywhere.
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  • Valentino Rossi

    Motorbooks

    Product Code: BLWDY
    Hardback
    From the day he was born into a racing family on February 16, 1979, Rossi was destined for racing greatness. Rossi started his international racing career in 1996, riding for Aprilia in the 125cc class, and won his first World Championship the following year. Rossi?s career would see him go on to win nine Grand Prix World Championships, score 87 wins in 500cc/MotoGP, and many more accolades. This visual biography covers this incredible racer?s journey, his victories, rivalries, and transitions from brand to brand. See his incredible battles against the likes of Max Biaggi, Sete Ginbernau, and Dani Pederosa, and why they inspired three films (Faster, Fastest, Hitting the Apex). Get to know Rossi?s incredible charm and wit, and why he has achieved rock-star status among racing fans.
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  • 1001 Road Trips To Drive Before You Die

    Darryl Sleath

    Product Code: BRZLM
    Paperback
    1001 Road Trips You Must Experience Before You Die is the perfect guide to the world's most breathtaking drives. The wide-ranging, carefully chosen featured road trips vary in length and severity, from an epic tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way to a short blast around Monaco's famous F1 street circuit. The hand-picked drives cover mountain passes, coastal highways, motorsport circuits and trips inspired by music, film and literature. Must-see stop-offs and detours along the journey's route are included. Every page provides a wealth of information to assist in planning a drive, including overall distance, start and finish points, and links to specially commissioned digital route maps. 1001 Road Trips You Must Experience Before You Die is an essential reference guide for all those to whom the sight of a key fob represents a world of possibilities - the chance to see fresh horizons, meet new people and expand one's mind. With this book to inspire you, it is time to get on the road and see the world.
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  • Magnificent Motorcycle Trips of the World

    Colette Coleman

    Product Code: BRRLU
    Paperback
    "There's something about motorcycles, and the lure of freedom and the open road that they promise. If you've ever wanted to take a motorcycling holiday, you've been before and are looking for new ideas for places to go, or you just want to do something completely different, then this book will inspire you. Featuring 38 spectacular routes from the snowy passes of Patagonia to Australia's Red Centre, Awesome Motorcycle Journeys of the World is the perfect inspiration for your next big motorcycling adventure. All the featured journeys can be taken as part of a 2-3 week vacation, or linked to form a longer trip. You can choose to take your own bike, hire one on arrival, or pick up a bike as part of an organized tour. Whether you are an experienced overlander looking for a quick adventure fix, or a novice rider seeking inspiration these journeys will open up a whole new world of motorcycling possibilities. Inside Awesome Motorcycle Journeys of the World The perfect book for anyone who has ever dreamt of taking off on a bike and exploring the globe. Presents 40 awe-inspiring routes taking in the best of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas. All the featured journeys can be taken as part of a 2-3 week vacation, or linked to form a longer trip. Options for taking your own bike into the country, renting a machine there, or booking a bike-inclusive tour. Includes stunning photography and route maps showing points of interest on the way. Each journey is accessible for everyone regardless of level of expertise on the bike. "
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  • Midland Red in Colour

    Bernard Warr

    Product Code: BPZIO
    Paperback
    The story of the Midland Red is well known in enthusiast circles, and those lucky enough to experience the company at its peak can well remember the fleet of nearly two thousand bright red vehicles not only cheering up the industrial areas of the Black Country and the East Midlands but blending seamlessly with the bucolic charms of the Vale of Evesham, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Regrettably most images captured when the company was at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s were in monochrome and showed us nothing of the brightness that these buses brought to our lives. Midland Red in Colour seeks to address this imbalance and bring forward an album of images in full colour to remind us of what we once had in our everyday lives. Delving into his own archives, as well as those of his contemporaries, Bernard Warr offers a wonderfully nostalgic look back at this iconic company.
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  • Mini: The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motor Car

    Simon Garfield

    Product Code: BGGKK
    Paperback
    In 1959, the first Mini was produced on an assembly line at Cowley, near Oxford. It would take a team of supremely talented designers, engineers and production-line workers to build a car that was unique in appearance and construction. They would clash over an uncomfortable and unsafe prototype, and the public had to be convinced to buy a car that let in water when it rained. But somehow the Mini became an icon. Designed for austerity and efficiency, the car came to represent individuality and classlessness. Today, the car is still produced at Cowley - it is now owned by BMW and called the MINI. A great British manufacturing story, it is more popular throughout the world than it has ever been, a symbol of the age that created it. But who makes these things, and what do they think about their work? By meeting the people behind the MINI, Simon Garfield uncovers a fascinating story of endeavour, ingenuity and masterful marketing. The modern MINI has come a long way from the leaky floor and sliding windows. But throughout its history, the people behind it have always known that they have been making something rare - a car with soul.
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  • Top Gear: Dream Cars

    Sam Philip

    Product Code: AXJZT
    Hardback
    Whether it's through raw power, elegant curves or just an eye-watering price tag, there are a small number of cars that mark the pinnacle of automotive design - and now the experts at Top Gear have chosen the very best of them. Top Gear: Dream Cars - The Hot 100 is a celebration of the cars that achieve that perfect blend of art and engineering. From the supercar muscle of the Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari to the technological prowess of the Nissan DeltaWing and the mighty McLaren P1, stunning visuals, including jaw-dropping 3D photography (with a free pair of snazzy 3D specs), take you on a whistlestop tour of the latest and greatest automotive creations on the planet today.
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  • Muscle Cars

    Colin Romanick

    Product Code: AEHDN
    Paperback
    In 2010, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird fetched $286,000 at an auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2009, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Barracuda sold for $2.16 million. Auctions of classic cars in general and muscle cars in particular routinely garner upwards of $39 million annually. Since their debut in the early 1960s, Americans have been in love with the horsepower under the hood of muscle cars like the GTO, Camaro, and Mustang. From their origins in Detroit, muscle cars became the stuff of dreams for millions of baby boomers. Car buff and historian Colin Romanick lifts the hood on these classics in "Muscle Cars", covering everything from legendary automotive icons like John DeLorean and Lee Iacocca to the differences between muscle cars and pony cars to the relationship between street cars and racing cars. Romanick also looks at the economic environmental effects of the 1970s that brought an end to the muscle car era.
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  • 100 Cars Britain Can be Proud of

    Giles Chapman

    Product Code: AAOPN
    Paperback
    From Ace to Zodiac - via the world-beating Land Rover, the thrilling Morgan Aeromax, the eternally young Mini Cooper and the unique London taxi - this is a celebration of the best British cars, old and new, in all their glorious diversity. Don't you believe it when people say there's no such thing as a 'British' car any more. As a nation, the calamity of British Leyland and MG Rover lingers in our collective conscience, but car factories in Britain today build some of the world's most advanced and desirable cars. Some of them have Japanese names, for sure, but then Ford was always more hamburger than roast beef, wasn't it? Britain's engineers, designers and entrepreneurs have for decades been the creators of motor cars with unique style and charm, from the Bentley 3-litre and Morris Minor Traveller of 'then' to the Aston Martin Vantage and Lotus Evora of 'now'. Inside, you'll find out about the country's 100 most significant models, boasting style, speed, ingenuity and The Right Stuff. They'll make you glad they're British!
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  • Buses and Coaches in South East Wales in the 1970s

    Mike Street

    Product Code: BZNCL
    Paperback
    This book covers bus and coach operators in South East Wales between 1968 and 1986, which marks the year of bus deregulation. In 1968 South East Wales consisted of the counties of Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire; the 1974 Local Government Reorganisation saw Glamorganshire split into three (Mid, South and West Glamorgan) and Monmouthshire renamed Gwent, all with some boundary changes. Most of the vehicles and many of the operators depicted in this book no longer exist, so it is very much a nostalgic collection. As well as stage-carriage and coach operators, the author has included a small number of non-PSVs where the vehicle and/or operator is of interest.
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  • London Buses

    Oliver Green

    Product Code: BZIVE
    Paperback
    The bright red double-decker bus has become an icon of London. It is now a unique and instantly recognisable international symbol of Britain's capital city. But its origins go back nearly 200 years to a quite different single deck vehicle, which was painted green and drawn by three horses. This was George Shillibeer's Omnibus, a name meaning `for all' in Latin, which he first put on the streets in 1829. A more compact design of horse bus with an open top deck soon evolved and dominated the streets of London throughout the nineteenth century. A reliable motor bus, the B type, first appeared in 1910, and had replaced all the city's horse buses by 1914. A succession of ever-improving buses followed, most of them designed and built for London by the Associated Equipment Company (AEC). They acquired covered top decks, pneumatic tyres and comfortable cushion seating, setting a standard as the best and largest bus fleet in the world. The final design for London Transport was the classic Routemaster (RM), introduced in the late 1950s and not finally retired from normal service until 2005. By this time London's modern buses were essentially almost identical to buses everywhere else. In 2010 the Mayor of London held a competition to find a distinctive successor to the RM. The winning design by Thomas Heatherwick Associates and built by Wrightbus was launched in 2012. The New Routemaster combines the curved elegance and comfort of the original RM with essential modern features such as low floor access and a hybrid diesel-electric drive unit.
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  • Milk Transport

    Nigel Scaife

    Product Code: BYNGZ
    Paperback
    Distribution of milk started from cow houses in the city, or farms using horses and carts. Later, milk was collected in milk churns, which the farmer left on a milk stand at the farm gate and which were collected by a lorry for delivery to the dairy. Milk also used to be moved on the railways, from sidings to dairies around the country. The Milk Marketing Board (MMB) was formed in 1933 and sold the milk to the dairies on behalf of the farmers. In the early years, the milk industry also saw some big names including Co-Op, Express, Unigate and United Dairies, who all had their own transport. In 1993 the government ordered the abolishment of the MMB to allow free competition in the milk industry. This gave the dairies a chance to have their own transport to move bulk milk. At the same time the company Milk Marque was formed, which had the job of moving all the milk which wasn't supplied directly to the dairy companies. Using 180 rare and previously unpublished images, Nigel Scaife tells the story of transport and milk.
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  • British Municipal Bus Operators

    Blake, Jim

    Product Code: BXXEN
    Hardback
    This book looks at municipal operators in England and Wales in the 1960s. Going back to the very first horse-bus or tram operations in Victorian times, many towns and cities throughout Britain had such operators, owned and run by the town or city councils. Most of them had tramway systems, many of which were replaced by trolleybuses from the 1920s onwards. In turn, after the Second World War, trolleybuses too were on the way out, with motorbuses unfortunately replacing both forms of electric traction. By the 1960s, only a handful were still operating trams, then by the end of the decade only few trolleybus systems remained. During this period, some of these operators had very large fleets, for example those serving the conurbations of Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, whilst others had very small fleets, such as West Bridgford Urban District Council in Nottinghamshire. Municipal operators had a wide variety of vehicle types, encompassing virtually all chassis and body makes then in service, and were also well known for their distinctive, traditional liveries. In addition to the buses, there were also still trams and trolleybuses, which to many enthusiasts made them that much more interesting.
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