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New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« on: December 05, 2013, 11:45:24 PM »
Hello,

It seems an eternity since the project was started though I would just like to say thank you to all those who helped with my A-Z of Three-Wheelers book and that it is now available from the publishers at http://www.crecy.co.uk/the-a-z-of-three-wheelers and will be available from other online retailers in the next few days.

Initially the book was due for release of September 30th though the publishers actually got the books yesterday (4th Dec).  The good news is that during the additional time the book was enlarged from 272 pages to 304 pages at no extra cost.  I received an advance copy of the book 2 weeks ago and its a big book though the first thing I noticed about it was the sheer quality as Crecy have done a great job with it which makes the £21.95 very surprising and great value.  (The quality and price tag is something also noted by others who have also had advanced copies)

The book covers three-wheeled cars, vans, trucks, invalid carriages, military vehicles and a host of vehicles from 1769 to present day.  Some of the older designs like the 1824 Gordon are also fascinating in that they have three-wheels but the engine actually powers mechanical feet that walk the vehicle along.

There are a number of images in the book from members of this forum and also quite a few acknowledged as "RUMCar News" that were all provided by Chris Thomas who asked that I source them to RumCar News.  Unfortunately I owe Chris a huge apology as whilst there are over 200 names in the Acknowledgements page at the back, my plan was to add RumCar News followed by Chris' name in brackets though it is only now that I realise that I have neglected to do this despite checking the list several times.  I am very sorry about this as it was my intention to add him.

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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2013, 03:04:32 PM »
Dear Elvis

Typical

And I suppose you want a good book review in Rumcar News as well!!!

Interesting to see you have won the race against Chris Rees, who's book will be out in January.

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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2013, 05:28:22 PM »
That's interesting, are we allowed to know what the book is about? Called? I have his old Micocars book which is excellent!

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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2013, 12:21:09 PM »
Ah thanks for the link.  Shame its not just microcars as some of the best ones are four wheelers.

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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2013, 12:30:14 PM »
Both books are three wheelers shame as Bob said they could not have got together and produced one about four wheelers will wait now and see which looks best value for the money
I to have the microcar book which is as Bob says excellent
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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 10:49:04 PM »
Dear Elvis
Typical
And I suppose you want a good book review in Rumcar News as well!!!

Hi Chris, I am really sorry about that.  I was really annoyed with myself when I discovered it as there are over 200 names in the list and I thought I'd been so careful to include everyone.  :(

Jean emailed yesterday to say that she now has a copy of the book but whether it is a good review or not is up to you but I hope you like it.  :)

As for Chris Rees' book, that was a surprise to see that.  I note though that his book covers 3-wheelers from 1940 to present day whereas mine is 1769 to present day. In addition Chris' book also differs to mine in that it covers motorcycle type trikes and design exercises as well where as mine just covers car type 3-wheelers.  Steve Hole at TKC magazine also has a copy of my new book and he has seen proof chapters of Chris' new book.  He says that both books have a different slant and that there is room for them both on the book shelf.  In addition he also said he was amazed at what good value mine was at £21.95 given the size and quality of the book.  I have ordered a copy of Chris' book  and will look forward to reading it.  :)
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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013, 11:13:36 PM »
Well I wonder if Chris Reeces book will be a rehash of his two previous ? And they. Have much in common with each other ! Though one does go back in time much further than the other .
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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013, 03:17:25 AM »
Hi Elvis,
Just to say that anyone who publishes a book on a specialist topic such as microcars and three-wheelers must be a real enthusiast, because the cheque you'll receive will in no way match the work you've put in. Therefore, my compliments and respect to you!
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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2013, 01:58:24 PM »
Hi Elvis,
Just to say that anyone who publishes a book on a specialist topic such as microcars and three-wheelers must be a real enthusiast, because the cheque you'll receive will in no way match the work you've put in. Therefore, my compliments and respect to you!
Wilksie

Thank you Wilksie and you are right, for me its definately a hobby that pays for a few beers rather than an island in the Bahamas.  For me the fun is in the research putting it together and the reward is seeing the whole thing put together and in print.   :)

In addition the book was created from a whole army of people and so for a lot of vehicles much of the information has come from the horse's mouth rather than past information - some of which goes against what has been written in the past as that has not been accurate.  There may be a few names here that folks recognise some of which are quite infamous in the world of 3-wheelers, all of whom have helped at some point with the book:

A1 Classic Cars Maastricht; A U (Dan) Daniels; Ace Scott King; Adam Reif; AeroCycle Cars (Arthur Rayner); Alan Styles; Alden Jewell; Alan Pinnell; Allan Hailstone; Andreas Kukuljan; Andy Carter; Anthony Olway; Anthony Philllipson; Arak Leatham; Arseny Zhdanov; Arvil Shepherd; Autoblog.com (John Neff); Roderick Holland); British Broadcasting Corporation; Black Country Living Museum, UK (Geoffrey Payne); Blackjack Trikes (Richard Oakes); Bob and Diana Keyes; Bob Kinney; Bob Kranenburg; Bob Purton; B.R.A (David Wiles); Brian Snelson; Brian Thornton; Budd Steinhilber; Campagna Motors (Jean-Simon Goudreau); Carlo Lamattina; Caroline Payne; Chris Van Rooy; Chuck Andersen; Clive Sargeant; Coventry Transport Museum, UK (Damien Kimberley); Craig Thorness; Colin Pickett; Damiano Garro; Daniel Blow; Danny Higgins; Dave Norton; Dave Starr; Dave Stretton; Dave Stollery; Dave Vezina; Dave Womack; David Baker; David Buckley; David Suarez; Des Ferguson; Don Dennes; Donald Le Bihan; Doug Malewicki; Doug Tuttle; Drive Inc Ltd; Earl E Mohr; Eco-Fueler Corporation (Jerry Hendricks); Eduard Hattuma; Elio Motors (Chip Stempeck); Ernie and Maise Allen; Eva Håkansson; Ford Motor Co (Richard Weedn); Warren Crone); Frank Webster; FRS Motorsports (Fred and Jason Reeve, Lisa Swaine); Fuel Vapour Technologies (George Parker); Gabriel Grare, Gene Rodgers; General Motors (Kathleen Adelson); Georg Schwalbach; Gill Richardson, Peter Waller and everyone at Crécy Publishing; Grinnall Specialist Cars (Mark Grinnall); H Roy Jaffe; Hans Bodewes; Hal Schmidt; Hans van Os (DWAC — Nederlandse Dwergautoclub); Hans van Scharrenburg; Harry Kalsbeek; Harry Kraemer; Helen Sanders; Helena Belden; Hikaru Baba; Iain Ayre; IndyCycle (Jamieson Durette); Jan Barnier; Jaume Jubert; James Nichol; Jane Neil; Jeff Green; Jez Hildred; Jo Huxster; Joe Fajdich; Joe Turner; Joel Bradshaw; Joel Loiseau; Johan Schoenmaker; John Cleve Graham; John Lloyd; John Lucas; John Massegee; John Meadows; John Mulders; John Napper; John Robson; John Rothwell; Jonathan Poll; Joseph Hall; Joseph Lawrence; Jozef Tedjrasi; Justin Bruett; Ken Baker; Kerry Croxton; Kim Scholer; KKM Deliveries; Lane Motor Museum, USA (David Yando); Larry Fisher; Luis Pallás; Lovson Auto Division (Joanna); Malcolm Tait; Marc Le Beller; Mark Zalutko; Marlene Gaskin, Marotti Automotive (Markus Rogalski); Martin Strange; Markus Klett; Maserati Archive (Georgina Cox), Maurice de Boer; Maurizo Bol; Maximilian Busch; Maxwell Paternoster; Mian Muhammad Ali Hameed; Michael Barnard; Michel Humbert; Miller Technology (Chad Miller); Morgan Motor Co (Charles Morgan and Beverley Moore); MOSI: Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, UK (Sarah Roe and Nick Fonder); Nagy Róbert; National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, UK (Jonathan Day); Nick Greatwood; Oliver Hartmann; Olivier Houllier; PAL-V Europe NV; Patrick Castelli; Peel Engineering Ltd (James Buggle); Pete Shirk; Pete Skinner (E300DSLR); Peter Edgley; Peter Frost; Peter Klensberg; Peter Smeaton; Peter Stanhope; Peugeot (Janet Brace); Phil Wells; Planet Engineering Ltd; Pol de Carnières; Predator Trikes (Allan Daniels); Razor Cars Ltd (David Chapman); Reliant Motor Co; Ric Murphy; Richard Lewis; Richard Robinson; Rik Borgman; Robert Grounds; Robert Iveson; Robert Kermode; Robert Knight; Robert Occhialini; Robert Pichon; Robert Woodard; Robert Q Riley; Rogerio Machado; Ron Will; Ronald Powers; Sam Glover; Samuel Hawley; author of Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties; Sceadu Design (Dave Mounce); Scorpion Motorsports (Mark Margolis); Scott Merrill; Silvano Notaro; Simon Baynes; Spike; Stephen Smith; Steve Green; Steve Hole; Steve Maguire; Stratstone Morgan Stourbridge (Mark Townsend and Simon fox); Structural Plastics Inc (Larry Barker); Stuart Cyphus; Sub Motorsports; Subaru (Peter Tenn); Sverker P Zethelius; Terry Parkin; T3 Motion (Dan Ellis); Thom Taylor; Thomas Touw; Thomas Tutchek; Thoroughbred Motorsports Inc (Kacy Mills); Tom Carmody; Tom Karen; Tony Cox; Twike UK (Dr Andreas Schroeer); Tycho de Feyter; Unique Motor Co (Nigel Scarr); Ursula Haigh; Vandenbrink (Harry Kroonen); Velor-XTrike (Pavel Brida); Volkswagen (Kate Thompson and Danielle Hutchinson); Walter B Statter; Warren Behler; Willem Alink; William Brandt; Wilfried Dibbets; William Fiddler; and, Yasuo Taskahash and of course RUMCAR News (Chris Thomas)
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Re: New Book - The A-Z of Three-Wheelers
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2013, 06:09:55 PM »
Well I scanned the list and spotted the following Rumsters, Andy Carter, John Meadows, Bob Purton and Stuart Cyphus. Chris Thomas gets in at the bottom but not in the book. Infamous, every one of them! ;D