The Book of the Standard Motor Company

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, Jul 15, 2011 - Transportation - 208 pages
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Starting with the original Standard prototype of 1903, this book covers the scores of Standard models built until the brand was discontinued in 1963 (Britain) and 1987 (India). It also covers the Ferguson tractor involvement, millitary aero-engine manufacture, military aircraft manufacturer (including Beaufighter and Mosquito fighter-bombers), Rolls-Royce Avon turbo-jet military engine manufacture, and Triumph cars.


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Vanguards Renowns and Mayflowers 19471953
Eights Tens Triumph sports cars and a new Vanguard 19531960
Triumph takes centre stage 19591960s
Leyland takes over the final years
Appendix A Standard and SS an important commercial link
Appendix B Works rally cars in the 1950s
Seriesproduction petrol engine family dimensions
Standard and Triumph model launches

Flying Standards for all 19351940
World War Two aero engines and aircraft 19391945
The takeover of Triumph and after 19441946
Chapter8 Tractors Banner Lane and jet engines 19401959
Interlude The BRM project dabbling with Formula One
Appendix E UKproduced Standard production models 19031963
Appendix F Production figures yearonyear

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About the author (2011)

After a varied career in the automotive industry, Graham Robson has gained a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has more than 160 books to his credit. Born in 1936, and educated at Ermysteds Grammar School in Yorkshire, Graham then went on to study Engineering at Oxford University. He joined Jaguar Cars as a graduate trainee, becoming involved in design work on the Mk II, E-Type and Mark X. Beginning as a hobby, he became a rally co-driver, eventually joining the Sunbeam 'works' team in 1961, and took part in rallies up to International level (once with Roger Clark), but stopped rallying by 1968. During this time, he joined Standard-Triumph in Coventry, in 1961, as a Development Engineer, mainly on sports car projects. He then ran the re-opened 'works' motorsport department from 1962 to 1965, this being the period of the birth of Spitfire Le Mans cars, TR4, Vitesse, Spitfire and 2000 rally car developments. Graham Robson's writing began with rally reports for magazines which evolved into a job with Autocar from 1965 to 1969. He was recruited back to industry at Rootes to run the Product Proving department, then after a brief period in 1972 as technical director of a safety belt company, became an independent motoring writer. Graham has lived 'by the pen' and 'by the voice', not only writing but commentating, presenting and organising events of all types.

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