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An Estate Car Named Desire
Author: Martin Gurdon

ISBN: 9780715650356
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22 June 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.8 x 2.0
Description:
A life told through cars, growing up in the 70s and 80s by motoring journalist Martin Gurdon-a book for anyone who is happiest with their head under a bonnet,

This was a car with a voice: Its engine note, a deep, powerful burble, was as distinct to me as the voices of my parents and friends, but then a lot of other cars had voices too. Triumph Heralds purred, Rover 100s, the ones with St Bernard dog profiles, made a soft, almost musical whining sound when setting off sedately from traffic lights, Morris Minors blew flatulent raspberries when they slowed down. I'd hear these things and assumed other people did too.

As a car-obsessed child of the 1960s, Martin Gurdon lived in a lost world of bubble cars and Ford Anglias, a place where dads took spare gearboxes on holiday and cars were frequently fixed at the roadside.

A 1970s family crisis saw him sent to relatives in rural Lancashire, before spending five dysfunctional years at a vegetarian boarding school, where cars were both his salvation and undoing, thanks to an illicitly acquired Triumph Herald. He's since driven everything from s...

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