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This is a second-hand hardcover book. Signed by Douglas E. Wood.

Condition: The dust jacket has light fading short creasing to the edges, light discolouring, and surface rubbing. An area has been whited out opposite the title page, possible was a name and date. There is compressing to the spine. The first and last 2 pages have light browning, and there is a light ripple to the top and bottom edges of the pages, otherwise the pages are clean and bright. The rest of the book has no faults.

Dimensions: 218 x 306 mm
Pages: 186
Publisher: The Vintage Car Club of NZ
Publication date: 1985 1st edition


Flat to the Boards
By A.R.E (Dick) Messenger & Douglas E. Wood

A History of Motor Sport in NZ from 1901 to 1940

In the years leading up to the outbreak of WW2, when motor car sport in New Zealand did not receive the massive sponsorship of today and when crash helmets were not obligatory headgear, there existed a large and happy band of enthusiasts whose efforts made possible a wide variety of frequent car races, trials, speed record attempts and hill climbs.

One of these dedicated sportsmen was the late Dick Messenger, who competed in noteworthy European cars and in his own handbuilt Special. He believed that the chronicling of these early events was a worthy cause, but he was unable to complete his memoirs and writing.

Douglas Wood, after some years of careful research, has finished the task for the Vintage and Veteran Car Club, and the people of New Zealand. With adequate description of the cars, something of their subsequent fate, plenty of photographs, and surveys of the various events from the Far North to the Deep South, this book is an important addition to the bookshelves of anyone who is keen on cars.


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