Books: Wonderful Woodies!

British Woodies from the 1920s to the 1950sBy Colin PeckAvailable now! (UK & USA)ISBN 978-1-84584-169-0 / 6-36847-04169-4£12.99 UK / $25.95 USA

The first book on the subject of British Woodies Details of all main chassis builders Details of many previously little known coachbuilders Contains many unique and previously unpublished photos Explores the rise and fall of this iconic form of transport Examines the role Woodies played in supporting British forces in WWII Looks at the challenges involved in restoring WoodiesDESCRIPTIONWooden-bodied shooting brakes, station wagons and estate cars, collectively known as Woodies, were the original SUVs (sports utility vehicles). While they were initially created for a specific purpose, their versatility, adaptability and load-carrying abilities meant that they quickly found favour with British buyers from all walks of life. In their heyday, they were built on virtually every make of car and light commercial chassis, and could be seen on every road in Britain. Sadly, today they are a rarity due mostly to the fact that their wooden frames were not built to last - andmost didn't! Thousands of Woodies were built by hundreds of coachbuilders, both large and small, and with the passage of time it may never now be possible to record all of their details with accuracy. The work of hundreds of small coachbuilder firms is highlighted and illustrated with 99 rare and previously unpublished photos of these wooden wonders.THE AUTHORColin grew up in north London and was interested in all forms of roadtransport from an early age. He initially worked in transport management, before moving into transport journalism and then public relations. He restored his first classic car in the 1980s and became an officer of the Mercedes-Benz Club. After spending four years working in California, where he owned a number of classic cars, Colin returned to the UK and re-established his career in public relations. After acquiring an Austin A70 Countryman in Canada he formed the Woodie Car Club in 2000, and today is the Club's Chairman.SPECIFICATIONPaperback + flaps. 96 pages. 190mm tall x 205mm (7½in tall x 81/16in). 99colour and monochrome pictures.