Been Reading Issue 13

I need to be careful here, as this title is teetering on the edge of flat-capped classic bufferdom; however, I’ve always had a major soft spot for Triumphs of all descriptions, so I think I’ll chance it.

This book has an interesting new angle in that it’s written by an American, and from the point of view of the North American market, which, after all, is where most of these Triumphs ended up. It begins with a brief back-story about Triumph, a little about the post-war Bergerac-style 1800, then straight into the first of the TRs in 1952. The story follows all the way through to the last of the TR8s, doubles back a bit to encompass the Spitfire and GT6, then ends with a one-page epilogue about the Acclaim, and the ignominy of the last ever Triumph being a Japanese four-door saloon.

Along the way, naturally, there’s plenty about Triumph’s racing successes, and the whole lot is accompanied by period factory, racing and promo shots and plenty of restored examples too. The text is very lively, readable and entertaining, and detailed without becoming too bogged down in anorak-wearing minutiae – the author is passionate about the cars, and this comes across very nicely.

Overall, it was a title I very much enjoyed reading and learned quite a bit from, and instead of leaving me suddenly desiring a set of string-backed driving gloves, it left me wondering just how good a Spitfire would look in a Bonneville roadster style… The Illustrated History Of Triumph Sports And Racing Cars, by G. William Krause, is published in softback by CarTech, with a RRP of £22.50.