- Paperback: 406 pages
- Publisher: Granta UK (August 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862076987
- ISBN-13: 978-1862076983
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drive On!: A Social History of the Motor Car Paperback – August 1, 2004
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About the Author
L. J. K. Setright has been writing for Car magazine for 33 years, is a world expert on tyres and expresses forthright views on such things as speed limits, taxation, and pollution, and offers fascinating divagations on anything from the origins of the word 'dashboard' to the maximum speed of a rain drop (18mph, unaided by wind).
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I greatly enjoyed it and found it both irreverently funny and edifying.
i especially enjoyed the quotes and the historical context provided by Setright at the beginning of each chapter. They seemed to add a little English 'toniness' to the to the reading experience.
I also suggest reading the footnotes. They are frequently funnier and more interesting than the main body of the text.
Some may find Setright's views regarding the automobile inappropriately 'anti-Green' and his love of the machines excessive, but that shouldn't detract from the enjoyment one will get from reading the book, assuming there is an interest in the subject.
I have only one gripe. It was described as the illustrated edition, but has no more pictures in it than the paper back version I purchased a couple of years ago.
Setright's many opinions are worth as much as his technical details are. His impressions of things like all wheel steering and automatic transmissions are a true breath of fresh air.
The bad: Those who have read Setright will know his writing is top notch. This book though is sometimes repetitive and disorganized. It feels like he may have tried to be too broad for once.