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Motor Vehicles I have Owned or Driven

Motor Vehicles I have Owned or Driven by TINDALL, Reg (1913)

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Author: TINDALL, Reg
Title: Motor Vehicles I have Owned or Driven
Year: 1913
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Sunningdale, Berkshire
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
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pp 20 & blanks. A most original piece of life writing: the autobiography of an early motoring fanatic told exclusively through the cars that he owned and drove from 1913 to 1960. This highly original piece of life-writing includes first world war-time experience as a mechanic with the Royal Flying Corps (1910 Triumph motorbike) via a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost in which he toured the French Riviera in 1925-6, an Austin 7 on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice in the winter of 1927 before graduating to an early M.G. drop-head coupe in middle age. The manuscript is in a quarto sized magenta manuscript book, textured paper covered boards with cloth spine; lined paper, Tindall's title written in pen on brown paper laid down to the upper cover. Laid down on the first pastedown is Tindall's first driving licence from 1913 (numbererd '7735' just ten years after licences were first issued in Britain) 'Reginald Fawcett Tindall of Dagwell, Sunningdale' (Berkshire), signed by an authorising officer and with the record of Tindall's 1912 conviction for failing to show this very licence. From there the manuscript proceeds via a series of original photographs of Reg Tindall riding and driving his many vehicles over the next half century. The very first of these was 'An Argyll Sports Car I helped to Buld at Sunningdale Berks. 1913...' via 'My First Motor Bike 1910 Triumph Clutch in Rear Hub No Gear Box 1914' through his First World War service as a mechanic with the 'Royal Navy Air Service' and the consequent vehicles such as 'Crossley Tender Royal Flying Corps Bedford 1917' and a group portrait at the 'Reserve Lorry Park Royal Flying Corps France 1918' taken in front of a 'Leyland Lorry Crossley Tender P & M Morot/ C & Sidecar. Standard RFC Transport.' After the war Tindall seems to have done well for himself with images of the 'Garage de la Foret' at Le Touquet in France 'Built under my Supervision and Managed by Me 1923/4', a Lorraine-Deitrich which 'ran in French Grand Prix de Dieppe in 1913. I drove this car from Le Touquet via Paris, Lyons and Marseilles to the French Riviera in 1920.' In middle age Reg seems to have favoured an 'MG Magnette' with a group of more sedate motors from his final years. The stamp of 'Inspector-in-charge, A.I.D. at Messrs. Hoover Ld. Brantwood Road, Tottenham, N.17' appears on the final pastedown. The collection was put together during the 1940s and '50s with some annotations in biro.
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