PLYMOUTH IN THE AGE OF THE PETROL-DRIVEN MOTOR CAR 1896-1939
Several years ago Chris Robinson was asked why he had never written a book about the story of the motor car in Plymouth. When Chris eventually started putting material together for the project it quickly became apparent that there was far too much for just one book. And so it is that this month sees the publication of Plymouth and the Age of the Petrol-Driven Motor Car 1896-1939.
As ever with one of Chris Robinson’s books it’s lavishly illustrated and contains over 350 images, the vast majority of which have never been published in book form, so it’s a fascinating insight to a period of Plymouth’s history that hasn’t been under the spotlight before.
All the more remarkable, suggests Chris, as the motor car has changed the way we live, shop and socialise. It’s changed our roads, our work patterns and our environment, and yet its impact has pretty much been ignored by previous historians and accounts of the area.
So why not treat yourself this Christmas and curl up with a copy so that you can better understand man’s relationship with his four-wheeled friend. Learn more about the people who pioneered cars locally and who kept them on the road and discover fascinating facts like: where our first traffic lights were erected; which was our first one way street and where our first car park was created.