May 23, 2015

Automobile catalogue - Some news, and a first glance at it!

Only some finishing touches remain, then World in Motion 1939 will be complete.

The work on the last coachbuilders, which I mentioned here last week, is finished. I added four pages of information regarding Australian automobiles, which represented quite a lively industry, even years before Holden launched the very first national model on the market. Today I have a few things to write about Canada, then Latin America. Various corrections will follow and then, finally, my work will be over, almost nine months after I started. As the book virtually has its final shape, I uphold my previous estimation of about 300 pages.

Tentative date for the publication - first half of June, as a reminder - again remains unchanged as everything follows its course perfectly.

And as a bonus, you can have a look at the cover:

May 16, 2015

Automobile catalogue - Update

Work continues on World in Motion 1939. Initially planned to count approximately 230 pages, extra information has now pushed up the expected mark to around 300 pages. The book will not only include all manufacturers (they are all finished), but also coachbuiders - that is, for those of you less familiar with the automotive industry of the years past, companies building one-off bodies on a bare chassis at the request of the customer. For the latter, the major part is already written and included in the book, with the exception of Great Britain, which had many such firms at the time and that I barely started working on.

As of now, the book's scheduled release date remains unchanged.

May 09, 2015

Automobile catalogue - soon to be released

It has been an extremely long time since I last wrote in this blog - as for the motives, I already expressed them at length.

The excuse for this new post, which ends such an extended period of silence, is for an announcement. Not having posted here for years does not mean that I have been away from model cars collecting or, more generally, that my interest in vintage automobiles has waned.

Some of you may have visited my other blog Automobiles of the World, equally abandoned for the very same reasons, in which I had started to list automobiles in a brand-per-brand, year-per-year format. Based on a similar concept, I am glad to announce the imminent publication of World in Motion 1939, which details the world automobile production during the said year, country by country, from the mainstream manufacturers to the lesser known brands and prototypes that have emerged during that time.

This work will be available as an ebook. Tentative date for its release is the first half of June 2015. Further information will be provided as this date draws close.