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NEW! JAGUAR From the Shop Floor by Brian James, published by Veloce.

PUBLISHED JUNE 2018

Brian Martin worked at Jaguar from 1949 just as the XK 120 was coming on stream, and left in 1978, the era of the XJ-S and Series 2 XJ saloon. There are many Jaguar books about the technicalities of the cars themselves, and some biographies of important Jaguar people, but it is extremely rare to read the experiences and opinions of a shop-floor worker.



So Brian's vivid and often amusing account of life at Jaguar is unique, with all sorts of fascinating insights on how the cars were built (both production models and prototypes) and how the company operated from an assembly line worker's perspective - though he then progressed through the company to become a development engineer before entering junior management.

A Jaguar enthusiast as well, Brian built a splendid XK-SS replica and for a time was chairman of the (now-defunct but much respected) Jaguar Car Club. The chapter headings give a good indication of what's in store for the reader:-
  • Chapter 1: Why Jaguar?
  • Chapter 2: 1949 I join Jaguar, the NUVB, and Labour
  • Chapter 3: 1949–1950 The XK120, assembly line chaos, and Gladys and Dorothy
  • Chapter 4: 1950–1951 Earls Court Motor Show, my first date, and the Mk VII
  • Chapter 5: 1951–1955 The RAF, towing aircraft, and night flying
  • Chapter 6: 1955 Jaguar at Browns Lane, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and my first car
  • Chapter 7: 1956 A royal visit, Jaguar retires from racing, and preparing for Earls Court
  • Chapter 8: 1957 The XKSS, the fire, and a new position
  • Chapter 9: 1957-1958 The experimental department, a Ford van, and rallying
  • Picture Gallery
  • Chapter 10: 1958-1959 The Mk II in competition, E1A, and E2A
  • Chapter 11: 1960-1961 The Grand Prix, my first Jaguar, and Sandy Lane
  • Chapter 12: 1961-1962 The Mk X, more racing, and the early lightweights
  • Chapter 13: 1963-1965 The lightweights, the XJ range, and a big decision
  • Chapter 14: 1965-1972 New jobs, Forward Engineering, and coming full circle
  • Chapter 15: 1972-1973 Old friends, assembly lines, and Browns Lane transformed
  • Chapter 16: 1974-1978 The XJC, the XJS, and leaving Jaguar
  • Epilogue: My Jaguars
  • Index







    Hardback • 23.2x15.5cm • 192 pages • 99 colour and b&w pictures


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