There was a time not too long ago when
if you were to stand by a busy main road
in Britain the majority of the commercial
vehicles at work, whether they be vans,
pick-ups, lorries of all types and emergency
vehicles would all have been manufactured
in this country.
That day has sadly now passed, but dedicated
enthusiasts, companies, museums and groups
have preserved many of these vehicles for
display and use in the last six decades.
This superb large-format book is illustrated
with images of preserved commercial vehicles,
buses and a few emergency vehicles, drawn
only from the ranks of the British manufacturers,
and all more than twenty-five years old,
though most examples are considerably older
than that and a few date back to the First
Together they re-create a picture of a
vanished Britain when makes such as AEC,
Albion, Bedford, Foden, Guy, Leyland, Scammell
and Sentinel were the kings of the road.
Through this fantastic collection of more than
140 images of classic vehicles you can almost
smell the oil and hear the roar of their
proudly British engines.
Ranieri was born in
December, 1945 to
an Italian father and
English mother, and
lived until his late
teens at Haselor, a
Warwickshire village He still lives in his
favourite county at Ettington, near
Stratford upon Avon. He entered local
government in 1962 and took early
retirement in 1997, as Audit Manager
at Warwick District Council.
Photography has been an all consuming
interest for over 40 years, especially
steam railways all over the world, though
his interests encompass all forms of
classic transport, and photography in
general. Malcolm gained the Fellowship
of the Royal Photographic Society in
1998, and also the Masters award of the
Photographic Alliance of Great Britain
in 2000, and regularly exhibits in photographic
exhibitions all over the country.
Since retiring Malcolm has taken up
photojournalism, reporting for magazines
such as Old Glory. He has been a
volunteer on the Gloucestershire
Warwickshire Railway for over 15 years
and is currently a Duty Stationmaster.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 093 0, large format hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published July 2011.