Renowned for the quality of its coachwork and closely allied with Rolls-Royce for most of its corporate life, Rippon survived until 1970. Its bodies, created by some of the trade’s finest craftsmen, also featured on examples of the best British and Continental makes of their day, with Bentley, Daimler, Delage, Railton and Renault chassis being so enhanced.
Copiously illustrated with hundreds of rare contemporary photographs of Rippon-bodied cars and containing comprehensive appendices, this book also takes the reader behind the scenes at the company’s state-of-the-art Edwardian works. Commissioned by the Rippon family, Wood has complemented documentary records with interviews with many of the company’s former employees to provide an all-important human ingredient to the story. It will appeal to all those fascinated by the lost world of coachbuilding and Britain’s rich industrial past.
In this carefully researched, readable book, award-winning motoring historian Jonathan Wood recounts the history of Rippon Bros, a family coachbuilding business established in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1870.
Jonathan Wood has been writing and researching the history of the British motor industry all his working life. He has some 35 books to his credit, has twice won the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu Trophy and is a two-time recipient of the US-based Society of Automotive Historians’ Cugnot Award. Over the past 30 years he has given illustrated talks on motoring history to many old car clubs and panels of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2006 Jonathan presented the I. Mech. E.’s Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture to mark the publication of his biography of Alec Issigonis, creator of the Morris Minor and Mini. Now living in Ludlow, Shropshire, he combines his automotive enthusiasms with writing and lecturing on local history.
Containing over 300 illustrations in black and white and colour, measuring 234 x 234 x 40mm, Rippon Bros a coachbuilder of Renown, has 464 pages, of which 83 are appendices. It costs £75, plus postage and packing.
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This work is published with the assistance of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust.
The Michael Sedgwick Trust
Recipient of a loan for the publication of new and original automotive history.
Classic Car Weekly
Book of the week - 26 September 2012
Guild of Motoring Writers Annual Awards
Commendation in the Mercedes-Benz Award for the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy’
for book published in 2012.
Society of Automotive Historians' (SAH)
Award of Distinction in this year's Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Prize competition.
(NICHOLAS-JOSEPH CUGNOT AWARD, ENGLISH. The Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award,
English is presented each year for the book which best advances the understanding of the history of the automobile in the English language in the previous calendar year—2012.
The SAHB Michael Sedgwick Award for 2013
An annual award for the best book on any aspect of British motoring, written in the English language, published in the previous 12 months.
There were two runners up, and both were terrific examples of thorough research, both widely illustrated, and exuding the clear enthusiasm of the authors for their subjects.
The first was: Jonathan Wood - Rippon Bros, A Coachbuilder of Renown (James Hinchliffe and Annabel Sleigh)
No ISBN £75
A superb piece of research on this Huddersfield coachbuilding company.