Society of Automotive Historians' 2016 Cugnot Award winner

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Winner of the 2016 Specialist Book Award in the RAC Motoring Book of the Year competition

Squire the Man, the Cars, the Heritage
by Jonathan Wood

Hardback 297mm x 245mm, 436 pages, illustrated with black and white and colour photographs.
Published by Classic Motor Cars Ltd.,
Building 9,
Stanmore Industrial Estate, Bridgnorth,
Shropshire WV15 5HP.

Standard edition

plus postage and packing

Limited edition


Squire the Man, the Cars, the Heritage
by Jonathan Wood

This impeccably-researched, profusely illustrated book was initiated by four Squire owners: Peter Neumark, Roy Palmer, John Southward and Jonathan Turner. They commissioned award-winning motoring historian Jonathan Wood, whose association with the marque date from 1964, to set down its definitive history. In the resulting book Wood candidly recounts the story of the Squire, the charismatic, costly British sports car produced between 1934 and 1936.

This first full-length history of the make was compiled with the co-operation of the Squire family, and the author has been able to draw on diaries, photographs and recently discovered letters to reveal the reality of 24-year-old Adrian Squire’s extraordinary engineering and stylistic achievement. His friends and associates add a further human dimension to the story, in particular his co-directors, the mercurial racing driver-cum-playboy, Jock Manby-Colegrave, and his accomplished sales manager, Reginald Slay. The history of each Squire is recorded in detail and past and present owners recount the challenges and delights of owning one of these rare thoroughbreds.

The book’s Foreword is contributed by Adrian Squire’s son and daughter, Anthony Squire and Caroline Lye.

Also available in Limited Edition form, this version is restricted to 101 numbered copies, to reflect the first Squire chassis number of X101. It will not be reprinted. Bound in green leather contained within a matching slipcase enhanced with a representation of the Squire radiator badge, it has been signed by Adrian Squire’s son and daughter and the author.

The Author

Jonathan Wood is well qualified to write this book. He began to research and write about the Squire in 1964 and his monograph on the marque, which appeared in 1967, was his first published work of motoring history.

A founder member of the staff of Classic Car magazine, Wood has some 35 titles to his credit. A full-time writer since 1981, his work has been recognised on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a two times winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu Trophy and of the Pierre Dreyfus Award, presented by Renault for outstanding journalistic effort. Jonathan has also twice won the US-based Society of Automotive Historians’ Cugnot Award for his works on the decline of Britain’s motor industry and artist-engineer Ettore Bugatti. His last book, Rippon Bros, a coachbuilder of Renown, won the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Thomas McKean Memorial Cup and it also received an SAH Award of Distinction. Jonathan combines writing with lecturing and in 2006 he presented the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture on Alec Issigonis, to complement his biography of the creator of the Morris Minor and the Mini.

Sample pages taken from the book