Book Review: Edward Turner – the man behind the motorcycles

 

Foreword by: John R Nelson MA (Eng.), M.I.Mech.E.
Veloce Classic Reprint Series
Published by: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Veloce House, Parkway Farm Business Park,
Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3AR
Tel: 01305 260068
E-mail: sales@veloce.co.uk
www.velocebooks.com
Softback, 210 x 250mm (portrait), 160 pages with over160 colour and black and white photographs and illustrations. ISBN 978-1-787110-50-2
£19.99 UK, $35.95 USA, $46.95 Canada

This is the official biography of the man who was probably the most important individual in the history of the British motorcycle industry.

Whenever motorcycles are discussed among enthusiasts, the name of Edward Turner, ‘ET’, is invariably mentioned.

While known worldwide for his landmark designs, e.g. the four-cylinder Ariel Square Four and the Triumph Speed Twin, etc, ET remained an enigma, described by those who worked close to him as difficult and charming, impatient, autocratic and brilliant.

Born in 1901, Edward Turner was a truly gifted individual whose forceful character, design flair and business acumen drove Triumph from near bankruptcy in the mid-1930s to such heights of success that the company often struggled to reach the clamouring demand for its products.

Book reviewed by Jonathan Hill

Read more in the April issue of TCM – out now!

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