Austerity Motoring 1939 - 1950
By Andrew Lane
(Shire, Paperback, 9780852638415, 32pp.)
Publication Date: July 20, 2010
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The 1940s was the bleakest period in the brief history of the motorcar. It was a time of war, deprivation and austerity when, for almost a decade, car development stood still. Wartime motorists faced petrol and tyre rationing while the hazards of the blackout made driving in the dark a harrowing experience; a 20 mph speed limit could not stop the road death tally soaring. This new Shire book explores this intriguing subject about a crucial development in the history of motoring, including its recovery towards the end of the period as new models such as the iconic Morris Minor burst onto the scene.
Andrew Lane was a history teacher before becoming Education and Research Officer at the National Motor Museum and a member of the museums' Advisory Council. His particular interest is the social history of motoring and he has written three children's books on motoring, the National Motor Museum's guide book and museum information booklets for students. He is now the Curator of the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea.