Originally posted by roger ellis
Pete, they have been giving me the runaround for 6 weeks now despite many e-mails & 'phone calls. First they said publication had been delayed and then that the book was in stock but they were not allowed to release it ( ! ). I noticed last week that they have listed the book title incorrectly - "... Enduring Technology" not "Enduring Innovation" and suggested this might be the cause of the problem, I also gave them the ISBN number, I am still waiting for a definitive response.
Perhaps we should form an action commitee?
I really do not know why you bother with them. I have met a similar inability to honour orders in the past with non-motor-racing related titles, but both I would regard as a specialist subject, finally saying they were not available, one of which I picked up off the shelf later in Barnes and Noble.
I ordered my Winged Sports Cars..... last Friday afternoon from Chaters, and it arrived along with the John Horsman tome on Wednesday morning via DHL. I cannot imagine that you put up with Amazon-style service with other purchases, least of all for a few quid difference, when it something that you really want. Each to his own, I suppose.
The Wimpffen book is sublime, a perfect companion to Open Roads.
It has brilliant photos, and many of marques/models not often seen, eg Lancia Aurelia conv on the Targa, Ginetta G12 on the Circuito del Mugello, various etceterinis, the mid engined Scarab, Hansgen up, logoed as the Zerex Special, Gurney in the Lotus 19J, David Good in his 1.9ltr BRM engined Lotus 23 on a Swiss hillclimb etc etc. too many to pick from, fantastic content.
I was confused at first by the caption on P16 for the full page picture on P17, which describes McLaren's development of his own marque via the Cooper Oldsmobile at the 64 TT. I did not recognise either McLaren as the driver in either of the 2 cars shown , perceiving one to be a Lotus 19 on wires, and the other a BT8, neither being the Cooper Zerex Fubar.
It was only when I got to P143 and looked alongside the big photo of J Clark in a 30 that I saw a miniature of the shot on P17, which details the cars as a 19 with Coundley up, and the BT8 with Roger Nathan aboard. It is a pity as I would have welcomed a good period shot of McLaren in the Zerex.