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#1 f1steveuk

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 08:27

It's shameless plug time!!!

 

My book on John Cobb's ill-fated attempt on the World's Water Speed Record, is set for publication on May  27th, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and Foyles.

 

Cobb was a particularly private man, so to have been "let loose" in the family archive was quite an honour, and yet, there is still so much that I could not find out. Cobb redefined "private".

 

I'll refrain from a synopsis, that's on the link below, but I will say, having had access to ALL the correspondence between the main protagonists, it is THE story, in their own words.

 

If you do feel the need to add this to your libraries, please leave a review, and should Covid allow a launch/talk, I will make sure you all know about it.

 

Thanks for indulging me!!

 

Sorry for my absence, I was one of the "corrupted" few!!!

 

https://www.amazon.c...d/dp/1910505617

 



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#2 FrankB

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 13:47

Plug away!

#3 Pullman99

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 16:09

My book on John Cobb's ill-fated attempt on the World's Water Speed Record, is set for publication on May  27th, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and Foyles.

 

Sorry for my absence, I was one of the "corrupted" few!!!

 

https://www.amazon.c...d/dp/1910505617

Well done Steve!   Thought I hadn't seen you on the Forum for a while and I hope all is well.   

 

Ordering this today.  :wave:

 

Looking forward to reading this 



#4 f1steveuk

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 17:05

Well done Steve!   Thought I hadn't seen you on the Forum for a while and I hope all is well.   

 

Ordering this today.  :wave:

 

Looking forward to reading this 

Yes, apparently a software glitch changed my password, but I couldn't get in to change my password, because my password had changed, etc etc etc!!

 

Still, not getting online much and lockdowns have got it all but ready, which I'm quite pleased with!!



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Posted 03 March 2021 - 17:29

At one point I noticed an announcement on facebook for your book "Quiet Giants". Has that now been replaced by this release?



#6 f1steveuk

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 17:56

At one point I noticed an announcement on facebook for your book "Quiet Giants". Has that now been replaced by this release?

Same book, it was decided to change the title, but Facebook being Facebook, it won't let you change the page name!



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Posted 03 March 2021 - 18:36

OK great, thanks!



#8 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 21:36

Excellent news Steve! Hope it all goes well.


Edited by Richard Jenkins, 04 March 2021 - 09:10.


#9 Doug Nye

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 22:25

Having been privileged to read some of Steve's early draft I have great expectations for this as a wonderfully revealing piece of work.  John Cobb was one of my earliest motor sporting heroes and I believe 'we' won't be disappointed by the truth of this quiet - and finally so unfortunate - giant.

 

DCN

 

PS - Five minutes later - My order's in...


Edited by Doug Nye, 03 March 2021 - 22:27.


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 00:31

Sounds excellent. Is this purely focused on Crusader or does it touch on Cobb's LSR exploits as well? Or are you saving that for another book in the future? :D



#11 f1steveuk

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 06:52

Sounds excellent. Is this purely focused on Crusader or does it touch on Cobb's LSR exploits as well? Or are you saving that for another book in the future? :D

Mainly focused on the Crusader project, though there is mention of the LSR.

 

Thank you Doug, very kind.



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Posted 08 March 2021 - 11:35

Steve was tremendously helpful in my writing of the Reid Railton story, of course including the ill-fated Crusader. This is published in two volumes by EVRO. It covers the LSR Cobb effort -- first time the Cobb car has ever been described in complete detail.

 

He allowed me to use some excerpts from his forthcoming book -- great that it's out soon. I'm sure he held back some goodies for his own work! Forza Steve!



#13 f1steveuk

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Posted 08 March 2021 - 17:10

Thank you Karl. Man if Speed is one hell of an act to follow!!

#14 f1steveuk

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Posted 08 March 2021 - 17:13

Sorry, of course that should say Man of Speed.

I really shouldn't use a phone keyboard,to tiny!

#15 Zoe

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Posted 08 March 2021 - 17:46

No worry, I do the same typos on a normal keyboard as well  :)

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see that I can pre-order your book on Amazon.de

 

I was also looking for Karl's book, but when looking at the price I thought it must have been a collector's item. Certainly worth it, but I fear out of my scope.



#16 f1steveuk

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Posted 12 March 2021 - 09:29

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#17 f1steveuk

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 11:38

Little reminder, May 27th is "C" Day!!

 

I really look forward to your comments, and don't worry, I have thick skin!!



#18 Doug Nye

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 15:19

Just received this lunchtime - the business end of it having been scan-read this very afternoon.

 

As a lifelong John Cobb admirer I am plainly biased.  But I will sum up this important new book's content in just four words:

 

FANTASTIC! - ORDER YOURS NOW.

 

(Well done Steve.  Respect!!!)

 

DCN



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Posted 10 June 2021 - 16:21

Just received this lunchtime - the business end of it having been scan-read this very afternoon.

 

As a lifelong John Cobb admirer I am plainly biased.  But I will sum up this important new book's content in just four words:

 

FANTASTIC! - ORDER YOURS NOW.

 

(Well done Steve.  Respect!!!)

 

DCN

Mine was waiting for me when I got home. I can't wait to start reading it - tonight it is then! 



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#20 f1steveuk

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 17:09

I'm sure Doug won't mind me saying that he had some input into the book, and to get a "fantastic" from the one and only "Mr Doug Nye" is icing on the cake.

 

I hope the good reviews continue!!

 

There should be a talk at Brooklands in October, I shall keep  you posted.

 

And thanks again!! 



#21 Doug Nye

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 18:25

Never mind my (minimal) input - I have been reading more this evening and the first-hand correspondence between Cobb, Reid Railton, Peter du Cane and others - plus the troubled story of the boat's design, (suspect) construction and inadequate development - plus the detailed, painstaking, step-by-step accident analysis AND the background story to discovery of the main wreckage in 2018 is absolutely riveting.  Hugely recommended indeed.

 

Colour me green.   :smoking:

 

DCN


Edited by Doug Nye, 10 June 2021 - 18:25.


#22 f1steveuk

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Posted Yesterday, 11:58

And now, in addition to the book, I have been asked to prepare a version for a TV documentary. It's early days, but television is th lazy man's book, so a bigger audience to find out more about John Rhodes Cobb. More details as I get them.