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Brockbank, Russell

Book of motoring cartoons, 64 pp, pictorial boards with d/w, spine of d/w browned and a little rubbed at extremities, otherwise in very good condition, Temple Press 1962

 24.5 x 17.4 cm, 350g, no ISBN

See below the description from the dustwrapper flap.

Brockbank was an excellent and accurate cartoonist, but he was also somewhat ahead of his time.  Note the date of this book (1962), and then look at his drawing of a General Motors Formula 1 car below.  It has a wing at the rear on struts, and the first such wing appeared on the Chaparral 2E CanAm car in 1966, and only reached Formula 1 in 1967 (and the sponsor's name on the wing later still).  Also look at his drawing of a “Lotus petrol tanker” below – it is almost identical to the design of the Lola T70GT from 1967.  Did the designers of the Chaparral and the Lola own copies of “Move Over!”?

However, even more prescient is Brockbank’s drawing of a Rolls-Royce bubble car.  Owing to the strict EU regulations on CO2 emissions within a manufacturer’s range of cars, in 2010 Aston Martin produced a rebodied two-seat Toyota iQ called the Cygnet (see picture below).  While the car may have helped Aston Martin meet its emissions targets, it was a commercial flop, and it is said only 141 were ever sold in the UK.  The price of the car - over £30,000 - may have had something to do with that . . .     


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