By Jonathan Wood
Hardback 297mm x 245mm 298 pages illustrated with black and white and colour photographs
Published by Jonathan Turner and Tim Whitworth, Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham, Wetherby, Yorkshire LS23 6LP
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One of Britain’s legendary sports cars of the 1930s, the Triumph Dolomite was mechanically and stylistically inspired by Alfa Romeo’s exquisite Touring-bodied 8C 2300 model. The brainchild of Britain’s best-known rally driver and Triumph executive Donald Healey, above, and motoring journalist Tommy Wisdom, this delectable, costly 100mph open two-seater has been the subject of speculation and rumour since the day of its announcement. Even the exact number of Dolomites built became a matter of controversy. The car was also believed to have been the subject of legal action by Alfa Romeo, in view of its similarity to the Italian firm’s immortal ‘2.3.’
Two Dolomites survive and their owners, Jonathan Turner and Tim Whitworth, commissioned the award-winning motoring historian Jonathan Wood to produce the first definitive history of this rarest of British sports cars. The result is a book that answers many questions; the truth of Alfa Romeo’s apparent legal challenge is finally exposed, although some aspects of the Dolomite story remain shrouded in mystery. Drawing on contemporary accounts, eye-witness statements and corporate recollections, Wood’s painstaking research is complemented by rare archive images and specially-commissioned photography of the surviving cars.
The Foreword is contributed by Donald Healey’s grandson, Peter Healey.
Also available as a Limited edition, this version is restricted to 100 numbered copies. It will not be reprinted. Bound in black leather, the slipcase is enhanced with a representation of the Triumph Dolomite badge. Each book has been signed by Peter Healey, grandson of Donald Healey.
Jonathan Wood has, for over 50 years, been researching and recording the histories of many of the businesses, cars and personalities that once constituted Britain’s indigenous motor industry.
A founder member of the staff of Classic Car magazine, Wood has some 35 books to his credit. A full-time writer since 1981, his work has been recognised on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a two times winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu Trophy and of its Pierre Dreyfus Award, presented by Renault, for outstanding journalistic effort. Jonathan has thrice won the US-based Society of Automotive Historians’ premier Cugnot Award for his works on the decline of Britain’s motor industry, artist-engineer Ettore Bugatti and the Squire sports car, an exact contemporary of the Triumph Dolomite, which also received the RAC Motoring Book of the Year’s Specialist Book Award of 2016. It is a companion volume to this book. His work on Rippon, a Yorkshire coachbuilder, won the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Thomas McKean Memorial Cup and it also received an SAH Award of Distinction.
Jonathan combines writing with lecturing and in 2006 he presented the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture on Alec Issigonis, to complement his biography of the creator of the Morris Minor and the Mini.