To Boldly Go details 26 sometimes controversial vehicles, from 1911 to present, all solving different design challenges. From the Issigonis Mini that changed design and social mores, to racers so successful they were banned from competition, from cars produced in millions, to one-offs, all created by those marching to the beat of their own drum.
A fascinating journey through a century of 26 exceptional designs.
Author Graham Hull, former designer of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars, delves into the world of innovative vehicle design, and considers what makes some stand out from the crowd. Regardless of production numbers, one litmus test is applied: was the vehicle an exceptional design solution?
The 1911 Morgan three-wheeler, still in production 100 years on, proves the potency of an original concept. Be it for austerity, off-road, competition or social status, this book follows vehicle rationales where the backdrop is the power of creativity - individuals and teams rattling the cage of convention, and claiming their places in automotive history. Whether Tyrrell's four-wheel bogie, or Bond's mechanical 'pony,' such devices bear witness to ingenuity, and the world would be a poorer place without the striving of their creators.
Graham Hull's original artwork captures the vehicles aesthetically, often technically, and also in action. Each chapter gives a sense of the commercial and social background of the design, considers its function and form, and features personal testimonies and anecdotes.
Vehicles covered - Morgan 1911-52 & 2011 (UK); Austin 7 1922-1939 (UK); Raleigh 1933-1936 (UK); Jeep 1941-1945 (USA); 2CV & Dyane 1948-1990 (Fr); Bond 1949-1966 (UK); 2CV Pick-up 1953-1961 (Fr); Fiat 500 1957-1975 (Italy); KR 200 1955-1964 (GER); Tg500 1958-1961 (GER); Mini 1959-2000 (UK); Haflinger 1959-1975 (GER); Arial three-wheeler 1960 (UK); BMW Sidecars 1960-1974 (GER); 24CT 1963-1967 (Fr); 650TR 1964-1969 (AT); Greenwood Mini 1965-1967 (UK); Unipower GT 1966-1970 (UK); Zanda 1969 (UK); Bond Bug 1970-1974 (UK); Vauxhall SRV 1970 (UK/USA); Brubaker Box 1972-1979 (UK); Bravo 1974 (Italy); Tyrrell 1975-1977 (UK); Alfa SZ 1989-1991 (Italy); Deltawing 2012- (USA).
About the author
Graham Hull studied Industrial Design at Harrow School of Art, and the Central School
of Art and Design, London, sponsored by Chrysler UK, under Roy Axe, on the Royal College of Art Automotive Design course. He joined Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Crewe, as as Stylist, in 1971, becoming Chief Stylist and head of Department in 1984. His career at Crewe spanned 30 years. Apart from all Crewe studio projects, he has worked with various consultants and design houses, on all manner of projects, including special limited production orders, ranging from Head of State limousines, to two-seater sports cars.
Graham has worked in France, Germany, Italy and America, and his work has appeared in the international design press. In his spare-time he has been involved in three of his own project vehicles, has continued to illustrate cars, and has made several eighth-scale models.