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Allard: The Complete Story


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Alan Allard is the son of the marque's founder, Sydney Allard, and is also a significant motor sport and engineering figure in his own right - a pioneering, record-holding British dragster driver, national class rally driver, and the man behind the further development of supercharging. Today Alan leads the Allard Motor Company as it launches its new 'continuation' chassis built by Alan and his son, Lloyd. Younger son Gavin curates the Allard archives. Alan and his family are key supporters of the Allard Owners Club. Lance Cole is from an automotive family hailing from Australia, Canada and the UK, and is a trained industrial desiger, writer, author and photographer. Lance's motoring journalism career was kicked-off by his becoming the 1983 Sir William Lyons Scholar. A national newspaper columnist, broadcaster and the author of fifteen books. Lance has owned many classic cars and has worked on an Allard restoration project for years.


It is an involved yet fascinating story, well served by this new book, whose authors, Sydney's younger son Alan and motoring journalist Lance Cole have produced an encyclopaedic work encompassing the life and exploits of an ambitious, talented, innovative yet also modest individual. At least 500 Allards of the 1900 originally made are known to exist many remain in active road or racing service, especially in the US where most were sold. A fine, especially well-written work, an absolute must for Allards fans and one which deserves prominence in any motoring enthusiast's library. -- Kieron Fennelly * Guild of Motoring Writer's newsletter. *
This new release, co-written by Sydney Allard's son, Alan, and with the support of the revived Allard Motor Company, surely jumps straight to the top of the list as the definitive history of Allard. It's depth, at 240 pages, is impressive, as is the access to primary sources gained through the involvement of the Allard family, which combined gives insights into the company that haven't seen the light of day before. Never before seen sketches of Sydney's models are particularly fascinating. The book is a must-have for Allard fans, and should be considered by anyone interested in the post-war UK car industry. -- Charlie Calderwood * Classic Car Weekly *

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