The only magazine in the world specialising in cars from the dawn of motoring to the 1950s, The Automobile, recently undertook the task of creating its Top Ten motoring books.
The Lanchester Legacy volumes came out at Number Six. Considering the thousands of books available, this appreciation further raises the profile of Lanchester and encourages even more motoring enthusiasts to read the Lanchester Legacy.
The review ran as follows:
‘Now, if allowed a stack of books it would be perverse not to include some coverage of the Lanchester family, another rich vein of talent, innovation and challenge. So I am fortunate to have paused at an NEC stand, a couple of years ago, where the Lanchester Historian and author, Chris Clark, did me a deal on another trilogy, The Lanchester Legacy, two volumes of which reflect his own life’s passion and effort.
I abhor hagiography, but the first compilation’s allusion to genius, a word I seldom resort to or accept, need not have alarmed me. The Lanchester brothers’ careers were astonishing, particularly Fred’s, which gave rise to his acknowledgement as ‘Britain’s Leonardo da Vinci’, and these books are a scholarly mine of information that fully justifies the enthusiastic respect and support of publisher Coventry University, where the Lanchester Interactive Archive can, and should, be visited and enjoyed.’
Maybe the release of the latest in the series, Volume IV, will allow an even better position in at least the top three!