The book follows the development of the Police car from the very early days through to the latter part of the 20th Century, from the Model T Ford to the Volvo V70 T5.
Unlike most previous Police vehicle publications that give a general overview of vehicles used by various Police forces in the UK, with captioned photographs, this new publication concentrates on just one force – Hampshire.
Long recognised as one of the pioneering forces in the UK as far as its transport policy is concerned, this book charts the development, by decade, of the cars used, the advances in technology, performance, equipment and livery. Hampshire was criticised at the highest levels of government in the 1960s and 70s when it dared to purchase foreign cars for the first time.
Read all about the politics involved, the funding, the personalities who shaped Hampshire’s transport policy and the reasons behind it all. You will also learn about servicing methods and how the force’s mechanics made their own component parts because the manufacturers either couldn’t or wouldn’t. There is also a fascinating insight to the types of fuel used from four star leaded to the Diesel Fuel Project and the use of electric patrol cars.
The book opens with two chapters on the old city forces of Portsmouth and Southampton. There are separate chapters on the trial cars tested over the years and on restored Hampshire cars and diecast models depicting vehicles used by the force.
This is as close to a definitive history as you are likely to find, illustrated with over 360 photographs, together with amusing anecdotes about the failings of some of the cars used!
Retired traffic officer Steve Woodward:
email: woodward5 AT btinternet.com
cheques made payable to:
S. Woodward for £22.99 inc p&p.