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Cops and Robbers: The History of the British Police Car by Ant Anstead

By Ant Anstead

TV presenter and all-round motor vehicle nut Ant Anstead takes the reader on a trip that mirrors the improvement of the motor automobile itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone’s horses to 150mph goals with aerial aid and complicated digital tracking.

The British Police Force’s dating with the auto begun with the chasing of pioneer rushing motorists, who have been frequently stuck via policemen on bicycles. despite the fact that, as pace regulations eased within the early 20th century and motor vehicle possession elevated the Police embraced the auto. Crime used to be turning into intrinsically associated with the automobile, criminals have been stealing them to promote on or to take advantage of as getaway cars and the Police had to remain forward, or no less than just one step at the back of. The fingers race for pace, which culminated within the Police buying high-speed pursuit cars similar to Subaru Impreza Turbos, had begun.

Ant Anstead spent the 1st seven years of his operating lifestyles as a cop. becoming up staring at the pros and different television programmes first and foremost fired his enthusiasm, in part due to the vehicles; who doesn’t love a handbrake-turning Capri. although, Ant was once a major copper who succeeded within the strength and joined the armed reaction group, one of many force’s so much elite devices. Ant by no means misplaced his love of vehicles notwithstanding, in particular police cars.

In this interesting new heritage of the British Police vehicle, Ant appears on the vintage Police autos, from the Met’s Wolseleys to the toll road patrol automobile officials so much enjoyed, the Senator, through strange unforeseen police automobiles similar to an Arial Atom. It’s a needs to learn for motor vehicle fanatics, social historians and somebody who simply loves a superb automobile chase.

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