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Cops and Robbers - The Story of the British Police Car (Paperback): Ant Anstead Cops and Robbers - The Story of the British Police Car (Paperback)
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R275 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R69 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

TV presenter and all-round car nut Ant Anstead takes the reader on a journey that mirrors the development of the motor car itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone's horses to 150mph pursuits with aerial support and sophisticated electronic tracking. The British Police Force's relationship with the car started by chasing after pioneer speeding motorists on bicycles. As speed restrictions eased in the early twentieth century and car ownership increased, the police embraced the car. Criminals were stealing cars to sell on or to use as getaway vehicles and the police needed to stay ahead, or at least only one step behind. The arms race for speed, which culminated in the police acquiring high-speed pursuit vehicles such as Subaru Impreza Turbos, had begun. Since then the car has become essential to everyday life. Deep down everyone loves a police car. Countless enthusiasts collect models in different liveries and legendary police cars become part of the nation's shared consciousness. Ant Anstead spent the first six years of his working life as a cop. He was part of the armed response team, one of the force's most elite units. In this fascinating new history of the British police car, Ant looks at the classic cars, from the Met's Wolseleys to the Senator, the motorway patrol car officers loved most, via unusual and unexpected police vehicles such as the Arial Atom. It's a must-read for car enthusiasts, social historians and anyone who loves a good car chase, Cops and Robbers is a rip-roaring celebration of the police car and the men and women who drive them.

Cops and Robbers - The History of the British Police Car (Paperback): Ant Anstead Cops and Robbers - The History of the British Police Car (Paperback)
Ant Anstead 1
R360 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R72 (20%) Out of stock

TV presenter and all-round car nut Ant Anstead takes the reader on a journey that mirrors the development of the motor car itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone's horses to 150mph pursuits with aerial support and sophisticated electronic tracking. The British Police Force's relationship with the car started with the chasing of pioneer speeding motorists, who were often caught by policemen on bicycles. However, as speed restrictions eased in the early twentieth century and car ownership increased the Police embraced the car. Crime was becoming intrinsically linked to the car, criminals were stealing them to sell on or to use as getaway vehicles and the Police needed to stay ahead, or at least only one step behind. The arms race for speed, which culminated in the Police acquiring high-speed pursuit vehicles such as Subaru Impreza Turbos, had begun. Ant Anstead spent the first seven years of his working life as a cop. Growing up watching The Professionals and other TV programmes initially fired his enthusiasm, partly because of the cars; who doesn't love a handbrake-turning Capri. However, Ant was a serious copper who succeeded in the force and joined the armed response team, one of the force's most elite units. Ant never lost his love of cars though, especially police cars. In this fascinating new history of the British Police Car, Ant looks at the classic Police Cars, from the Met's Wolseleys to the motorway patrol car officers most loved, the Senator, via unusual unexpected police vehicles such as an Arial Atom. It's a must read for car enthusiasts, social historians and anyone who just loves a good car chase.

Cops and Robbers - The Story of the British Police Car (Hardcover): Ant Anstead Cops and Robbers - The Story of the British Police Car (Hardcover)
Ant Anstead 1
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

TV presenter and all-round car nut Ant Anstead takes the reader on a journey that mirrors the development of the motor car itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone's horses to 150mph pursuits with aerial support and sophisticated electronic tracking. The British Police Force's relationship with the car started by chasing after pioneer speeding motorists on bicycles. As speed restrictions eased in the early twentieth century and car ownership increased, the police embraced the car. Criminals were stealing cars to sell on or to use as getaway vehicles and the police needed to stay ahead, or at least only one step behind. The arms race for speed, which culminated in the police acquiring high-speed pursuit vehicles such as Subaru Impreza Turbos, had begun. Since then the car has become essential to everyday life. Deep down everyone loves a police car. Countless enthusiasts collect models in different liveries and legendary police cars become part of the nation's shared consciousness. Ant Anstead spent the first six years of his working life as a cop. He was part of the armed response team, one of the force's most elite units. In this fascinating new history of the British police car, Ant looks at the classic cars, from the Met's Wolseleys to the Senator, the motorway patrol car officers loved most, via unusual and unexpected police vehicles such as the Arial Atom. It's a must-read for car enthusiasts, social historians and anyone who loves a good car chase, Cops and Robbers is a rip-roaring celebration of the police car and the men and women who drive them.

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