I'm known principally for being an expert - perhaps the published expert on the history of the London taxi. My other claim to fame is that I'm also the author of Carbodies - the Complete Story.
I'm the official historian of the London Electric Vehicle Company Ltd. They were previously known as London Taxis International and before that, Carbodies Ltd. They are currently the only maker of a purpose-built London taxi and their history.
Another of my interests is Ferguson four-wheel drive. I discovered this story in the late 1990s when I wrote Jeep, from Bantam to Wrangler. It prompted further research into the topic and ended up as Traction for Sale.
I now write books and the occasional magazine article. Below, you can see the topics I'm researching or am generally interested in.
If you want to ask a question or can help in any way, I'd be very pleased to hear from you, so please contact me.
Consultancy, Film and Television work
If you are an author and you want to make sure you have the details about London Taxis or the London cab trade correct, ask me. I'm happy to help.
I'm also happy to work with film, TV and radio programme makers on a consultancy basis. For commercial work, such as film or TV consultancy I usually charge a fee, based on a daily or half-day rate. Please do not assume that, as an enthusiast, I will be happy to work for nothing, but do call me to see if we can do a deal that suits us both.
Carbodies - the Complete Story, is about the coachbuilder that is now LEVC - The London Electric Vehicle Company.
Crowood Press published it over twenty years ago. Since then, I've received a steady amount of mail from car owners and enthusiasts. I've also found lots more material about the company.
With all this to hand, I had to produce a second edition. That book is Carbodies - Coachbuilder, Body Maker, Taxi Builder.
If you've got a question for me, or can share any information, please contact me. I'll be very pleased to hear from you.
The History of Coachbuilding and Automotive Bodywork
This is another topic 'hidden in plain sight'. Very few people are aware of how important the steel body was, and still is in making the car the affordable and durable thing it is today. This may be the subject of the next Earlswood Press book.
William Beardmore, Field Marshall of Industry
William Beardmore, Baron Invernairn is largely forgotten by today's students of industrial and naval history. He played a pivotal role in the prosperity of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Glasgow, his adopted city. After the Great War, he earned the accolade, "The Field Marshall of Industry". He also was made a peer for his great contribution to the output of munitions.
In 1919 he began developing many different modes of transport. Sadly, his failure to deal with the consequences of the economic climate of the 1920s crippled the company. He was forced out and he died in 1936, in his eightieth year.
If you have
- any new information William Beardmore and his family
- an interest in the company and its products
Please contact me.