Review by Sarah Snowden Club magazine of The Messerschmitt Owners Club
This is a new book by Michael Dan (MOC member) and the whole idea of this book is to recreate the scene and atmosphere of Britain in the 1950s when scooters and microcars first had a significant effect on the streets. It also sets out to provide data and detail necessary to serve as a reference source, together with some happy recollections of that era. The book gives a lot of information about 'what is a scooter?' and 'what is a microcar?'. Also details of the market place where you can or could buy these vehicles from and scooter and microcar clubs and activities. It has scooter and microcar photo galleries and the photo of each vehicle has a small caption detailing make, where and when it was built, what kind of gearbox it has, number of seats, engine size, weight and maximum speed of the vehicle. It also has some other information such as production colors and if it can be driven by 16 year olds. It also gives information on its background – who it was made for and what people, who bought the vehicle, used it for.
In this book there is a time line for scooters going from 1952 up until 1969. it shows everything that was built through those years and when production of the vehicles ceased. It is an interesting book with lots of weird and wonderful vehicles and is well worth a look.
Road & Track, Nov. 1, 2007
“What brings it all together is the comprehensive alphabetical listing of scooters and microcars … From Vespa and Lambretta to Fiat and Isetta, you’ll find it all in this engaging reference guide.”
The Automobile, September 2007, UK magazine
As the author writes in his introduction, "My book is at attempt to recreate the scene and atmosphere of 1950s Britain when scooters and microcars first had a significant impact on our streets and, for the first time, my generation was able to afford convenient personal transport which also had a bright new style and image. I hope, also, that it provides the data and detail necessary to serve as a reference source". His attempt has succeeded.
Written in a chatty personal style, it does indeed detail an incredible number of scooters, and almost as many microcars of the 1950s to 70s, including smaller-engined cars as well as those capable of being driven on a motorcycle license.
The book is colorfully illustrated throughout, with many period advertisements, and closes with a list of the clubs applicable to the machinery.