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Welcome to the Earlswood Press website

Where you can find out about what I, Bill Munro, write about and publish - the previously obscure stories from the automotive world.

And, you can:

  • buy the books I have in print, direct from me though the website.
  • Contribute to the research I am undertaking for forthcoming titles.
  • If you are in the book trade, discover the ways you can buy any of the titles wholesale.

Titles in print

Traction for Sale - the Story of Ferguson Formula Four-wheel Drive

Bill Munro and Pat Turner

In the 1980s, Audi transformed how we look at four-wheel drive. Suddenly, we stopped associating it solely with off-road cars and saw it as the must-have component for high-tech sporting road cars. But Audi's wasn't the first system, nor the best. Before it, there was the Ferguson Formula. It was the dream of racing driver Fred Dixon, to make cars safer on the road through four-wheel drive. Bankrolled by Harry Ferguson and brought to reality by Tony Rolt, it was proving its worth in road cars long before Audi made the world take notice of the idea. 

This is the exciting story of how the Ferguson Formula provided the essential component of some of the mythical, and legendary, prototype cars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, from the Jensen FF through to the iconic Ford RS200, XR4x4 and Escort Cosworth Turbo to the Lamborghini Diablo VT. This book is indispensable reading for the Ford, Jensen and Group B rallying enthusiasts, as well as readers with an interest in British car engineering and how all-wheel drive systems in road cars began.


"... stuffed with images that complement a thorough but always readable text ... one surprise after another. An outstanding work" Matt Dixon, deputy editor, Octane magazine

Hardback | 350pp | 276 x 203mm  | colour, fully illustrated
ISBN 9780993101861
UK £54.99 | USA $74.95 | Australia $99.95

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View the list of Ferguson Formula Vehicles

This is a print-on-demand book and is printed in three locations, in the UK, the USA and Australia  If you live in North America, Australia or New Zealand, you can order direct from THIS WEBSITE and pay the website price, without having to pay the high mailing charges from the UK

Taxi Jubilee - Fifty Years of the Austin FX4 London Taxi

Bill Munro

For over fifty years, the FX4 London taxi was as familiar a sight in Britain’s capital city as Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard. This richly illustrated book tells the story of the FX4 over those five decades and also features  technical specifications of every major model.

“Brilliant – I sat down to browse through it and read it one go!” Peter Simpson, editor, Classic Van & Pickup magazine

paperback | 72 pages | A5 | full colour, illustrated throughout
Cover price UK £7.99 USA $14.95 | ISBN 9870956230805
Website sale price £5.99 + P&P!



London Taxis in Camera - a Story in Pictures, Old and New

Bill Munro

The London taxi, the classic 'black cab' or 'British cab' is recognised world-wide. This full-colour book depicts the wide range of types and makes, from the Edwardian era and before, to the present day, as well as sharing some stories and dispelling a few myths about the London cab trade along the way. 

paperback | 158 pages | 246mm x 189mm | full colour, illustrated throughout
Cover price UK £21.99 USA $29.95 | ISBN 9870993101854
Website sale price £8.99 + P&P!




Titles in progress

I have two titles in progress. The first is a new edition of my first book, Carbodies - the Complete Story. The second is a new book on the history of London taxis. Both will be full-colour hardbacks. I'll be adding more details about them, including separate pages for each title, as time goes by.



Want to buy, but don't want to pay via PayPal?

If you're a UK resident, contact me and find out how to pay via BACS or good old fashioned cheque.

What's happened to Earlswood Press Biographies?

I ceased commissioning biography titles at the end of 2016 and stopped selling them a year later. Both authors have made their own arrangements in respect of publication of their titles. 

Find Philip Dixon's books at Veloce Publishing and on Amazon
Find Paul Wright's books on Amazon 


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