New Scimitar Book Published today!

For any general chat and banter.

Moderators: scimjim, philhoward, erikscimitardemon, Roger Pennington, Lukeyboy46

drcdb15
RSSOC Member
Posts: 610
Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:28 am
Location: Sussex & Worcestershire
Has thanked: 28 times
Been thanked: 24 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by drcdb15 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:12 am

Elvis Payne's latest tome is released today.

"The Reliant Scimitar", £15.95 in hardback from Amazon. I'm not promoting this, you understand, just alerting folks to something that might be of interest. I have no idea if it's any good, though I did find his earlier history of Reliant Motor Co very readable.

If anyone gets a copy of this latest perhaps you might report back to us what you think. I don't suppose it will challenge Don Pither for authority, but a fresh perspective from 20-odd years on might be interesting.


Chris
MB61; formerly 1978 SE6A 3.5 V8; 1986 SE6B 2.9 EFi.

User avatar
reliant-reviver
RSSOC Member
Posts: 4610
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:05 pm
Location: Beighton, Sheffield
Has thanked: 69 times
Been thanked: 113 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by reliant-reviver » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:17 am

Having corresponded with Elvis over the small sports section and done some proof reading for the new book, I can assure you there is a lot of interesting material contained within along with "fresh" information and thoughts from those that were involved.
With such books it's impossible to be 100% spot on but this is well researched and certainly worth the read.


Philip Andrew.
'74 Robin Super Saloon, '84 SS1 1300, '86 SS1 1800ti, '87 SS1 1300
Previous: I lost count around fifty.

User avatar
scimjim
RSSOC Member
Posts: 35893
Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:08 pm
Location: Gloucester
Has thanked: 113 times
Been thanked: 821 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by scimjim » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:28 pm

Seems to be out of stock?


Jim King

Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
CURE THE FAULT - NOT THE SYMPTOMS

Ian Lock
Posts: 108
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:51 pm
Has thanked: 20 times
Been thanked: 6 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by Ian Lock » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:05 am

Yes tried to order it on Amazon but told it's out of stock.

Ian.



RonH
RSSOC Member
Posts: 182
Joined: Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:37 am
Location: Newcastle under Lyme
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 1 time

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by RonH » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:07 am

My first impression is that drcdb15 (Chris) should be offered some beer mats. :)



BusaPhill
RSSOC Member
Posts: 150
Joined: Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:28 pm
Location: Sutton,Surrey.
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 4 times
Contact:

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by BusaPhill » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:26 am

Pre ordered one via Amazon 👍🏻.


1979 Scimitar SE6A V6 3.1 4speed Auto
2005 Mercedes C320 V6 3.0 7speed Auto (Diesel Daily Driver).

User avatar
David Tew
RSSOC Member
Posts: 299
Joined: Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:09 am
Location: Cotswolds
Has thanked: 6 times
Been thanked: 22 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by David Tew » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:40 pm

My copy arrived today. I've had a quick glance through and it's an interesting potted history of the Reliant Scimitar, especially around the many development proposals that never saw the light of day.

There are a few errors/typos such as " .. SE4b introduced in late 1966" :roll: but it's still a worthy addition to the collection.


SE4B Coupe - rebuilt on brand-new chassis.
RSSOC member since 1978. 😲

drcdb15
RSSOC Member
Posts: 610
Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:28 am
Location: Sussex & Worcestershire
Has thanked: 28 times
Been thanked: 24 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by drcdb15 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:14 pm

Originally listed at £15.95 on Amazon, this has gone up to £19.95, then "down" to £19.26. Other sellers are listing at £19.95 or £19.26 - one other apart from Amazon - but the star is WH Smith currently listing at £13.96. The catch is, they won't sell it... local shop says buy on-line, website won't accept an order, and nice man on the phone tells me they are "de-listing" it... Excuse me? say I, it hasn't been published the length of a month yet and you're taking it off sale?? Yup, says he, it happens...

Abe, Wordery, Waterstones etc seem highly variable as to whether it's in stock, back order, no longer available, etc etc - all very sporadic.

So if anyone else has managed to get a copy yet, hang onto it, it may go the way of Don Pither's 'Forebears' !


Chris
MB61; formerly 1978 SE6A 3.5 V8; 1986 SE6B 2.9 EFi.

User avatar
reliant-reviver
RSSOC Member
Posts: 4610
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:05 pm
Location: Beighton, Sheffield
Has thanked: 69 times
Been thanked: 113 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by reliant-reviver » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:38 pm

Mine arrived Sunday.

Page already torn courtesy of little one getting over excited with a book of cars.

Nice to get a mention at the front and I spy one of my cars is pictured.

So far very enjoyable read. A real in-depth book on the workings of the Reliant company and the development of the sports models.


Philip Andrew.
'74 Robin Super Saloon, '84 SS1 1300, '86 SS1 1800ti, '87 SS1 1300
Previous: I lost count around fifty.

User avatar
tanuki
RSSOC Member
Posts: 1568
Joined: Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:09 pm
Location: Avon (F)
Has thanked: 45 times
Been thanked: 15 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by tanuki » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:50 pm

Arrived in the post today 8)
With an extra surprise on page 106 ... featuring my SST :shock: :mrgreen:
She'll deserve a good detailing then :lol:
Cheers,
Fred
Attachments
IMG_20181004_183118875.jpg
IMG_20181004_183118875.jpg (80.19 KiB) Viewed 715 times
IMG_20181004_184634.jpg
IMG_20181004_184634.jpg (105.69 KiB) Viewed 715 times


now: Scimitar SE5 ('71), Scimitar SE6a ('79), Scimitar SST 1800Ti ('90), Ford Anglia LHD ('61), Ford Consul Capri LHD ('61), TVR Chimaera 400 ('96), Caterham SV ('10), Lexus IS200 ('04), Austin Metro 1000 ('82)
past: Mitsubishi Celeste ('77), Alfetta Quadrifoglio ('85), Nissan Maxima ('95)

roymck
RSSOC Member
Posts: 760
Joined: Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:33 am
Location: Dorking Surrey
Has thanked: 12 times
Been thanked: 10 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by roymck » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:14 pm

£14-34 on eBay , just bought mine



Mikelima48
RSSOC Member
Posts: 108
Joined: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:04 pm
Location: Glastonbury Somerset
Been thanked: 8 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by Mikelima48 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:30 pm

£14.75 from Wordery with free delivery. Can't wait!



Sabreite
RSSOC Member
Posts: 19
Joined: Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:23 am
Location: Sussex
Been thanked: 2 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by Sabreite » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:26 pm

Received my copy a couple of days ago after waiting couple of weeks despite it being quoted as in stock £15.87 free delivery from the Book Depository via Amazon. I am a bit disappointed, I supplied Elvis with a few photos and information on the car (42 ENX) but it has been credited as a Sabre 6 in the photos but is actually a Sabre 4. Its a shame as once a mistake has been put into print most people will take it as fact. But to be positive another book can only be a good thing for the marque.



User avatar
scimjim
RSSOC Member
Posts: 35893
Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:08 pm
Location: Gloucester
Has thanked: 113 times
Been thanked: 821 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by scimjim » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:29 pm

Agree on the positive side but also agree that there’s some annoying errors in there.


Jim King

Current: SE5 (8Ball), TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (G97), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
CURE THE FAULT - NOT THE SYMPTOMS

drcdb15
RSSOC Member
Posts: 610
Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:28 am
Location: Sussex & Worcestershire
Has thanked: 28 times
Been thanked: 24 times

New Scimitar Book Published today!

Post by drcdb15 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:53 pm

Mikelima48 wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:30 pm
£14.75 from Wordery with free delivery. Can't wait!
I don't know how you got this - Wordery web site tonight is telling me it's out of stock!

However...

Smith's seem to have sorted out their issues, and are listing it again, at £13.96. Delivery is free if you can pick it up at your local store. Typical, thought I, weeks later and still they haven't updated or corrected their website - but it turns out they have, and I was able to place an order. Whether it arrives or not remains to be seen, but it's looking hopeful so far - all the right payment links and confirmatory emails etc. This seems still to be the lowest price amongst the regular suppliers.


Chris
MB61; formerly 1978 SE6A 3.5 V8; 1986 SE6B 2.9 EFi.

Post Reply

Return to “Non-Technical Discussion”