The Book has been reviewed by a many of the major magazines both in this country and abroad. Here are some comments from people who have copies of the book.
“Great book - thank you for
sending your Rochdale masterwork for review. We love it. Time we did a full
feature of these great sports cars.” Mick Walsh, Editor-in-Chief, Classic & Sports Car
"It looks terrific - very professional, I am hugely impressed by Kirkdale Press as well as by your hard work. I will in fact buy a second copy next time I see you." -- Malcolm McKay, Motoring writer and photographer
Books arrived. Brilliant, Les, many thanks. So good, can I order another 2 please?" -- Tony Hansford, Goodwood Rochdale GT racer
“Just a short note to say how much I have enjoyed your Rochdale book. I have many car related books, many of which are just reference and don't make great reading; your's however is different and has been a joy to read, cover to cover.” John W Watson Historic Lotus Register
"Massive congratulations on the book which I collected from you at Burford in between the showers. It’s a great work and full of fascinating information. Very well done." -- Peter Campbell, GT owner
"My husband is delighted with the book – you have done a fantastic job”. -- Debs Comber
“The book and the mugs are great - what a fantastic job you have done!!! The layout and images are brilliant - frankly it raises the bar big time on club car books.” Richard Disbrow, Olympic Owner
“Just wanted to say what a great book - love everything about it. Many thanks!” ROBERT BALDING, GT Owner
“The book arrived to-day. I can't wait to read it. I am amazed that you could find
all those photo's.” Ian Rainford, Colorado, Elite Owner
“The book, which arrived quickly and safely is really wonderful with lots of interesting details that I haven’t read before.” Andrew Coley, Italy, GT Owner
“The books just great, very professional, I hadn't realised that there were such early models, I hadn't seen any of them before” - Ian Goulding
“Your book is excellent. A really good read. About half way at the moment. I do like your style on the editorial & very good pictures – Julian Crinall
"Long overdue, as proven by the fact that this volume has already virtually sold out" - Scott Barrett, The Automobile
"My advice is to get hold of one while you still can. Brilliant effort." - Steve Hole, Editor, Total Kit Car
Les has been a keen car enthusiast for many years and is secretary of the Rochdale Owners Club.
Born and raised in Rochdale, Les' family connections in the area stretch back for 200 years and more. After leaving the local Technical School in 1964, Les studied Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University, which led to an enthusiasm for all things mechanical.
Les has been associated with many project car designs, some of which still see regular use, as well as having owned examples of each of Rochdale's best-selling cars. Familiarity with the use of GRP has been a central feature which links these aspects together.
Lack of information about the Rochdale cars has long been a source of frustration for owners but Les' position within the Rochdale Club, coupled to his background in the town have given him unique access to both club records and local contacts.
For such a tiny firm Rochdale managed to produce an amazing range of products and there can be no doubt that full credit has never been given for all that was achieved in the early years of GRP production. It is hoped that this book will go some way to addressing this situation.