RV8 The Manufacturing Story
The authors have produced a detailed, factual description of the RV8 manufacturing process together with an outline of the staff involved. The content is based on material in the Club’s archives, interviews with the management and production staff involved with the RV8 production and ensures that this fascinating detail of RV8 history is not lost to posterity.
The book begins with an interesting outline of the formation of the 16 strong production team involved in RV8 manufacture and their duties. It then covers the manufacturing process from body shell build, painting, to vehicle assembly. Further chapters also describe the assembly facility layout, build documentation produced and vehicle production dates. A later chapter on anecdotes told to the authors by the various production team members adds further human interest to the story. Also included is a timeline of RV8 production, five detailed appendices (eg monthly production stats and colour totals by market) and a glossary of terms. The book contains many quality photos of the production process and staff which have never been published before.
The book is not intended to be the equivalent of a Haynes maintenance manual. It provides the reader with a detailed description of the RV8 manufacturing process and its human side and consequently will become a valuable future record.
For an MG focused book it is probably unique in its approach to the subject and is an interesting read in terms of content and style. It is an A4 sized book with a quality feel to it, although it is not a hardback. There is a contents page but no separate index although it is debatable whether one is necessary considering the nature of the book.