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Cops and Robbers

The History of the British Police Car
Narrated by: Ant Anstead
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: History, British
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Summary

TV presenter and all-round car nut Ant Anstead takes the listener on a journey that mirrors the development of the motor car itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone's horses to 150mph pursuits with aerial support and sophisticated electronic tracking. 

The British Police Force's relationship with the car started with the chasing of pioneer speeding motorists, who were often caught by policemen on bicycles. However, as speed restrictions eased in the early 20th century and car ownership increased, the police embraced the car. Crime was becoming intrinsically linked to the car; criminals were stealing them to sell on or to use as getaway vehicles, and the police needed to stay ahead, or at least only one step behind. The arms race for speed, which culminated in the police acquiring high-speed pursuit vehicles such as Subaru Impreza Turbos, had begun. 

Ant Anstead spent the first seven years of his working life as a cop. Growing up watching The Professionals and other TV programmes initially fired his enthusiasm, partly because of the cars; who doesn't love a handbrake-turning Capri? However, Ant was a serious copper who succeeded in the force and joined the armed response team, one of the force's most elite units. Ant never lost his love of cars, though, especially police cars. 

In this fascinating new history of the British police car, Ant looks at the classic police cars, from the Met's Wolseleys to the motorway patrol car officers most loved, the Senator, via unusual unexpected police vehicles such as an Arial Atom. It's a must-listen for car enthusiasts, social historians and anyone who just loves a good car chase. 

©2017 Ant Anstead (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Your nicked you petrol head"!!!

Nice potted police vehicle history, this would make a good Christmas gift for classic car fans, with lots of anecdotes about that symbolic panda car. Ant narrates and his own police experience adds another angle, damn good book.

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Informative but boring

Went on a bit, real hard listen but some interesting facts just a little drone

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Great book but slightly dodgy narration!

I must admit all I know of Ant Anstead is the fact he replaced Edd China on Wheeler Dealers...however, I thought this book looked interesting and the audio sample showed he has a pleasant reading voice.
I enjoyed this book a lot..it's a great history lesson and Ant has a great voice and narration style...however....as it went on I found myself listening out for his very odd pronunciation on certain words and his plain cock-ups..for instance..the biker who was caught with "a two bag pound" of drugs and saying "car" when he means "cars"...little things I know, but distracting, and a pity because this is a good listen and he does have a good voice for this sort of thing...(I should add I also have Edd China's book "Grease Monkey" and that had no mistakes of pronunciation or general mistakes that I could notice).
I would not hesitate to buy another book by Ant, but next time I hope he has a little more help!.

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Interesting, entertaining and informative.

Great to hear Ant himself narrating.

Description of his life in the introduction was interesting and I would have loved to hear more. The knowledge on the subject is great and his opinion, thoughts and stories littered throughout make it an interesting listen.

Only downside is that there are pictures in the physical book which you miss on the audible version and ended up buying the hardback also.

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Excellent

May have been delayed from original scheduled release but well worth the wait. Nostalgic and informative, written and narrated with passion and character.