RV8 - The Manufacturing Story
A research paper by Christopher Allan and George Wilder
Softback, 113 A4 pages with colour and mono pictures, tables and diagrams.
Published by the MG Car Club 2011.
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
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. Definitely a book for the RV8 enthusiast. More
Jerry Myers 091111