An English Car Designer Abroad : Designing for GM, Audi, Porsche and Mazda

By Peter Birtwhistle
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Growing up in 1950s England, Peter Birtwhistle always dreamt of being a car designer. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, his career in car design spanned over 40 years in this highly secretive occupation, and took him to work on classic models in Germany. He is now ready to tell his own very personal story.

The humorous and personal account of a life spent working on the design of some of the world’s best known cars. Commencing his career as a designer at Vauxhall Motors, Luton in 1973, Peter Birtwhistle then left the UK in 1977 to take a position abroad, at Audi in Germany, where he lived for the rest of his working life.

From Audi his career took him to Porsche in Stuttgart, and eventually, in 1988, to the Japanese company Mazda, with whom he would help develop a Design Centre close to Frankfurt, eventually becoming Chief Designer for Mazda Motor Europe. During his career, Birtwhistle was involved in the design of some very significant cars and in his work and travels, crossed the paths of many significant personalities from the car industry.

Car design has changed enormously since the time he commenced his career, and for Birtwhistle it was clear, his story needed to be documented before it was lost in time. Featuring original photographs and illustrations from the author’s own collection, this highly humorous and very personal story creates a fascinating collage of anecdotes and historical facts, not only from the secretive world of car design, but also his private life.

● An insight into the secretive world of car design
● Behind the closed doors of a Automotive Styling Studios
● Growing up in ‘50s England, dreaming of becoming a car designer
● Drawing and designing cars are his passion
● Stories from inside the car industry that have never been told before
● Humorous and very personal accounts of Peter Birtwhistle’s life and travels
● An Englishman’s experiences living in a small German town in the ‘70s
● The design development of some of the car industry’s most iconic models
● From Vauxhall via Audi and Porsche to Mazda. A fascinating journey
● A candid autobiography from an English car designer abroad
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Veloce Publishing Ltd
Hardcover, 256 pages

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