Design and the Bristol Car - out now!


The first copies of “Butterfield 3”, Dr. John Hobbs’ study on car design and the work of his father Dudley Hobbs at Bristol Cars, have shipped. The book is printed on 120 gr Freelife Vellum from Fedrigoni (260 for the covers) and features a unique binding (polyurethane rubber instead of glue is used on the sewn sections) that allows the book to be opened completely flat.

The book will be officially launched next month.


Future Projects

Dear visitor,

Butterfield Press is in the process of selecting topics for future projects. We are mainly interested in the motor racing and motor manufacturing world, but the criteria are loosely defined. If you feel a certain driver (preferably unsung) or a character from the manufacturing side of the industry deserves to be celebrated in print, please do drop us a line at, or fill in the form below.

If your suggestion is used, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Kind regards,

Emma Jones


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Eye Candy

Crook owned and raced three different Frazer Nashes (FN6, FN155 and FN170). FN155 is the car he used for his 200 mile 2-litre record attempt at Montlhéry; FN170 is the car he drove to third place in the 1952 Prix de Monte-Carlo.

FN6, FN155, FN111 (Brooks/Salvadori)

Tony Crook and mechanic John Dennis (right) victorious at Blandford Camp in FN6. TMX 543 is the Jack Newton Frazer Nash High Speed (FN7).


FN155 and the James Manfield Mille Miglia (FN17) at Montlhéry

FN21 (Salvadori) outside Anthony Crook Motors


Fiat “Topolino”, 328 BMW (badged Frazer Nash) and the fabulous Alfa 2.9 (all three cars Crook) at the Newport Garage in Lincoln

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Crook at Montlhéry

After a much-publicized stunt at Montlhéry in 1950 behind the wheel of a Bristol 401, Tony Crook returned to the track the following year with his Frazer Nash for a new record attempt.

Crook (in WWII jacket), John Dennis, Dunlop representative, mechanic, James Manfield, French timekeeper

John Dennis working on the Frazer Nash

More Crook Tapes

We’ve received a lot of enthusiastic e-mails about the 7 Crook tapes we uploaded last week (thank you), so have decided to do some more. Expect them here sometime next week.

The Bristol Buccaneer

If you’ve received your copy of Mr Bristol, you’re sure to have noticed Loustal’s magnificent rendition of the Bristol Buccaneer on page 40. We can’t show it here for copyright reasons, but if you’ve seen the image, please do let us know what you think. Is this the car that would have saved Bristol Cars? The Buccaneer, for those of you who are not aware of it, was developed in the 1990s and should have brought Bristol firmly into the 21st century. Loustal’s painting was based on photographs of the scale model.

For more Loustal, have a look at some of the covers he made for The New Yorker.

Buccaneer (side on view)

Buccaneer (side on view)

The Mr Bristol Logo

The helmet that features on the cover of Mr Bristol (and is a recurring theme in the book), was hand-drawn by Gert Jan Slagter based on Crook’s racing helmet from the 1950s.

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The Crook Tapes (7)

He has now become one of the finest, five finest, racing drivers in the world. Like all drivers of his capacity, and capability - like Stirling Moss, Fangio, Farina, and all the rest of them - it does look so jolly easy when he does it, doesn’t it? But my goodness me, it’s not. To go round corners at the speed that he does, you’ve got to know everything about it, from a to z. He’s a stylist, you know. He’s a tremendous stylist. He knows exactly and absolutely what he’s doing at any time. He’s got a terrifically cool head on his shoulders.

Coming soon...

Ten years ago Tony Crook, the media-shy former owner of Bristol Cars, was interviewed extensively by Dutch Public Television. Topics during this unique shoot included Crook’s racing career, his years at Bristol Cars, Sir George White, the oil crises, Toby Silverton, Tony’s dismissal from Bristol Cars, and much more. The resulting footage was never used, and later presumed to be lost. Recently though it has surfaced.

In the coming weeks we will be showing clips from these interviews, topic by topic. The first clip should be live around 1st June.