Heart By-Pass: Jonathan Meades Motors Through Birmingham / David F. Turnbull / BBC / 1998

Heart By-Pass: Jonathan Meades Motors Through Birmingham / David F. Turnbull / BBC / 1998


Footnotes

As a boy, I would guiltily pore over road maps. Maps of Birmingham were the best. Manzoni's hatchet handiwork made you gleefully dizzy. Britain's Motown had an automated car park at the Bullring, union boss Red Robbo agitated at Longbridge, novelist Jonathan Coe's dad worked as a motor-industry scientist – and Coe captured car-mad Brum with a precision Leyland designers didn't always deploy on their own products. Manzoni and the car lobby transformed Brum into a paean to autophilia. ➡︎


Extras

◼︎ Meades' City Limits / The Birmingham Post & Mail / The Free Library / 1998

◼︎ Motor City, UK / Jonathan Meades / The Times / 2005

 Home of Metal Family Tree / Bunny Bissoux / 2009

 Art Walks: Birmingham / BBC

◼︎ Best places to park in Birmingham city centre / Birmingham Mail / 2016

Balti-Birmingham


    Sources

    ◼︎ The man who built Brum: A lament for the demise of John Madin's Brutalist Birmingham / Christopher Beanland / The Independent / 2013


    One Mile of Style / Lee Kemp / 2009

    One Mile of Style / Lee Kemp / 2009

    The Library of Birmingham / James Newton / 2014

    The Library of Birmingham / James Newton / 2014