Hi to all Bolwell Enthusiasts
As we all know, patience is an enduring quality inherent in most Bolwell enthusiasts.
And this has been sorely tested with the much-planned Bolwell book.
However you will be pleased to know that serious progress has now been made and the book is nearing completion
So first, thanks for your patience.
As at this point, we have received 80,000 words back from Bolwell HQ, with a100% clearance.
This covers the core of the book - all the Bolwell models plus most of the Bolwell industrial product.
And a lot of other stuff besides.
This is all being 'polished' right now
We have another 40,000 words in the review process.
This covers the people and personalities, owner cars, feature articles, background - all the colour and magic of the Bolwell marque.
We have also laid out 70 trial pages and Bolwell HQ has seen these and approved the concept. The book will be 250 pages.
All of the texts and photos are now being assembled, polished and proof read, and converted to full layouts.
When everything is complete, it will be relayed again to Bolwell management for final checking.
We have yet to finalise the print specs of the book - but it won't vary much from the original plan.
The price will increase though, as there have been significant rises in the cost of paper and print - and $A losses.
We are expecting final price to be around $100 per book.
The existing pre-paid purchases will be honoured.
The final production process is going to take 6-8 weeks.
Then it will go to print.
Print and shipping will take another 6 weeks.
So realistically, we are looking at deliveries by October/November.
In time for Xmas.
While this process has gone on far too long, I'm sure you all appreciate that a lot has happened in the Bolwell Universe in the interim.
A plus point is that we have been able to acquire many more quality cars for inclusion than originally anticipated.
Some of these are stunning.All of them are interesting.
We have also benefited from more information and input during the gestation period.
And we have been able to acquire more high-quality photos we need for the quality double-page four-colour super-gloss layouts we have planned.
We'd like to use this email to send special thanks to the many Bolwell enthusiasts who have forwarded details and photos on their cars, and assisted with information.
A special thanks to Tony Shaw who has probably put two or three decades of consistent research into the material that has been used to compile the backbone of the book.
Many of the Club Committees in each State have done a tremendous job in stimulating members to supply details - thank you all for your conscientious efforts.
Thanks also to Owen Bolwell for his support and attention to detail and Campbell for his never-ending enthusiasm and backup.
We trust the finished product will be in line with the expectations of Bolwell enthusiasts.
We will keep you informed on each step of the finalisation process.
Rob and Nathan Luck.