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David Buckle publishes his memoirs of the British Car Industry

‘Turbulent Times in the Car Industry’ as remembered by David Buckle MBE

Following a talk in September 2010 to Radley History Club entitled ‘Turbulent Times in the Car Industry’, David Buckle was encouraged by fellow Club members to write about his experiences as a production line worker, a shop steward and a full-time union official at the Cowley car works who was involved in local, regional and national negotiations.


The book, Turbulent Times in the Car Industry: Memories of a Trade Union Official at Cowley Oxfordis the result and is his personal account of important events affecting the car industry during the second half of the 20th century. It also includes memories of his visits to German and Russian car plants in 1978 and 1984 respectively.


David was encouraged to write the book by Katherine Hughes, tutor of the Oxford Searchers Group, who organised a ‘Grassroots Grant’ to help with the cost of its publication.

David Buckle MBE is a long-standing Radley resident and was chairman of Radley Parish Council from 1995 to 1997, and again from 1999 to 2003. He was also a county councillor from 1989 to 2001, and served as a magistrate in Abingdon for over 30 years. David was awarded an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in 2001. Read David’s profile on the university’s website .

Publication details

Turbulent Times in the Car Industry: Memories of a Trade Union Official at Cowley Oxford
David Buckle
Published by the author, April 2011.
Available from the author at 1 Stonhouse Crescent, Radley, Abingdon OX14 3AG,
price £4.99 (April 2011).
ISBN 0956863205


David Buckle’s profile on the Oxford Brookes University website

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