Bonfire Nights



FORD BRITAIN: The  content of this novel is not about Ford the company but rather includes a focus on certain happenings in Ford Britain during 1965-1975. However it was a traumatic decade of change for Ford Britain measured  by volume of vehicle assembly. For those readers who maybe interested, below illustrates the dramatic decline in Ford car production in Britain during this period and the conversion from uniquely British vehicle models to European ones.  


Ford Britain Annual Car Production Figures

MODEL1966 196819711975
TOTALS465,200486,500368,500333, 550
Ford Anglia111,500 000
Ford Escort0161,700128,450156,400
Ford Corsair58,40035,25000
Ford Cortina242, 300261,700182,200140,350
Ford Capri03,10041,10021,250
Ford Granada/Consul00015,550
Ford Zephyr/Zodiac53,00024,75016,7500

Note: For the five years after 1975, annual car production in Britain averaged 378, 200 units; for the three years before 1966, production averaged 511,750.


Ford Britain Car Model Line Up 1966-1975


ANGLIA                          Succeeded  in 1968 by the Ford Escort 1968-2003

CORSAIR                       Succeeded in 1970 by the Ford Capri 1968-1986

CORTINA                       Mark I launched 1962 and last Mark V built July 1982

ZEPHYR/ZODIAC       Mark IV launched 1966; succeeded by Consul/Granada 1972




In the novel, John becomes a student member during 1967 and a graduate member September 1970. Membership back then did little to professionally advance careers but provided exceptional subject-matter education and published job opportunities in personnel management elsewhere in the country. The Institute has come a long way since then. It recently honored the author by sending him a Certificate recognizing his fifty years of “exceptional service to human resources and people development”. So some details:


  • Today the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is the principal professional body for human resources and people development in Britain
  • It has more than 140,000 members.
  • It began life over one hundred years ago focused on Employee Welfare; during the 1930’s it broadened to include Labor Management; then added industrial relations and training, and in 1994 merged with the Institute of Training to create the Institute of Personnel Development.
  • During 2000 it obtained its Charter status and in July of that year created the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)


I thank it for the support and inspiration it has given me during my career.



Bird watching or ornithology is a theme in this novel because it was the protagonist’s first and oftentimes only hobby. It influenced his character, affected his perspectives on life, and provided a safe haven for escape during the difficulties of work family life. He is indebted to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for facilitating his interest in early life and maintaining the commitment through a Lifer List.  For those not yet converted to the attractions of birding, maybe the following will help.

  1. Get some binoculars
  2. Obtain a Bird Guide
  3. Take a Walk (ideally in a Bird Reserve)
  4. Walk slowly, quietly, and listen
  5. And record what you see.

Enjoy the advantages of meeting new people, of being outside, traveling and visiting new places, acquiring new knowledge, and becoming an authority on birds.

There are an estimated forty eight million Americans who watch birds, and in Britain, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has over one million members. Create your Life List; aim for at least two hundred species and in Britain seek to join the “400 Club” and in the United States the “600 Club”.