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A short and amusing book telling stories of bodges and balls-ups in car factories around the world, as experienced by the author.
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I have written a funny book! 

Called 'Confessions from quality control' I share stories of amusing bodges and balls-ups I experienced when selling quality inspection equipment to the World's car factories in the 1990s. From Peugeot to Porsche, Hummer to Skoda and quite a lot of Rover, there are 30 chapters giving an insight into various car factories around the World. If you've ever found a sandwich in your new Vauxhall, or someone's finger in your MINI, this book might help you understand how it got there. The book finishes with an experiment to see how bad Longbridge stuff really was with an eventful road trip to Africa in a Metro.

Some snippets;

"The voice was attempting English and it sounded a bit urgent and desperate. “FRAMES!” I asked what they were doing with the equipment and understood they had put it outside the factory. What was it doing there?! “ROTS OF FRAMES – IT ON FIRE!”. We didn’t ask them to return the equipment, and didn’t attempt to sell anything to Japan again."

"Bob was slowly asking for the number of Boots in Barking. As he was connected he calmly looked Tefal in the eye and told him he was on his break. Tefal, now raging “snot fackin’ break yet!”, grabbed £2000’s worth of test instrument and blindly threw it, still ranting, missing a chap who was passing with a tea trolley but hitting his urn with a clang. Bob was talking to Boots and stroking his fringe. “No”, he drawled “it’s not auburn, it’s deeper, more of a burnt ochre. It’s usually in a bigger bottle. That’s the one. 6.75? I’ll collect later. No, madam, thank YOU. “ He was ordering hair dye in company time. Tefal screamed one last, lung-bursting “YOO CANTS!” and stomped off. Bob never even flinched."

"I told my translator to tell him that someone so clean shaved couldn’t possibly be management, and to bring the real boss. He nervously translated and the man left the meeting, chuntering in Polski, and came back with a man with a ‘tache the size of sofa."

"The worker, mind eventually scrambled by lights and inane plinky-plonk electronic torture, took revenge. The robot followed a pre-defined route, the shortest route possible, by detecting and following a metal strip fitted to the floor. The worker brought in a roll of metal tape and laid a new path for the robot to follow. It was last seen heading Southbound for the A19."

"An over-officious young Bavarian upset some obstinate worker and mutual hatred erupted. The workers all went to the pub and conceived a brilliant plan of revenge. The following morning management were shocked to discover they couldn’t understand their workforce. Questions were seemingly answered in gibberish. They were answered in Welsh."

"Kaizen – this means, literally, improvement. In a production environment that might mean elimination of waste, better efficiencies, or (Rover) getting the canteen to serve their soup with fewer lumps in it"

Why I need your Kickstarting help;

I've left out the boring bits. I have also changed the identities of a few nutcases featured and tweaked certain company details to make every effort to ensure the automotive world doesn't queue up to sue me for libel. I need to pay a lawyer who specialises in litigation cases for writers and publishers to ensure it's all above board. I've found one, he's great, but he needs paying up-front, of course. The target amount for my Kickstarter is almost exactly what he will charge me. 

I don't expect many changes as a result of taking this legal advice on the saucy bits, and the book is already completely written and ready to go, with a natty cover and everything. It will be available from Amazon online here somewhere roughly a month after successful completion of this Kickstarter. The book is a paperback with 30 chapters, and is in 5" x 8" format with c.20,000 words. My credentials are here and the cover looks like this;

So - if enough people support my Kickstarter they'll get an interesting reward, I can pay Bernie my lawyer to rubber-stamp my work, and hit 'publish' on this book. Which I hope you'll find to be 83% amusing, 12% educational and 5% other. 

Check the rewards on offer in return for your kind support, right.

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges? The funds raised will cover the legal fees, enabling me to publish the book, and ship your reward. The only reason I didn't pay the legal fees out of my own pocket, up front, before publishing, is that the pessimist in me worries that I wouldn't sell enough copies to create enough profit to pay these fees. By doing a Kickstarter I can cover these costs before publishing, and readers can, effectively, pre-order the book.

The greatest two risks, as I see it, are as follows;

1-You don't like the book.
2-Some car company sues me.

Let me know if you think I've missed something. And thanks for reading.

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    Your own car grumble printed in the book

    Your very own grumble to a car company, in print. If you've ever wanted to vent at a car manufacturer for their bad design, poor quality or inept dealerships here's the place. Words must be submitted by email within 7 days of Kickstarter completion in order to be included before print deadline. Fifteen pounds gets you 20 words in the book. We reserve the right to edit it if you drop the F bomb or something. Book sold separately.

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    Your own car RANT printed in the book

    Your very own rant at a car company, in print. Go on, let rip! Chances are this book will be read (on the bog) by many a high-flying automotive exec. If you've broken down, been fobbed off or ended up owning something hateful, let 'em know here. Words must be submitted by email within 7 days of kickstarter completion in order to be included before print deadline. Twenty five pounds gets you 50 words in the book. We'll edit any overly naughty words only if we absolutely have to. Book sold separately.

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    Specialist garage? Have a little ad!

    Are you a specialist garage? Perhaps you work on one of the many makes and models featured here. Have an advert in the book for £75. Cars made roughly between 1985 and 2000 from the following marques are featured; Austin/MG/Rover, MINI, Volvo, Nissan, Toyota, Lotus, Peugeot, Porsche, PSA Group, Mitsubishi, Fiat, Toyota, Daewoo, Ford, Vauxhall and Hummer. For £50 you can have a black and white advert sized roughly 8cm x 8cm in the book. Email us your artwork 7 days after completion of this Kickstarter for inclusion. We can help with the text (if needed) to make it engaging and memorable. One copy of the print book (it's a paperback with a colour cover in 5"x8" format and has 30 chapters), delivered to you, is included.

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