The Dennis company has been building vehicles since 1895, making it the oldest continuously producing British manufacturer. From its origins in a small Guildford shop, the company has grown to become a major bus manufacturer with its products selling around the world.
With over 240 photographs, Dennis Buses and Other Vehicles discusses the company's highs and lows, through two world wars, challenging markets and ownership changes. It documents the vehicles produced and their innovative design features, from early cars and street-cleaning machines to vans, buses, trucks, fire engines and ambulances. It gives first-hand descriptions of how, and why, some of the company's most successful products such as the Dart, Trident and Enviro buses evolved. It explains why their once market-leading fire engines are no longer made and analyses the reasons why some products were less successful and explores what happened to parts of the company that were sold over the years. Finally, it considers the company's future opportunities and challenges.
Andy Goundry has been involved in vehicle design, development and manufacture all his working career. Originally from County Durham, he started his automotive career through a Student Apprenticeship with the British Motor Corporation at Longbridge. He then moved to the British Leyland Truck & Bus headquarters, where he had a close involvement in bringing the T45 Roadtrain, Cruiser and Constructor truck ranges into production. After working for Vickers, David Brown and Caterpillar, Andy joined what was then Dennis Specialist Vehicles (which later became Alexander Dennis Ltd) in Guildford in 1995, initially as Engineering Manager, eventually becoming Plant Director of the Guildford chassis business before retiring in 2011.