Val has written 37 Gumdrop books spanning the 50 years since he acquired his 1926 Heavy 12/4 Clifton Tourer in 1961. He has of course done other things as well and you can find out about some of these HERE, as well as by a swift Google from HERE.

Mr. B. is first and foremost a talented illustrator and a few of his drawings from the Gumdrop books are shown here - the pictures will be evocative of many a vintage Austin experience. You will hopefully have noticed Val's caricatures of the Committee members on the Officials page.

Back in 1995, Val wrote an article for the magazine telling the true tale of how Gumdrop came to be. You can read his interesting story of the origin of an icon by following the links below in turn:


The Real Gumdrop