For many a British businessman, expansion holds about as much allure as an undercooked kipper. But red-mustached, 66-year-old Frank Perkins thrives on it. In the depths of the Depression, when most British businessmen dreaded any venture beyond the lawns of their country estates, Perkins boldly marched out to sell the British trucking industry on the diesel engine. He made his sale, expanded and became England's biggest producer of automotive diesels.

By the end of World War II, when others again cautiously retired to safety, Perkins had the courage to expand once more, thus was ready to cash in on Britain's postwar...

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