Book Review: Mustang by Design

Nearly everyone knows something about the Ford Mustang, the iconic sports coupe that’s been part of American automotive lore for more than a half-century. Formally introduced at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964, this steed on wheels has captured the hearts of millions of drivers and remains … Read more

Book Review: Car Marques

The story behind car marques and the trademarks that define them. They are almost always easily recognizable with just one glance. What am I talking about? Car logos and emblems, “symbols” that tell you what a car brand is, usually without words. Every manufacturer has them with some maintaining their … Read more

Attention Dealer Principals: Perfect Dealership

Surviving the Digital Disruption. If you’ve visited a new car dealership within the past few years, you may have noticed the upgraded facilities and perhaps enjoyed expanded amenities, such as brewed coffee and snacks while waiting in the service department. Certainly, these changes are welcome, bringing aged dealerships into the … Read more

Book Review: Classic Volkswagens

All about classic Volkswagens! How much do you know about Volkswagen? Perhaps a better question is this one: how much do you think you know about an automotive brand founded during Germany’s darkest years, specifically the 1930s? Volkswagen translates to “people’s car” from German, a vehicle authorized by Adolf Hitler … Read more

Reviewed — Curves Scotland: Number 8

Scotland by motorcar — the only way to travel. Is it a book? A magazine? Or is it a catalog? I asked myself these questions when a copy of “Curves Scotland: Number 8” arrived at my home recently. “Curves” is actually a German magazine bound like a softcover book and … Read more

Book Review: Preston Tucker

…and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow. Preston Tucker may not be a name familiar to people outside of the auto industry or the business world, unless you happened to watch the 1988 movie, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.” I never saw the movie, but have been … Read more

Book Review — Fiat 500: The Design Book

The Fiat 500 is one of the most easily recognized vehicles on the road. It is petite, stylish, and colorful, hallmarks of basic transportation with a distinct design flair. Launched in 1957, the Fiat 500 was dubbed a “city car,” yielding coupe, semi-convertible, hatchback, and panel van variants. The original … Read more

Book Review — Dream Garages International

Many of us know one person who goes well beyond being the atypical weekend mechanic. This individual not only works on cars, but lives them, eagerly finding and passionately restoring a classic car to its former glory or maintaining at least one such model. His main ride may be something newer, but … Read more

Book Review — Gas Smarts

Hundreds of Small Ways to Save Big at the Pump How appropriate it is for an author to write a book addressing a problem every car driving consumer faces: high fuel prices. That’s exactly what Dr. Ronald M. Weiers has done with his book, “Gas Smarts: Hundreds of Small Ways … Read more

Book Review — Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

Former GM vice-chairman offers an insider’s look at a once proud industry. Bob Lutz is one of the most colorful, if not controversial figures in the automotive industry today. Although he officially retired from General Motors in 2010, ending a 47-year automotive career that also began with GM and included … Read more

Book Review – Porsche: A History of Excellence

Automotive history books offer fascinating looks at the evolution of the ever important automobile. Books focusing on a single manufacturer show the design changes throughout the years, and each progressive generation demonstrates an improvement in refinement and looks. A book tracing the history of the Ford Motor Company, for instance, … Read more

Book Review — The Hot Rod Reader

America’s purely original art forms are rather limited. While American poets, play writes and painters have left their marks on art and society, their crafts were not of purely American invention. America’s greatest contributions to popular culture and art are undoubtedly film, jazz and the automobile. Jazz of course, is … Read more

Book Review — The Art of the Formula 1 Race Car

Often described as the pinnacle of motorsport, the Formula 1 world championship provides an extraordinary level of technology.  The races used to be very exciting as well, but modern aerodynamics and technical circuits have made passing a thing of the past.  Still, on occasion, and usually at an old European … Read more

Book Review — NASCAR Then and Now

Very much a rags to riches story, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing went from a few dirt tracks to big time business in less than half a century. Given the rather long name, it’s no wonder the acronym, NASCAR, now describes the league, the cars and a … Read more

Book Review — Legendary Corvettes

Chevrolet’s Corvette has been around since 1953, one of the most enduring model names of all time. Only in 1983 did the world miss out on a brand new Corvette, as General Motors worked through quality problems and production delays to bring out its fourth generation model in 1984. Six … Read more

Book Review — McQueen’s Machines

Younger readers probably won’t remember Steve McQueen, the Hollywood actor who died in 1980 from mesothelioma. Avid car enthusiasts know who McQueen is, at least they recognize him as the Lt. Frank Bullitt in the 1968 classic car chase movie, Bullitt. That movie featured what is perhaps the best car chase … Read more

Book Review — How to Design Cars Like a Pro

I am not nor have I ever been interested in designing cars myself. But, that does not mean I am not interested in what a car looks like, especially its exterior visage. Just one glance is all it takes when I survey a car – it may possess a stunning … Read more

Book Review — The Allure of the Automobile

Allure of the Automobile

Automotive design has had its shining moments, something we still see today in select Italian sports cars, German luxury sedans and, if I daresay, in America’s current drove of pony cars. There was a season from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, when most cars were predictable and uninspiring, … Read more

Book Review — Life Is A Highway

I am not the biggest fan of books comprised merely of compilations of short stories written by different authors. Most of these books seem to offer a mishmash of writing styles and story ideas, taking the reader all over the place. But, that is precisely the charm found in “Life … Read more

Book Review — Behind the Wheel

Behind the Wheel With the Great Automobile Aficionados Automotive aficionados have helped shape the car industry we see today, men and women who possess a passion for speed, styling, engineering and technology. Without their exuberance and particularly their “need for speed,” today’s cars wouldn’t be much faster than a horse-drawn … Read more