Archive for Items Categorized 'Fiction', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

The Duplicata, Catch Me If You Can

by David Thornhill Thompson

Follow the trail of a mega-dollar Ferrari in this “mystery, love story, thriller.”

Hunt for the Blower Bentley

by Kevin Gosselin

A novel about an American sleuth tasked with finding a car that has not been heard of for 70 years. It was rare in its day and today would fetch millions of $/£. Time is of the essence and nothing is what it seems.

A Ribbon of Road in the Moonlight

by Michael Pearson

This builds up to the 1957 Targa Florio road race in Sicily. Fast cars, pretty women, a man with a plan. You’ll be entertained—if you don’t think too much.

Bugatti taucht auf

by Dea Loher

This very serious German novel is based on two real-life events: [1] a senseless murder in a town near [2] the lake on whose bottom a Bugatti is waiting for someone with enough of a reason to attempt raising it.

Street Rod

by Henry Gregor Felsen

Boy builds car, wins trophy, loses car. In print continuously since 1953, this novel just doesn’t seem to lose its appeal.

Hot Rod

by Henry Gregor Felsen

Hank Felson didn’t write only car books but this one, part of a rodding series, was his best seller: eight million copies over the years. See why.


by Edward Evans 

A crime caper revolving around a vintage Rolls-Royce. More of a hair-puller than a nail-biter . . .

Sprint Car Salvation

by Dave Argabright 

The subtitle of this fast-moving novel by a highly respected and talented racing journalist is “A Jimmy Wilson racing adventure” and an adventure is just what it is!

The Hot Rod Reader

Edited by Melinda Keefe and Peter Schletty

As one should expect of a good anthology, this compendium covers a lot of ground. It encircles its subject from all angles by presenting various commentaries by practitioners and observers. Representative examples of news articles, essays, fiction, and interviews have been gathered to help the reader connect the dots about what rods and rodding are all about.

The Detroiters

by Harold Livingston

Pulp fiction. After Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 acclaimed film, it is probable that this phrase conjures images that go far beyond the scope of its original essence—who can forget the indelible images of Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield? And although Livingston’s book has been described as pulp fiction, it really is not in the same league as the sexy crime thrillers.

Life is a Highway: A Century of Great Automotive Writing

Edited by Darwin Holmstrom & Melinda Keefe

Just as Tom Cochrane’s 1991 most famous song of the same name has been covered by others, this book presents “covers” of a common theme. It is an anthology of 44 examples of ruminations about anything automotive, from excerpts from novels to magazine articles.

Closing Speed

by Ted West

The author traveled to Europe as a racing reporter in 1970 and was assigned to cover the World Manufacturers Championship. This fictional account covers the racing—and a whole lot more on the sidelines.