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Of Firebirds & Moonmen: A Designer’s Story from the Golden Age

by Norman J James

If you were a newly-minted designer in the 1950s, the place you would want to go to work would be GM. Legendary Harley Earl ran his design division as his own private fiefdom, and his Knight’s Errant were his designers.

The Corvette Factories, Building America’s Sports Car

by Mike Mueller

Mueller has scavenged the GM Media Archives and we are the better for it. His book is filled with more than 300 photos that start out to tell the story of the three factories that have built America’s sportscar, but in the end provide a detailed history of the famed fiberglass flyer.

Vintage Travel Guides

Navigation systems in cars are here to stay. They can be a real boon to getting where you need to go on time. But, for the less time constrained, there is another way of finding your way around new environs. True, it isn’t as quick and easy as plugging in your destination and then mindlessly following the synthesized voice of your mechanized navigator. However, it is more fun, more romantic and much more stylish to plan your motoring trips with the aid of vintage travel guides.


by Henry Cornelius

This film, made in 1953, has old cars, romance, comedy, gentle action, along with sex appeal and charm enough to drain away the day’s tensions—it almost guarantees you’ll be in a good mood after seeing it!

1965: Jim Clark & Team Lotus, The UK Races

by William Taylor

A 208-page large-format book about just eleven race weekends that took place 45 years ago in England seems fairly indulgent. But when the subject of the book is the incomparable Jim Clark, and the year is 1965, it all makes sense.

The World’s Fastest Indian

by Roger Donaldson

This is not a documentary but a theatrical movie telling the story of the legendary Bert Munro, the New Zealander with a dream to set a record at Bonneville on the Indian motorbike that he had owned for forty-some-odd years.

Zoom, The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future

by I Carson and V Vaitheeswaran

It is pretty clear that something has to change. The system of transportation that we have developed over the past 100 years—the one that is dependent of infinite amounts of cheap energy and two or even three new cars in every garage must come to an end in the not too distant future.

Morgan at Le Mans

by David Dowse

Dowse describes the British sportscar maker’s 2002 and 2004 efforts at the 24-hour racing classic as “A minnow in a rather large pond.” He was Morgan’s press officer and the manager of the Morgan Works Race Team, and here offers a book that tells the tale of their epic battle against the odds.

Two Wheels Through Terror: Diary of a South American Motorcycle Odyssey

by Glen Heggstad

Less than three weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Heggstad left southern California on a motorcycle trip. His intent was to ride through Central and South America to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost city in the world, and then return back home again.

Chicago Stations & Trains

by John Kelly

Railroad stations were once the focal center of every city. Local commuter trains and cross-country passenger service intersected to provide a mass transit system that efficiently moved people across town and across the country. Kelly writes, “No other American city had such a fascinating group of railroad passenger stations as Chicago.”

Flight of Passage

by Rinker Buck

Imagine trying to write a memoir about the defining event of your life thirty years after it happened. This was the challenge facing Buck here. In 1966, Rinker, then 15 years old, and his older brother Kern, who was 17, flew a 85-hp Piper Cub to become the youngest aviators ever to fly from coast to coast.

Dodge B-Series Trucks: Restorer’s & Collector’s Reference Guide and History

by Don Bunn

Bunn’s passion for this truck was fueled by his purchase in 1973 of a 1952 half-ton. He became a charter member of the Light Commercial Vehicle Association and quickly found that there was little or no information available to someone who wanted to rebuild or restore an old B-Series truck.