Good Holiday Reading for Car Enthusiasts

15 Dec 2009 | 2,178 views | No Comment
Plenty of car enthusiasts will want to spend their Christmas evenings after all that good food sitting by the tree reading when they find out what awaits them from the new books out this year. “Shelby: The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles,” $45.00, Motorbooks/MBI Publishing Company shelby the complete book There have been a number of interesting books about Shelby and Carroll Shelby of late, but if you want to read the complete story—not just about Ford Mustangs and Cobra roadsters, but about the products from Dodge and others, along with some of the more rare racing cars—this one’s your ticket. Author Colin Comer has put together a readable, entertaining and lavishly illustrated work—256 pages to be exactr—that outdoes just about all the Shelby books that I’ve read. First, those who want to know all the specifications and the various mechanicals on othese cars will lbe more than satisfied, but it’s the car enthusiasts who may not have all that much interest in mechanics and want to know more about what these cars were like who also will be well served.  It’s rare to be able to reach out to two audiences with very different needs in mind. There are some very rare Shelbys that are presented, too: the Dodge Shelby Dakota, 1987 Shelby CSX, the 1987 Shelby Lancer, the 2006 Shelby CS 6 and lots of others get plenty of attention. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous, too, all throughout this book. You’ll definitely want to check this one out. “The Corvette Factories: Building America’s Sports Car,” Mike Mueller, 192 pages, Motorbooks/MBI Publishing Company, $40.00. corvette-factories This book is a dream for somebody like me who grew up within the shadows of the Corvette Plant when it was part of a huge Chevy factory in St. Louis. Every single year, toward the end of the public tour that I took annually, you would get a chance to tour the Corvette plant as a wonderful finale. Of course, the din inside the factory was phenomenal, especially when it came time to do dynometer testing—all those huge V-8s could really kick up a ruckus, to say nothing of smoke! Anyhow, Mr. Mueller was successful in helping me relive many happy times touring the factory. There were lots of accounts and information from people who worked at all of the Corvette Plants, whether in Flint, Mich., St. Louis, or the new one in Bowling Green, Ky., with much minutae that should tickle the fancy of almost all car lovers, particularly Corvette folk. Rare pictures populate the book, some in color and some in black and white; all memorable. I also learned some  little known facts such as the plans to build all General Motors cars in St. Louis back in the 1920s when the massive factory was built. And did you know it took three consecutive 16 hour days to build the very first regular production Corvette back in Flint Mich,  the first home of the sports car? This book was nothing but fun and a trip down Memory Lane for me.  I highly recommend it. More information about the wealth of books available from Motorbooks can be found at www.motorbooks.com.

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