BOOK REVIEW—Windy City is the biography of one of the real characters of the wonderful world of car people—Bill Maloney. Here, he takes us on a thrill ride through his life as a salesman, huckster, tub-thumper, shill, benign charlatan, self-proclaimed radio and TV star, and a nuts-on, picture-perfect ad man in every aspect that the word implies. This is a personal, first-person-positive, often frenetic, minute-to-minute accounting of the working life of one colorful and cock-sure dude—an American ad-venture story told in jokes, boasts, and anecdotes.
AUTO REVIEW—This is the MINI that many have been waiting for. The original 2-door is too small for families. The Countryman is too big for MINI enthuiasts. The Clubman needs one-and-a half more doors. Finally, after three generations of the new MINI, the company builds a car the retains the go-kart nimbleness of the original, but comes with four, real live doors. It’s the MINI Cooper 4-door hardtop. Harvey Schwartz reviews the S model.
AUTO REVIEW—Summer is here, and it sucks! I like the sun, the beach, the cool coastal weather, and all the rest that goes with it. Unfortunately, so does everyone else. More to the point, it’s damn near impossible to explore what this car is made of, as tens of thousands are escaping the Valley along the very same canyon passes. Even the lesser known roads have a few stragglers. Worse yet, Audi is teasing me with this A3 Sedan 2.0T Quattro S. Oh, they are so cruel! John Grafman reviews.
AUTO REVIEW—Right now the Dodge Charger is the most controversial car in America. Actually, that would be the ’69 Charger known as the General Lee from television’s famed Dukes Of Hazard series. More specifically, it’s the roof of the orange Dodge garnished with the Confederate flag that’s the cause of debate from sea to shining sea. In terms of the show, the flag was symbolic of rebelliousness. Coincidentally, “rebel” is the one word that captures the essence of the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track model. John Grafman reviews.
BOOK REVIEW—This is not really a book review. It is, however, a strong recommendation. Hardly in need of more glory from this writer or this site; this book has received not only great critical praise, but enjoyed incredibly strong sales as well. My note here is to encourage the last few serious students of American automotive history who have not yet read this one to put it on their summer reading list. – Doug Stokes