BOOK REVIEW—Tom Cotter’s SIXTH book of barn-finds is just as vexing as the five that preceded it. “50 Shades of Rust” is another Cotter volume that regales with 94 short stories of the unearthing of some of the most interesting, delectable, desirable vehicles in some of the most unlikely of places. And that entertains and pisses me off at the same time. Why does this guy find the damn Lang Cooper? I know that Bill Warner actually found it in a junkyard, but Cotter gets to write about it and rub it in my face. Oops, I’m taking this a bit too personal, I guess. Deep breath.
BOOK REVIEW—I only met James Garner one time. Like millions of others who never even had that brief opportunity, I’ve always somehow felt that I knew this handsome, soft-spoken movie star. The fact that we all knew how much he really enjoyed automobiles in general and racing in particular along with the persona that he often portrayed on film, all added up to what seemed almost like a personal friendship with the guy. This is a guy who loved cars and the people who are part and parcel of a very well-lived motoring life.
BOOK REVIEW—And he’s getting old. Neil Young’s new book “Deluxe Special” is subtitled “A Memoir of Life & Cars” and by gosh, it’s just that. In some 380 pages, the author reels off a cavalcade of cars he’s owned, driven, wrecked, abandoned, restored, garaged, burned to the ground, or otherwise had a direct association over his last 50+ years—from his first car in Canada and on through every odd-rod that he ever fell heels over head in love with. Along the way, the reader will note that Young’s personal and professional life intertwine with his machines.
BOOK REVIEW— 784 pages—and this book only covers the first 29 years of the Chevrolet Corvette. This is a brand new edition of Karl Ludvigsen’s seminal 1973 book that first explained and delineated the iconic All-American automotive phenomena. Ludvigsen has added 364 pages, 489 photos and/or illustrations, 33 new chapters, and 12 pages of valuable appendices beyond the original ’73 book—and a book mark ribbon. It’s an obvious help in saving one’s place in the book. Its inclusion signals that this is meant to be a serious reference book. It is.
BOOK REVIEW— Horatio Alger, meet Rod Campbell. From the never-ending hardscrabble prairies of Canada to the loftiest of board rooms, he established one of the most widely-respected motorsports PR companies, making a fortune along the way, and writing the source code book for modern motorsports marketing and PR. “I’m Rod, An Incorrigible Optimist” is a 354-page selfie of a man who just kept moving ahead, answering his own doubts with action, and sweeping great crowds of people along to success with him as he won exactly on HIS terms.