Book Reviews


I KISSED ISKY*
Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding

Many of those who are steeped in the knowledge of fast cars from the post-war west coast (and primarily the LA area) probably would want to rewrite this book’s title as: “Ed Iskenderian IS the History of Hot Rod”. And they’d be very, very close. Doug Stokes reports.

FERRARI 70 YEARS
Cavallino Rampante: 70 Anni!

BOOK REVIEW— “I had to keep remembering that we’re only talking about the 70 years (less than a quarter heartbeat in the big timeline of humans on earth) that Ferraris have roamed the earth … a fact that almost amazes me based on the layers of lore and legend of this fabled marque.” Editor Doug Stokes review Dennis Adler’s “Ferrari 70 Years”.

BOOK REVIEW
The Vaunted American V-8 and the Dawn of the Muscle Car Age

Here, LA Car contributor Steve Ford, the REAL “Car Guy” (he owns the trademark), starts off on a rather low note by asking the reader: ” How much excitement can there be in reviewing a book that’s perhaps only incrementally less compelling than reading an excellent factory shop manual?” How much indeed! As it turns out the book (and Steve’s evaluation of it) is what gearheads call, “nuts on…” meaning full of good information that has fun exploring the roots of horsepower in one of the great engine eras of out time.

THE ULTIMATE READING EXPERIENCE
“The BMW Century” A Must-Read for Roundel Fans

BOOK REVIEW— With a title like “The BMW Century” you know you’re in for a comprehensive history of all things BMW in this beautiful kaffee table book by Tony Lewin. A seasoned automotive writer and editor with stints at Automotive News Europe, Financial Times Automotive World, and other well-respected publications under his belt, Lewin embarks on an ambitious effort to document the first one hundred years of BMW’s storied history. LA Car Editor-at-Large Glenn Oyoung reviews “The BMW Century”.

HOLIDAY STOCKING-STUFFER
Karting Adventures in “Chasing The Checkered Flag”

BOOK REVIEW—Kay Presto’s new novel, “Chasing The Checkered Flag”, captures not only the excitement, but the true family aspect of karting in a fun and insightful way that manages to weave mystery with redemption and action with understanding. Here’s an enthusiastic Green flag for a neat novel! A Doug Stokes review.

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