Book Reviews


WHERE THE WRITER MEETS THE ROAD
Reviewing Sam Posey’s new book

BOOK REVIEW—”I asked for this assignment—reviewing a collection of Sam Posey’s short writings: articles, broadcast intros, and profiles (that’s actually the sub-title of this remarkable book). I asked to review this book expecting full well that I would be both awed and cowed by the man’s writing. I was, of course.” Doug Stokes reviews “Where the Writer Meets the Road.”

REM
Phil Remington Remembered by his Friends

BOOK REVIEW—The late Phil Remington was a legendary motorsports fabricator whose long career spanned some of the most glorious, interesting, and productive years of American racing. Put together by former Shelby employee Phil Henny, this book is a tribute written by people who worked with this remarkable man over the years, with names like Raul “Sonny” Balcaen, Bob Bondurant, Pete Brock, Ray Brock, Chuck Cantwell, Gordon Chance, Colin Comer, Dave Friedman, Dan Gurney, Gordon Kirby, Rick Kopec, Bill Krause, John Lamm, Frank Lance, Preston Lerner, John Morton, Ed Pink, Jean Stucki, Ted Sutton, and Linda Vaughn.

RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
A photographic tour of the historic track, its legendary races and unforgettable drivers

BOOK REVIEW—Riverside International Raceway and Pete Lyons. I simply cannot think of a better combination. As the above title and author information promise, the award-winning motorsports writer has turned his talent to weaving together the story that resides in an incredible array of photos using his unique writing style and personal perspective. In this beautiful book, Pete takes his readers on an eye-witness tour though three decades of the wide world of motorized competition that took place at the iconic Riverside International Raceway.

WHAT DROVE JASON VINES?
A revealing automotive manifesto for crisis public relations

BOOK REVIEW—Jason Vines’ “What Did Jesus Drive? – Crisis PR in Cars, Computers, and Christianity” could easily be confused with a number of fictional heroic protagonists. There are whiffs of Zelig, Horatio Alger, Balso Snell, Odysseus, Forrest Gump, and Icarus that flicker out of the pages. Published as a novel, it would be hard to believe that one man could have been involved in so many high profile, high drama, high stakes automotive (and other) industry events. I read it almost like the diary of some old time swashbuckling adventurer. But this is no novel.

50 SHADES OF RUST
Barn Finds You Wish You’d Discovered

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.

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