History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries Myths And Rumors Revealed - James Dean's Killer Porsche, NASCAR's Fastest Monkey, Bonnie & Clyde's Getaway Car


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  • ISBN: 9780760342602
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  • Publ Date: 2012-11-15
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  • Binding: HardBack
  • Pages: 256
  • Imprint: MOTORBOOKS
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  • ID - 65435


Rumors, myths, and fantastic stories have swirled around the automobile since the first car appeared over 100 years ago.

òDid you know that after James Dean's death behind the wheel of his Porsche 550 Spyder, parts of the car were sold off and said parts then cursed their new owners? Did you know Bonnie and Clyde stole Ford V-8s almost exclusively as getaway cars because they were the fastest cars of their day? Or that Clyde Barrow wrote Henry Ford a "thank-you" note for building the cars that made escaping his bank heists so successful?

òDid you know that peanuts in the shell are considered bad luck at NASCAR races?

òDid you know James Brown's wife once claimed diplomatic immunity when fighting a traffic ticket because her husband was "the ambassador of soul"?

òDid you know Harry Houdini learned to drive late in life only because he needed to get to an airport for a stunt, and it was the only drive that he ever made?

òHave you heard the story of the mythical 200-mpg carburetor that the oil companies and auto manufacturers kept hidden from the public?

òHow about the tale of Jocko Flocko, NASCAR racer Tim Flock's simian co-driver?

These are just a few of the automotive world's crazy stories, mysteries, myths, and legends. History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed compiles a juicy selection covering subjects from racing to automakers, crime to pop culture, and historical to modern day. Read it and be amazed!


"Authors Matt Stone and Preston Lerner are seasoned automotive writers and the book reads with the insider intrigue of two scribes talking to friends over beers." - "San Diego Union Tribune".".. chock-full of amusing car-related trivia and miscellany - perfect for dipping onto on drowsy, cloudy winter afternoons." - "Detroit News""The answers are here, one question and answer per chapter. Authors Stone and Lerner, both auto magazine writers, know how to weave a compelling tale. Each chapter's brief length and unconnected nature make this the perfect book to read, put down and come back to. It's a guilty pleasure; one that's hard to put down for good and is certainly my favorite book this year." - "Boston Herald"

Author Biography:

Matt Stone, executive editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been a professional automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He has authored and photographed several books, including the best selling 365 Cars You Must Drive and McQueen's Machines, both from MotorBooks. A California native, Stone resides in Glendale. Preston Lerner (Burbank, CA), a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine, has written about motorsports for publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to the New York Times. He's the author of the race car marque history, Scarab, for Motorbooks and one novel, Fools on the Hill. He also club-races a Spec Miata and Nissan 240SX with the SCCA and NASA.



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