"A touching and very funny account. . . . Thoroughly engaging."--New York Times
Hilarious and heartfelt, Truck: A Love Story is the tale of a man struggling to grow his own garden, fix his old pickup, and resurrect a love life permanently impaired by Neil Diamond. In the process, he sets his hair on fire, is attacked by wild turkeys, and proposes marriage to a woman in New Orleans. The result is a surprisingly tender testament to love.
"Part Bill Bryson, part Anne Lamott, with a skim of Larry the Cable Guy and Walt Whitman creeping around the edges."--Lincoln Journal Star
"Perry takes each moment, peeling it, seasoning it with rich language, and then serving it to us piping hot and fresh."--Chicago Tribune
A photographic cruise of Cuba's vintage cars.
Cuba is a vintage car lover's paradise. Until the 1960s, Cuba was the world's leading importer of American automobiles. As many as ten thousand of these mid-century American cars are still used in Cuba, making it the world's largest living automotive museum.
Vintage Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Fords, Pontiacs, Ramblers, Packards, Studebakers and Hudsons are common on Cuban streets and coastal highways, with hot primary colors, dazzlingly ornate chrome, sinfully luxurious interiors, and defiantly large girths. Some cars have been restored to their former glory. Others have been kept in working condition by using Russian truck engines and hand-forged parts.
Chariots of Chrome is an eye-popping pictorial tribute to those generously proportioned American automobiles, once loved and now lost, that still enjoy a vibrant old age in Cuba. Dazzling color photographs capture these beauties against the backdrop of the island's picturesque villages and Old Havana's many landmarks.
This pictorial tribute of historic cars is sure to light any auto aficionado's cigar.
The Magic of a Name tells the story of the first forty years of Britain's most prestigious manufacturer--Rolls-Royce. Peter Pugh tells the story, beginning with the historic meeting in 1904 of Henry Royce and the Honourable C.S. Rolls, and the birth in 1906 of the legendary Silver Ghost.
More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he's covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.
In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker's-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.
Through it all, Murphy tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job: a feisty hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy's truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; an ex-banker in Colorado who treats Finn and his crew with undisguised contempt; a widow who needs Murphy to bring her archeologist husband's remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. These experiences inspire Finn's memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.
Brimming with personality and filled with great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor in the dark underbelly of the American Dream.
- A celebration of Volkwagen's iconic "Bulli" - the camper vanWhether hippie vehicle, work machine, camper van, family car or sought-after collector's item: for fans of the Volkswagen Transporter or "Bulli" there really is nothing better.On occasion of the world premiere of the brand new model, Volkswagen Transporter T6, and the 65th birthday of the Type 2, this book portrays the VW Bulli and its devotees. Apart from celebrities like Jacky Ickx or Johann Lafer Bulli Love presents Bulli fans from all over the world: an Indian Transporter enthusiast at the colourful Holi festival, a New York youngster, who earned his camper van by mowing lawns or the Tokyo trio with their T3 models.Bulli Love combines wonderful reports from all over world with excellent photos of Bulli models and their owners. Pure passion, exceptionally staged, this is a magnum opus for one of the very few, unique automobiles of the world. A popular figure par excellence.
High performance and utterly thrilling to drive, the muscle car changed the way we view automobiles. Through marketing wars and head to head horse power battles, a carefully curated ideology of what the muscle car should be able to do evolved. American family style two door sports coups with rear wheel drive are fitted with a large V8 engine to create this icon of muscle and speed. Distinct from the low, two seat, European sports cars, muscle cars are much more affordable.
Muscle cars are a quintessentially North American phenomenon, owing their outrageous existence to a very simple formula. Take a mid-size American sedan (nothing too complicated, upmarket, or fancy) then add the biggest, raunchiest V8 that is possible to squeeze under the hood and behold: the magnificent muscle car. Pontiac was first, with the legendary GTO. Ford followed with the invention of a new class of car with the pony car, the Mustang. Every other American manufacturer joined in the act after that, all wanting a cut of the action. Muscle cars are loud and proud. Look further into this fascinating book to discover the intoxicating world of these wonderful machines. Includes information on models, facts, and other interesting information on America's pride and joy; the legendary muscle car.
- Born in 1968 and manufactured for just five years, the Opel GT is a legend; this book is the standard work on the subject- Includes previously unpublished photos, design sketches, and anecdotes- GT designer Erhard Schnell, who celebrates his 90th birthday in 2017, has contributed some new sketches of the GT exclusively for this book- Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Opel GT in 2018 - half a century of automobile history"When I was a young boy and saw the Opel GT, I knew: When I grow up, I must have this car. My wish came true." So says former Opel manager Karl-Thomas Neumann. Bob Lutz, the living automobile legend, an 84-year-old combat jet pilot who, as a young marketing director at Opel, played a substantial role in starting the GT series, praises the GT: "The GT has a lot in common with my Alpha Jet. It is not very comfortable, has weak air-conditioning, the boot is almost non existent. But that is irrelevant. One hour in the Jet or GT - and you feel just happy. Almost younger." Kapit n, Admiral, Diplomat, Manta, Monza - many Opels have illustrious names and thrilling designs. But there is just one true legend of the brand with the flash: the GT. For generations of drivers the sports coup is an eye-catcher, milestone, cult, and dream. It is regarded as the most sensational Opel ever - it sets an example for today's models especially the GT Concept, which premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2016. Authors Harald Hamprecht and Jens Cooper tell gripping stories about fans of the Opel GT from all over the world, from the USA to Italy to Australia. Both GT drivers, the authors combed the corporation's archive, searched for contemporary sources, and spent uncountable hours with experts, fans, and those who played a crucial role in the GT's development to create this - the ultimate guide to a remarkable car.