The 1960s and early 1970s were the age of raw American automotive power. Whether it was a classic Hemi 'Cuda, Pontiac GTO, Charger, or Boss Mustang, big engines were king at local drag strips and cruises. Muscle Cars explores this era and the current models with a broad survey of classic muscle and today's new machines. Each chapter is organized around a theme (milestones, factory racers, etc), each model getting a multi-page spread of full-color photography, performance stats, trivia, and more. Photos and stories from the people who built and raced these amazing machines make the book a must-read for any fan of American muscle.
Fiction. Facimilie reprint, available again from SPD. Fiftieth anniversary edition. Upton Sinclair's THE FLIVVER KING stands among the finest of modern American historical novels. Workers and bosses, flappers and Klansmen, war and depression, Prohibition outlaws and high-society parties, unions and anti-union gun thugs -- few aspects of American life in the first four decades of our century are missing from this small masterpiece. THE FLIVVER KING sustains the same sure grasp of working-class life which characterized Sinclair's earlier classic, THE JUNGLE, but with much less sentimentality and with a steadier focus on how alienated work breeds not only degradation but also resistance and revolt.
The top-selling auto repair guide--400,000 copies sold--now extensively reorganized and updated
Forty-eight percent of U.S. households perform at least some automobile maintenance on their own, with women now accounting for one third of this $34 billion automotive do-it-yourself market. For new or would-be do-it-yourself mechanics, this illustrated how-to guide has long been a must and now it's even better. A complete reorganization now puts relevant repair and maintenance information directly after each automotive system overview, making it much easier to find hands-on fix-it instructions. Author Deanna Sclar has updated systems and repair information throughout, eliminating discussions of carburetors and adding coverage of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. She's also revised schedules for tune-ups and oil changes, included driving tips that can save on maintenance and repair costs, and added new advice on troubleshooting problems and determining when to call in a professional mechanic. For anyone who wants to save money on car repairs and maintenance, this book is the place to start.
Deanna Sclar (Long Beach, CA), an acclaimed auto repair expert and consumer advocate, has contributed to the Los Angeles Times and has been interviewed on the Today show, NBC Nightly News, and other television programs.
A comprehensive look at the world of transportation with hundreds of superb illustrations.
Firefly Encyclopedia of Transportation transports readers through the amazing history of how we get around today, how we got around in the past, and how we might be getting around in the future. Packed with more than 1000 accurate illustrations, this encyclopedic reference is divided into six easy-to-follow sections -- On Wheels, On Water, On Tracks, Green Transportation, In the Air, and In Space. The double-page spreads are organized according to modes of transportation and purpose or method. For example, in "On Water" there is "Sailing to new worlds", "Fighting ships", "Luxury liners" and "Underwater vessels".
Each entry contains the story of the "vehicle" and a fact box to see at-a-glance aspects, from speed and size, to the number of people carried. In addition, special spreads feature cutaway illustrations showing interior and exterior parts and mechanisms. These include a Formula 1 racing car, the Cable and Wireless Adventurer powerboat, a high-speed TGV (Train Grande Vitesse) locomotive, a hydrogen fuel cell bus, and the Space Shuttle. Examples of the many other special topics are the Wright Brothers, traffic control on the ground and in the air, and the invention of the wheel.
Information on low-energy transportation and entries on "green" vehicles makes Firefly Encyclopedia of Transportation up to date. The book's backmatter is a bundle of useful and fascinating facts and trivia, including trailblazing inventors, world records, and a glossary of technical terms. A transportation timeline puts the rest of the book into perspective.
This is an authoritative, comprehensive and entertaining guide that is as ideal for homework as it is for browsing. A most suitable selection for home or school.
- 111 Porsche stories that will give you a greater insight into the lengendary car manufactory- A must for anyone with even just a passing interest in Porsche What came first - the Porsche or the Beetle? Which Porsche racing car set every world record in the very year it was first presented in racing at Monza? And who is "Sascha"? Immerse yourself in the unique and visionary world of Porsche: in tales of secret prototypes, fascinating photos from the Porsche archives, magic words such as "Carrera" and inside stories that have never yet been told in this way.
A brilliant blend of Shop Class as Soulcraft and The Orchid Thief, Earl Swift's wise, funny, and captivating Auto Biography follows an outlaw auto dealer as he struggles to save a rusted '57 Chevy--a car that has already passed through twelve pairs of hands before his--while financial ruin, government bureaucrats and the FBI close in on him.
Slumped among hundreds of other decrepit hulks on a treeless, windswept moor in eastern North Carolina, the Chevy evokes none of the Jet Age mystique that made it the most beloved car to ever roll off an assembly line. It's open to the rain. Birds nest in its seats. Officials of the surrounding county consider it junk.
To Tommy Arney, it's anything but: It's a fossil of the twentieth-century American experience, of a place and a people utterly devoted to the automobile and changed by it in myriad ways. It's a piece of history--especially so because its flaking skin conceals a rare asset: a complete provenance, stretching back more than fifty years.
So, hassled by a growing assortment of challengers, the Chevy's thirteenth owner--an orphan, grade-school dropout and rounder, a felon arrested seventy-odd times, and a man who's been written off as a ruin himself--embarks on a mission to save the car and preserve long record of human experience it carries in its steel and upholstery.
Written for both gearheads and Sunday drivers, Auto Biography charts the shifting nature of the American Dream and our strange and abiding relationship with the automobile, through an iconic classic and an improbable, unforgettable hero.
A new kind of car - the 100 mpg plug-in hybrid - is changing American society, uniting traditional opponents on the left and the right. Why? Plug-in hybrids will save drivers money, reduce pollution, and improve national security by radically cutting oil consumption. This book takes a look at these cars.
The sports car has always been the ultimate symbol of automotive fun and freedom, from the earliest Bentleys and Stutzes through the Porsche Boxster and Lotus Elise of today. Sports Cars profiles over 50 cars from the early twentieth century to today, with lavish color photography from renowned automotive lensman James Mann. This book will surely grab the attention of any sports car lover.