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Amy’s #NASCAR Reading List: Three Standout Books for Car Enthusiasts in 2016

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

As my readers know, I will occasionally post a book review here and there when I come across something race or car related that I think my readers will enjoy.  I have been lucky enough to read several this year but I have three more that I would like to present to you as my three most standout books from 2016 as the year draws to a close today. These books are all for the car enthusiast and are of the coffee table variety.  Here are my standouts in reverse order:

3. Deuce: The Original Hot Rod 32 x 32 by Mike Chase.  This book is a loving, meticulous ode to the original hot rod- the 1932 Ford Deuce. In 1931 the Model A was obsolete at at time when drivers wanted more- both in power and style of their vehicles. The 1932 Ford Deuce gave customers the more they coveted: more horsepower, more cylinders, and more style while still being affordable. It was a masterpiece of the car industry at the time.  And while the amount of cars manufactured at the time was huge- over 300,000 many of these cars did not survive. As it moved into being a penultimate classic car there were many reproductions made because originals were hard to find. This book shines a light on different versions of the quintessential hot rod. Mike Chase bring obvious love of the machine and the various styles of the 32 in a way that only a true lover of the car could. This book is both well written and stunning visually and is a must have for hot rodders, ford fans, and general car enthusiasts.

2. Cuba’s Car Culture: Celebrating The Island’s Automotive Love Affair by Tom Cotter and Photographer Bill Warner.  Pre-Communist Cuba enjoyed a healthy trade and tourist relationship with the United States and by the early 1950s had the highest per capita new automotive purchasing than any Latin American country at the time- the streets were filled with every make and model of American car out there. That all stopped when Communists took over the Cuban government and the embargoes started.  This book offers a unique perspective of a country who’s love of the automobile didn’t die with communism- but instead learned to reinvent itself creatively in a country with little access to original replacement parts let alone modern replacements. This book is filled with bright photos of timeless cars on the streets of Cuba- almost as if time forgot them. It’s a beautiful tribute to recycling and doing what you can with what  you have. This one here is worth the photos alone. A must for classic car collectors and other car and culture enthusiasts.

3. Can-Am 50th Anniversary: Flat Out With  North America’s Greatest Racing Series 1966 – 1974 by George Levy and Photos by Pete Biro. I am going to be honest here- my love for this book might have to do with the fact that when I first scanned the book before I read it (flipping through glancing at some of the pictures) the first picture I happened to flip to was my local track- the first track I ever went to a race at- Laguna Seca. However the book itself describes an exciting racing series in a time where NASCAR was a burgeoning series and Indy lead the America’s fandom. However it was this series that was the racer’s racing series.  There were few rules and no limits to engines, engine output, no manufacturer templates, no approved engine packages and this attracted everyone in racing from back yard engineers to major manufacturers looking to showcase and build racing programs.  Drivers in the series included names like Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, Jody Scheckter, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and I could go on.  The photos in this book give readers a gritty behind-the-scenes look at the racing series from an insider’s perspective.  Make no mistake- this book is not a stat book for the series but instead a look at what made the Can-Am series such a great series. This book covers the drivers, the cars and the races through out the United States and Canada.  This book is a must have not just for the car enthusiast but especially for the racing fan as well.

All three of the above books would make a gorgeous addition to any car enthusiast’s library.

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For Full-Disclosure purposes (I am looking at you FTC): I received a copy of each of the three above books from the publisher for the possibility of review on this blog. The words and opinions on these books are my own. 

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