Sunday, December 10, 2017

Strange But True Tales of Car Collecting

Strange But True Tales of Car Collecting
Drowned Bugattis, Buried Belvederes, Felonious Ferraris and other Wild Stories of Automotive Misadventure
by Keith Martin
Quarto Publishing Group – Motorbooks
Crafts & Hobbies , Nonfiction (Adult)
Pub Date 01 Nov 2017   
 EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9780760353608
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
FTC Reviewed for Net Galley


Most car collectors exhibit a healthy enthusiasm for their favorite hobby with a tendency to dig into their favorite marques, chase parts, swap stories, and generally live the car-guy lifestyle. Some, however, step over that fine line between enthusiasm and obsession--and that’s the dusty place where these legendary car-collector stories come from.

In Strange but True Tales of Car Collecting, Keith Martin and the staff of Sports Car Market Magazine recount the wildest car-collecting stories of all time. You will be blown away by these eccentric and over-the-top stories of collectors, and their collections.

Have you heard of the fellow who squirreled away dozens of Chevelles, Camaros, and other classic muscle cars in semi-trailers? How about the president of Shakespeare fishing rods who sold 30 Bugattis for a mere $85,000? What about the English nobleman who cut up and buried his Ferrari horde in an elaborate insurance scam? Or how about the Duesenberg abandoned in a Manhattan parking garage for decades only to be uncovered by Jay Leno? They only get crazier from there.

 May contain spoilers

My Thoughts

I was born into a family of motorheads that are car/racing enthusiast. And, most people  I know recognize that rust buckets were once something much more than ...well...rust buckets. 

Yes, fully restored might cost a pretty penny but it sure would gleam. And there's nothing better than a car that gleams unless it would be a car that...runs.

The first car I owned was red with black racing stripes but it was not a Ferrari Testarossa.

Over the years, I have attended countless car shows and, I, along with thousands of other bystanders spent our July's at the Grand Lake Festival watching  30-40 Amphicars participate in a “swim-in'.  We all experienced a fleeting moment of joy as these amphibious cars enter the water. 

What's better than a car that can swim? 

Perhaps, a magical car that can swim and fly.

I admit it. I love the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Partly because of Dick Van Dyke but mostly because of the car. 

I'm fortunate in that I currently live close to the Classic Car Capital of the World. Yes, Auburn is the birthplace of the greatest car show on earth and simply stated, the luxurious Duesenberg uncovered by Jay Leno is smashing. 

In all honesty, this is a 5 star read for me. I thoroughly enjoyed studying the details in this book. I am fond of them all. The Moxie mobile and the Bubble-Screened Boondoggle stood out as the most intriguing, for this reader anyway.

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