Roadside Relics: America's Abandoned Automobiles
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Roadside Relics: America's Abandoned Automobiles

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by Will Shiers
     
 

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Abandoned junk to some, the rusty old steel shells of vehicles are treasures to others, holding memories of a bygone era, or the promise of a pristinely restored, radically customized automobile. Automotive photographer Will Shiers has captured these dreams on film for over ten years, and this volume collects his images between two covers for the first time. Here

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Abandoned junk to some, the rusty old steel shells of vehicles are treasures to others, holding memories of a bygone era, or the promise of a pristinely restored, radically customized automobile. Automotive photographer Will Shiers has captured these dreams on film for over ten years, and this volume collects his images between two covers for the first time. Here are the beautiful husks Shiers has found in the United States fields and barns, shops, and salvage yards across States. Divided into five categories—General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Independents, and Special Vehicles—these wrecks and relics from 1910 to the 1970s come equipped with all the relevant information: history, model, location. The most comprehensive and beautifully photographed collection of abandoned cars ever published, this volume preserves for all time the exquisite skeletons of American automotive might.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Transport News Network (UK), Feb. 1, 2007

“The book is not only engagingly quirky it’s also highly original.”

Roadtripamerica.com, Dec. 31, 2006

“It might be a bit difficult to believe that a book filled with photos of rusty old automobiles could be uplifting, enlightening and inspiring, but this book is all those things and more. In his beautiful hardcover opus Roadside Relics, Will Shiers has filled 200 pages with a treasure trove of rarely documented and surprisingly fascinating roadside Americana … It's a book to be picked up and savored over and over again. Not only has it given me new appreciation for the forgotten skeletons of ancient cars, it has ignited my wanderlust. You really can't ask for more in a road trip book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760339848
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
11/06/2010
Edition description:
First
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,102,784
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Transport News Network (UK), Feb. 1, 2007

“The book is not only engagingly quirky it’s also highly original.”

Roadtripamerica.com, Dec. 31, 2006

“It might be a bit difficult to believe that a book filled with photos of rusty old automobiles could be uplifting, enlightening and inspiring, but this book is all those things and more. In his beautiful hardcover opus Roadside Relics, Will Shiers has filled 200 pages with a treasure trove of rarely documented and surprisingly fascinating roadside Americana … It's a book to be picked up and savored over and over again. Not only has it given me new appreciation for the forgotten skeletons of ancient cars, it has ignited my wanderlust. You really can't ask for more in a road trip book.”

Meet the Author

Will Shiers is an automotive photojournalist residing in the United Kingdom. Shiers has had several thousand articles and photographs published in automotive magazines, and he has supplied images of abandoned American cars to Classic American magazine for the last decade. He is currently the technical editor at Motor Transport newspaper.

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Roadside Relics: America's Abandoned Automobiles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ellison61 More than 1 year ago
A collection of photos gathered over ten years by the author of vehicles in 49 states, some can hardly be called cars any more but rather sheet metal as some are unidentifiable. Some are of some rareity so he shares how many were made and the cost new. An all to quick read. Suprising is that even on the most delapidated vehicle is that many still have their original glass and or lights.
MarsfromPa More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you like the styles of the older autos. I bought this book for my dad, who is 83. I don't know if I can wait till christmas to give it to him though. The photos are right where the photographer found them. This is a must have book for the older man in your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real piece of Americana, great pictures throughout. My husband is an "old car" enthusiast and loved the book.