101 barn-find tales sure to entice any car collector. In recent years, the quest to find and restore forgotten automotive gems has generated a cult-like following - a very large cult-like following. So large, in fact, that the subject of automotive archaeology has inspired an entire genre of television programs, including Counting Cars, Desert Car Kings, Chasing Classic Cars, One of a Kind, What's My Car Worth?, and numerous others. Author Tom Cotter is at the forefront of this movement with his In the Barn series, a line of books that inspired many of the above-mentioned television programs. 50 Shades of Rust collects 90-plus of the all-time best barn-find stories. Each story is accompanied by photographs from the scenes of the finds, creating a heavily illustrated book unlike any barn-find book yet published.
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About the Author
Tom Cotter had long been involved in nearly every facet of the automotive and racing industries before writing his first book. From mechanic and auto salesman to heading the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cotter formed his own racing and automotive PR and marketing agency, Cotter Group. The agency represented some of the largest clients in NASCAR, IndyCar/CART, drag racing, and road racing. He has written biographies of the legendary Holman-Moody race team, Tommy Ivo and Dean Jeffries, but is best known for his series of barn find books, such as Cobra in the Barn, 50 Shades of Rust and Barn Find Road Trip. Cotter appears in the Barn Find Hunter video series, which is distributed by Hagerty Insurance. He teaches public relations at Belmont Abbey College, sits on the advisory board of McPherson College’s Auto Restoration program, and is a member of the Road Racing Driver’s Club (RRDC.) He lives in Davidson, North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hey car collectors! Rust is in! You have to read this book! 50 Shades of Rust by Tom Cotter is not just another car book. It is exquisitely done. The cover, design, pictures and overall layout are very impressive and the color coordination with the varying shades of rust is masterful. It sounds strange, I know, but it is the kind of book you would want to display in a more prominent location than a bookshelf, so others can enjoy its cover as well as its contents. Mine now occupies a solitary place on the coffee table in my family room. Informative as well as very entertaining, 50 Shades of Rust exudes the author's deep passion for the collector car hobby as well as his great sense of humor. As I proceeded through one fascinating barn find after another, I actually learned to appreciate the artistic qualities of rust! Automotive archaeology, the author's newly coined term to describe the discovery of rare automotive barn finds, is very appropriate. Some of the finds are serendipitous and others are well planned over a period of time. All of them came about because the car collector is inspired by "chase". Also, there is something exhilarating about the "conquest". The actual discovery, whether it is a long abandoned classic buried under garage paraphernalia or in a farmer's barn hidden behind an old tractor, has the capacity to dramatically rejuvenate and ignite the passions of anyone interested in the classic car hobby. I guarantee you will love reading this book as much as I did!