Big Book of Car Culture: The Armchair Guide to Automotive Americana

Big Book of Car Culture: The Armchair Guide to Automotive Americana

by Jim Hinckley, Jon G. Robinson




While countless books have been devoted to single roadside-culture and car-related subjects, none have addressed in one volume American pop culture's love affair with the automobile. But what is that love affair, if not an expanse of fond memories and compelling kitsch as vast as the nation itself? This smorgasbord offers discriminating readers a tasty A-Z assortment of entries and accompanying images touching upon all the old chestnuts (Route 66, drive-in restaurants, filling stations, et al) as well as some edgier topics to appeal to younger generations interested in the seedier and/or more whimsical sides of roadside America (i.e, Earl Scheib, the Chicago entrepreneur who promised to paint any car for $99, or 1950s juvenile-delinquent hot rod films

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760319659
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 07/29/2005
Edition description: First
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Jim Hinckley has contributed to a wide variety of periodicals, including Route 66, American Road, and others. He is the author of Backroads of Arizona, and Route 66 Backroads. He lives in Kingman, Arizona.

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Road & Track, May 2006“Satisfyingly more than a pictorial pot-boiler, these 320 oversized pages show signs of thoughtful research on everything from the Lincoln Highway (Route 66 for an earlier generation) to Earl Scheib (‘I’ll paint any car any color for only $29.95’).”

Hemmings Classic Car, June 2006 (circ.: 36,000)“More than a few books chronicling the American road have passed through our inbox and been reviewed in these pages. When this one arrived, we groaned reflexively, figuring we’d found yet another volume joyously recounting the kitschy glories of Route 66. We were pleased, however, to learn that in this large-format paperback … the authors fire a quick-shot series of features at literally all things automotive, or at least auto-related. “The brisk writing and reader-friendly style make this a good one-shot volume of what our hobby’s all about.”

Auto Aficionado, March/ April 2007

“The Big Book of Car Culture: The Armchair Guide to Automotive America turned out to be thoroughly engrossing and entertaining. It is well researched, unearthing some information that is usually not found in print, and delightfully illustrated.” 

Classic American (UK), Winter 2006

“If you’re looking for a good all-around book about American car culture, then this is it! Beautifully illustrated with period color (where possible) pictures.”

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