Wheels of Change from Zero to 600 M.P.H: The Amazing Story of California and the Automobile

Wheels of Change from Zero to 600 M.P.H: The Amazing Story of California and the Automobile

by Kevin Nelson

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Wheels of Change from Zero to 600 M.P.H: The Amazing Story of California and the Automobile by Kevin Nelson

Americans have always been enamored of automobiles, but California has a car culture unlike any other. Fueled by the Hollywood dream machine and the passions of the young and adventurous, Californians have changed the automobile and helped change America in the process.

Written by award-winning author kevin Nelson, Wheels of Change brings to life the personalities that have shaped the California automobile story, from engineering wizards and designers to gearheads to glamorous race car drivers to rebels without a cause. In lively storytelling style, Nelson covers the early days of horseless carriages all the way up through the 1950s and early '60s, during the glory years of hot rods, customs, drag racers, and imported sports cars. He reveals the movie industry's influence on cars, including th raucous off-screen racing exploits of Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, James Dean, and Steve McQueen. California also produced Harley Earl, the designer of the Corvette and tail fins on Cadillacs, who began by creating custom cars for Hollywood silent screen stars.

A vast land of imagined possibilities, California provided fertile ground for the automobile to flourish-and it continues to inspire innovations in the field today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597141130
Publisher: Heyday Books
Publication date: 09/28/2009
Pages: 405
Product dimensions: 8.94(w) x 7.08(h) x 1.07(d)

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