Taylor once again drew upon many of the talented artists that appeared in his earlier book, including Steve Stanford, Darrell Mayabb, and Dave "Big" Deal. Their diverse contributions, when combined with Lisa Hallett's editing skills, make this book intuitive and easy to read-no mean feat considering the subject's technical nature.
Taylor makes the point that poor automotive artists abound, and that the instructions in this book can give its readers an edge in the art world. We'll make the case that marginal car builders abound. Even if you never set pencil to paper, the instructions in this book will teach you to look at cars in an entirely new perspective-one that may give you an edge in the car-building world.
GM's Motorama, The Glamorous Show Cars Of A Cultural Phenomenon
To this author's knowledge, no other automotive manufacturing company embarked upon such an inspirational marketing campaign as General Motors did between 1950 and 1961. As monumental as its Motorama program was, however, the book, "GM's Motorama, The Glamorous Show Cars of a Cultural Phenomenon," concentrates on the years between 1953 and 1956, a period when Harley Earl convinced GM brass to let each of its design divisions build the cars they dreamed about.
The idea for "GM's Motorama" extends back to 2003, when its author, David Temple, wrote a series of articles for Car Collector magazine about missing Motorama cars. This book isn't a reproduction of those pieces; it's an extension thereof.
Temple amassed nearly 200 pages of highly technical information about the Motorama dream cars-of which very few now exist. He talked his way into GM's archives to show hundreds of photos of these cars, many of which haven't been seen since they were taken. He also built a firsthand perspective by interviewing many of the designers who worked at GM during the program, like Chuck Jordan, who wrote the book's forward.
The subject of this book is a movement rich in pop culture, a movement that generated icons like the 1953 Corvette and the Oldsmobile F-88, and Temple treats them with equal deference. Many will tell you that GM set the standard for new-car salons; we're here to tell you that "GM's Motorama" sets the standard for any discussion about those four magical years.
Barrett-Jackson, The World's Greatest Collector Car Event
Once upon a time my elders implored, "Why waste your time and money on those old clunkers?" They still hound me decades later; however, now it's "What vintage car would make a good investment?" The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, with its high-profile image and SPEED Channel broadcasts, is at least partially responsible for that.
While I gnash my teeth as once-ordinary crates cross the block for more money than the cost of the above-average home in America, I begrudgingly give Barrett-Jackson its due. As Larry Edsall explains in "Barrett-Jackson, The World's Greatest Collector Car Event," I have plenty of reason to. His account of the events that transpired after two car buffs met to negotiate the sale of a restored car one afternoon is pretty captivating.