This month I have mostly been reading

Been Reading Issue 29

Been Reading Issue 29

Here’s the story of a guy who lived through it all first time around, and shone pretty brightly, too. Hubert Platt, the ‘Georgia Shaker,’ a guy who started out with a B/Gas ’38 Chevy he won in a card game in 1959. Yes, the guy who was famous for being ...

Been Reading Issue 28

Been Reading Issue 28

You’ve gotta love a Corvette. To me, they’ve always been a sort of blue-collar supercar; an accessible exotic. In that sense, they’ve all been special editions, but this book deals with the special Special Editions. The first half of the book deals with the sort of popular collector Corvettes you’ll see at shows all over the ...

Been Reading Issue 27

Been Reading Issue 27

Remember back in the day when magazines such as this one contained little projects that showed you how to make something like an LED rev counter with a quid’s-worth of bits from Tandy? And you know how most cars made in the last 10 years are so heavily computerised that ...

Been Rading Issue 26

Been Rading Issue 26

The Mustang II has always been the poor relation in the Mustang family. Even now, more than 40 years after the last one was built, aside from a handful of hardcore enthusiasts, they’re still the butt of the joke. It’s a shame, really, although maybe those handful are the smart ones, and the rest of ...

Been Reading Issue 25

Been Reading Issue 25

I’ll admit that I have quite a blind spot when it comes to Volkswagens – it’s a huge part of the UK’s overall scene that I know very little about. I also don’t really understand much of the ‘rat look’ – as someone who has spent the last 30-odd years battling the ravages of ...

Been Reading Issue 24

Been Reading Issue 24

I’ve been stuck into a treat of a read this month. It’s all about the earliest pioneers of the motorcar, and it’s been a real eye-opener. It all begins when the first engineers adapted the newest technology of the time – steam, electric or gasoline – to power the first horseless ...

Been Reading Issue 23

Been Reading Issue 23

In a scene where the V8 is still very much king of the castle, the old sixes don’t get much of a look-in. That’s why it’s nice to see a book like this one occasionally. And it also seemed appropriate, as Chevy’s old plodder straight-six turns 90 this year. This title is all about rebuilding such ...

Been Reading Issue 22

Been Reading Issue 22

I know loads of custom and rod builders who can work absolute magic with metal. They can turn sheet steel into beautiful bodywork, turn a boat-anchor engine into a fire breathing powerhouse, fabricate anything out of anything… but ask them to tackle the wiring, and they’ll look at you as ...

Been Reading Issue 21

Been Reading Issue 21

I’ve owned three second-gen Camaros in my life, would definitely like to own another (when my six numbers come up) and always thought I knew quite a lot about them. It turns out I knew practically nothing, and half of what I did “know” was wrong… This book is one of those ...

Been Reading Issue 20

Been Reading Issue 20

If I told you I’d just read an autobiography about the life and career of a salesman, that’d sound pretty dull, right? Not so, in this case, and mostly because this guy was so much more than just a salesman, and because what he was selling means something to me… and to us all. JK ...

Been Reading Issue 19

Been Reading Issue 19

Ah, those were the days. When Ford decided on their ‘Total Performance’ plan in the early Sixties, it seemed like they had an almost bottomless pit of money to shovel into their racing exploits. Sometimes, it was handy to have a third party handle the race car build and development, ...

Been Reading Issue 18

Been Reading Issue 18

All of us like modifying our cars. Of course we do; we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t. We’d be reading Factory Standard Machine. Some modifications are purely aesthetic, but one of the phrases you hardly ever hear at SM-type events is, “That’s quite enough power for me, I think ...

Been Reading Issue 17

Been Reading Issue 17

These books are hardly hot off the press, but now seemed like an appropriate time to get them both read. Firstly, the fact that December 8th marks the 50th anniversary of the big media launch of the Pontiac Trans Am; secondly, to mark the passing of the man who probably ...

Been Reading Issue 16

Been Reading Issue 16

As this issue is a bit of a van special, I thought I’d add this title to the mix to give you some ideas. Turning a van into a camper, dayvan or race van is hardly a new idea, but there certainly seem to be a lot more of them ...

Been Reading Issue 15

Been Reading Issue 15

This Month I Have Mostly Been Reading…. I can’t say I’m a massive NASCAR fan, but anything that involves V8s in “stock” bodies howling around an oval at about 200mph can’t be all bad… Anyway, this story is a tale of one of the sport’s best-loved competitors, Dale Earnhardt Sr. Everybody ...

Been Reading Issue  14

Been Reading Issue 14

This Month I Have Mostly Been Reading… This is an odd title, and, having read it all the way through, I really don’t know what to do with it. It’s called Setting Up A Home Car Workshop, and it’s aimed at those in the fortunate position of having a new or ...

Been Reading Issue 13

Been Reading Issue 13

I need to be careful here, as this title is teetering on the edge of flat-capped classic bufferdom; however, I’ve always had a major soft spot for Triumphs of all descriptions, so I think I’ll chance it. This book has an interesting new angle in that it’s written by an American, ...

Been Reading Issue  12

Been Reading Issue 12

You can hardly deny that anything built under the auspices of Mr C. Shelby has had more than its fair share of print over the years; by the same token, plenty of fans would say that you could never have too much. Anyway, here’s a new title with an interesting ...

Been Reading Issue  11

Been Reading Issue 11

Here’s a book that’s both glorious and rather sad at the same time. The title of the tome is Carroll Shelby – A Collection Of My Favourite Racing Photos, and what you can expect is exactly that. The author, Shelby’s family friend, Art Evans, has collected together an exceptional library ...

Been Reading Issue  10

Been Reading Issue 10

There’s been a whole lot of reading going on this month, mainly thanks to a new series of titles from CarTech called Muscle Cars In Detail. There are 10 titles in the series so far, and muscle fans will love ’em. While there are plenty of big, coffee-table books about general ...

Been Reading Issue  9

Been Reading Issue 9

This Month, I Have Mostly Been Reading… Air suspension is big news on all sorts of car scenes at the moment, and it’s easy to see why – its way simpler and usually a lot cheaper than hydraulics, and many of the components required can be picked up from eBay or ...

Been Reading Issue  8

Been Reading Issue 8

When it’s this cold and miserable outside, it’s nice to curl up with a good book, although when that book’s about such a summery pursuit as drag racing, that’s not necessarily a good thing… Still, if nostalgia drag racing is your bag, this book is a corker. Match Race Mayhem is ...

Been Reading Issue  7

Been Reading Issue 7

Automotive Upholstery & Interior Restoration I know some guys who are amazing at car building. They can make anything out of anything: can turn sheet steel into engineering art, can rebuild engines blindfolded, and could weld wet tripe to a wooden spoon if needs be. However, you suggest that they try ...

Been Reading Issue  6

Been Reading Issue 6

This Month I Have Mostly Been Reading… I have just finished Creative Industries Of Detroit – The Untold Story Of Detroit’s Secret Concept Car Builder. The length of the title alone should have given me a clue about the content of the book. Back in the Fifties and Sixties, the Big ...

Been Reading Issue 5

Been Reading Issue 5

This Month, I Have Mostly Been Reading… You know those annoying know-it-alls who, on their specialist subject, possess every arcane and esoteric fact there is, and start most of their sentences with “I think you’ll find…”? Well, now, that could be you! The latest in the series of 1001 Facts books, ...

Been Reading Issue 4

Been Reading Issue 4

This Month I Have Mostly Been Reading… Automotive Machining Here’s a tricky book to place. Firstly, it’s not a how-to title; it’s more of a how-someone-else-does-and-why title. Otherwise the first chapter would be ‘How to write a cheque for £1 million at your local CNC machine shop’ and chapter two would be ...

Been Reading Issue 3

Been Reading Issue 3

This Month, I Have Mostly Been Reading … Unfortunately, there aren’t many of the hot rod royalty still among us today, so we need to get all the history down in print now, before it’s too late. One such guy is Ed Iskenderian, the Camfather, a guy who grew up right ...

Been Reading Issue 2

Been Reading Issue 2

This month, I have mostly been reading… Think of some classic competition cars from the Sixties. From spindly Formula 1 cars to classic Jaguars and Galaxies on the saloon car circuit, to the Ferraris and GT40s at Le Mans, to the slingshots and muscle cars on the drag strips. Now think ...

Been Reading Issue 1

Been Reading Issue 1

This month I have mostly been reading… This book was released last year to capitalise on the Charger’s 50th birthday. Yes, I’m a little way behind, but I’m years behind on my project cars so six months on a book is neither here nor there. It’s a big, thick hardback that has ...