Automotive Authors to Know
If you are a classic car fan, there are a few automotive authors that you should get to know. These writers have put significant research into the collections of books they have written. Whether you want to learn about a particular car manufacturer, how to build a collection of classic cars, or about a particular car culture, these authors should not be missed.
Patrick R. Foster: This Michigan man has authored books about cars and manufacturers that are no longer in production. He is an expert on all things AMC, including the brilliant history of the AMC Rambler and the history of George Romney. Along with his historic musings on the AMC Rambler, he has also delved into the history of the Jeep, the Studebaker as well as the Metropolitan and the Kaiser-Frazer. His features in Hemmings Classic Car and his books have won awards from classic car organizations that prize his knowledge.
Tom Cotter: This North Carolinian has written some iconic “rescue” books, the Cobra in the Barn and The Hemi in the Barn, which featured Jay Leno as a co-writer. His “in the barn” series features successful discoveries in automotive archaeology – a hot topic today. This man knows cars; he was once a PR agent for top motorsports groups like NASCAR, BMW, and the Speed Channel.
John Lamm: If you would rather not learn about the AMC Rambler or anything built by Chrysler because your tastes leans toward something more exotic, then John Lamm is your author. He has authored several books about the great European exotics like Ferrari and Porsche. He is a co-author of this enticing title: 365 Sports Cars You Must Drive. (Wow…think of driving a different sports car every day of the year…)
Jim Hinckley: Once you’ve exhausted your appreciation of the exotics, you can return to the good old days with Jim Hinckley and his Route 66 chronicles. He has written about his experiences on the backroads that once were the main roads. His award-winning writings include The Big Book of Car Culture, which covers the histories of the cars that built American roads. He is also the author several books on Route 66, like Route 66 Encyclopedia and Ghost Towns of Route 66.