My First Car: Recollections of First Cars from Jay Leno, Tony Stewart, Carroll Shelby, Dan Ackroyd, Tom Wolfe and Many M Hardcover – Jun 24 2011
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About the Author
Matt Stone, Editor of Motor Trend Classic magazine and Senior Editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been an automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He serves as their history, auto design, and motorsport expert and is a member of SPEEDtv’s Barrett-Jackson Auction broadcast team. He has authored several books for Motorbooks, including 365 Cars You Must Drive (2006), McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon (2008) and Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2009). A California native, Stone resides in Glendale, California.
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Even if Matt Stone weren't the author of this book, he probably would have been in it anyway. Sixteen and strapped to a 1971 Olds 4-4-2--his family's insurance man must have loved him! With his long and varied professional and private automotive interests, Stone brings just the right sensibilities to the book. No hyperbole, no pompousness, just good stories well told. The stories here are not about mere transportation but life, dreams, first love, venturing into the world literally and figuratively. "Coming of Age" in other words. American readers may simply not appreciate how uniquely American these stories are in terms of cultural undercurrents. From the age at which people get licenses here to the--damnable--ease with which they get them, "only in America" is what many readers in other parts of the world will think.
Nice photos, excellent typography, pleasing design with a bit of a scrapbook flavor, even an Index that fits the bill.
Full review at SpeedReaders.info. Copyright 2011, Sabu Advani.
My only problem with My First Car are the number of typos throughout the book. In story after story, the wrong word is used, or a word is missing. An example is Peter Brock's bio on page 78, where it says "he remains involved in many author motorsport and automotive design enterprises." Obviously the word should be other, not author. How did a proofreader or editor not pick up on this and the many other errors like it? It made for a distracting read for me, but others might never notice.
Otherwise, a very good book with lots of neat old photos of vintage cars.
Motor Trend executive editor and motoring author Matt Stone compiled 60 stories of these "firsts" from titans of the auto industry and other celebrities. The interviewees share what drew them to, how they enjoyed, and other remembrances of their first car.
The first thing I wanted to checkout was how many claimed 1957 Chevrolets Bel Air "firsts" like me. I'm in good company with motorsports legend Mario Andretti and well-known auto care product manufacturer Barry Meguiar.
I enjoyed how Stone presents each of these stories. First he offers a short background on the individual. Then he weaves the tale of acquisition, use, misuse, and separation from the revered vehicle. There are many stories of how these vehicles helped to build a life-time bond with someone close.
Some folks still have their "first." Others have built tribute "firsts" to relive some of their special times. Whatever the case, most everyone had fond memories of their "first."
The recollections from folks like Jay Leno, Carroll Shelby, Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, George Barris, Ed Welburn, and Ken Gross keep your curiosity up.
Stone's motor journalist experience yields a thorough look at the topic. His love of automobiles adds interest and draws you into the story.
This is one of those books that is always hard to put down once you pick it up. Some of the people in the book may not all be mainstream, but there are plenty to peak any car enthusiasts interest.