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365 Cars You Must Driveby Matthew Stone
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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.
John Matras began writing about cars in 1980 and became a full-time automotive journalist in 1988. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and Road & Track, and he takes the blame for the website carbuzzard.com. He was the 1995 recipient of the prestigious Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Washington Automotive Press Association’s Golden Quill Award. Matras lives in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.
Dan Gurney is one of the most important figures in the history of American auto racing and is one of only five American drivers to win a Formula One Grand Prix. and the only one to win in a car of his own manufacture. Gurney also won races in the Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series.
What began as a solution for transportation has evolved into a desire for speed, luxury, personal expression, and freedom. For many, the thrill of the drive has eclipsed the pure utility of the automobile. And the pursuit of that thrill is the driving force behind 365 Cars You Must Drive. From the Ford Model T to the Porsche Carrera GT, there are certain cars that any self-respecting auto enthusiast just has to know—and experience from the driver’s seat.
With homage to the greatest cars and good-natured mockery of the strangest, authors Matt Stone and John Matras detail which cars to drive and why, how to get behind the wheel, where to drive them, and who to invite along for the ride. Each entry contains a colorful spec box noting the car's claim to fame, a Did You Know? factoid, the author's clever suggestions for "The Perfect Passenger" and the "Soundtrack" coming out of the speakers, Behind the Wheel notes, and a "Perfect Drive" for the marque or model covered. Engine details, production information, the price when it debuted and the collectible price now - all of it adds up to at-a-glance fun reading to go with informative essays on each car, archival and full-color photos, and more.
To drive certain cars, like the 1927 Ford Model T, is to know a bit of twentieth-century history firsthand. The 1953 Volkswagen Beetle (with split rear windows) tells another story. The 1964 Maserati 5000 GT, hand-built for kings, speaks of riches beyond compare. And the 1992 Yugo GV is, well, dumb. Of the thousands of cars built since the invention of the automobile — a modern moment marked here by the 1886 Benz Three-Wheeler — there are some that any self-respecting automotive aficionado just has to know. Motor Trend Exectuive Editor Matt Stone has singled out a years worth of cars from ultimate legends like the 1927 Rolls Silver Ghost to ultimate losers like the 1977 AMC Pacer, that will complete the auto enthusiast's education in absolutely necessary car lore. Richly illustrated, peppered with entertaining observations and driving advice, Stone's book of must-drive cars — ranging from classic muscle cars, sports cars, and racing cars to cultural landmarks and automotive oddities — gives readers all the scuttlebutt about getting behind the wheel, the perfect passenger, celebrity owners, ideal routes, and more. Whether your taste runs to the 1901 Curved Dash Olds or the 2005 BMW M5 (the worlds only 500-horsepower, V-10-powered sedan) or anything in between, this book has a car for you.
About the Author
Matt Stone resides in Glendale.
John Matras lives in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.
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