Synopses & Reviews
Car and Driver: Fifty Years at Top Speed commemorates the golden anniversary of the most popular car magazine on the planet. But more than that, Fifty Years at Top Speed tells the story of the American automobile and how the editors of the magazine witnessed that history and reported on it, firsthand. A look at how Car and Driver evolved from its beginnings as Sports Car illustrated, in the able hands of great automotive journalists such as Ken Purdy and John Christy, and then came into its own as the musclecar era of the '60s dawned. Writers such as David E. Davis, Jr., Brock Yates and Patrick Bedard helped to craft a literary car magazine that drew as much inspiration from Tom Wolfe's writing as it did from the great cars of the day. Through the '70s the magazine's reputation solidified as the technical authority on new cars, and the literary tradition continued with such writers as Don Sherman and author P.J. O'Rourke. By the end of the '80s, the magazine wasn't only the most respected car journal--it was the best-selling one, too. Fifty Years at Top Speed combines classic stories from the magazine, commentary by former staffers including the author, vintage and modern photos of the hottest and most important cars reviewed by the magazine, as well as stories from behind the scenes--with all the attitude, expertise and visual excitement readers have come to expect from the magazine itself.
Packed with striking photographs, this impressive retrospective provides all the details car aficionados want and expect from "Car and Driver, and continues the magazine's tradition of putting the reader in the driver's seat. From its beginnings as "Sports Car Illustrated, to its evolution in the muscle car era of the '60s, to its emergence as the technical authority on new vehicles, "Car and Driver has featured great automotive journalists, including Brock Yates, Don Sherman, and author P.J. O'Rourke. More than a compilation of past articles and photographs, "Fifty Years with Car and Driver tells the story of the American automobile, spotlighting people who helped shape some of the world's hottest cars. Appealing to not just to the magazine's fans but also to anyone interested in the history of American cars, this look back combines classic articles, commentary by former staffers, vintage and modern photos of the hottest and most important cars reviewed, as well as stories from behind the scenes -- with all the attitude, expertise, and visual excitement fans have come to count on.