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From Our Editorial Director: Remarks about Forthcoming Automotive Books

Some of you may share a guilty failing of mine. While reading about almost any car–learning how it took shape, its quirks and qualities, how it stacked up to the competition, how it changed over the production run–I can feel the seed of desire sprouting in the mental furrows. Vehicles I’ve ignored or even disliked show their hidden appeal. Soon I’m looking at ads, calculating the damage (marital, financial, emotional) such a car would inflict.
If you do the same, peruse this catalog with caution. Let Robert Ebert take you through the challenges Harold Churchill faced at the helm of Studebaker-Packard in the late 1950s (p. 4 of new automotive catalog) and you may decide to pick up a Studebaker, just on a Lark. Get too deep into Marc Cranswick’s The Cars of American Motors (p. 4 of catalog) and you’ll be thinking what fun a Pacer wagon would be. Scan the specs of Robert D. Dluhy’s American Automobiles of the Brass Era (p. 3 of catalog) long enough and just see if the thought of a 491 cid, 5-cylinder 1906 Adams-Farwell touring car isn’t stangely compelling.
Safer choices are here too, including two informative new books about one of the problems a newly automotive America faced a century ago: how and where to park all those cars. Between Mark D. Kessler’s The Early Public Garages of San Francisco and Kerry Segrave’s Parking Cars in America, 1910-1945 (both p. 3), you’ll get both a broad view and a detailed architectural study of one city’s approach to storing cars. Or consider thetwo-wheeled lifestyle in McFarland’s first motorcycle book, Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes by William E. Thompson (p. 3).
You’ll find a broad range of automotive books here, including other new and forthcoming titles and new ebook and softcover reissues. And remember that we welcome your own book proposals; see the Author Resources section of our website for details. Happy motoring!
— Steve Wilson, Editorial Director