What got you started collecting automotive
literature? I began with sales brochures as a child
- even before I could read. Obviously it was the colorful
pictures of cars that caught my attention. But once
in grade school, I concentrated on learning about cars
through books and magazines. My interests expanded from
what I saw on the road to antiques, classics, racing,
customs, hot rods, trucks and motorcycles and continued
on to airplanes, trains and ships. Picking up a free
car brochure at a dealership was just an added bonus.
If you are reading this, the odds are you also went
through a car phase in your youth. Now you are older
and want to bring a lot of those early memories back
to life, or dig back into history and see what cars
and events you missed out on. Most of us have specific
interests, but are curious about what lurks around the
corner and behind unopened doors.
Thousands of automotive enthusiasts
go directly to "Automobile Quarterly" issues.
Beginning in 1962, there are now 46 volumes (184 issues)
covering an international selection of topics and makes
going back over 100 years, but not leaving out the present
and delving into the future. A high quality hardbound
publication that will give you a lifetime of enjoyment.
Using the indexes you can collect the issues that you
enjoy or, if you have a complete collection, select
topics as they strike your mood. A great way to enjoy
a cold winter evening.
Nothing is more impressive than contemporary
coverage by the person road testing a car or someone
in the pits at an auto race. Actually doing it, or being
there, brings to life what you are reading. Firsthand
knowledge and experience is less biased. Seeing is believing
and the author is more captivating than someone who
reviews and compiles articles into a book. True, books
tend to bring all the information together, but sometimes
one person's experiences can be more exciting.
That was the way it was just after World War II when
the world of new cars from Detroit, sports cars from
Europe, Indy oval racing and European Grand Prix racing
opened up a whole new world to the automotive enthusiast.
Articles in "Motor Trend", "Road &
Track" and "Speed Age" of the late 1940s
and 1950s were riveting reading. Makes I was unaware
of - Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati. Race car drivers
with unfamiliar names - Fangio, Moss, Shelby. Unknown
race tracks - Sebring, LeMans, Silverstone. Listening
to the firsthand knowledge of writers - Ken Purdy, Tom
McCahill, Denis Jenkinson. Magazines are cheap thrills
and should not be overlooked.