Barn Find Road Trip

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 9781627887625
Release Date: 2015-09-28
Genre: Transportation

Great collector cars are still out there--just waiting to be found! Sadly, there is very little reality in reality TV. That wouldn't be so bad except for the fact that these shows are the only TV shows for the barn-find collector car aficionado. Barn Find Road Trip is the antidote to all the manufactured collector "reality" shows. It's a real-world, barn-find banzai run in which auto archaeologist Tom Cotter, his car collector pal Brian Barr, and photographer Michael Alan Ross embarked on a 14-day collector-car-seeking adventure with no predetermined destinations. It's barn-find freestyle! Roaming the Southeast, they documented their day-to-day car search in photos and through stories and interviews. This trip is absolutely real and the same kind of junket any gearhead with the skills, knowledge, and time can undertake. Cotter and company hit the road in Cotter's 1939 Ford Woody, the kind of car that opened doors and started the conversations that revealed where interesting cars were squirreled away. The result? The discovery of over 1,000 collector cars and some of the most amazing barn-find stories Cotter has yet unearthed, all accompanied by Ross' evocative photography. If you love stories of automotive adventure, this is the book for you!

Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760351703
Release Date: 2016-10-15
Genre: Transportation

Abandoned cars on America's most iconic abandoned road. Sounds like a great idea for a road trip. For a nation that loves the idea of the road, there is no more legendary ribbon of highway than the 2,451 miles comprising historic Route 66. Along the Mother Road lies the detritus of the automotive age: motels, roadside attractions, diners, service stations, drive-ins, and dives. Hidden in, around, and behind its buildings or abandoned along its roadside hide collector cars, lost trucks, and moldering motorcycles. How could there be a better destination for automotive archaeologist Tom Cotter? In Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip Cotter and his BBF (best barn finder) pal Brian Barr jump on Route 66, just outside Chicago, seeking rusted gold in every state Route 66 passes through. Along the way, ace lensman Michael Alan Ross documents their finds, mishaps, and various adventures. Starting in the Midwest and barreling through Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, the barn-find bunch continues on to Arizona before completing their quest in Santa Monica, California. You'll never guess what automotive treasure they see peeking out from corroded garages and behind weary buildings along the way. You can bet every awesome barn find was investigated and recorded in Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip. Whether you've only dreamed of retracing US 66 or are familiar with its path but never considered car hunting there, Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip will take you on the trip of a lifetime. Hop in; you can ride shotgun.

Rockin Garages

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760342497
Release Date: 2012-11-19
Genre: Transportation

“Terraplane Blues,” “Rocket 88,” “Little GTO,” “Mustang Sally,” “Cadillac Ranch,” “Little Red Corvette.” For nearly as long as there have been cars, musicians have penned songs about them. And no genre loves the car like rock 'n roll. Cheap gas, open roads, car radios, and rock music all came of age in the 1950s, and songwriters stepped on the gas and never looked back. Whether hauling amps to the next gig or flaunting the rewards of a chart-topping album, rockers love their cars. But for some musicians, cars aren't just a reflection of success or fodder for the next hit song—they're a full-on obsession. Rockin' Garages takes you inside the collections, behind the wheel, and on the track with 20 of rock's most passionate gearheads. AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Pink Floyd's Nick Mason discuss their love of racing; Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughn and country star Keith Urban extoll the virtues of cruising low and slow; Doobie Brother Pat Simmons and Billy Joel showcase their extensive motorcycle collections; Sammy Hagar, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Michael Anthony reveal a need for speed reflected in garages filled with Ferraris, hot rods, and muscle cars. If you love cars and rock and roll, you'll marvel at the eclectic range of vehicles inside, including Camaro, Mustang, Aston Martin, Lincoln, Lamborghini, Harley-Davidson, Porsche, Bentley, Cadillac, Triumph, and even Checker cabs! Crank up the stereo, turn the page, and get ready for a hell of a ride!

Motor City Barn Finds

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760352441
Release Date: 2017-07-11
Genre: Transportation

Ride along on the search for forgotten automotive gems in the Motor City. Detroit has been America's Motor City for decades. It's home to Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, as well as numerous auto industry companies and specialty and speed shops. At the same time, it's the poster child for urban blight and dysfunction. It's truly a city of contrasts, which presented challenges and opportunities in equal measure to barn finder Tom Cotter. In Motor City Barn Finds, Cotter plies his trade in a locale rich with automotive history. Detroit's lost cars are abandoned in empty lots, resident in decrepit buildings, squirreled away in garages, and stashed in historic wrecking yards. Behind the wheel of his classic 1939 Ford Woodie, Cotter trolls the back streets and neighborhoods of this historic city looking for lost automotive gems accompanied by photographer Michael Alan Ross. As America's Motor City, Detroit is an emotional and historical mecca for car enthusiasts, capable of drawing hundreds of thousands of car people for events like Woodward Dream Cruise and attracting design-forward companies like Shinola. At the same time, it's intimidating to navigate, with numerous dodgy neighborhoods and risky abandoned factory sites. Add it all together and you have fascinating and intriguing opportunities to dig for barn-find gold.

The Hemi in the Barn

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760342985
Release Date: 2012-04-24
Genre: Transportation

Provides a collection of true, often amazing, stories and essays about car collectors and enthusiasts who have discovered unusual and desirable cars forgotten in all manner of locations, from barns to old-school junkyards to farmer's fields. Reprint. By the best-selling author of The Cobra in the Barn.

Roadside Relics

Author: Will Shiers
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760339848
Release Date: 2010-11-06
Genre: Transportation

Abandoned junk to some, the rusty old steel shells of vehicles are treasures to others, holding memories of a bygone era, or the promise of a pristinely restored, radically customized automobile. Automotive photographer Will Shiers has captured these dreams on film for over ten years, and this volume collects his images between two covers for the first time. Here are the beautiful husks Shiers has found in the United States fields and barns, shops, and salvage yards across States. Divided into five categories—General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Independents, and Special Vehicles—these wrecks and relics from 1910 to the 1970s come equipped with all the relevant information: history, model, location. The most comprehensive and beautifully photographed collection of abandoned cars ever published, this volume preserves for all time the exquisite skeletons of American automotive might.

Strange But True Tales of Car Collecting

Author: Keith Martin
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760344002
Release Date: 2013-08-26
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles

Collects true stories about eccentric car collectors, including the tale of an English nobleman who buried his horde of Ferraris in an insurance scam and a woman who loved her car so much she wished to be buried in it.

The Cobra in the Barn

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: MotorBooks International
ISBN: 076033661X
Release Date: 2010-04-03
Genre: Transportation

Here are the true stories of people who found their dream cars in the most unlikely places.

Cuba s Car Culture

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760350263
Release Date: 2016-10-01
Genre: History

Welcome to Cuba's automotive time capsule, filled with classic cars. The story of how Cuba came to be trapped in automotive time is a fascinating one. For decades, the island country had enjoyed healthy tourism trade and American outpost status, and by the 1950s it had the highest per capita automotive purchasing of any Latin American country - its middle class ensured an interesting variety of vehicles plying the roads. But when Cuba fell to communist rebels in 1959, so ended the inflow of new cars. Since then, trade embargo forced Cuba's car enthusiasts to develop a unique and insular culture, one marked by great creativity, such as: Keeping a car alive with no opportunity to acquire replacement parts Customizing a car with no access to aftermarket parts Drag racing with no drag strip In many ways, Cuba is an automotive time warp, where the newest car is a 1959 Chevy or perhaps one of the Soviet Ladas. Cuba's Car Culture offers an inside look at a unique car culture, populated with cars that have been cut off from the world so long that they've morphed into something else in the spirit of automotive survival. Authors Tom Cotter and Bill Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) take readers of Cuba's Car Culture on a whirlwind tour of all things automotive, beginning with Cuba's pre-Castro car and racing history and bringing us up to today's lost collector cars, street racing, and the challenges of keeping decades-old cars on the road. The book is illustrated throughout with rare historical photos as well as contemporary photos of Cuba's current car scene. For anyone who enjoys classic cars, from old Chevy Bel-Airs to Studebakers to Ford Fairlanes, a cruise around Cuba will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.

The Illustrated History of the Rat Rod

Author: Steve Thaemert, Jr.
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 9781620082218
Release Date: 2015-11-10
Genre: Transportation

Defined by author and Rat Rod Magazine editor Steve Thaemert, Jr. as the “blue-collar hot rod,” a the term “rat rod” refers to a custom car built with creativity, ingenuity, and individuality. Less of a classic-car replica and more of an expression of the builder’s personality, “rat rodding” encompasses not just the vehicles but also the scene and the lifestyle ignited by this automotive hobby that’s catching on like wildfire. By the editor and senior writer of Rat Rod Magazine, the comprehensive publication for all things rat rod, The Illustrated History of Rat Rod takes you inside the culture to explore the beginnings, evolution, and rising popularity of the hobby. INSIDE THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF RAT ROD: •The beginnings of the rat-rod scene and early enthusiasts. •A look at the hot rods that spawned the rat-rod hobby and how the term “rat rod” was coined. •Rat Rod Magazine and its importance in defining and documenting the hobby as well as other media exposure that helped bring rat rodding into the public eye. •How rat rodding overcame opposition by detractors while gaining acceptance and supporters. •The annual Rat Rod Tour, including event results and anecdotes from attendees. •The clothes, attitudes, music, and styles that shape the rat rod culture. •A discussion of parts, building techniques, and safety practices typical of rat rodding. •A glossary of terminology unique to the rat rod hobby.

50 Shades of Rust

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760345757
Release Date: 2014-09-15
Genre: Transportation

This title collects 90 of the all-time best barn-find stories in condensed form. Each story is accompanied by photographs from the scenes of the finds, creating a heavily illustrated book

The Hot Rod Reader

Author: Peter Schletty
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760339688
Release Date: 2011-03-28
Genre: Transportation

This anthology of hot rod writings and excerpts chronicles the joys of hot rodding, the historical circumstances of its creation, and the major events, people, cars, and builders who brought hot rods to the national stage. From popular writers of the era to those covering today’s cutting edge innovators, this collection explores various themes within hot rodding through news articles, essays, fiction, interviews, and more, with more than 60 color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs to illuminate each excerpt and story. Writers include Gray Baskerville, Ed Roth, Wally Parks, Dean Batchelor, Robert E. Petersen, Tom Wolfe, LeRoi "Tex" Smith, and many more.

Hot Rod Garages

Author:
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760344200
Release Date: 2013-08-12
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Provides a look inside the garages of some of the most famous hot rod builders in the United States.