Chrysler s Turbine Car

Author: Steve Lehto
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1569767718
Release Date: 2010-10-01
Genre: Transportation

Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the world of automotive research and development in the 1960s, this engaging narrative traces the birth of Chrysler’s alternative “jet” car and reveals the story behind its sudden and mysterious demise. Relying on extensive research and firsthand accounts from surviving members of the turbine car program—including the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the engine and the test driver who drove it at Chrysler's proving grounds—this chronicle documents the bold development of an automobile with a jet turbine engine. In addition to running well on virtually any flammable liquid—including kerosene, vodka, heating oil, and Chanel N°5 perfume—the pioneering engines had one fifth the number of moving parts and required less maintenance than conventional engines. Despite the fleet’s amazing performance over millions of miles by test drivers, Chrysler pulled the plug on the project and crushed almost all of the cars. The reasons behind the surprising end to the jet car fleet are finally explained here.

Drawn to Injustice

Author: Timothy Masters
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101585122
Release Date: 2012-06-05
Genre: True Crime

Timothy Masters was a lonely, troubled teenager with a penchant for gory artwork when he first saw Peggy Lee Hettrick… …her dead, mutilated body nearly frozen in the early morning of Fort Collins, Colorado. Not believing it could really be a dead body, thinking he was the victim of yet another prank by his abusive classmates, the fifteen-year-old didn’t go to the police—but they came to him. So began a decade-long investigation led by a relentless detective who was sure that Masters was the killer, even without a shred of physical evidence. Against all reason, a conspiracy of silence and circumstantial evidence eventually put Masters behind bars. Only the determination of a lone investigator who believed the young man was innocent would reveal the shocking truth, and free Masters after ten years in prison. This is the compelling true story of one life ended in blood and murder, one life ruined by coincidence and prejudice, and justice long denied but finally found.

Preston Tucker Others

Author: Arvid Linde
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781845840174
Release Date: 2011-04-15
Genre: Transportation

An automotive book like no other you've ever read! Guaranteed to surprise, intrigue, entertain and inform whether the reader is an automotive expert or a complete novice; altogether a memorable, eye-opening journey through our automotive heritage. Preston Tucker & Others celebrates those pioneering individuals with a radical, non-conformist approach to car design, from Preston Tucker and his Torpedo to Guy Negre and his zero-emission dream. Lavishly illustrated and intensively researched, this is also the story of the milestone inventions that have shaped today's cars and automotive landscape.

Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow

Author: Steve Lehto
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613749562
Release Date: 2016-07-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In the wake of World War II, the U.S. automobile industry was fully unprepared to meet the growing demands of the public, for whom they had not made any cars for years. In stepped Preston Tucker, a salesman extraordinaire who announced the building of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up. Tucker's car, which would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match, captured the interest of the public, and automakers in Detroit took notice. Here, author Steve Lehto tackles Tucker's amazing story, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date. It is the first comprehensive, authoritative account of Tucker's magnificent car and his battles with the government. And in this book, Lehto finally answers the question automobile aficionados have wondered about for decades: exactly how and why the production of such an innovative car was killed.

Automobile Heritage and Tourism

Author: Michael V. Conlin
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781315436203
Release Date: 2016-12
Genre: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Automobile heritage encompasses a complex range of artefacts and activities. Beyond just historic vehicles which are the primary artefacts of this niche, it also includes communities of collectors and enthusiasts, private owners and public institutions, as well as historic motoring environments, literally thousands of museums, exhibitions and car shows throughout the world, and a range of paraphernalia that includes both original and replicated promotional materials, equipment and parts, and guide books. Although automobile heritage has been the subject of some limited research, Automobile Heritage and Tourism is unique in examining its scope and role within tourism. The book looks at a vast array of topics, from the experience of using and collecting old cars, related destination development, automobile heritage and museums, to events such as vintage automobile racing, promotion and social change. It thereby provides a thorough review of the impacts of automobile heritage on tourism. A number of theories provide a framework and are analysed throughout, including those related to the collection, display, exhibition and use of historic automobiles. The title takes a global and interdisciplinary view of the subject with international contributions from both established and emerging scholars in the field. This book adds to the industrial heritage tourism literature and will appeal to a diverse audience, in particular those in the fields of cultural heritage and industrial heritage tourism, but also practitioners involved with the planning, restoration, exhibition and management of automobile heritage attractions and events.

The Great American Jet Pack

Author: Steve Lehto
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613744307
Release Date: 2013
Genre: History

For a few decades, jet packs seemed to be everywhere: on Gilligan’s Island, Lost in Space, Thunderball, and even the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympics. Inventors promised we’d all be flying with them now, enabling us to zoom around effortlessly in the sky and getting us to work without traffic jams and trains. What happened to the jet pack? In The Great American Jet Pack, Steve Lehto gives us the definitive history of this and related devices, explaining how the technology arose, how it works, and why we don’t have them in our garages today. These individual lift devices, as they were blandly labeled by the government men who financed much of their development, answered man’s desire to simply step outside and take flight. No runways, no wings, no pilot’s license were required. Soaring through the air with the wind in your face and landing anyplace there was room to stand—could this be done? Yes, it could be, and it was. But the jet pack was perhaps the most overpromised technology of all time. From the rocket belt to the jet belt to the flying platform and all the way to Yves Rossy’s 21st-century free flights using a jet-powered wing, this book profiles the inventors and pilots, the hucksters and cheats, the businessmen and soldiers who were involved with these machines. And it finally tells a great American story of a technology whose promise may, one day, yet come to fruition.

Lost Car Companies of Detroit

Author: Alan Naldrett
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9781625856494
Release Date: 2016-01-25
Genre: Transportation

Among more than two hundred auto companies that tried their luck in the Motor City, just three remain: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. But many of those lost to history have colorful stories worth telling. For instance, J.J. Cole forgot to put brakes in his new auto, so on the first test run, he had to drive it in circles until it ran out of gas. Brothers John and Horace Dodge often trashed saloons during wild evenings but used their great personal wealth to pay for the damage the next day (if they could remember where they had been). David D. Buick went from being the founder of his own leading auto company to working the information desk at the Detroit Board of Trade. Author Alan Naldrett explores these and more tales of automakers who ultimately failed but shaped the industry and designs putting wheels on the road today.

American Murder Houses

Author: Steve Lehto
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101593011
Release Date: 2015-02-03
Genre: True Crime

There are places in the United States of America where violent acts of bloodshed have occurred. Years may pass—even centuries—but the mark of death remains. They are known as Murder Houses. From a colonial manse in New England to a small-town home in Iowa to a Beverly Hills mansion, these residences have taken on a life of their own, gaining everything from local lore and gossip to national—and even global—infamy. Writer Steve Lehto recounts the stories behind the houses where Lizzie Borden supposedly gave her stepmother “forty whacks,” where the real Amityville Horror was first unleashed by gunfire, and where the demented acts of the Manson Family horrified a nation—as well some lesser-known sites of murder that were no less ghastly. Exploring the past and present of more than twenty-five renowned homicide scenes, American Murder Houses is a tour through the real estate of some of the most grisly and fascinating crimes in American history. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS From the Trade Paperback edition.

The New Lemon Law Bible

Author: Steve Lehto
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 1468046489
Release Date: 2011-12-30
Genre: Law

This is an update of the best selling "Lemon Law Bible," first published in 2000. Steve Lehto is a well-known attorney who has handled thousands of claims against automakers over defective automobiles. Here, he explains in plain English what you need to know to protect yourself as a consumer. Not just what to do after you have been ripped off, but how to protect yourself against getting ripped off. Includes full explanations of how the Lemon Laws work, as well as an overview of the court system and what to expect if litigation becomes necessary. Also: appendix of the lemon laws of all 50 states, as well as excerpts of the "Federal Lemon Law," and the Uniform Commercial Code. The author and his book have been featured on CNN and the BBC, and he has been quoted by the New York Times.

History s Greatest Automotive Mysteries Myths and Rumors Revealed

Author: Matt Stone
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760342602
Release Date: 2012-11-30
Genre: Transportation

"The automotive world is filled with crazy stories, mysteries, myths, rumors, and legends. This book compiles them all, from subjects such as racing, manufacturing, crime, pop culture, and mechanical, explains their origins and where the truth lies"--

The Restorer s Reference BMW 2002 1968 1976

Author: James Taylor
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 9781610598033
Release Date: 2013-02-15
Genre: Transportation

DIVThe BMW ’02 series of cars, which includes the 1602, 1802, and 2002, was one of the most successful series ever produced by the Bavarian automaker, with more than 800,000 examples built. A surprising number of these are still on the road, as the little Bimmer has proven itself a reliable as well as stylish performer. The Restorer’s Reference BMW 2002 1968–1976 provides restorers, collectors, and enthusiasts all the key information necessary to correctly refurbish these classic German coupes. As the value of these cars continues to rise, it’s more important than ever to ensure accuracy in restoration and preservation. From exterior colors to the myriad small details of the engine and interior, The Restorer's Reference BMW 2002 1968–1976 covers all of the details that add up to a correct, original car./div

Champion of the Lark

Author: Robert R. Ebert
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476602028
Release Date: 2013-08-22
Genre: Transportation

A career engineer at Studebaker, Harold E. Churchill became president of the recently merged Studebaker-Packard Corporation in 1956, at a time when finances were shaky and an aging product line was losing ground to the Big Three. Quickly launching a pr

Mighty Mac

Author: Lawrence A. Rubin
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814318177
Release Date: 1958
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This impressive photograph collection captures the struggles and the hardships, as well as the determination and the pride of the men who labored to build the Mackinac Bridge.

The Dodge Brothers

Author: Charles K. Hyde
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814332463
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The first comprehensive biography of John and Horace Dodge and the history of their company, Dodge Brothers.

The Ford Road

Author: Lorin Sorensen
Publisher:
ISBN: NWU:35556039559075
Release Date: 1978
Genre: Ford Motor Company