Author: Brian Moody
If you really like movie cars and if you're looking for some ideas regarding your next classic car purchase or project, I have a suggestion. Get the book Stars and Cars -- Mythical Pairings.
Inside, there are short, digestible stories about famous cars and the stars who drove them to fame. The book isn't perfect, it goes from featuring known car-loving celebs like James Dean and Steve McQueen, to movie characters who drove cool cars like in the "James Bond and Aston Martin" section.
Either way, there are lots of cool quotes from both characters and the actors who played those parts. One of my favorites is in the "Drivers on TV" section regarding the British TV series "The Avengers": "Patrick Macnee hated these antique cars and struggled to drive them," the author notes. At times there is a bit of a Euro-centric feel but, for Americans, it might be just the thing to spices up the usual "Starsky and Hutch" and "Back to the Future" mentions.
The large centerfold pics of featured cars is especially worthwhile -- there are little facts about each car. One of the best is the supercharged Ford Falcon interceptor from "Mad Max." Same goes for the feature on "The Prisoner" and Number Six's Lotus Super Seven and the often overlooked Mini Mokes -- and Bond's various cars are covered. Bottom line here is that the photos are very good.
If you can stand the fact that the featured replica "Bullitt" Mustang has the wrong wheels, you'll likely get plenty of enjoyment (BTW
Published May 30th, 2017
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