Modern America that came to be in the 20th century is intrinsically linked to the automobile and, of all things, the gas station.
In the Gas Station in America, authors John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle trace the roots of the gas station back to their origin and provide a clear, authoritative view of how the modern gas station came to be, how its permutations through time have impacted our connection to them, and their importance to the development of the automobile and the economic success of the United States.
Along the way, they provide a fascinating glimpse at why, as auto enthusiasts, we use and appreciate our cars the way we do.
Although there was a time that nearly saw a complete demise of the American Muscle Car, it is alive and well today – in fact, better than it has ever been. Shrouded by 50 years of time are the stories that created the legends of the Muscle Cars we admire and love today. In the Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars, author Tom Glatch shines a light on the people, events, and cars that spawned those legends and our intense enthusiasm for American performance cars with ever-increasing horsepower.
I haven't found a series that does a better job illuminating the subject of manufacturing than National Geographic's Ultimate Factories.
When you restore or customize your ride, it's difficult to do it well if you don't understand where it came from or how it was put together. If your serious about your hobby and it involves being hip deep in your car's parts, then Ultimate Factories is a must-see.
Although this is a review of the series, it's also a guide that references every single episode I could find with a perspective geared specifically towards the automotive enthusiast.
Check it out and enjoy!
This five-disc DVD educational series on paint and body repair is a great and inexpensive way to introduce yourself to the complex and often misunderstood field of automotive body repair.