Along with the gas station, the garage was instrumental in developing the automotive landscape as we know it.
In the Garage: Automobility and Building Innovation in America's Early Auto Age, authors John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle return to provide their expertise in the built world — the landscape as shaped and developed by humans. This time, on one of the most humble and overlooked parts of our culture: the automobile's garage.
This book covers the gamut from the beginnings of the industrial garage in the early 1900s on up to the garages we have come to expect as a part of our homes, today — and the many variations in between.
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.
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.