Book of the Week: ‘The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine that Made the Modern World’

Book of the Week: ‘The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine that Made the Modern World’

If you’re on the HAMB, it’s most likely you’re at least slightly interested in automobiles somewhat beyond just traditional hot rods and customs. At the very least, you can appreciate the technical marvels of other types of vehicles from other eras, classic or modern. On top of your love of mechanical things, perhaps you are a history lover as well? We obviously spend hours looking at old photos and books to get our cars as close to the 40s- 60s look we are trying to emulate, so you must appreciate looking at how style and trends evolved? Ok, last question… Do you like to read a good book? Because I’ve got a recommendation for you: The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine that Made the Modern World by Bryan Appleyard goes all the way back to the very beginning of the automobile’s birth in Europe and uncovers the little-known stories and people along the way that contributed to the epic rise of the automobile. His chapter on Henry Ford and the Model T will have you connecting so many dots in your head and perhaps even realize why Fords in particular make such great hot rods. Did you know where the term ‘Jalopy’ came from, or what the word even means? You can find out in this book…

You can also just listen, if you don’t read.

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