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History Favorite car books from when you were young

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by KMINAF, Feb 7, 2012.

    Joined: Jan 17, 2012
    Posts: 4

    from Utah

    I am curious as to what books you may have read as a kid. I remember ordering books from the Scholastic Bookclub where the teacher would hand out an order form that we could take home then beg our parents for money to buy the books that we wanted. I still have two from the 1960's "The Jeep" by Keith Robertson and "The Red Car" by Don Stanford.
  2. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,928

    from Michigan

    Go Dog Go.

    "Do you like my hat?"

    "No, I do not like your hat."

    Go Dog Go.
  3. Motors Manual .... I had all the frontends of all the old iron memorized.
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  4. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,341

    from Greeley Co

    been reading repair manuals since i learned to read,seriously i would read page by page,i remember borrowing $10 for my at a garage sale for 15-20 old repair books-which i still have {but realy who's going to work on a 1927 Graham or 1918 Buick or hell even a 1918 Willys Overland???
  5. rustdodger
    Joined: Jan 17, 2009
    Posts: 275


    'Dirt Track Summer" and others titles I've forgotten written by William Campbell Gault
  6. primered_junk
    Joined: Feb 6, 2012
    Posts: 4


    I thought I was the only kid on earth that ever did that, I also read "Boy gets car" by Henry Gregor Felson at least 10 times, along with the CARtoons comic books.
  7. Skeezix
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 846

    from SoCal

    Only book I ever recall my mom reading with me - that tree party looked (s) fun
  8. TM 9-8000, Basic Principles of Automotive Vehicles. Read it from cover to cover when I was 10.
  9. Street and strip :)
  10. There's a whole bunch of posts regarding Henry Gregor Felson's books
    sometime back......if one would do a search. His daughter had even
    chimed in back then.
  11. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,994


    Just be sure to spell his last name FELSEN for the best info. Official website here:

    Welcome from St. George, new guy.
  12. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    You'll probably also remember the short story in most everybody's high school American Lit class about the hot rod jeep in Korea.
  13. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,767


    loved reading about Gumdrop..from memory a stripped down Austin 7
  14. BHfanGB
    Joined: Jun 22, 2009
    Posts: 243


    My favorite was one in my elementary school library called "The Three-In-One Car", which told the story of a kid and his first car, a '49-'51 vintage Chevy fastback and how he rebuild it using parts from two other cars, hence the title. He ended up painting the car orange, which earned it the nickname "The Pumpkin". The last time I read it was more years ago than I care to remember, but I do recall it was very true-to-life. Would love to find a copy of that book now!
  15. Cincinnati Slim
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 322

    Cincinnati Slim
    from Cincy, OH

    "Here is your hobby, Car Customizing" I checked it out so many times from the library that my Mom finally told me to stop. I bought a copy a few years ago on ebay.
    Has pictures of the Mysterion being built, Ed's 'Budget Buggy', and the R&C '60 starliner project. Felsen wrote it also.
  16. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,570


    I remember the Korean hot rod jeep story. Horsepower....not gears!
  17. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,089


    The Red Car was a favorite along with all of the Henry Gregor Felson books that I could drag off the bookmobile. I read a few by William Campbell Gault too.
  18. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,060

    from Germany

    An Austin Clifton heavy 12/4. A lot bigger than a 7!
  19. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,060

    from Germany

    My favorites were in order of best first:
    The Corgi book of cars from 1968 ( a fantastic book covering rallying, racing, development, history and stories)
    The open road. (a book from 1961 wonderfully illustrated documenting a trip to the coast in England in a smart new Hillman Minx convertible.)
    The Gumdrop stories about a 1920s Austin Clifton heavy 12/4.
  20. Anything by Henry Gregor Felsen. 50 years later I'm trying to put together a complete collection of his original hardbacks.
  21. I remember a pictorial series of books, one was called"Drag Racing Funny cars" that i finally found a couple years back. They were aimed at the 6-8 year old crowd, but were printed in 1968, and jammed with neat old cars from the day. I was an advaced reader,and in third grade i found a book called "Dinosaur Cars" about the post WW11 independants. If i hadn,t found that one, i might have had a more normal car collection.
  22. deuce354
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
    Posts: 304


    Young ? I still love my Felsen , & William Campbell Gault Books, I Still have everyone & still read them
  23. One of the first books I ever had. Never thought about it...maybe it's the reason I love cars and dogs.
  24. kleinbike
    Joined: Dec 1, 2011
    Posts: 41

    from Nor Cal

    I can't remember the title of it, but I was given a book as a kid in the 70's that was nothing but pictures of front ends of cars from the early 1900's up through about the early 70's. no writing other than the make, model, and year of the car. Loved that book. had some real oddball cars as well as a few customs if I remember right.
  25. davedeltadog
    Joined: Aug 8, 2008
    Posts: 173


    Chity Chity Gang Bang!
  26. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 807

    Theo Douglas

    "Go Dog Go" was awesome, but I didn't like the tree party--I liked the parts with the cars!

    A book called "Roar of Engines" by an author with the first name of John was great--all about a guy building a dragster to challenge the local car club, whose dragster was called the Black Widow.

    Felsen's books were great--"Boy Gets Car" and "Hot Rod" especially.

    And then no one else has mentioned this, but everything that Ed Radlauer ever did. He wrote these amazing books for young readers, in the '60s and '70s, that were mostly photos with a little text.

    Topics weren't all HAMB-friendly--custom vans and minibikes were two--but taken together, they provided an amazing snapshot of the car/bike/boat/van scene at the time. Radlauer ruled.
  27. Anything by Henry Gregor Felson
  28. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,206

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a favorite. So was Ralph, the small mouse who rode a motorcycle. I think Beverly Cleary wrote that one.
  29. kleinbike
    Joined: Dec 1, 2011
    Posts: 41

    from Nor Cal

    Half of a ping pong ball for a helmet. I'd forgotten all about that.

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