Charting the 130 years from the arrival of horseless carriages to the advent of driverless vehicles, celebrate the automobile and the romance of the open road.
Beginning with the development of the first vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine, Drive explores the early glamour of driving, motor sport, and car design, and looks at how the automobile has shaped the modern world.
Revealing the advances in technology and design that have made cars faster, safer, and better to drive, and transformed them from a means of transportation into objects of status, excitement, and desire, Drive tracks trends in auto manufacturing and the public's changing tastes in cars: whether it's Golden Era sports cars such as the MG, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Chevrolet, muscle cars like the Mustang, hot rods, custom cars, the hippie-standard VW, or modern-day hybrid cars. Trivia and fascinating facts covering the growth of car racing, the development of traffic lights, the boom in automobile advertising, the first car washes, and the craft of artisan-made cars complete the subject, making it a must-have for car enthusiasts.
Giles Chapman is a leading international authority on the automobile, its industry, its culture, and its history. A former editor of the best-selling Classic & Sports Car magazine, he is also the award-winning author of more than 40 books, including Classic Car.
Past praise for Classic Car:
"[T]his is a book to savor, to be pored over time and again." - Booklist, starred review
Past praise for Car:
"Definitive' is an ambitious goal, but one this hefty book tackles with élan-perhaps the way a 1965 Gordon-Keeble might tackle a winding country road." - The New York Times