An automotive book like no other you've ever read! Guaranteed to surprise, intrigue, entertain and inform whether the reader is an automotive expert or a complete novice; altogether a memorable, eye-opening journey through our automotive heritage. Preston Tucker & Others celebrates those pioneering individuals with a radical, non-conformist approach to car design, from Preston Tucker and his Torpedo to Guy Negre and his zero-emission dream. Lavishly illustrated and intensively researched, this is also the story of the milestone inventions that have shaped today’s cars and automotive landscape.
Can you imagine a world where people drive beautiful and unusual cars, created by designers prodigiously endowed with talent and imagination?
Names like Preston Tucker, Carl Borgward and John DeLorean are hardly known today. Nevertheless, today’s cars would be a lot different without their contributions to automotive engineering. Although the car is a technological and rational affair, it’s the dreamers and eccentrics like these who have made the biggest contribution to the development of the industry; those who have had the ability to think beyond their time and conventions. Money doesn’t drive progress in the car business – it is a passion for speed, and an obsession with mechanisms. Yet for many a dreamer, this passion has ended in fiasco. Misunderstood and pushed aside by their contemporaries, they have been forced to watch their dreams trampled underfoot.
This book takes a look at the history of the car from a different angle,avoiding the mainstream moguls and telling a story about a man and his dream, and the like-minded people that came before and after him. Lavishly illustrated and intensively researched, it documents the making of some of the strangest and greatest cars of the past century. The main section is devoted to the unsung heroes of motoring, and the rest of the book shines a light on the many ingenious inventions we now take for granted.
Let’s show some respect to the dreamers. Our world wouldn’t be so exciting without them.
- A unique look at automotive history
- Touching, real-life stories about Preston Tucker's dream & about other innovators, too
- Details some of the rarest and most inspiring cars ever built
- Chronological details of brilliant inventions that changed motoring forever
- Over 165 photos & illustrations
- Little-known facts about the corporate kitchen of car manufacturing
- The bitter truth about the end of British car manufacturing
- Strange ideas for the new era of car manufacturing
- Written by Arvid Linde, winner of the headlineauto 2010 award for ‘Rising Star of Year’
About the author
Arvid Linde is a car enthusiast and an appreciator of eccentric design ideas. He has an MSc degree in Car Engineering and Logistics but has currently found himself on a career path of new media marketing. Arvid is Estonian, and worked as a car journalist for more than 10 years before moving to the UK. He now edits electriccarnews.co.uk website where he tries to unravel the dilemma of whether the electric car is the answer to the green motoring needs of the 21st century, or just another political gimmick
The constant dissatisfaction with some of the modern car design tendencies has worked for him as an inspiration to recall the times when engineers were more passionate about cars.