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Book Review - 365 Cars You Must Drive

The Most Sublime, Weird and Outrageous Cars in History
By Matt Stone and John Matras

Reviewed by James Riswick

365 Cars You Must Drive by Matt Stone and John Matras

Cars are very simply a means of going from point A to B, but there are those that transcend mere transport and become ingrained in not only the dreams of car nuts everywhere, but in the fabric of culture as well. This colorful book selects one of these cars for every day of the year, including everything from readily available models like today’s Ford Mustang GT to impossibly unavailable selections like Adam West’s Batmobile and John Paul II’s Popemobile. What’s fun about 365 Cars You Must Drive is that authors Matt Stone and John Matras cover some of history’s most amusingly awful cars like the Plymouth Volaire, AMC Gremlin and the Yugo that provide comic relief and a fond look back at how bad automobiles could be in the past. And of course, the hottest, most exotic, drool-inducing models have been included like the McLaren F1, Ferrari Enzo, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, Aston Martin DB5 and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. OK, so maybe not that last one.

Although only seasoned car journalists could really have a chance of actually driving many of the 365 selections, it’s still fun to thumb through the pages counting how many you’ve driven, sat in or at least seen. For anyone who lives and breathes anything automotive, this is a must-have for your library.

Price: $15

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