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8 Books to Gift Your Favorite Gearhead this Holiday Season

8 Books to Gift Your Favorite Gearhead this Holiday Season

Your favorite gearhead eats, sleeps, and breathes cars, so why shouldn’t they read about them too? Here are some of Amazon’s top-selling books about cars that would make the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.

Everyone's Guide to Buying a Used Car and Car Maintenance

By Scotty Kilmer

Scotty Kilmer, a professional mechanic for the last 50 years and star of YouTube’s “The Scotty Kilmer Channel” for DIY car repair, has revised and updated his book: “Everyone’s Guide to Buying a Used Car and Car Maintenance.” He shows readers how to check out used cars for purchase and how to avoid the proverbial used automobile “lemon.” From the initial glance at the dealer through the road test and bartering stage, Kilmer shows how to evaluate a vehicle for purchase, and also provides more in-depth tips for experienced do-it-yourselfers.

How Cars Work

By Tom Newton

“How Cars Work” is a completely illustrated primer describing the 250 most important car parts and how they work. This mini test book includes simple line drawings and clear language to describe all the automotive systems as well as a glossary, index, and a test after each chapter. “How Cars Work” provides the basic vocabulary and mechanical knowledge to help a reader talk intelligently with mechanics to understand shop manuals and diagnosis car problems.

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

By Finn Murphy

More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then, he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days, and many of his nights, in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.

In “The Long Haul,” Murphy offers a trucker’s-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains.

My Dad Had That Car: A Nostalgic Look at the American Automobile, 1920-1990

By Tad Burness

With more than 1,300 pages and 12,500 illustrations covering 70 years, this may be the most complete visual history of the American automobile ever published. Nowhere else are there so many collector, luxury, sporting and everyday cars assembled with fascinating information about original prices, engine sizes, horsepower, and other specifications. The pages are packed with genuine, factory-fresh photographs and drawings taken from contemporary advertisements, catalogs, and brochures.

The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family, and Faith

by Paul Teutul Jr.

“The Build” reveals the "behind the scenes" story of the popular TV reality series “American Chopper” for the show's millions of fans. Author Paul Teutul, Jr., is one of the most creative builders of custom "chopper" motorcycles in the world.  His talents were revealed to millions of TV viewers worldwide on “American Chopper,” as well as later on a spinoff series, “American Chopper Senior vs Junior.”

“The Build” gives the reader at Paul Jr.'s life behind the camera, which included conflict with his father and business mentor, Paul Sr. Using his own story of improbable success, as an illustration, Paul Jr. offers insights on how anyone can find and activate often hidden talents.  

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

By Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling. “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” is the perfect book for younger gearheads or those who are just young at heart.

Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide

By Patrice Banks

A do-it-herself guide to auto maintenance, roadside emergencies, and the real scoop on how women can get honest car service at the garage, from engineer turned auto mechanic and award-winning entrepreneur Patrice Banks.

How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Formula 1 Designer

By Adrian Newey

“How to Build a Car” explores the story of Adrian's unrivaled 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he's been involved.

From his early career in IndyCar racing and on to his unparalleled success in Formula One, the reader learns every detail of how a car actually works.

Adrian has designed for the likes of Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, always with a shark-like purity of purpose: to make the car go faster.

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Boss Hoss Cycles Prove to be the Baddest On and Off Screen

Boss Hoss Cycles Prove to be the Baddest On and Off Screen

Featured in movies like “Hell Ride,” “The Final Destination,” and “Righteous Kill,” Boss Hoss Cycles have proved to be some of the baddest and most powerful bikes on the market.

Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc. was established in 1990 when Monte Warne created his first Chevy V-8 powered motorcycle in his 5,000 square foot shop in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

A commercial aircraft pilot and power plant technician, Warne was the first to design a V-8 powered motorcycle that has a traditional cruiser motorcycle style, look, and feel. This was done by designing a single speed, or one gear, transmission.

The right angle drive transmission allows the length of the bike to be kept to a minimum and the engine-mounting inline with the frame made for a well-balanced design that is unequaled by any other V-8 powered motorcycles.

During the last 25 years, Boss Hoss Cycles has grown to a 22,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

The product line has also grown from the conventional two-wheeled motorcycle to include three-wheeled vehicles, also known as trikes.

In January of 2006, Boss Hoss motorcycles and its manufacturing facility received a full vehicle type-approval from the European Commission, effectively making Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc. the only globally approved V8 motorcycle manufacturer.

At the release of the 2012 model trikes with 4L70E overdrive transmissions and air ride suspension as standard production, Boss Hoss introduced the new Boss Hoss Super Sports model. The Super Sport is the first new model design by Boss Hoss since the release of the 502 model in 2000.

At the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association, (SEMA), trade show in Las Vegas early this month, BluePrint Engines displayed a Boss Hoss motorcycle powered by a BluePrint Engine.

The jet black cycle was even driven around the floor as shown on the BluePrint Engines Facebook page.

The 2017 SEMA Show drew more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers and visitors. The displays were segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 3,000 newly introduced parts, tools, and components.

The annual SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, and networking opportunities. The 2018 SEMA show will take place in Las Vegas from Oct. 30 - Nov. 2. More dates and details can be found on the SEMA website.

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Revered for Design and Purpose: The Ford Bronco Lives On

Revered for Design and Purpose: The Ford Bronco Lives On

June 17, 1994, burns in America’s memory as one of the most significant days in sports, and car history. As documented in the ESPN 30/30 film, June 17, 1994, saw the following events:

  • Arnold Palmer playing his final round at the U.S. Open

  • The commencement of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, hosted for the first time by the United States

  • The New York Rangers celebrating their win at the Stanley Cup Finals with a ticker-tape parade on Broadway

  • Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks

  • Ken Griffey Jr. tying Babe Ruth's record of the most home runs (30) before June 30th and the team's 65th game of the season

On that same day, former Heisman trophy-winner, O.J. Simpson was a passenger in a white 1993 Bronco owned and driven by Al Cowlings as they attempted to elude the Los Angeles Police Department in a televised low-speed chase.

An estimated 95 million people watched the event that was described as "the most famous ride on American shores since Paul Revere's."

Since then, Ford Broncos have only increased in popularity and value.

According to Bloomberg, the current average value of a Bronco in perfect condition is $47,025 compared to $23,400 five years ago. For one in drivable and generally good but not perfect condition, the value is $29,188 compared to $14,500 five years ago.

BluePrint Engine’s exhibition booth at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association, (SEMA), trade show in Las Vegas featured an electric blue Ford Bronco from Maxlider Brother Customs.

The stunning Bronco was displayed with its hood open, showing off a BluePrint crate engine complete with BluePrint break-in oil.

Located in Bloomington, Illinois, the Maxlider family specializes in rebuilding, restoring, and selling quality, classic vehicles, but especially Broncos. They opened shop four years ago as the popularity of the classic car increased around the country. Their 8,000 square-foot shop has restored more than 300 Broncos.

Their inventory consists of classic Ford Broncos, Ford Mustangs, classic trucks, vintage SUV’s, and other hot rods. They even have a “Classic Car Matchmaker” program where you can submit the kind of classic car you’re looking for, and their scouts around the country will help you find the right fit.

Ford Broncos were produced from 1966 to 1996 and were viewed as five different generations:

  • 1966-1977 – Generation I (The ‘Early Bronco’)

  • 1978-1979 – Generation II

  • 1980-1986 – Generation III

  • 1987-1991 – Generation IV

  • 1992-1996 – Generation V

Ford formally announced at the beginning of 2017 that they would bring back production of Broncos in 2020 but have not released any other details.

Until then, BluePrint Engines will continue to provide cool engines for these sweet, classic rides.

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