Wheels of Change: From Zero to 600 M.p.h.: the Amazing Story of California and the Automobile

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9781597141130: Wheels of Change: From Zero to 600 M.p.h.: the Amazing Story of California and the Automobile

Winner of the Valentine Memorial Award for Excellence in Automotive History and a finalist for Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Motor Press Guild, Wheels of Change is the story of automobiles in California from the horseless carriage era of the 1890s to the jet cars of the 1960s.And what a story it is! Award-winning author Kevin Nelson brings to life the personalities that have helped shape this story, from all-time great race driver Barney Oldfield, to design marvel Harley Earle (creator of the Corvette), to Hollywood stars such as Steve McQueen and James Dean, who drove hard, lived hard, and loved fast automobiles. Nelson covers the birth and growth of hot rodding in California, dry lakes racing, automobiles in movies, motor racing on the Coast, automobile races from New York to California, George Barris, Dean Jeffries and the development of the custom car craze, "low-riding," Californian Craig Breedlove and his "Spirit of America" land speed racer, and so much more in this wonderfully written and researched history.

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Like The Golden Game, a book about California baseball I wrote a few years, Wheels of Change is not just about California. It is about how California and Californians changed the world of automobiles, and how the world of automobiles changed California. So this book, in my view, appeals not just to Californians but to anyone who is interested in the larger world of automobiles and how automobiles shape our society at large. Now that sounds a bit pretentious. This book is not an academic treatise--anything but. It's full of good stories and entertaining people. If you like good stories and people, not to mention cars, you'll like this book.

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Kevin Nelson devoted three years to researching and writing Wheels of Change, driving thousands of miles around California on road trips to car shows, car museums, car clubs, racetracks, the El Mirage dry lakes area, and other significant spots in the state s automotive history.

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