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Fast Cars, Cool Rides

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Bass booms from custom speakers, pick-up trucks boast lowered suspensions, chrome rims reflect stoplights, and bare arms dangle from open windows. Welcome to Santa Clara Street in San Jose, California, where every weekend kids come to cruise late at night, riding their cars slow and low. On the surrounding, less-traveled streets you can also find young men racing customized cars to see who has the "go," not just the "show." And, in the daylight hours, in a nearby suburb, you might find a brand new SUV parked in the driveway, a parents' Sweet 16 present. In Fast Cars, Cool Rides Amy Best provides a fascinating account of kids and car culture. Encompassing everything from learning to drive to getting one's license, from cruising to customizing, from racing to buying one's first car, Best shows that never before have cars played such an important role in the lives of America's youth as they do today. Drawing on interviews with over 100 young men and women, aged 15-24, and five years of researchcruising hot spots, sitting in on auto shop class, attending car showsBest explores the fast-paced world of kids and their cars. She reveals a world where cars have incredible significance for kids today, as a means of transportation and thereby freedom to come and go, as status symbols and as a means to express their identities. But while having a fast car or a cool ride can carry tremendous importance for these kids, Best shows that the price, especially when it can cost $30,000, can be steep as working-class kids work jobs to make car payments and as college kids forgo moving out of Mom and Dad's house because they can't pay for rent, car payments, and car insurance. Fast Cars, Cool Rides offers a rare and rich portrait of the complex and surprising roles cars can play in the lives of young Americans. Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a cool ride.
Category: Family & Relationships. ISBN: 9780814799314

The Art of Cars

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In the tradition of the smash hits Toy Story , A Bug's Life , Toy Story 2 , Monsters, Inc. , Finding Nemo , and The Incredibles comes the newest film from Pixar Animation Studios, Cars , the story of a race car who learns that it's not all about the fast lane. (In fact, life begins at the off-ramp.) Offering an insider's view into the artistic development of Cars , this gorgeously illustrated book celebrates the whimsical yet painstaking research that fueled Pixar's directors, production designers, and artists. Fascinating storyboards, full-color pastels, on-the-road snapshots, and hundreds of character sketches reveal the origins of Pixar's charming and clever automobile-based world. Gleaned from the team's trips to racetracks and down the famed Route 66, The Art of Cars is as colorful as its memorable story and characters, making this bookthe only movie tie-in for adultsa spirited ride down the road of a masterful animated feature film. Cars is a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film. 2006 by Disney Enterprises, Inc./Pixar Animation Studios. All rights reserved.
Category: Performing Arts. ISBN: 9780811849005

History of Electric Cars

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One hundred years ago electric cars were the most popular automobiles in the world. In the late nineteenth century and at the start of the twentieth century, they outsold every other type of car. And yet, within a couple of decades of the start of the twentieth century, the electric car had vanished. Thousands of battery-powered cars disappeared from the streets, replaced by the internal combustion engine, and their place in the history of the automobile was quietly erased. A century later, electric cars are making a comeback. Fears over pollution and global warming have forced manufacturers to reconsider the electric concept. A History of Electric Cars presents for the first time the full story of electric cars and their hybrid cousins. It examines how and why electric cars failed the first time - and why today's car manufacterers must learn the lessons of the past if they are to avoid repeating previous mistakes all over again. The book examines in detail: Early vehicles such as the Lohner-Porsche petrol-electric hybrid of 1901; Key figures in the history of the electric car development such as Henry Ford; Sir Clive Sinclair's plans to build a number of electric vehicles, designed to sit alongside the Sinclair C5; The return of the electric technology to vehicles as diverse as the NASA Lunar Rover, commuting vehicles and supercars; Future developments in electric cars. For the first time the full story of electric cars and their hybrids are examined.The hidden past of the electric automobile is uncovered and its future developments are discussed. Superbly illustrated with 300 colour photographs, many of which are rare and original sketch designs. Nigel Burton has written and lectured on cars and automotive history for more than twenty years.
Category: Technology. ISBN: 9781847974617

Why Dogs Chase Cars

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These fourteen funny stories tell the tale of a beleaguered boyhood down home where the dogs still run loose. As a boy growing up in the tiny backwater town of Forty-Five, South Carolina (where everybody is pretty much one beer short of a six-pack), all Mendal Dawes wants is out . It's not just his hometown that's hopeless. Mendal's father is just as bad. Embarrassing his son to death nearly every day, Mr. Dawes is a parenting guide's bad example. He buries stuff in the backyardfake toxic barrels, imitation Burma Shave signs (BIRD ON A WIRE, BIRD ON A PERCH, FLY TOWARD HEAVEN, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH), yardstick collections. He calls Mendal "Fuzznuts" and makes him recite Marx and Durkheim daily and befriend a classmate rumored to have head lice. Mendal Dawes is a boy itching to get out of town, to take the high road and leave the South and his dingbat dad far behindjust like those car-chasing dogs. But bottom line, this funky, sometimes outrageous, and always very human tale is really about how Mendal discovers that neither he nor the dogs actually want to catch a ride, that the hand that has fed them has a lot more to offer. On the way to watching that light dawn, we also get to watch the Dawes's precarious relationship with a place whose "gene pool [is] so shallow that it wouldn't take a Dr. Scholl's insert to keep one's soles dry." To be consistently funny is a great gift. To be funny and cynical and empathetic all at the same time is George Singleton's special gift, put brilliantly into play in this new collection.
Category: Fiction. ISBN: 9781565124042

Clarkson on Cars

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Jeremy Clarkson gets under the bonnet in Clarkson on Cars; a collection of his motoring journalism. Jeremy Clarkson has been driving cars, writing about them and occasionally voicing his opinions on the BBC's Top Gear for twenty years. No one in the business is taller. In this collection of classic Clarkson, stretching back to the mid-1980s, he's pulled together the car columns and stories with which he made his name. As coal mines closed and house prices exploded to a soundtrack of men in make-up playing synthesizers, Jeremy was already waxing lyrical on topics as useful and diverse as: The perils of bicycle ownership Why Australians - not Brits - need bull bars Why soon only geriatrics will be driving BMWs The difficultly of deciding on the best car for your wedding Why Jesus's dad would have owned a Nissan Bluebird And why it is that bus lanes cause traffic jams Irreverent, damn funny and offensive to almost everyone, this is writing with its foot to the floor, the brake lines cut and the speed limit smashed to smithereens. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Praise for Jeremy Clarkson: 'Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud' Daily Telegraph 'Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches' Time Out Number-one bestseller Jeremy Clarkson writes on cars, current affairs and anything else that annoys him in his sharp and funny collections. Born To Be Riled , Clarkson On Cars , Don't Stop Me Now , Driven To Distraction , Round the Bend , Motorworld and I Know You Got Soul are also available as Penguin paperbacks; the Penguin App iClarkson: The Book of Cars can be downloaded on the App Store. Jeremy Clarkson because his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser . Since then he has written for the Sun and the Sunday Times . Today he is the tallest person working in British television, and is the presenter of the hugely popular Top Gear.
Category: Reference. ISBN: 9780141017884

Muscle Cars Field Guide

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Muscle car enthusiasts can take this fact-filled reference with them anywhere! Featuring more than 300 American muscle cars produced during the last 40 years, this is the ultimate guide for high-performance enthusiasts. This full-color reference features more than four decades of the most powerful American cars ever produced. Listings include a historical background, original factory specifications, available options, original pricing information and an updated price guide, with current values in six condition grades. Includes every type of high performance model from early full-size favorites like the 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS to muscle car heyday favorites like the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner SuperBird, as well as other high-performance classics of the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Category: Technology. ISBN: 9780873498692

The Bluffer's Guide to Cars

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From 'Station Wagons' to 'Hatchbacks', and from 'Cadillacs' to 'Pontiacs', The Bluffer's Guide to Cars provides everything you need to know to get your conversation into gear.
Category: Transportation. ISBN: 1909365815

Guy des Cars 37 L'Envoteuse

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Par une nuit chaude de Rio... Fascinant regard, peau cuivre de mtisse, corps splendide dans sa transe religieuse... Geoffroy contemple Edna - en prtresse d'Exu, dieu du mal. Mais Edna, c'est aussi une mystrieuse aventurire qui tient en chec des ptroliers franais dcids s'implanter au Brsil. Et le cinaste Geoffroy Morin est leur missaire. Beau, implacable ; et qui a carte blanche... Le voici introduit auprs d'Edna qui prtend n'avoir qu'un but : sauver ses frres indiens traqu, massacrs... Le lendemain, elle disparat, laissant un tendre message Geoffroy...Mais Edna n'a pas tenu parole et Geoffroy erre seul dans Manaus, au bord du fleuve-mer...
Category: Fiction. ISBN: 9782847146707

Elephants Don't Sit on Cars

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Jeremy James always seems to be getting into mischief and is fed up with grown-ups never knowing the answer to important questions. Join Jeremy James as his navigates his way through messy pesky supermarkets, goes to a football game and discovers the consequences of eating too many sweets . . . Illustrated throughout by the award-winning Axel Scheffler, David Henry Wilson's funny and gentle stories about the inimitable Jeremy James are much-loved classics, perfect for younger readers.
Category: Children's & Young Adult Fiction. ISBN: 9781509818761

Making Cars More Fuel Efficient

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Studies show that cars use significantly more fuel per kilometre than suggested by official certification test ratings. While the exact size of this gap is poorly understood there is speculation that the gap is growing as a percentage of the tested value.
Category: Technology. ISBN: 9789282103432
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