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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 Art of Cars 3

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Pixar Animation Studios presents The Art of Cars 3 , a behind-the-scenes look at the concept art from the latest film in the popular Cars series. Fascinating storyboards, full-color pastels, digital paintings, and more offer a unique perspective into the beloved world of Lightning McQueen and his friends, new and old. With a preface by John Lasseter, foreword by director Brian Fee, and an introduction by production designers Bill Cone and Jay Shuster, The Art of Cars 3 is a scenic road trip through a masterfully animated film.
Category: Performing Arts. ISBN: 9781452156422

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

Cars I Could've, Should've, Kept

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A small business owner and lifelong lover of classic sports cars, Jackson Brooks began in the early 1960s to purchase, restore and enjoy a long succession of rare automotive beauties, many of which are million-dollar commodities in today's market. Not so much a collector as an enthusiast and entrepreneur, he recounts in this well-illustrated memoir how he found and selected the cars, some of which were on the verge of the scrap-heap, the process of restoring them, the challenges he confronted along the way, the ones that got away, and always the hunt for the next vehicle to spark his imagination. The cars, primarily sporting machines, include 8C-2.3 Alfa Romeos, a Jaguar SS100, three 1953 Ferrari 250MM Barchetta racers (of 13 built), a 1922 Mercedes Targa Florio racer, a Type 57 Bugatti, a 1929 Mercedes SSK (one of 33 built), four Talbot Lagos, and a 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton among many others, with particular concentrations on Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. Often the sale of one, after restoration and use, financed the purchase of the next, and the text includes the purchase and sale prices as well as approximate present-day market values of the cars. Few people have enjoyed so much hands-on experience with so many of the world's most desirable automobiles.
Category: Transportation. ISBN: 9780786428106

Top Gear's Midlife Crisis Cars

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Following up on Crap Cars and My Dad Had One of Those, Top Gear celebrates the midlife crisis with the definitive collection of the flashest, fastest, most impractical cars ever to be found in the driveways of otherwise perfectly sensible men. Drawing on the high level of expertise in this area, Top Gear explores the phenomenon of motoring and the midlife crisis, identifying over 50 classics of the genre across four desperate decades. From Ford Capri to Ferrari Testarossa, it celebrates the flashest, fastest and most ridiculous attempts to cover a bald spot, meanwhile offering a profound insight into the complex psychology of a middle-aged man and his quest for eternal youth. Top Gear's Midlife Crisis Cars both rejoices and recoils at the time-honoured tradition of flushing the children's inheritance on something you're too arthritic to get into in the first place.
Category: Transportation. ISBN: 9781846074974

Cars, Trains, Ships, and Planes

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Get kids revved up and ready to read. Cars, Trains, Ships & Planes is a visual encyclopedia of every vehicle to zoom, sail, soar, float, or fly across the land, sea, and sky. Displaying more than 1,000 vehicles including classic cars, hybrids, race cars, sail boats, luxury cruise ships, BMX and dirt bikes, military tanks, steam locomotives, mountain trains, hot air balloons, fighter jets, International Space Station manned spacecraft and more, plus a glossary and index, this visual catalog is perfect for young transportation buffs. In addition to the eye-catching images for readers to spot and explore, exciting text covers facts and figures on record breakers and news makers and includes the story of the history of transportation--from the first wheel to the latest hybrids--giving this book a special appeal to reluctant readers. Cars, Trains, Ships & Planes is the fastest route to take young readers on a journey to learn about all things that go.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction. ISBN: 9781465438058
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