Sexy Cars and Summer Reading

Courtney Caldwell’s 17th annual “Sexy Car Buyers Guide” with 50 shades of innuendo and sub-titles that might have been concocted at a girls’ night out, is in the current issue of Road & Travel Magazine, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. While “Quick, Cute and Curvy,” “Sultry Lines Right To Its Rear”, “Hacking Hormones” and other descriptors may not appeal to sophisticated car shoppers, Caldwell says the feature is always a winner with her readers and fans. If you equate “Sexy” with “Pretty,” a piece by Benjamin Preston in the New York Times’ Wheels feature may explain the appeal. He asks: “Could Pretty Cars Be The Key To Attracting Younger Car Nuts?” He answers, “pretty cars, whether great or not-so-great, are the flagships of automobile enthusiasm.”

Racemaker Press is seeking to foster auto enthusiasm at an age when aesthetics are still instinctual. The company has published Tommy Saal’s ABC of Auto Racing History – for Little and Big Boys & Girls. It has cartoon illustrations by Saal and also contains a racing reference for adults. Check for more details and ordering. . . . . More books called to our attention for a long, hot summer’s reading include:

Book: Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic by Rob Siegel

Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic by Rob Siegel author of Roundel’s “Hack Mechanic” column for 25 years. He shares his secrets to buying, fixing, and driving cool cars without risking the kids’ tuition money or destroying his marriage – 432 pages, with 37 photos Price: $29.95. Available at and bookstores across the nation. . . .David Bull heralded two books: a new edition of John Horsman’s classic motorsports memoir Racing In The Rain. First published in 2006, this award-winning book tells the story of Horsman’s career as an engineer and manager with one of the most successful organizations in racing history — the legendary Gulf Oil-sponsored team run by John Wyer. The other, due out this summer is, McLaren From the Inside: Photographs by Tyler Alexander. To learn more about these and other offerings go to

Derek Daily has written what sounds like a classic: Race To Win. in which he lists the seven essential skills of a champion and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of some of the best-known drivers. He also provides a simple formula for success with his Champion’s Pyramid – a seven-component construct which lists and ranks the qualities necessary for the best drivers to win consistently, on any team, with any car, and on any track. Check to order a copy. . . . Last, for this edition, Bill Maloney has sent along a copy of the cover for his autobiography, “Windy City Adman.” No price, no number of pages or pictures, but it teases with a sub-title: “Celebrities, Studios, Speedways and Scoundrels.”