Automotive

Reviews of products for scale automotive models, including motorcycles and motorized vehicles.

Ford Mustang II & Pinto 1970-1980

Published: September 7th, 2019     
Ford Mustang II & Pinto 1970-1980
Author: Marc Cranswick
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Company: Motorbooks

Product provided by: Motorbooks International

In the early to mid-1960s, the British Invasion forever changed music in America. In the late 1960s, the Japanese Invasion forever changed the cars that roamed the highways and byways in America. The cars were becoming smaller and more fuel-efficient, somewhat easier to maintain and, for the most part, more reliable. Since the 1950s, American automobiles had become larger and more garish in style, focusing primarily on luxury and high performance. Between the increasing insurance premiums and growing gasoline prices, that kind of car was becoming more expensive and more cumbersome to own. During this time, a new kind of American car came into being, the Subcompact. Marc Cranswick, the author, has been a car enthusiast for most of his life and has been involved with numerous car clubs and writing books on the history of a variety of cars. In this volume, he takes us through the formative years of Ford Motor Company's first line of subcompact cars.

Patina Volkswagens

Published: August 31st, 2019     
Patina Volkswagens
Author: Mark Walker
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Veloce Publishing

About the Author

Author Mark Walker bought his first VW Beetle at age 16 and has since owned more than 100 Volkswagens. Walker was the owner and operator of several VW restoration companies and has carried out sympathetic restoration and high-quality suspension modifications for magazine feature cars. Mark has written for VolksWorld and Camper & Bus magazines since 2012.

Patina Volkswagens

This book focuses on 1974 or older Volkswagens with original paint, rust, and patina that have recently become more popular than cars restored to show condition. These rare unspoiled survivors tell a story of an interesting and varied past and have inspired a generation of car fanatics that might not be able to afford complete restorations.

The book is packed with excellent color photographs, and text provides insight to the car builders, dealers, celebrities, and hobbyists that have styled these unique cars.

Saab 96 & V4

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Saab 96 & V4
Author: Graham Robson
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Veloce Publishing

This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010, and now is available in Veloce's Classic Reprint Series. The author's biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows:

"Graham Robson possesses a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has been close to the sport of rallying for many years, as a competitor, team manager, organizer, reporter, commentator, and observer; in more than forty years he has never lost touch with the sport. Not only has Graham competed in many British and European events, but he's also reported on marathons in South America, and acted as a traveling controller in the legendary London-Mexico World Cup Rally. As a recognized authority on many aspects of classic cars and motoring of that period, he is the most prolific of all authors, with more than 130 published books to his credit. Over the years Graham has owned, driven, described and competed in many of the cars featured in the Rally Giants Series, and his insight to their merits is unmatched."

Fujitsu Ten Tom's Corolla AE101

Published: May 4th, 2019     
Fujitsu Ten Tom's Corolla AE101
Reviewed by: Ken Prager, IPMS# 48811
Scale: 1:24
Company: Hasegawa

The 1992 Japanese touring car championship season was the 8th edition of the series. The series was nine events long running April thru November, Finishing up at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan. the series was run under several different regulations during it's existence. The series included international categories such as group A and Super Touring which allowed both Japanese and foreign built cars. Tom's Toyota's were competing against the likes of BMW, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu. Most were factory sponsored and a few were not. There was still some serious competition. Tom's: Tachi Oiwa Motor Sports was founded in 1974 by Nobuide Tachi ad Kiyoshi Oiwa. The pair were able to use TRD with very good results in tuning and modifications to the car and a good long term R&D program with Toyota. As a result of this they were able to go racing with fac- tory sponsorship winning championships in various categories.

Mercedes-Benz SL 230 Series 2001-2011

Published: April 20th, 2019     
Mercedes-Benz SL 230 Series 2001-2011
Author: Brian Long
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: Veloce Publishing

This publication is one from a series of books covering the Mercedes Benz SL series by Veloce Publishing. It is a 208 page hardcover book, printed in 25cm x 25cm (9.75" x 9.75") format. Publication date was February, 2015.

Other publications in this series are: