UPDATE on the UPDATE August 27th, 2015, TOM COTTER, Author of the wonderful The Cobra In the Barn series just wrote a Foreword for the book I have it easy I drive down country roads, find old cars, meet the owners and write the stories Actually, the stories almost write themselves I m just a catalyst who types words into the computer In FOUND, though, Greg Long has taken a much tougher path in telling the stories of lost and forgotten cars they are all products of his fruitful mind His ability to develop scenarios and characters, while weaving in the histories of interesting and curious cars, is amazing Short story after short story that seemingly have no connection with one another, all come together in the final chapters to form a logical and pleasing conclusion Long has done his homework, whether it s describing mechanical details of an obscure vintage Citroen to a vintage racer Guest appearances are also made by some of the most fabled and elusive cars of all time, including Steve McQueen s Bullit Mustang and James Dean s Little Bastard Porsche 550 Spyder UPDATE July 26th, 2015 International Automotive Media Awards It was announced last night during the Concours d Elegance of America at St John s, Plymouth, Michigan that my book FOUND The Lives of Interesting Cars How They Were Discovered A Novel won a Silver Medal in The International Automotive Media Competition a program to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media From works published, aired, or broadcast January 1 December 31, 2014 In a word Psyched Now back to your regularly scheduled short book description From meeting a young bikini clad Jane Fonda look alike waiting in the driver s seat of your brand new 65 Shelby Cobra in Malibu, to searching for a long lost 50 Tatra Tatraplan in an overgrown blackberry bush and coming across an even amazing discovery, FOUND The Lives of Interesting Cars How They Were Discovered brings you stories of other such amazing cars as a 67 Jaguar XK E, 71 Hemi Cuda, 61 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato, 48 Tucker Torpedo, 57 Ferrari Testa Rossa, 53 Corvette, 74 Land Rover Series III, 63 VW Westfalia and dozens extremely interesting cars But what do they all have in common Read FOUND to find out...
|Title||:||Found: The Lives of Interesting Cars & How They Were Discovered. A Novel.|
|Publisher||:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform December 7, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||238 pages|
|File Size||:||964 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Found: The Lives of Interesting Cars & How They Were Discovered. A Novel. Reviews
I met Greg at the Greenwood Car Show this year. We talked about his book and I ordered it when I got home. As I read the first part of the book, I felt teased because he would mention a car and tell a little, not really wrapping up the story at the end. I was perplexed, yet intrigued. I was rewarded in spades. It all comes together. The story is told in dialogue and I was completely sucked in. It all came together in a fantasy trip through the meeting of two men of different generations and their strong common interest... the love of cars and the people around them.
Like cars? Then read FOUND. Actually, I would go as far as to say that FOUND is required reading for anyone with an appreciation for cars, new or old. Why? Because author Greg(ory) Long successfully incorporates many of the inherent attributes of the car genre. And what are those, pray tell? They are aplenty but namely; design, engineering, innovation, business, entrepreneurship, human interest and searching for that diamond in the rough (the latter of which transcends cars alone and is infinitely exciting). The plot has an interesting and unique cadence as many of the stories are seemingly disjointed and disconnected, but eventually thread into a web of relevance. The book FOUND is to automobiles as the film “The Red Violin” is to, uh, violins. Long’s deep-seated knowledge of automobiles is apparent so it will please the discerning car geek, but it is not too over the top so as to loose the novice. Actually, I have been a classic car buff since I was 9 years old and found myself reaching for a search engine to look up certain, uh engines and historical themes referenced. I got to the point where I was often sidetracked away from the pages of the book to pages online to reference obscure car models as well as unfamiliar moments in history. Engaging with the book on this level was a huge amount of fun for me and certainly strengthened my working knowledge of cars or manufactures I was familiar with as well as exposing me to cars I only knew a little about. The author offers an “online afterward” of sorts to address questions and further define some of the details mentioned throughout the book. I found myself pouring over that material after I had finished the book to appease my curiosity about many of the stories in FOUND.
I loved this book!
I loved the entire book and found myself wanting to know more about the cars and their owners. I was captivated by the level of detail the author put into the descriptions all the way down to the actual color names used to describe them. I loved the way the story builds on the relationship of the two main characters as their adventures unfold. I have to learn more about the Citroen DS after reading the book. I knew it was an innovative car but not to the extent it really is.
Great read! I love the writer's creativity of weaving the classic cars with the human interest stories. The background stories that sometimes come with these classic automobiles are becoming as important as the classic car itself as the values continue to climb.
I can't think of a better father's day gift!
This book was a thoroughly delightful way to connect with many cars I remember and like. Reading about the cars, and the human circumstances surrounding each encounter with each car, provides the reader vicarious enjoyment that would have been impossible had Greg Long written this as anything other than a novel.
Loved the book. Makes me want to go searching the garages and barns near where I live. Really enjoyed it!