Author(s): Simon Heptinstall
This latest book in the hugely popular 1001 series showcases the world's best designed and most important cars. With stunning full-solour photography representing the highest achievements of car design and visceral descriptions of what it is like to turn the key and rev the engine, this collection is the next best thing to a test drive...Strap yourself in for a cavalcade of the fastest, biggest, smallest, most expensive, and most innovative motorized vehicles ever produced. Arranged by date of launch and packed with beautiful photographs, incisive writing, and specification tables, this truly global guide offers a lush visual history of the automobile and highlights the technological innovations, major manufacturers, engineering feats, and designers, and the interplay between popular culture and car design...Discover the extraordinary contraptions that started it all more than one hundred years ago and marvel over today's most spectacular supercars. Read the remarkable stories behind the most famous Ferraris and Porsches and then explore the little-known, unsung heroes of motoring history, too. Survey the cars chosen by stars, millionaires, and world leaders. Admire James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder, and Al Capone's Cadillac V16...1001 Cars to Dream of Driving Before You Die reveals the stories behind the cars, the geniuses who designed them, the companies and factories who built them, and the people who drove them. It will keep you dreaming about cars forever.
Simon Heptinstall is a former taxi driver and garage manager who eventually switched to motor journalism. Since his career change he has helped to launch BBC Top Gear magazine and worked as a researcher for the BBC's Extreme Machines and Big Boys' Toys series with Jeremy Clarkson. He has also conducted research for Autocar, AutoExpress, What Diesel and Redline magazines. He edited the Goldfish Guides to cars and commercial vehicles and worked as an editor on The Complete Book of the Car. Heptinstall has been an editorial consultant for Toyota, Peugeot, Lexus and BMW. He once set a world record for motoring madness by driving to twelve countries...all in one day.