Texas Driver, November-December 2005″…an old-fashioned family vacation…kitschy, informative…a whole lot of fun. Well-written, entertaining…can keep you browsing for hours.” Review
Road & Track, May 2006
“Satisfyingly more than a pictorial pot-boiler, these 320 oversized pages show signs of thoughtful research on everything from the Lincoln Highway (Route 66 for an earlier generation) to Earl Scheib (‘I’ll paint any car any color for only $29.95’).”
Hemmings Classic Car, June 2006 (circ.: 36,000)
“More than a few books chronicling the American road have passed through our inbox and been reviewed in these pages. When this one arrived, we groaned reflexively, figuring we’d found yet another volume joyously recounting the kitschy glories of Route 66. We were pleased, however, to learn that in this large-format paperback … the authors fire a quick-shot series of features at literally all things automotive, or at least auto-related.
“The brisk writing and reader-friendly style make this a good one-shot volume of what our hobby’s all about.”
Auto Aficionado, March/ April 2007 “The Big Book of Car Culture: The Armchair Guide to Automotive America turned out to be thoroughly engrossing and entertaining. It is well researched, unearthing some information that is usually not found in print, and delightfully illustrated.” Classic American (UK), Winter 2006“If you’re looking for a good all-around book about American car culture, then this is it! Beautifully illustrated with period color (where possible) pictures.”Scotland Daily Record, November 2, 2005″It’s a power-packed paperback on the weirdest and wackiest wheels ever seen in the U.S.” Book DescriptionFor readers who love cars and the open road, heres the ultimate fun armchair compendium to automotive Americana. Illustrated with hundreds of photos, period ads, postcards, gas-station giveaways, and more, this whimsical collection of nearly 150 roadside icons features all the old chestnuts, like drive-in restaurants, service stations, Route 66, and tail fins, as well as off-beat and less obvious sides of roadside America, like the Weinermobile, the breathalyzer, and even Earl Scheib, who built an empire based on $99 paint jobs. Written by Route 66 denizens and veteran Americana authors Jim Hinckley and Jon Robinson. About the AuthorJon Robinson and Jim Hinckley are veteran writers who specialize in topics related to the American automobile and roadside culture. Robinson is the author of MBI titles such as Route 66: Lives on the Road and Classic Chevrolet Dealerships. Hinckley is the author of an exhaustive history of the Checker Cab Company and a forthcoming travel book on his native Arizona. Both authors live in iconic Route 66 towns: Robinson in Victorville, California, and Hinckley in Kingman, Arizona.