"... an interesting read...they weave entertaining stories of vehicular crime, racing, moviemaking and various mishaps and mayhem." - The New York Times
"Authors Matt Stone and Preston Lerner are seasoned automotive writers and the book reads with the insider intrigue of two scribes talking to friends over beers." - San Diego Union Tribune
“… chock-full of amusing car-related trivia and miscellany – perfect for dipping onto on drowsy, cloudy winter afternoons.” - Detroit News
"The answers are here, one question and answer per chapter. Authors Stone and Lerner, both auto magazine writers, know how to weave a compelling tale. Each chapter's brief length and unconnected nature make this the perfect book to read, put down and come back to. It's a guilty pleasure; one that's hard to put down for good and is certainly my favorite book this year." - Boston Herald
“Maybe you grew up liking the Ripleys’ Believe it Or Not panels that ran in your local paper’s comic section. If so, the format and content of this interesting exercise in debunking the past may genuinely catch your interest… it’s an entertaining read.” - Hemmings Motor News
"A good deal of the fun here is in following the authors’ steps as they sought to prove or disprove the various tales." - Auto Restorer
"The topics are interesting; the research is impressive, and the writing is clear and informative." - RV Life
From the Back Cover
Did you know that after James Dean’s death behind the wheel, parts of his car were sold off and cursed their owners?
Did you know Bonnie and Clyde almost exclusively stole Ford V-8s as their getaway cars because they were the fastest cars of their day? And Clyde Barrow even wrote Henry Ford a thank-you card?
Did you know that a monkey named Jocko Flocko won as many NASCAR Grand National races as Mario Andretti, Buddy Shuman, and Mark Donohue?
Did you know that a Ford Pinto could fly?
Did you know that one of the Aston Martin DB5s James Bond drove in Goldfinger and Thunderball may have been thrown from an airplane and dumped in the ocean off the coast of Florida as part of an insurance scam?
Did you know the Edsel could have been called the Utopian Turtletop?
Did you know that oil heiress Sandra Ilene West is buried in her beloved Ferrari?
The automotive world is filled with crazy stories, mysteries, myths, rumors, and legends. History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries: James Dean’s Killer Porsche, Isadora Duncan’s Last Ride, Bonnie and Clyde’s Getaway Car, and More compiles some of the most intriguing ones, separating fact from fiction and exploring their origins. Sometimes the stories prove to be true; other times, facts really are stranger than fiction.