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Maximum Muscle: Factory Special Musclecars (Muscle Car Color History) Paperback – July 1, 2001

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After paying his dues working in a variety of dusty auto parts stores, and then earning a journalism degree from Southwest Texas State University, Steve Statham's career in automotive journalism started with a stint as managing editor at Super Ford magazine. He later served as the editor ofMusclecar Enthusiast magazine for many years. Along the way, he has authored and photographed 12 books on automotive history and contributed articles to dozens of automotive publications. Steve also writes fiction, and his new novel is Rules of Force, a sci-fi thriller. When not writing or editing, Statham tries to find time to take his wife and daughter out cruisin' in his 1968 GTO.
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Product Details

  • Series: Muscle Car Color History
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760308772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760308776
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,935,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I snag all the 60's and 70's muscle car books, when they are at a hugely reduced priced, especially brooklands and motorbooks, and anything Ford/Merc Muscle or Racing. Some are duds, some are so-so, and some are pretty darn good. This book is pretty darn good. Great photos, great write-ups with good historical supporting info. Sure,a purest for one automaker or another will point fault at incorrect details or omissions, but all in all it is a good book. My only problem, so far, is the photos do not match-up with the text. In other words you might be reading pages dealing with cheverolet history, but the great detailed photos next to the text, might be chrysler cars. Its like they had the text write-ups like they wanted, then pasted the photos, where they fit. Its not hodge-podge, they do all relate nicely and the photo descriptions are all correct and detailed, its just the arrangement and positioning could have been better. Its definitely not enough to take it down to a 4/5. A 4.5/5 would have been a perfect rating, for me.
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Maximum Muscle is the story of Detroit's high powered muscle and pony cars whose direct design and implementations were borne out of the need to win races. The book takes a general look at how cars such as the Boss 302, Dodge Charger Daytona and others came to be and how successful they were in their respective series. There is some good general knowledge provided about these cars and their development (including the failures such as Pontiac's attempt to enter the Trans-Am series in '69 with their 303 block) as well as the race series they performed in (NASCAR, SCCA Trans-Am series, etc). The author separated the chapters into the different racing series with a chronological view of who did what when and how and included sections on Indy Pace Cars, dealer specific cars and the current state of muscle/pony cars. As mentioned earlier the book does give a good general look at what happened but I found the book does suffer from a lack of detail. Most of the information provided can be considered general knowledge for many automotive enthusiasts interested in that era (i.e. why the Hemi was brought back, why AMC was so successful in the '70-'72 Trans-Am series, etc). I do not mean to bemoan this book as it did a very competent job of providing all the necessary facts. I just expected more thorough detail. Overall the book was well written and gives the reader enough information about an exciting time in racing. If you want more information and detail however, you will need to look at other books that deal with specific manufacturers (such as Phil Hall's "Fearsome Fords: 1959-1973" and Larry Mitchell's "AMC Muscle Cars").
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