There’s only 19 days until Christmas, which means it’s time to at least think about some shopping. Chances are, you know a fellow car-lover but can’t think of a decent gift. How about a car book?
Like the manual transmission, the book is a dying art form. One-upped by internet videos and flashy TV shows, it’s easy to excuse books as old and stuffy, but there’s a certain magic about the printed page that refuses to go away.
If the car lover in your life could use a good read, our list of books includes everything from racing-inspired novels to coffee table books right at home in any proper man cave, and all points in between. Here are our top 10 books for car lovers this holiday.
If the car guy in your life is the type who’s determined to re-engineer their ride better than it came from the factory, something more technical might fit the bill. Randy Beikmann explains the core physics of auto racing and backs them with real-world examples.
What’s there to say that the title hasn’t already said? One of the best underdog stories of motorsports history, starring the legendary Carroll Shelby. There’s a good reason it’s on our list of best books for car lovers.
There are certain names that are synonymous with great design. Pininfarina, Zagato and Guigiaro rank among the all-time greats. This photo-packed tribute is the perfect addition to any car lover’s home.
If American metal is a favorite of the person you’re buying for, here’s a tribute to the red white and blue’s most recognizable car. Even people who aren’t major Mustang fans will still find this to be a great car book.
Formula 1: All the Races
Finally, you can buy someone a book as a gift and know they’ll actually open it. If you do come across some humbug out there who can’t appreciate a well-selected car book, just tell them reading is good for hand-eye coordination – which will make them better behind the wheel.