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If you’ve Ever loved a car, or loved a person who loved a car, this is the book for you. and much cheaper than actually buying a car.
I have said I bought some of my cars as much for the stories behind those cars as for the cars themselves. Rodney Kemerer’s Tales From the Garage is full of those kinds of stories – funny ones, suspenseful ones, moving ones, even practical ones. If you’ve ever loved a car, or loved a person who loved a car, this book is for you. And it’s much cheaper than actually buying a car.
…chauffeurs us through American automotive culture.
“Car enthusiasts love cars, sort of. In many cases it’s not the machine but the people and stories behind them that we love. [Rodney Kemerer’s] Tales From the Garage chauffeurs
us through American automotive culture, mile after charming mile.”
Dan Neil, Wallstreet Journal
An engaging, literate collection of car stories.
“Tales From the Garage is that rare thing in the motoring world – an engaging, literate collection of car stories, told by an automobile fan who is also a writer with a sharp eye and a deft way with words.”
Charles Fleming, Former Los Angeles Times Automotive Writer
…left me with the feeling that I have just read the best automotive book of my life…
“Over the years a few books have left me with the feeling that I have just read the best automotive book of my life. [This book] is now at the top of that list… Rodney Kemerer’s Tales From the Garage will take you on a reading ride as enjoyable as a top down cruise to the beach.”
Lance Lambert, Author, TV & Radio Personality
Any reader… cannot help but walk away feeling privileged to have been invited into Rodney’s garage.
“These tales are not only of the cars themselves but of the owners who prize them, the children who adore them, the garages that protect them, the gas stations that fuel them, the toys that echo them, and the junkyards where some are laid to rest. Any reader… cannot help but walk away feeling privileged to have been invited to into Rodney’s garage.”
…written with a sunlit warmth and casual ease that engages readers, making us want to keep turning pages…
“Readers of Garage Style Magazine are familiar with the byline of regular columnist Rodney Kemerer, a longtime contributor to that automotive and petroliana enthusiast’s publication. A natural-born storyteller with a passion for automobiles, architecture, and collecting, Rodney has compiled some of his favorite pieces into this handsomely illustrated new book, Tales From the Garage. Their topics are varied – fascinating people, sentimental keepsakes, life-altering experiences, impressive structures, special cars – and all are written with a sunlit warmth and casual ease that engages readers, making us want to keep turning pages, to dive into the next tale and the one after that. It’s a proper celebration of the big and small moments that make up a motoring life.”
Mark Mccourt, Senior Editor, Hemmins Motor News
…I love [this] book so much… And it would be a really bitchen gift.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s, I saw car design blossom into its architectural magnificence. That’s one of the reasons I love Rodney Kemerer’s book Tales From the Garage so much. He not only gives us the sociological influence and significance of design, he also helps us recognize our emotional attachment to cars. They carry our experiences, our joys, our sorrows, and in many cases, our youth. You don’t have to be a car lover to enjoy this book. And it would be a really bitchen gift.
LARAINE NEWMAN, Writer-Performer
…this is a must have book…
“Rodney Kemerer’s book Tales From the Garage is not what the title suggests. In reality it is about life… Rodney is a marvelous story teller and observer of life… This is a must have book…”
Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
…a vividly and uniquely illustrated collection of enjoyable, emotional, and enticing stories…
“…what Rodney understands is that it’s not the car itself but the car’s story that distinguishes it and brings it to life. Tales From the Garage is a vividly and uniquely illustrated collection of enjoyable, emotional, and enticing stories about cars and our personal relationships with them.”
Bruce Meyer, Automotive Enthusiast
…certain to delight and impress all who open its pages…
“Rodney Kemerer makes history personal with his intriguing and wonderfully woven stories… These stories in Tales From the Garage introduce readers to a wide variety of vehicles and personalities, making the book certain to delight and impress all who open its pages.””
Angelo Van Bogart, Editor, Old Cars
I love that Rodney knows how to bring life to inanimate objects that represent so much more than what the eye sees.
“…Tales From the Garage makes you think about how chance encounters, or a kind gesture, or a simple gift, or a tenacity to own what might seem out of your reach, can result in lifelong memories and experiences that will always be yours to share.”
Terri Toennies, President, LA Auto Show Automobility LA
“…accurately and eloquently [captures] the zeitgeist of the automotive world.”
“Rodney Kemerer’s Tales From the Garage is a rare gem of a work, blending literary sensibility with the automotive experience. While many have written about cars—their history, their features and their hold upon us—surprisingly few have so accurately and eloquently captured the zeitgeist of the automotive world in such a readable and compelling way. From the seemingly mundane to the outlandish, Kemerer has crafted 30 automotive tales, with lavish bespoke artwork, that are as entertaining as they are revealing. As such, Tales From the Garage will not only appeal to Castor oil-loving car enthusiasts everywhere, but also anyone who enjoys a good tale, well written.”
CASEY ANNIS, Editor-in-Chief, Sports Car Digest
If you’re into cars, this is the book for you. If you’re not into cars, this is the book for you too.
“I’m a true fan who grew up with a love for cars, from the beauty of a Duesenberg to the roar of a Shelby Mustang. I’ve been reading Rodney’s funny, informative and sometimes strange stories for years and always enjoy them. They will satisfy the yearnings of any gearhead, but they are also very human, a history of America’s fascination with cars and their beauty, from a Dune Buggy to a Rolls-Royce. If you’re into cars, this is the book for you. If you’re not into cars, this is the book for you too.”
TOM HOLLAND, Writer-Director
The perfect read for any car guy or gal.
“Here’s a good ‘find’ for ya! Tales From the Garage is chock full of short stories about people and their cars. The perfect read for any car guy or gal.”
Jesse Mortensen, Founder of Barnfinds.com
“…stunning and highly entertaining, humbling and heartwarming.”
Don Weberg, Editor and Publisher Garage Style Magazine