The Story of the Car
By Giles Chapman
A beautifully illustrated history of the world's most iconic vehicle: the car. Perfect for children and adult motoring fans alike!
A beautifully illustrative history of the world's most iconic and popular cars of all time. Perfect for children and adult motoring fans alike!
Cars do so much more than get us from A to B: they are vehicles of beauty that allow drivers to determine their own destination. Trace their extraordinary history in this gorgeously illustrated guide, from Benz's first motor wagon to the jet-propelled ThrustSSC. Along the way, discover how the social upheavals of the past 140 years diverted the car's journey: two world wars, economic crashes, the digital revolution and more. Finally, explore the fantastical cars that have been imagined in film and the incredible vehicles that await us in the future.
If you liked The Car Book, Fifty Cars that Changed the World and Car Science, you'll love The Story of the Car.
Written by acclaimed motor expert Giles Chapman, and beautifully illustrated by the Us Now design studio, this is a visual treat for anyone who is fascinated by cars.
The Story of the Car is the start of a groundbreaking series of stunning books on the social history of transport, with The Story of Flight and The Story of Space Travel to follow.
Giles Chapman (Author)
Giles Chapman is a leading international authority on the automobile, its industry, culture and history. The author of over 30 books, including the worldwide bestseller My Dad Had One of Those (written for Top Gear), he has also edited Classic & Sports Car, the world's most popular classic car magazine, founded Your Classic magazine, and worked at Autocar.
Giles has lectured on car design at the Royal College of Art, and appears frequently on BBC TV and radio; most recently on the BBC4 documentary Magnificient Machines: The Golden Age of the British Sports Car. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers such as the Telegraph, the Independent and The Sunday Times.
He is a double-winner of the Jet Media Excellence Award, won the Jeep Consumer Journalist of the Year in 2005 and was named the BCA Feature Writer of the Year in 2008. That year he was also the winner of the Montagu of Bieulieu Trophy. In 2011, he won the AA Environment Award.
Us Now (Illustrator)
Us Now is a design and illustration collective based in London. Their approach to design is creative, inclusive and distinctive.
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13 Jul 2017
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Wren & Rook
An ideal gift for the baby petrolheads in the family. Well written and comprehensive, as well as being easy on the eye. It's bound to become a bedtime favourite of kids big and small. — EVO
...this fascinating book about the history of cars feels well overdue. It's not a subject that has received much attention in children's nonfiction, despite a great interest among young readers for knowing how cars work but also why they were made, and in what context... The stylish, 20s style illustration gives it strong visual appeal for boys and girls, and would be a fantastic book to use either in school projects or to share at home with other motoring enthusiasts in the family. — Book Trust
Giles Chapman has come up with a fantastic book covering the complete history of the automobile... The illustrations, by the Us Now team, are really sleek and wonderful too... this was a truly awesome book to flick through, nicely presented and perfect for kids who are just getting into cars themselves. — Read it Daddy
Giles Chapman has managed to condense nearly 250 years worth of autmotive history into just 48 charmingly illustrated pages. — Octane
Giles Chapman is a leading motor expert and the book is wide-ranging and thorough. Highly recommended for KS2 children through to adults. — The English Association
It's visually attractive. It's accurately written. It's pleasingly comprehensive. It's also able to teach the adult things he didn't know. — The Bookbag