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Flaming Floorboards [Kindle Edition]

Steve Tom
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Book Description

Are you tired of cleaning spiders out of your gas gauge? Have you driven for miles wondering what that funny smell was, only to discover your seat was on fire? Did your tender first kiss leave your date needing medical attention? If you can answer "yes" to all three questions, you're probably the author of this book. "Flaming Floorboards" is a true account of these and many similar adventures which befell the author, a man who ambled through life adopting stray cars the way other people adopt stray cats. He came of automotive age during the 1960's, the golden age of muscle cars. Surrounded by Camaros, Mustangs, Super Birds, and their ilk, his dream car was a Stanley Steamer. (Looking back, the author admits it may not have been a coincidence that he didn't get many dates.) He never did get a Stanley, but over the years he drove thousands of miles in cars such as a Model A Ford, a Jaguar E-Type, a pair of mid-60’s Chevy Impalas, a handful of MG's, and other memorable automobiles. These were not shiny classics when he drove them. They were rusted hulks that he rescued from the salvage yard. In his struggles to keep these rolling wrecks on the road he encountered people like Fr. Dupree, a reporter/pool shark turned Episcopal priest; Luis Riccotto, the proprietor of Riccotto and Sons Imported motors; and Otis Swineheart, a man of few words and fewer teeth. "Flaming Floorboards" is a warm and funny story about an extraordinary cast of cars and characters.

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About the Author

Steve Tom has published many technical articles in engineering journals and is a contributing author to several books on energy and controls. Of more interest to general readers, he has published articles, humor, and short stories in publications such as British Motoring, Stymie, The Steam Car, and A Wee Nip. Many of his stories are available at This is his first non-technical book. He is a registered Professional Engineer and has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He lives with his wife and three children near Atlanta GA, where he drives old cars, annoys his family by playing ancient records on wind-up phonographs, and flails at golf balls with hickory-shafted clubs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2145 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149234320X
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IO3PMQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #715,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars would thoroughly recommend it 5 May 2012
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I am only half way through the book but even if it ended at this point I would thoroughly recommend it. It is all about first cars with their idiosyncrasies and not having much money so you adapt your behaviour to cope. It is about breaking down every 4th lamp post and learning what kit to carry to make it back home. I love the fact that the author chose a 40 year old ford car as his first and as an MG fan I was very pleased when he later bought an MGA. I also related to the fact that back in years gone by you could buy some old unloved car and pretty much drive it home and sort out the MOT, insurance and tax the next day or so. Nowadays of course with police computer databases everywhere you would be lucky to get it off the former owners drive before being slapped with points on your licence and a hefty fine. I reckon there is many a good car that ends up in the scrap yard as the logistics of getting it home are just too difficult. Anyway, roads were much quieter 30 years ago so even if your brakes were not too good you would be unlucky to harm anyone else. It is a great book about making running repairs and blown up engines and broken bearings and generally motoring on a shoestring and I am really enjoying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flaming Floorboards: Evocative, Educational and Highly Entertaining! 10 Mar. 2012
By Kittie Beletic - Published on
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If I was anywhere near my old MGB (I'm sure the current owner is riding along with the wind blowing through his hair ... having to bang on the engine with a pliers every 30 miles to get it to start), I would include a picture to share in the spirit of this whimsical and hilariously funny memoir about a man and his antique cars. We follow Mr. Steve Tom through his life from his first automotive love affair to his current collection of classic cars. Mr. Tom writes with his unique perspective, a sidewall philosopher who rolls with the punches and occasionally stops to kick a tire (or two). I chuckled, I laughed out loud. I reminisced and remembered my own adventures with the cars I have known and loved. I found myself wanting to share stories of my own with Mr. Tom, who I bet would love to swap adventures with others!

Flaming Floorboards is a delightful read, one I certainly recommend to classic car collectors ... but also to those who enjoy a darned good story! It makes a wonderful gift to the car enthusiast in your life and it's the perfect download to accompany you on your travels.
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny stories and warm personal memories 12 April 2014
By Karl Vacek - Published on
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Steve Tom has written about his lifetime of cars, mostly British and over half of them MG's. The title of the book may give away the fact that it's hilarious in many parts; "Flaming Floorboards" details Steve's journey to the heights of automotive ecstasy, following a path of rust and oil leaks.

Steve's always had a dry wit, an unflappable personality, and a quirky approach to life's many situations. That all comes out in his retelling of the many tales in his book. He has an amazing memory for details as well, recalling decades-old events as if they'd occurred only an hour ago. This is a collection of short stories woven into an autobiographical series of glimpses into his life, family, and friends with and around cars and car lovers. And if you've spent any time with cars and car people, you'll recognize your own experiences here too. Steve's incredible memory for details, his insightful descriptions, and his dry wit make this book difficult to put down.

Full disclosure - Steve and I have been friends since 1969, and our meeting and some misadventures we shared are in the book too. I've known many of the characters in the book, participated in many of the events, and both driven and occasionally worked on many of the cars. The names of the characters have been changed to protect the guilty, but they're real people and Steve accurately captures every one of them without any exaggeration. Similarly, the stories for which I can attest are absolutely true and unembellished; but Steve's incredible recollection of tiny details, his writing style, and his word choices make the stories even better in the retelling.

Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful way to spend a couple days reading.... 26 April 2014
By wasbum - Published on
An absolutely wonderful book! It’s a mixture of musings, memoirs, and many unforgettable moments of living with a passion for old cars. I became interested in the book when I removed the very first car I ever owned out of a 38 year storage and began to restore it for no particular reason. It’s a 1961 MGA -- a little newer than Steve's, but basically the same. My MGA has historical license plates on it so driving is limited to events and maintenance. But, everyone knows that an MG is pretty much always coming from or going to maintenance, so the license plates are virtually unlimited. Steve has a wonderful way of telling stories, making interesting analogies, and making you laugh out loud. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes old cars or someone who just wants to read a very interesting, entertaining, and funny book. You will immediately identify with Steve Tom, his cars, and life’s little perils. Thank you, Steve for a couple days of wonderful reading!
5.0 out of 5 stars I was surprised how delighted I was with this book 3 Mar. 2015
By mdub - Published on
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I was surprised how delighted I was with this book, especially as I am not a car person. Who knew you could have such an exciting life through cars! Steve was my neighbor in Alaska, but was not able to have his classic cars there. So although I knew he had some cars back home, I was surprised at their extent. I was glad he put a chapter about Betsy in, and also loved the Air Force parts. I was actually glad to learn a little about MGAs, and particularly TR3s, and XKEs, which were always my favorite sports cars. This book is really an adventure story, so I would recommend it for anyone!
5.0 out of 5 stars Flaming brilliant! 7 May 2014
By John Swanland - Published on
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I totally loved this book--I have a fairly short attention span with books and I kept wishing this would never end. Anyone with an interest in old cars would enjoy reading this. The car stories are interspersed with social history which makes a very readable and well written package
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