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Informative, humourous and enlightening
on 12 October 2013
I have a keen interest in everyday rather than exotic cars and really enjoyed reading this Bluffer's Guide which is a compact book running to 123 pages in paperback form (it is also available on the Kindle).
The book is split into 15 sections and covers topics such as the history of cars, famous motoring personalities, the characteristics of cars from different countries, safety innovations, workings of the combustion engine, buying and selling cars, accessories, motorsport, types of driver and a really useful glossary. I found the section on automotive history rather good and it includes reference to the demise of Isadora Duncan when her scarf became trapped in the wheel of a car. Another key ingredient in the mix is the sense of humour throughout the book, for example, it recalls the 1980s fad for bumper stickers proclaiming "my other car is a Porsche" but wryly comments that Porsche owners did not feel compelled to invest in stickers proclaiming "My other car's a Lada". However, despite this theme of humour do not dismiss this book as frivolous, there are lots of interesting facts such as the story behind various safety innovations, a plain explanation of how an engine works and explanation of the "badge engineering" concept, where, for example, a car can come out of the factory and be badged as a Toyota, Citroen or Peugeot. The text also covers things like EBD, ESC, PAS, EMU etc. This 2013 edition is bang up to date and refers to many very recent models of cars.
The writing style is light-hearted, but there are plenty of facts which I think would interest even someone who already knew a bit about cars. As I've said about other Bluffer's Guides they provoke thought from people who are familiar with the subject concerned by making them think what they'd have said about a particular issue, and, whether or not they agree with what's being said. Overall a very neat, factual book which would make a great little gift for anyone wanting to know about cars (or increase their credibility by "bluffing their way") or, someone who already knows quite a bit. Very likeable, amusing, insightful and recommended.