By Steve Lehto,Jay Leno
And then in stepped Preston Tucker. This salesman extraordinaire from Ypsilanti, Michigan, had equipped race autos ahead of the battle, and had designed prototypes for the army in the course of it. Now, accumulating a gaggle of wonderful car designers, engineers, and promoters, he introduced the construction of a innovative new vehicle: the Tucker '48, the 1st motor vehicle in nearly a decade to be outfitted clean from the floor up. Tucker's motor vehicle would come with creative advances in layout and engineering that different vehicle businesses couldn't fit. With a rear engine, rear-wheel force, a safety-glass windshielf that may come out in case of an twist of fate, a padded dashboard, self reliant suspension, and automated transmission, it might be extra beautiful and aerodynamic—and safer—than the other motor vehicle at the street.
But because the public eagerly awaited Tucker's automobile of the following day, robust forces in Washington have been attempting to carry him down. An SEC commissioner with shut ties to Detroit's vast 3 automakers intentionally leaked information regarding an research the company was once carrying out, suggesting that Tucker used to be bilking traders with a big fraud scheme. Headlines accused him a perpetrating a hoax and claimed that his automobiles were not genuine and his manufacturing facility was once a sham.
In truth, the Tucker '48 sedan was once actual, and everybody who observed it was once inspired through what this upstart carmaker had accomplished. however the SEC's research had compounded the company's monetary difficulties and administration conflicts, and an effective product used to be now not adequate to maintain Tucker's dream afloat.
Here, Steve Lehto tackles the tale of Tucker's striking upward push and tragic fall, counting on a major trove of records that has been utilized by no different author to this point. it's the first finished, authoritative account of Tucker's brilliant motor vehicle and his battles with the govt. And during this e-book, Lehto ultimately solutions the questions car aficionados have puzzled approximately for many years: precisely how and why used to be the construction of such an cutting edge automobile killed?
By Seymour Ubell
By Frank Ahrens
Recounting his 3 years in Korea, the highest-ranking non-Korean govt at Hyundai sheds gentle on a company tradition only a few Western reporters ever event, during this revealing, relocating, and hilarious memoir.
When Frank Ahrens, a middle-aged bachelor and eighteen-year veteran on the Washington Post, fell in love with a diplomat, his existence replaced dramatically. Following his new bride to her first appointment in Seoul, South Korea, Frank traded the newsroom for a company suite, changing into director of worldwide communications at Hyundai automobiles. In a land whose inhabitants is ninety seven percentage Korean, he was once one in every of fewer than ten non-Koreans at a firm headquarters of millions of employees.
For the subsequent 3 years, Frank traveled to automobile indicates and press meetings all over the world, pitching Hyundai to former colleagues whereas attempting to navigate cultural modifications at domestic and at paintings. whereas his appreciation for absurdity enabled him to snigger his manner via many awkward encounters, his activity started to take a toll on his marriage and relatives. ultimately he turned a vice president—the highest-ranking non-Korean at Hyundai headquarters.
Filled with special insights and informed in his attractive, funny voice, Seoul Man sheds mild on a tradition few Westerners be aware of, and is a delightfully humorous and heartwarming experience for a person who has ever felt like a fish out of water—all of us.
By Giancarlo Parretti,Gabriele Martelloni
By Robert Pittenger
By J. C. Long,Charles K. Hyde
—From the advent by means of Charles okay. Hyde, division of historical past, Wayne kingdom University
By Nick Wotherspoon
Equally enigmatic appears to be like the fashion designer of this motor vehicle, Lawrence 'Lawrie' Bond a prolific car layout genius, with a penchant for weight-saving building concepts. He used to be answerable for a variety of , 3 and 4 wheel autos; from ultra-lightweight bikes and scooters, similar to the Minibyke, Lilliput and Gazelle, in addition to his different Microcars the classy Berkeley and maybe less-than-pretty Opperman Unicar and at last to his later paintings, together with the leading edge, yet bothered Bond 875 and styling the Equipe GT sportscar.
Here the tale is instructed in complete, protecting all Lawrie's cutting edge designs and a number of the cars that bore his identify, all in prolifically illustrated element, along with his ardour for motor racing, which led to a couple of technically acclaimed racing automobiles, a few of which could nonetheless be obvious competing is historical racing occasions today.
By Richard Borgman
By Michael Weiskopf,Lila MacLellan