What began as a solution for transportation has evolved into a desire for speed, luxury, personal expression, and freedom. For many, the thrill of the drive has eclipsed the pure utility of the automobile. And the pursuit of that thrill is the driving force behind 365 Cars You Must Drive. From the Ford Model T to the Porsche Carrera GT, there are certain cars that any self-respecting auto enthusiast just has to know—and experience from the driver’s seat.
With homage to the greatest cars and good-natured mockery of the strangest, authors Matt Stone and John Matras detail which cars to drive and why, how to get behind the wheel, where to drive them, and who to invite along for the ride. Each entry contains a colorful spec box noting the car's claim to fame, a Did You Know? factoid, the author's clever suggestions for "The Perfect Passenger" and the "Soundtrack" coming out of the speakers, Behind the Wheel notes, and a "Perfect Drive" for the marque or model covered. Engine details, production information, the price when it debuted and the collectible price now - all of it adds up to at-a-glance fun reading to go with informative essays on each car, archival and full-color photos, and more.
Matt Stone (Glendale, CA), former executive editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been a professional automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He is the author and photographer of several books, including Motorbooks' best-selling My First Car (2011), 365 Cars You Must Drive (2006), and McQueen's Machines (2010). He is the co-author, with Preston Lerner, of Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2009, 2014) and History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed (Motorbooks, 2013, 2014).
John Matras began writing about cars in 1980 and became a full-time automotive journalist in 1988. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and Road & Track, and he takes the blame for the website carbuzzard.com. He was the 1995 recipient of the prestigious Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Washington Automotive Press Associationu2019s Golden Quill Award. Matras lives in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.
Dan Gurney is one of the most important figures in the history of American auto racing and is one of only five American drivers to win a Formula One Grand Prix. and the only one to win in a car of his own manufacture. Gurney also won races in the Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series.
Classic & Sports Car (UK), December 2006“A good mix of images accompany text that crams in the information without being heavy: we particularly liked accompanying panels listing the ideal soundtrack, perfect passenger and the best place to drive each car.”Shropshire Star (UK), Oct. 20, 2006“Car nuts will love it.”Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 23, 2006“Whether you agree with the selection of cars or not … you’ll enjoy the brief thumbnail sketches and beautiful photography and reproduction of advertisements that run all through this book … A lot of it is tongue in cheek, of course, but always great fun. It’s a blast to simply imagine yourself behind the wheel of some of these obscure, and not so obscure, cars and trucks.”
Detroit News, Oct. 28, 2008“Time well spent.”Victory Lane, November 2006“Great holiday reading!”Gayot.com, Aug. 7, 2007“For anyone who lives and breathes anything automotive, this is a must-have for your library.”
New York Times, Dec. 10, 2006"Matt Stone, the executive editor of Motor Trend and Motor Trend Classic, and John Matras, an automotive journalist, have put together an exhaustive list of cars that an enthusiast should experience firsthand, or at least vicariously ... The selections are far-ranging and nicely illustrated, often with color photos, everything from the 1955 Chrysler C-300 and the 1962-63 Thunderbird M Sports Roadster to the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray and the 1954 Porsche 550 Spyder ... In all, 365 Cars You Must Drive is fun to read, a tasty automotive snack delivered in bite-size daily servings."Musclecar Enthusiast, December 2006“The pithy comments which accompany each profile make the book well worth its modest $20 cover price.”New Zealand Driver, Fall 2006“God this is a great book. In fact, it’s a Great Book, so GREAT that I wish I had had the idea first … It’s a book that is written concisely, with a great deal of wry humor and wisdom ... If you love cars you’ve got to have a copy of this and I guarantee that you will leave it lying around to come back to time after time after time … One of the best car books that’s ever come my way!