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 365 Cars You Must Drive (2006), My First Car (2011), McQueen's Machines (2010), and McQueen's Motorcycles (2017). He is the co-author, with Preston Lerner, of Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2014) and History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed (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.