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Periodical Profile:  Car Magazines

Right now, as I write this, downtown Falmouth is bustling with the “Dream Cruise by the Sea” car show.  Cars of many makes, models, years and colors are on display with hoods open, tops down and chrome gleaming in the sunlight.  Proud owners and car buffs of all ages are giving information, swapping stories and sharing their love of automobiles.  Want to make that good time last beyond the end of the show?  Come to the library and see what we have for car magazines in the reading room.  Back issues can be checked out, but the current issue needs to be read in the library.  We have …

Car & Driver

One of the most popular car magazines out there with well written articles, reviews and humor!  The September issue has a 56 page special section on new cars for 2012.

Hemmings Motor News

I posted a blog about this magazine last December.  It is the “world’s largest collector-car marketplace.”

Hot Rod (in the Teen Room)

Lots of great photos of hot rods all tricked out for performance and splash, as well as articles with tips and techniques for doing it yourself.

Motor Trend

Another popular car magazine, responsible for the “highly coveted ‘Motor Trend Car of the Year Award’”.  It contains reviews with first tests, long-term tests and side-by-side comparisons, specs, test data and lots more.

Popular Mechanics

This magazine is not just about cars, it also covers what’s new in mechanics in the fields of science, technology, aerospace, home, boating, electronics, photography and telecommunications.  Learn about the latest developments here.

Road & Track

Probably the oldest car magazine in print (since 1947), Road & Track covers all types of cars.  It features road tests, technical & styling analyses and races.

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1. Jill | Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

And did you know we have an amazing 2 volume set in the Reference Room called “Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile”?

Here’s a description: “The Encyclopedia of the Automobile is the most comprehensive book yet written about the world of automobiles and those who make and have made them. Fully illustrated with more than 4,500 illustrations of automobiles, important personalities and advertising materials, and authoritatively written by a team of experts from around the world, the Encyclopedia covers more than 5,000 makes of automobiles from North America, Europe, and Asia Encyclopedia of the Automobile is a definitive reference source, covering the complete history and social significance of the automobile, around the world, from its invention until the present day. “Outstanding Reference Source” “Best Reference Source"”

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