FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

For car hobbyists in Bolingbrook and surrounding towns, spring is the time of year to start getting their vehicle ready for car shows and cruise-ins that will be happening in the area once we get into late May and early June .  I was reminded how close we are to those warm weather happenings when I caught some of the recent television coverage on the Speed Channel of the Barrett- Jackson Collector Car Auction that took place in Palm Beach, Florida. The nicely restored 1955 Chevy Nomad shown here was an example of the range of cars that show up at these well known auctions.

Car enthusiasts that come to the Fountaindale Public Library may want to check on two magazines that we get that focus on the collector car hobby.  Many of our readers of the two magazines in this posting don’t own any type of collector car. They’re just interested in the variety of vehicles that are out there to enjoy…from vintage brass-era cars to examples of Detroit muscle cars…from certified classics like the Cord and the Pierce-Arrow of the 1920s and 1930s to utilitarian pick-up trucks of the 1940s and 1950s…and from military vehicles to the sporty “baby-bird” Thunderbirds from 1955-1957.

       HEMMINGS MOTOR NEWS is clearly THE place to look, whether you’re searching for an original ’65 Pontiac GTO in mint condition, fender skirts for the 1934 Chrysler Airflow CV Coupe you’re restoring, or an enclosed transport carrier to take your ’70 Mustang 428 Super Cobra Jet to the West coast for a concours show. This monthly magazine has long been known as the “Bible” of the collector car hobby. The publication caters to collectors and traders of all categories of the collector car hobby and bills itself as the “World’s Largest Collector Car Marketplace.” It is best known for its large classified advertising sections.

The April 2012 issue included feature articles like: a BUYER”S GUIDE to 1939-’47 Dodge Light Trucks, information on the 1961 -’63 Lincoln Continental Convertible that had a chart on Value Trends, coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2012 auction that included a rare 1948 Tucker and an article about the Pioneer Auto Show and Antique Town located in Murdo, South Dakota.

COLLECTIBLE AUTOMOBILE is the one magazine that, if you’re a car person, once you pick it up it’s hard to put down. It’s a publication for the car historian and the casual observer of the automotive scene. Each bimonthly issue brings automotive history to life through the use of beautiful color photography and excellent writing. The feature articles in the magazine concentrate on special interest cars from primarily between 1930 – 1980. Regular columns in the issues profile auto industry figures, future collectibles, scale models, and auto advertising.

Among the featured articles in the April 2012 issue were: “Glamour on Wheels: The Story of the General Motors Motorama,” “From Top to Bottom: The 1955-61 Ford Fairlane Story,” and “1936-37 Graham: Reaching for a Foothold.” Photo features on particular cars included: 1942 Dodge DeLuxe Business Coupe and 1946 Studebaker M5 Coupe Express Pickup.

One auto enthusiast who saw the magazine called it “the best, most informative vintage automobile magazine of them all.” I’d say that would be a reason to pick it up and have a look.

– Tom D.


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