Tom Cotter has chased barn finds most of his adult life with some notable results. He has gone one step further and has written a book to share stories about others who have found a prize in the barn. This is really a fun read and it is the kind of book you can take your time reading. It is a collection of very short stories about Automotive Archaeology. Each chapter is self contained and some are as short as a couple of pages.
When you want to read a car story and don’t have much time this is the perfect book. It is a paperback and small enough to tuck away in a brief case or on your self at the shop. Have a few minutes to kill or need a diversion? Pick it up and read a chapter or two your next step may be to the phone to check on the car you remember seeing one day a long time ago. When you start to feel like giving up on a project this just might be the motivation you need to keep you going.
This is another fine book from Motorbooks and has a list price of $19.99 US.
Chapter One: Barn Finds
Chapter Two: Fetching the Lotus
Chapter Three: Rare Birds
Chapter Four: Childhood Dreams
Chapter Five: Racing Relics
Chapter Six: “Professional” Car Hunters
Chapter Seven: Unconventional Discoveries
Chapter Eight: Death Be Not Proud
Chapter Nine: My Own Finds
Chapter Ten: Sleeping Beauties
Although the book contains photos of most finds, some even with before and after images, I would really like to have seen more. Half the fun of such finds is seeing what was found. You may have had a beautiful date for your Senior Prom but without pictures she was just another blind date to the rest of us!