Every car enthusiast dreams of unearthing a lost automotive relic tucked away in a barn somewhere. As did archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1921 become the first souls to enter King Tutankhamen’s tomb in more than 3,000 years, the gearhead automotive archaeologist enters the barn to seek rusty treasure. In barns, shops, garages, and even in large back yards, rest automotive treasures entombed for decades, waiting for an intrepid traveler to discover. Recently, a journey of automotive discovery was made by three car guys in the Southeastern part of the United States. Fortunately for all of us, they documented their trip and published a book about it.
The book is titled Barn Find Road Trip, and is sub-titled 3 Guys, 14 Days and 1,000 Collector Cars Discovered. The three guys are author Tom Cotter, his car collector friend Brian Barr, and photographer Michael Alan Ross. Tom Cotter is the author of over ten automotive related books, including the majority of the In the Barn Series for Motorbooks, the world’s leading publisher of automotive books. Cotter’s enthusiasm for cars has no bounds. His business card reads: “Certified Car Geek.” Michael Alan Ross is one the top automotive photographers working today. His great photos have been featured in magazines, books and galleries.
The three friends drove over 2,700 miles through four states in the author’s 1939 Ford Woody Wagon, looking for and successfully finding hundreds of old cars. The Woody Wagon was the perfect conversation starter, and helped the trio of gearheads gain access to some really unusual and interesting finds. One of the nice things about this book is the fact that these guys took this road trip just for fun and the love of old cars. Unlike so many television shows, it is about the cars and the people that love them and not about how much the cars are worth, deal making and how much money they could make. It is refreshing.
There are fourteen chapters (one for each day of the road trip), making for a very fun and interesting book to read. Michael Alan Ross’s photography doubles the fun. The reader will feel like they are along for the ride, sitting in the third seat of the station wagon and being part of the action. This is a great book for anyone who likes old cars and enjoys a great story.
Barn Find Road Trip is Hardbound (9×10), 192 pages with 410 illustrations. Available on Amazon or from Motorbooks.