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Beetlemania : the story of the car that captured the hearts of millions
McLeod, Kate, 1944-
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New York : Smithmark, 1999.
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64 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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TL215.V6 M39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
TL215.V6 M39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Here is the first book to showcase the new Beetle since its advent. The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the world's most beloved automobiles. The very mention of its name evokes fond recollections, from that "first car" to a road trip from one's youth. Today's new Beetle is drawing crowds whenever it pulls into a parking lot, and is so popular that new owners include celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Cindy Crawford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Beetlemania" explores our fascination with this lovable automotive icon, both past and present. In this graphic, colorful volume, author Kate McLeod shares the wealth of exciting inside information she collected from the Volkswagon company archives, including a rare interview with the Beetle's original designer. Filled with fascinating trivia and great four-color photography, both new and old, "Beetlemania" pays fond tribute to the Beetle in this fun, informative volume that coincides with the beloved bug's reintroduction to the world market, and is sure to delight car buffs and popular culture fans alike.

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Booklist Review

Two new, slender, visually exciting books will appeal to car enthusiasts both young and old. Burgess-Wise's title celebrates the most exciting aspect of automotive history: race-car driving. As famous race-car driver Stirling Moss posits in his foreword, "Motor racing, even after a hundred years, remains the world's most exciting sport." Following the opening chapter, which gives an overview of the history of car racing, in which all developmental highlights are discussed, the author focuses on specific makes of cars and famous racing circuits, from the early years of racing to the golden age of the 1920s and 1930s to American influence in the 1960s and on to the present day. The third part is a gallery of profiles of "racing personalities." Oh, to have owned a Volkswagen Beetle. But you have another chance to own one, now that the new version has been introduced, and the public is eating it up like candy. The odd-shaped little VW Beetle was, and now is again, a unique driving experience, which is praised and almost glorified in McLeod's tribute. In the 1930s, McLeod notes, Hitler wanted a people's car, one that was inexpensive and efficient. But World War II interrupted plans, and the VW's biography enters a murky period here. After the war, the company was handed over to the West German government by the occupying Allies, and the car that was to become a legend went into production. Introduction into the U.S. market followed, and the rest is automotive history. The abundant illustrations rivet the reader's attention. --Brad Hooper