History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed


Matt Stone

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“Rumors, myths, and fantastic stories have swirled around the automobile since the first car appeared over 100 years ago.

Did you know that after James Dean’s death behind the wheel of his Porsche 550 Spyder, parts of the car were sold off and said parts then cursed their new owners?..

Did you know Bonnie and Clyde stole Ford V-8s almost exclusively as getaway cars because they were the fastest cars of their day?
Or that Clyde Barrow wrote Henry Ford a “thank-you” note for building the cars that made escaping his bank heists so successful?.

Did you know that peanuts in the shell are considered bad luck at NASCAR races?.

Did you know James Brown’s wife once claimed diplomatic immunity when fighting a traffic ticket because her husband was “the ambassador of soul”?.

Did you know Harry Houdini learned to drive late in life only because he needed to get to an airport for a stunt, and it was the only drive that he ever made?.

Have you heard the story of the mythical 200-mpg carburetor that the oil companies and auto manufacturers kept hidden from the public?.

How about the tale of Jocko Flocko, NASCAR racer Tim Flock’s simian co-driver?.

These are just a few of the automotive world’s crazy stories, mysteries, myths, and legends.
History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed compiles a juicy selection covering subjects from racing to automakers, crime to pop culture, and historical to modern day. Read it and be amazed!”