Good Reads: Gestalten’s “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!”

Good Reads: Gestalten’s “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!”

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Nothing beats seeing extraordinary classic cars in person, although, most of us have such busy schedules, sometimes we miss out on vintage car shows when they hit town. If that’s you, and you hate the fact you missed the last one, what better way to catch up on some of worlds most unique and vintage rides than through a historically accurate and photographically perfect book.

Gestalten’s latest book is a stunning, must-have guide to classic sports and race cars. Every page of Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! gives the reader a sense of the intensity of true automobile culture. Large-format images showcase sleek shapes and tactile vintage interiors in loving detail. The book was compiled by Jared Zaugg, the man who co-founded what was widely regarded as the most important annual motorcycle event in the world, the Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d’Elegance. Although Zaugg has mostly been associated with motorcycles, in Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! he revels in his other passion, cars — double the number of wheels and double the fun.

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In cooperation with Bonhams, one of the world’s premier auctioneers of classic cars, Jared Zaugg reveals the undeniable icons of the scene. The book features a selection of models that go far beyond mere technical stats and gleaming chrome. Rather, they all offer something far more valuable: unique stories.

These include the rare and uniquely configured Lamborghini Miura SV Coupe purchased by rock star Rod Stewart. Or the Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe from 1937 that, after the owner’s death, was rediscovered by his family sitting exactly as he left it nearly a half-century earlier. Then there are classic beauties such as the Aston Martin DB4 GT, as well as a collection of historical vehicles that call to mind the origin of the word “horsepower” and the automobile’s humble beginning as a noble carriage.

All the big names are included, but the focus is on what can be found behind the logos and the polished surfaces. With its striking photographs and compelling texts, Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! truly captures the feeling of these unique cars.

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As lovers of exclusive limited series, record-making vehicles, and legendary races themselves, Jared Zaugg and the team at Bonhams went all out in their efforts to collect some of the best of the best in this publication—and it shows. Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! is a book that celebrates cars. While it will inspire some to dream and fuel envy in others, it offers superb stories for everyone.

Available now online at Gestalten: $70

Eric Gardner

Definitely a connoisseur of all things interesting. Writer, creative and aspiring photographer with a passion for menswear.

All stories by:Eric Gardner

Eric Gardner

Definitely a connoisseur of all things interesting. Writer, creative and aspiring photographer with a passion for menswear.

All stories by:Eric Gardner