Dream Garages

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Motorbooks, Nov 15, 2006 - Transportation - 192 pages
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For car and motorcycle enthusiasts there is scarcely a more sacred space than the garage. This is where it all happens: the restoring of relics and resurrecting of wrecks, the polishing of tall tales and tail fins and friendships formed over a shared passion for automotive speed and style. Dream Garages takes the reader into over 20 of these havens for the motor-mad. Some are beautifully conceived automotive shrines, some are grease-monkey heavens, and others are accidental creations. Dream Garages offers a profile of each garage and its owner, along with fabulous images from top automotive photographers including Peter Vincent, Robert Genat, James Mann, and David Gooley.

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Robert Genat is an accomplished author and photographer who has written 25 books for MBI Publishing. A self-proclaimed “gearhead,” Robert has restored two classic cars in the last 10 years (one of which was featured in a nationally syndicated television show), and has recently completed a chopped ’32 five-window coupe. He and his wife Robin own and operate ZoneFive Photo. Genat lives in Encinitas, California.

Peter Egan is one of the most readable writers in the motorcycle enthusiast world. His work first appeared in Cycle World magazine in 1977, and he has been a regular fixture there ever since. Peter lives near Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Barb, a houseful of dogs and cats, and a garage filled with motorcycles, cars, and the sound set for his garage blues band.

Peter Vincent discovered photography by purchasing a Popular Photography Annual in the mid-1960s that included Adams, Weston, White, Steiglitz, Strand, and many more. He knew at that moment that he would do photographic work professionally, and he went on to take workshops with Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Morley Baer and others. But Vincent also grew up as a gearhead, buying his first car at 15 and learning how to fix, customize, and personalize automobiles. His love for visual work, minimalism, and transportation has found its way into Motorbooks titles Hot Rod Garages (2009) and Dream Garages (2006). Official Website: www.petervincentphotographer.com

California-born David Gooley has been a photographer for the past 40 years. After completing studies at Los Angeles Trade Technical College for commercial photography, he worked as a photographer for industrial/commercial accounts. His credits include award-winning still photographic images for commercial and industrial subjects ranging from food, fashion, celebrities, artists and catalogue. David struck out on his own in photography and cinematography bringing his skills to bear in the subjects of motorcycling and auto racing. Once established, it was not unusual for him to have at least 30 motorsports magazine covers internationally in a single month. Working with a staff of writers David would photograph seven days a week, process the film, and market the complete package. While still residing in California, he travels the world seeking interesting automobiles and people.

Kris Palmer is a gearhead and freelance writer whose work appears regularly in Minneapolis’ Star Tribune automotive section and several enthusiast automotive magazines. Palmer contributed to MBI's highly regarded The Cobra in the Barn and authored The Fast and the Furious: The Official Car Guide. When not racing down a deadline, he logs quality garage time in the company of his modified Triumph TR6. Palmer resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

James Mann is one of the world's leading car and motorcycle photographers, with more than 20 years of experience shooting for enthusiast publications, the motor industry, and businesses around the world. His work has appeared within and on the covers of more than 50 books and has provided stunning visuals for numerous magazines, including Classic and Sports Car, CAR magazine, Forza, The Sunday Times, and Automobile magazine as well as being chosen to photograph the British Auto Legends stamps for the Royal Mail. His advertising clients include Aston Martin, BMW, and Toyota, among others. James is the photographer of the Motorbooks titles Art of the Formula 1 Race Car, Form follows function: Art of the Super Car, Art of the Le Mans Race Car and The Art of Ducati. Visit his website at www.jamesmann.com

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