TodayApril 16, 2022

Automotive Myths and Rumors revealed by Matt Stone Los Angeles

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Looking for a great Christmas book for an automotive enthusiast? Look no further, Matt Stone and Preston Lerner’s book, “History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries Myths and Rumors revealed” is a great delight to read for the rest of the story.

Matt Stone talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about some of the greatest automotive stories and whether they were fact or fiction.

History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed: James Dean’s Killer Porsche, NASCAR’s Fastest Monkey, Bonnie, and Clyde’s Getaway Car, and More. As Stone said, some of these fantastic stories have been swirling for 100 years.

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?

Stone talked to Hammond about other stories in the book.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.