Automotive Myths and Rumors revealed by Matt Stone on Driving the Nation

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Automotive Myths and Rumors revealed by Matt Stone on Driving the Nation

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 Deans 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 Browns 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.

About the Author:

L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s. Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website,, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.