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Books About Indiana Cars

In the fall of 2013, we launched an updated paperback version of Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana. This version includes up-to-date information about Indiana car culture.

Indiana Cars jacket

Click on this link to see Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana available on Amazon.

We would like to say thank you to all of the people who made the success of Indiana Cars possible. Thank you to the Hoosier Auto Show & Swap Meet, Inc., for having the faith in us and publishing our book. Thank you to all of the research institutions, individuals, and car clubs who furnished resource materials and photographs for this venture. Thank you to all of our fans who purchased our book and allowed us to share Indiana’s unique automotive history.

Your support has allowed us to travel to many events and share our automotive heritage. We are embarking on new ventures to share the continuing story of the automobile in America. Check out Cruise-IN.com to see what we’re up to.

Hoosier Tour

Also, in the summer of 2013 we published Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Journey. This book examines how the 1913 Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association Indiana-Pacific Tour served as a model of promoting Indiana-built automobiles and generating interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. This road was the impetus to the start of our Federal Highway System. Check it out here available on Amazon..

93 Tips For cover

You might also be interested in our 93 Tips for Buying a Collectible Car click here available on Amazon.

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Our Journey Continues in Celebrating Car Culture

We are again excited about exploring a new auto-related subject that we believe hasn’t received much attention at least in recent years. We’re not sure where this exploration may lead, but the discovery process should be interesting and challenging. But, it is a good time to review where our journey in celebrating car culture has led us.

Indiana Cars jacket

Our exploration and celebration our car culture took a serious turn about 10 years ago when we published Indiana Cars: A history of the automobile in Indiana. In 2013, we updated the book and published a second edition. Inside we take a look of the innovations and pioneers who made a tremendous difference in the industry.

Click on this link to see more about Indiana Cars: A history of the automobile in Indiana.

Hoosier Tour

Next was Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Tour. The book examines how an intrepid group from the Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association traveled primitive pathways to help generate interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. At that time, the IAMA Tour was one of the largest continental tours attempted in the United States.

Click on this link to see more about Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Tour.

Tales of a Pathfinder

Hoosier Tour led to a couple of other small books. For example, Tales of a Pathfinder is AL Westgard’s own account of exploring the trails that eventually led to improved highways. We were very impressed his pioneering work and wanted to share that with other car fanatics.

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There is still much more to explore, and we look forward to the journey. For now, follow the links to learn more about our published works:

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Indiana Cars second edition available

Indiana Cars jacket

Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana fulfilled a long-held ambition to highlight the contributions made to the automobile industry by Indiana innovators and state-based companies. The book is our attempt to illustrate and share this rich history. In fact, the publisher donated more than 300 copies to Indiana school libraries.

As many of you know, one of our projects in summer 2013 was getting the Indiana Cars second edition published. The first edition was a hard-bound book with a different page format. This second edition is formatted differently because of printing requirements. But the bulk of the information remains the same. A few updates have been added to reflect some of the changes that have affected the automotive industry since the first version was printed.

We find that hardly a week goes by without meeting someone unaware of Indiana’s automotive heritage. It is great to share the people and stories from this bygone era. Without the efforts of many Indiana auto pioneers like Carl G. Fisher, Fred Duesenberg, and Elwood Haynes, our nation’s transportation and leisure landscape would be totally different. Indiana Cars can be the first step in your discovery process.

For instance, Indianapolis once had more automobile manufacturers than Detroit. Movie stars and kings once clamored for specific models made only in Indiana. The state was also home to several innovations, such as tilt steering, cruise control, and front-wheel drive. These facts show the importance of the role of automotive manufacturing in Indiana’s history.

We would like to say thank you to the Hoosier Auto Show & Swap Meet, Inc., for having the continued faith in us and republishing our book. Thank you to all of the research institutions, individuals, and car clubs who furnished resource materials and photographs for this venture.

Check out the Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana second edition.

For more information on our automotive heritage follow this link.