“100 Things for Gear Heads to do” by Jason Fogelson
BY GERRY MILES
The words “road trip” were perhaps never declared with such vigor as in the fraternity spoof “Animal House,” or meant as much coming from Chevy Chase’s character Clark Griswold.
Motoring to a new destination surely holds a great allure and adventure for many. Remember the old Chevy tag line “See the USA in a Chevrolet?”
Anyone making a list of things to do for the new year with the fervor of a resolution to read certain books, take up painting or lose some weight, will find Jason Fogelson’s “100 Things Every Gear Head Must Do Before They Die,” a great resource and reference guide.
Fogelson’s book offers adventures broken down to Ride and Drives, Auctions, Car museums, new Car shows, Classic Car shows, Factory tours, Concours d’Elegance, land Speed Records, Motorcycle museums, off-roading, racing, rallies, and more in the 160-page soft cover book.
Interspersed are a few quick-read Q&A’s with celebrity gear heads such as Andover native Jay Leno, (he picked, when pressed, F1 McLaren as the pinnacle of the last century), Adam Ferrara, and Alonzo Bodden to name a few.
Locally the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, made the cut with such national houses as the Henry Ford Museum. The Land Rover Experience in Vermont is included with such rock roads as the Rubicon Trail and the Jeep Jamboree.
The Esta Manthos Indian Motocycle (c.q.) Museum in Springfield was the original home of the company founded in 1901 that closed in 1954. Its museum close di 2006, but Manthos donated more than 24 bikes from her collection to the Museum of Springfield History, which has them permanently displayed. The museum is also showing a 1904 model formerly owned by cofounder Carl Oscar Hedstrom. And yes, the “r” was purposely omitted back in the day.
Fogelson’s book offers times of tours, historical anecdotes, and best times of the year for some exhibits in this thoughtfully written page turner.
A part of the Reedy Press’s “100 Things to Do Before You Die” series, the 6×9” softcover retails for $18.