DODGE: 100 YEARS
Dodge is a brand that brings instantly to mind the heyday of muscle cars, when huge fire-breathing V8 engines were not just expected, but demanded by the public from American car manufacturers. As Matt Delorenzo’s splendidly-documented Dodge: 100 Years shows, there’s a lot more to the company that has become a household name the world across than just all-american muscle. The full history of the marque is covered, from the Dodge brothers’ pride of craftsmanship invested in their first automobile and their industry-leading facilities, through to Walter P Chrysler’s takeover of the company, its World War II efforts, and the all-important muscle-car era. It doesn’t omit the boring stuff, though, and some of Dodge’s more dire vehicles, such as the 1984 Caravan, are objectively lauded as the creative triumphs they actually are. Just about every facet of the brand’s history is covered, in an easy-to-read and very informative way. Period-correct advertisements are always a plus, too. In fact, the only real gripe I have with the book is its layout, as it is not in chronological order — which can make for confusing reading in a publication concerning historical details. However, I’d give it a solid rating on account of its factual merit and visual appeal. If it looks like the type of book to interest you, it most probably will, so go and give it a read!
$70 AVAILABLE FROM OCTANE BOOKS By Matt Delorenzo ISBN 978 0 7603 4552 8
Available from Octane Books Review by Connal Grace