BOOK RE­VIEW

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Ti­tle

The Vin­cent in the Barn Where

www.mo­tor­books.com Price Dh75

It all be­gan with 2010’s

Co­bra in

the Barn,

writ­ten by Tom Cot­ter with a fore­word by Jay Leno. The some­what am­a­teur­ishly pro­duced ti­tle nev­er­the­less gripped read­ers with true barn-find sto­ries— the dream of ev­ery car nut; find­ing a price­less gem tucked away in an old widow’s shed. Cot­ter fol­lowed up with

Corvette

in the Barn

and Hemi in the Barn, each doc­u­ment­ing sev­eral barn-finds stretch­ing well be­yond the ti­tle cars. Nat­u­rally not ev­ery barn stores hid­den trea­sures, so the author has re­cently had to move to­wards two-wheeled stash.

The Vin­cent in the Barn, then, is Cot­ter’s lat­est ti­tle, with far bet­ter pro­duc­tion val­ues than the se­ries’ lowly be­gin­nings, but just as riv­et­ing to read. Even if you’re not into bikes, it’s the hunt and the find that makes the se­ries work so well, not to men­tion that th­ese sto­ries are all true-life anec­dotes from fa­mous col­lec­tors such as Leno, and Dale Walk­sler, owner of a renowned mo­tor­cy­cle mu­seum.

The book is a great heart-warm­ing read— who doesn’t want to save an old Du­cati?— not to men­tion a per­fect time-filler, un­til Cot­ter amasses yet an­other col­lec­tion of four-wheeled ‘

in the Barn’ tales to pub­lish.

Head to www.gear.jeep. com to check out a 30 per cent-off clear­ance sale, in­clud­ing ap­parel like hats and tees. This men’s vin­tage T-shirt is all cot­ton and costs Dh75 be­fore dis­count Mazda Race­way, more fa­mously known as La­guna Seca, teamed up with Bel

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