Ford Model T Coast to Coast: A Slow Drive Across a Fast Coun­try

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By Tom Cot­ter and Michael Alan Ross, £25, ISBN 978 0 7603 5946 4 Tom Cot­ter is mak­ing a name for him­self as the Hunter S Thomp­son of mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists, hurl­ing him­self into epic ad­ven­tures and turn­ing in in­cred­i­bly de­tailed, thought-pro­vok­ing works full of poignant mus­ings.

In 2017, con­cerned about the ap­proach of the au­ton­o­mous car and af­ter a visit to a Porsche deal­er­ship full of au­to­mat­ics, he de­cided to re­con­nect with the world of pi­o­neer mo­tor­ing by semi-repli­cat­ing a 1915 jour­ney by Col­lier’s jour­nal­ist Emily Post, travers­ing the Lin­coln High­way from New York to San Francisco in a 1928 Ford Model T spe­cial. The re­sult is a tale of break­downs, re­mote gas sta­tions, small towns and re­source­ful lo­cals. How­ever, Cot­ter fears that our in­creas­ing im­mer­sion in an au­to­mated, dig­i­tal world is de­stroy­ing this hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence, and he pulls no punches in doc­u­ment­ing this. His book will make you want to go out and drive for the sake of it.

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