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