Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale
By Kris Palmer, £24.99, quartoknows.com, ISBN 9 780760 360309 This is so much more than a book about toy cars. As Kris Palmer takes a great deal of time to explain in this book, Hot Wheels was the first car-shaped toy, rather than a damage-prone model. In doing so, it also brought particularly American forms of motor sport and car design to a grateful audience of children at pocket-money prices. This book shows how toys create petrolheads.
And yet Hot Wheels, as this book demonstrates, was as fundamental to American car culture as the full-sized counterparts, with professional car designers letting their imaginations run free designing 1:64-scale concept cars, and genuine performance engineering applied to the toys. Joyously colourful and inspiring. A great read for enthusiasts of all ages.