Automotive & Humor
Author: Lance Lambert
Every “Car Guy” (that includes you too ladies) has stories that elicit laughter, tears and admission of a few very bad choices. This book is overflowing with all of the above mixed in a perfect blend of gasoline, oil and laughter.
Equipping a 1955 Ford with a siren promised foolish fun but resulted in an overnight stay at the local cellblock bed & breakfast. Putting 900 pounds of friends as far back as possible in a rock band’s 1965 Ford Econoline resulted in wheel stands and applause from admiring fans. Using only a large bent nail to affix the steering wheel of a 1939 Ford allowed it to be removed and handed to a startled passenger while the well-worn coupe was still traveling down the road. Perhaps riding with friends in a 1949 Chevrolet sounds like fun? It was until the occupants found themselves in a parking lot surrounded by five police cars and numerous guns pointed at them. These and other stories come to life as Lance Lambert, host of television’s “Vintage Vehicle Show” shares his automotive adventures.
Lance has been praised by automotive industry icon Lee Iacocca and humiliated by auto expert and TV star Tim Allen. He’s had the pleasure of learning from Jay Leno and laughing with Chip Foose. His most cherished experiences have been with long time friends who have accompanied him through his lifetime of auto passion.
“Fenders, Fins & Friends: Confessions of a Car Guy” reveals all that is good about the world of old cars and why being a “Car Guy” is the best way to enjoy life.
Praise for Fenders, Fins & Friends (from Amazon.com)
You don't have to be a car lover to enjoy this book (although most stories involve some sort of auto). I'm not a car buff but enjoyed this collection of short stories that show a slice of life in the 50s and 60s. Each vignette is well written; some have touching emotional impact and others are good for a laugh. For older readers this will bring back feelings of nostalgia. The stories all are autobiographical, most from the author's teen and early adult years, with the last chapters in the book relating to his television program (The Vintage Vehicle Show). A fun read and a perfect gift for the classic car lover.
~ Timothy Stansbury
Lance Lambert has captured the experience of growing up in a real-life American Graffiti world with hot rods, crazy kids, and an innocence from a by-gone era. It's a world of drive-ins, lakes pipes, high school, rock and roll and a series of really funny tales about antics that "seemed like a good idea at the time." If you loved the 60's before they got too serious, you'll love this book. Great read!
~ Paul Henderson
I picked this book up admittedly because I had a picture in this book, I'm am pleased to say though it has been a great read for me. It's a fantastic glimpse of how things USED to be. I now firmly believe I was born in the wrong decade. It has more than a few stories that I can relate to as well. If you are a TRUE automotive enthusiast I think this is a great read. Grab the book, sit back, and get a little nostalgic.
Fenders, Fins and Friends: Confessions of a Car Guy is a compelling book of short stories that will be enjoyed by all that pick it up. Fair Warning: Once picked up, it is hard to put down. Lance Lambert is a car guy’s car guy and has been from the time he rode in one. From his first adventures reading car magazines and building model cars to his latest adventure hosting the Vintage Vehicle Show, Lance gives us an insider’s look into life among the old iron and its trappings, with a heavy emphasis on people. It’s the friends that make it all come together for this and many other old car guys and Lance appreciates those who touch his life and whose lives he touches. Make owning this book a priority!
~ David Dickinson, Creator & Editor, The Old Car Nut Book
This is a great book for the car lover in your family, and would make a great Christmas gift! The book is fun, amusing and a good read. I highly recommend it!
~ COLIN J TETEAK
I grew up in the 60's the "Leave it to Beaver" times when everything seemed so much simpler. Lance's book help recreate in my mind those good old days. I love old cars and trucks and own three of the classics now. If you grew up in those times like me and want to reacquaint those warm memories this book is for you. I'm not a big reader of books maybe a little newspaper on the weekend so it's a big deal for a book to keep my attention. My wife commented on how she never saw my nose stuck in a book for so long. Highly recommend if you like old cars and good old fun!
~ By 57 Firedome
You don't have to be a MAN to love Lance's tales of growing up in Tacoma, Washington, being the son of a local cop smitten with anything that has an engine in it and barely escaping (mostly!) getting into REAL trouble as a teenager in the 60's. In an age of innocence that seems so pure and simplistic in retrospect, he and his buddies pulled pranks that today would land a kid in big time trouble. As a woman, close to his age, growing up in Tacoma too, I can't believe the stuff he dared to do. Lance is so full of memories, and tells them so skillfully, that everyone will enjoy this funny, laugh-out-loud recounting of his early years of crazy antics that would make a mother's hair turn gray. Who knew his passion for old cars would last a life time and bring him to where he is today.
Star and producer of the Vintage Vehicle Show for over 20 years, Lance is still gunning it, petal to the metal, in this book and, as he works on his next, a sequel due out next October called "Gears, Grins & Gasoline: My Wheel-Life Adventures". I look forward to reading it too.
~ M. Lambert