Pick up a signed copy of one of Charlie Morris’s Famed Books

Charlie Morris will be hosting book signings and seminars at this year's Chevrolet Nationals. Charlie is famous in many Muscle Car book realms and will have this latest book “Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars” available for sale and for signings. Charlie will be located in Building Y with the Supercar Workshop crew.

Charlie Morris has been a die-hard muscle car fan from the day he watched the 1960 Daytona 500. A long-time fan of any style of racing, his personal experiences have been in drag racing. He has raced numerous cars, crewed an Alcohol Funny Car and a Pro-Stock car, and was the engine builder/crew chief for a championship-winning 1963 Nostalgia Super Stock car. Charlie resides in Normandy Beach, NJ, with his wife, Gale.

His new book “Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars” focuses on the muscle car era, and the era that immediately preceded it, an era that is one that we will not likely see again. Post-war USA was a place where people wanted to move on from the horrors of conflict, to embrace an era of peace, and to pursue, well, all sorts of things. A whole generation was entering a new prosperity, with home ownership on the rise, gainful employment increasing, the building of suburbs, and a new interstate system connecting everyone. That all helped increase our dependence upon, and in turn, deepen our love affair with the automobile.

It started in the 1950s, when automakers realized that if they made their cars more powerful than brand X and won races on the weekends as well, sales would follow those victories into the dealership. Not everybody was enamored with all this new-found performance, however, and throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, a struggle developed between building faster automobiles and appearing responsible and promoting the cause of safety. This led to racing participation on an all-out corporate level, followed by voluntary self-imposed and publicized bans, back-door cheating on said bans, and then investing in performance again.

A byproduct of all this activity was some really fascinating and exciting cars. It began with standard-chassis cars growing bigger and including more powerful engines. Then they graduated to being lighter, putting big engines into mid-size chassis (muscle cars), and building race cars that barely resembled anything on the street. Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars follows the evolution of the fastest, most powerful, and exciting vehicles of the era, in both drag racing and NASCAR. From early Hudson Hornets, to the birth of the Hemi, to aluminum and fiberglass panel sedans, to lightweight special-order muscle cars ready to race from the factory.

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