Motoring experts celebrate the Kings of the Road
AUSTRALIA is a car loving nation. Brands such as Holden, Ford and Toyota have become part of our national identity. Cars have given us personal freedom. Jingles and advertisements have shaped our culture. And as our needs have changed, the car has evolved alongside us.
In a new book Kings of the Road, motoring journalists Toby Hagon and Bruce Newton have put their knowledge to the test and compiled a list of the top 50 cars drove Australia.
These are the greatest, bravest, most iconic and inspired vehicles in our history and they all have a story to tell.
The first car to be manufactured in Australia. The first car to cross the Simpson Desert. Cars on the silver screen. Concept cars which will inspire. But which car will take the number one spot?
Aussies are passionate about their cars. They rev our engines, capture our hearts and carry our dreams.
Kings of the Road takes a road less travelled, grading and profiling the 50 most influential cars in our history.
Road warriors and street machines. Tanks and trailblazers. Painted wagons and dream chariots. Super utes and concept cars. Big rigs and pocket battleships. Tough cars for rough country roads. Versatile rides for city living. Legends of the track and even a few loveable lemons. Each of the 50 has a unique and inspiring story to tell.
From the first Australian car to the 'beast' that started the feud between Holden and Ford. There's the first car to cross the Simpson Desert through to the 12-tonne tank that carried our soldiers into war. You'll meet the 'Kangaroo Chaser', the beaut ute inspired by a farmer's wife and named by Henry Ford himself.
Kings of the Road features insider stories, exclusive interviews and amazing facts. Brimming with lavish photography, retro advertising, conceptual designs and artwork, it's perfect for rev-heads and history buffs alike.
This is the story of Australia told through 50 incredible cars. So strap yourselves in and start your engines, readers. A wild ride awaits with the Kings of the Road.
Published by Macmillan Australia, Kings of the Road is available now in bookshops. RRP $49.99.