Making a bold statement with Art of Corvette by Randy Leffingwell. Marcel Haan of CarArtSpot reviews how this book stands out from the rest.
Amazon alone has over 2000 books related to the Corvette. So when a book is being presented as the ultimate photographic representation of America’s automotive legacy, it is making a very bold statement.
This book has been written by Corvette historian Randy Leffingwell and he definitely knows what he is writing about. The challenge with history on cars is to bring it across in an entertaining way and not be overwhelmed with dates, facts and technical details. Randy manages to do that. My favourite part is the story on the 1966 Sting Ray L72 Coupe. It starts with a Dad ordering a Corvette, as a gift for his son, in Rally Red and with all the options a boy can dream of. The young man blew up the engine in only a few months and a replacement V-8 was installed. Shortly after the son had to serve in Vietnam and was KIA in 1968. The car remained untouched ever since and the devastated father passed away in ’97.
This is where the car started its' second life and after a full technical restoration, is now being driven again by the next passionate owner.
What is nice about this book is the fact that Randy lets you look over his shoulder, showing you how he takes the photo shoots. These photos almost become a kind of signature style since they all have this pitch black background, glorious reflections in the windows and lacquer accentuating the lines and design of the car. The interior photos are less impressive but do what they need to do; document the design of the car.
Is this the ultimate book on Corvette? If you want to have a reference book of every model ever made, enjoy beautiful photos and learn about the history of the car, then yes, look no further. Buy it and enjoy. This book belongs in the top 10 of books on Corvette. But if you want to learn how this car had its' impact on racing, culture and the American style of living, then I suspect this is not the book for you.
Learn more about Randy Leffingwell by visiting his website.
The book is published by Motorbooks and available at Amazon