What's under your hood?
Australia does not mass produce cars anymore, but the car is not dead. Whether it is a Porsche or VW Beetle, Libraries have the tools to help you hot up or restore your wheels.
There are over 1000 historic motoring clubs and 100,000 enthusiasts in Australia who enjoy the challenge of rebuilding cars. Then there is the joy of the shared drive or meet-up events for friends, fun and car enthusiasts. What about a bit of 4WD off-terrain travel?
Five signs you are a car enthusiast:
- You categorise your neighbours by their car
- Your car recall is unrivalled
- You have a car tribe
- Engine revs and exhaust notes speak to you
- You would swap your partner for your dream car
Libraries can help you tool up with manuals, eBooks, Magazines and eMovies for your weekend workshop.
Tool up with these titles or find inspiration for your best car life:
- 4WD survival guide by John Basham
- 501 must-drive cars by Fid Backhouse
- Autonomy: the quest to build the driverless car and how it will reshape our world by Lawrence Burns and Christopher Shulgan
- The complete book of American Muscle Cars by Tom Glatch
- Cool cars by Quentin Wilson
Car manuals for every type of car:
- Chilton’s import car repair manual, 1995-99
- Holden Commodore automotive repair manual
- Service and repair manual for BMW 3-series
- Mercedes Sport
- Camry: SXV20 series, MCV20 series, 1997-2002
Top 5 eBooks
Libraries love these driving themed fiction eBooks:
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- Classic in the Barn by Amy Myers
- Hover Car Racer by Matthew Reilly
- The Betsy by Harold Robbins
- The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa Aswany
Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Libraries love these driving themed eMagazines:
- Women on Wheels
- Leisure Wheels
- Australian 4WD and SUV Buyer’s Guide
- Australian Muscle Car
- BBC Top Gear Magazine
- Car and Driver
To get started reading free eMagazines, download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Top 5 eMovies
Stream sweet driving documentaries on Kanopy:
- The Bug – the Life and Times of the People’s Car
- Yank Tanks – The Legacy of Classic American Cars in Cuba
- Race Car Building
- Self-Driving Vehicles
- The 24 Hour War – Ford vs. Ferrari: A race car rivalry
Listen on the go with car workshop podcasts:
- Spike’s Car Radio: join Spike Ferensten as he shares his love of cars with famous friends including Jerry Seinfeld, Matt Damon and Christian Bale.
- The Collecting Cars Podcast: Top Gear presenter Chris Harris, and Edward Lovett share their opinions on everything collectable cars.
On the web
Discover more sweet car info and get more from your car adventures:
- Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons still find their way onto Aussie road with the attention of their masters but see more with these Top ten Australian built cars
- Classic cars bring out the raw emotion in people. Meet likeminded others through Classic car club groups
- Sunshine Coast car groups:
- Drive your pride and joy to Ricks Garage and view the motoring memorabilia
- Register your interest in a local Queensland Rally Championship event or 2021 Noosa Hill Climb
- Visit Cars Australia for some car adoration on Facebook
- Combine laughs and vintage cars in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld
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