Mad engines and classic cars

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


Porsche Turbo vs VW Beetle

Libraries can help you tool up with manuals, eBooks, Magazines and eMovies for your weekend workshop.

Top books

Tool up with these titles or find inspiration for your best car life:

Car manuals for every type of car:

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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:

  • Wheels
  • Women on Wheels
  • Leisure Wheels
  • Australian 4WD and SUV Buyer’s Guide
  • Australian Muscle Car
  • BBC Top Gear Magazine
  • CAR
  • 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:


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:


Top Gear UK - 10 fastest cars

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