The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology

by Tom Cotter, Keith Martin

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Overview

It’s every car-guy’s fantasy—to casually peer into a long-forgotten garage or barn or warehouse and find the car he has searched for his whole life. Corvette in the Barn is a collection of true, often amazing, stories and essays about car collectors and enthusiasts who have discovered unusual and desirable cars, forgotten in all manner of locations from barns, to old-school junkyards, to farmer’s fields. These are the stories that fuel the dreams of car collectors everywhere. See Tom Cotter, author of Motorbooks “In the Barn” series, interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-the-hemi-in-the-barn/1237422/

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610600477
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 09/12/2010
Series: In the Barn
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Tom Cotter had long been involved in nearly every facet of the automotive and racing industries before writing his first book. From mechanic and auto salesman to heading the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cotter formed his own racing and automotive PR and marketing agency, Cotter Group. The agency represented some of the largest clients in NASCAR, IndyCar/CART, drag racing, and road racing. He has written biographies of the legendary Holman-Moody race team, Tommy Ivo and Dean Jeffries, but is best known for his series of barn find books, such as Cobra in the Barn, 50 Shades of Rust and Barn Find Road Trip. Cotter appears in the Barn Find Hunter video series, which is distributed by Hagerty Insurance. He teaches public relations at Belmont Abbey College, sits on the advisory board of McPherson College’s Auto Restoration program, and is a member of the Road Racing Driver’s Club (RRDC.) He lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for over thirty years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator, and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors throughout the world. Keith founded the Sports Car Market magazine twenty years ago, and it has developed into the authoritative, informed voice of the collector car hobby.


Tom Cotter had long been involved in nearly every facet of the automotive and racing industries before writing his first book. From mechanic and auto salesman to heading the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cotter formed his own racing and automotive PR and marketing agency, Cotter Group. The agency represented some of the largest clients in NASCAR, IndyCar/CART, drag racing, and road racing. He has written biographies of the legendary Holman-Moody race team, Tommy Ivo and Dean Jeffries, but is best known for his series of barn find books, such as Cobra in the Barn, 50 Shades of Rust and Barn Find Road Trip. Cotter appears in the Barn Find Hunter video series, which is distributed by Hagerty Insurance. He teaches public relations at Belmont Abbey College, sits on the advisory board of McPherson College's Auto Restoration program, and is a member of the Road Racing Driver's Club (RRDC.) He lives in Davidson, North Carolina.
Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for over thirty years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator, and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors throughout the world. Keith founded the Sports Car Market magazine twenty years ago, and it has developed into the authoritative, informed voice of the collector car hobby.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Foreword Keith Martin 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Dream Cars 15

The Silver Dollar in the Barn 16

The Twisted Tale of the Jeffries' Porsche 20

Sniping a Mustang Prototype 26

The Enterprising Priest and His Bubble-Screened Boondoggle 30

Chapter 2 Hibernating Hot Rods 41

The Belly Tank Tribute Daniel Strohl 42

The Penny Saver Deuce Coupe Ken Gross 46

The Swindler in the Alley 52

Chapter 3 Hollywood Machines 57

The Green Hornet Strikes Again 58

A Gullwing for Big Dog Garage 63

The Producer's Imperial 66

Chapter 4 International Intrigue 69

The Price of War 70

San Juan's Secrets 74

The Truth Behind the Barn-Find Hoax of the Century Wolfgang Blaube 76

The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties Kay Hottendorff 83

Chapter 5 Prospectors and Fanatics 93

The Corvette Sleuth 94

The Snipe Hunter Harold Pace 109

The Road to Preservation Steve Katzman 116

The Lost Motor Trend Victress S1A Special Guy Dirkin 122

A Healey in the Shadows 127

The Luckiest Guy in the Room 131

The Dynamic Duo 140

The Father & Son Hunting Team 150

Chapter 6 Veterans of the Tarmac Wars 157

Coming to Grips with a Slippery Question Randy Leffingwell 158

The Sebring Alfa in the Chicken Coop 167

The Hog Farmers' Fuel-Injected Mouse Den Bill Connell 171

Uncle Eddie's Backyard Gasser Ford 177

The Twin-Engine Beer-Find Dragster 182

40-Year Itch Trans-Am Mustang 186

The Junkyard Ferrari Rob Cotter 190

Chapter 7 Reunited 195

The Snake and the Satellite 196

The Cornfield Hemi 'Cuda 201

The Back-to-School Roadster John Lee 209

Honest Mike's Lucky Day 214

Striking Carerra Gold 218

The Topless Reunion Cobra 221

Chapter 8 The Good, the Bad, and the Lucky 231

The Good Samaritan El Camino Alan Sangiacomo 232

Bad Luck Blues 235

Pikeville Purgatory 239

The Ratso Rizzo Giulietta 245

Appendix: Eleven More Barn-Finding Tips 249

Index 253

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