Roadside Relics – Nostalgic Book of Old Classic Beauties

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Roadside Relics: America’s Abandoned Automobiles Paperback – November 6, 2010

Abandoned junk to some, the rusty old steel shells of vehicles are treasures to others, holding memories of a bygone era, or the promise of a pristinely restored, radically customized automobile. Automotive photographer Will Shiers has captured these dreams on film for over ten years, and this volume collects his images between two covers for the first time. Here are the beautiful husks Shiers has found in the United States fields and barns, shops, and salvage yards across States. Divided into five categories—General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Independents, and Special Vehicles—these wrecks and relics from 1910 to the 1970s come equipped with all the relevant information: history, model, location. The most comprehensive and beautifully photographed collection of abandoned cars ever published, this volume preserves for all time the exquisite skeletons of American automotive might.

Roadtripamerica.com, Dec. 31, 2006

“It might be a bit difficult to believe that a book filled with photos of rusty old automobiles could be uplifting, enlightening and inspiring, but this book is all those things and more. In his beautiful hardcover opus Roadside Relics, Will Shiers has filled 200 pages with a treasure trove of rarely documented and surprisingly fascinating roadside Americana … It’s a book to be picked up and savored over and over again. Not only has it given me new appreciation for the forgotten skeletons of ancient cars, it has ignited my wanderlust. You really can’t ask for more in a road trip book.”

From the Inside Flap

Author and photographer Will Shiers is a treasure hunter. He can’t resist the lure of America’s lonely roads, forgotten fields, and off-the-beaten-path salvage yards that provide homes to the vehicles he loves to photograph—rusting, broken-down classic cars from a bygone era.

Roadside Relics: America’s Abandoned Automobiles features more than 250 photos of these abandoned and gracefully aging wrecks. Shiers spent 10 years and traveled across 49 states to capture images of these rusting beauties—preserving their fading glory for years to come.

From the Back Cover

“I’m jealous! Will Shiers went on a decade-long, nationwide automotive treasure hunt and has pictures to prove it. A car lover’s dream, Roadside Relics is well written, has interesting background information, and oh yeah, there’s also those fantastic photos.”

— Tom Cotter, author of MBI Publishing’s best-selling book The Cobra in the Barn

With more than 250 photos of long-forgotten wrecks that can still be found in fields, salvage yards, and along roadsides across the United States, Roadside Relics: America’s Abandoned Automobiles proves that one man’s junk car truly is another’s treasure.

Author and photographer Will Shiers spent 10 years and traveled through 49 states to find these relics that date from the 1920s to the 1970s. In all, his collection—featuring classic vehicles from General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and numerous defunct manufacturers—is the most comprehensive one ever published, preserving exquisite skeletons of America’s automotive might and beauty.

About the Author

Will Shiers is an automotive photojournalist residing in the United Kingdom. Shiers has had several thousand articles and photographs published in automotive magazines, and he has supplied images of abandoned American cars to Classic American magazine for the last decade. He is currently the technical editor at Motor Transport newspaper.

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