Jim Wangers, author of the book Glory Days: When Horsepower and Passion Ruled Detroit, was interviewed for Fox Business News on June 2nd, 2009.

The legendary Pontiac marketing wizard and GTO guru spoke on the recent demise of the Pontiac brand. “The facts are that after the wonderful glory days of the 1960’s and the 1970’s, General Motors proceeded to destroy . . . one of the greatest assets they had, which was the images – what it meant when you started to talk about a Chevrolet or a Pontiac or an Oldsmobile or a Buick or even a Cadillac – everybody knew what you were talking about.”

Click on the here to watch this interview.

Glory Days was also recently reviewed for Reviewer Murilee Martin was even kind enough to include a nice gallery of images from the book.

“All in all, a good read even for those who don’t have any particular love for the GTO. Wangers is a pro writer, so you won’t end up clutching your head in incomprehension or groaning at yet another passage in generic ghost-writerese, and you’ll come away from the book with a much improved understanding of the way marketers create our cars. Four-rod rating; Murilee says check it out! ”

Click here to read the full review.



“While Supplies Last!” We now have a new special offer for the French Kiss with Death softcover live on the website. For $59.95, folks can get a copy of the book along with author Michael Keyser’s The Making of Le Mans DVD. The DVD has some extra photos and slideshows of artwork from the book, as well as stuff that didn’t make the cut, but the very interesting thing for fans of the Le Mans movie is an actual 14 minute documentary about the making of the movie that was filmed during the production. You can see a two-minute clip of it here:

Check out the product page for the special offer here: Product page


The Proposed Regulation would reduce GHG emissions from vehicles operating with
under inflated tires. Properly inflated tires reduce the rolling resistance of a vehicle
resulting in the vehicle’s engine having to do less work to move the vehicle at roadway
speeds. The end result is a fuel savings that staff estimates will reduce GHG emissions
by an estimated 1.4 million metric tons in 2020. Since the vehicle’s engine has to do
less work, Californians can also expect minor reductions in exhaust emissions for both
particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen, as well as prolonged tire life, and the
associated health and environmental benefits. The Proposed Regulation applies to all
automotive service providers performing or offering to perform automotive maintenance
or repair services in California. Examples of automotive service providers include but
are not limited to automotive dealerships, maintenance garages, oil change facilities,
tire centers, and smog check or test only facilities.

The Proposed Regulation requires that beginning July 1, 2010, all automotive service
providers will perform a tire inflation service (check and inflate) on all passenger
vehicles that are brought in to a facility for service or repair. The automotive service
providers would be required to indicate on the vehicle service invoice that the tire
pressure service was performed and what the tire pressures were after the service was
completed to verify compliance with the regulation. The regulation also requires that the
automotive service providers use and maintain an American National Standards
Institute grade tire gauge and a tire inflation reference manual to ensure the highest
level accuracy.

The Proposed Regulation does not apply to auto body and paint facilities, auto glass
installers, auto parts distributers and retailers, auto wreckers or dismantlers, unless
automotive repair and maintenance services are also offered, or any vehicle with a
gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more. In addition, an automotive service provider is not required to perform a check and inflate service on any tire deemed to be unsafe. Further, it is only required to perform a tire pressure check on tires inflated with pure nitrogen. Inflation would not be required unless the facility had pure nitrogen inflation capabilities onsite.

A hearing is scheduled for March 26, 2009 9:00 a.m. at the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board Byron Sher Auditorium, Second Floor 1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Global Warming scores are now appearing on the DriveClean web
site. The Environmental Performance Label is required on all new
MY cars manufactured for sale in California on or after January
1, 2009.

Visit to find out more about the
Environmental Performance Label and to see how new cars rate. is a web site of the California Air Resources Board developed as a resource for car buyers to find clean technology vehicles. The web site is designed to educate Californians of the large difference in pollution levels between vehicles, and the variety of clean vehicle options available today that offer the same performance and luxury features as traditional gasoline vehicles. provides educational information on clean advanced technologies, and offers a variety of useful search and comparison tools to help car buyers find the cleanest vehicle that suits their lifestyle.

As a way for car buyers to compare the pollution levels between vehicles, provides smog and global warming information for all vehicles from 1996 to present. Detailed information, specifications and images are provided only for the cleanest vehicle options available on the market.

Soon it will be easy to determine how each car rates when it comes to air pollution. That is because the Air Resources Board (ARB) requires that all new cars beginning with the 2009 model year display the new Environmental Performance (EP) label.

Two scores from 1 – 10 are provided on the EP label, a Smog Score and a Global Warming Score – each having unique environmental impacts. These scores compare emissions between all vehicle classes and sizes with the average new car scoring a 5 on both scales


MINI Cooper – Diagnosis Without Guesswork: 2002-2006


Diagnostic tools and techniques
Component descriptions and operation
Circuit wiring schematics
Pinout charts, waveforms, and nominal values
Bus system operation and testing
OBD II P-code (DTC) lookup

This MINI Cooper Diagnosis Without Guesswork handbook is a diagnostic manual written for the professional technician and the MINI enthusiast. Not intended to be a repair manual, this handbook is your comprehensive source for engine management and on-board system diagnosis.


For the MINI technician with advanced automotive test equipment, the circuit descriptions, pinout charts, wiring schematics, scope traces, and real-world nominal values will prove essential in diagnosing problem cars.


Even if you own only a generic OBD-II scan tool, a DVOM and a set of jumper wires, this book will help provide fast answers and guidance as it steps you through the diagnostic process.

As a result of publishing our MINI repair manuals, we have been asked for DTC-based diagnostic information. This handbook is a response to that feedback.


Now available for pre-order Click here!

The results of the annual New England Book Show have been announced by Book Builders of Boston. Karl Ludvigsen’s Ferdinand Porsche–Genesis of Genius has won Best in Category within the Pictorial books category. Full listings of the 52nd annual New England Book Show winners is on the Book Builders of Boston website.

Description of The New England Book Show from the website:

The New England Book Show is an annual juried show that recognizes the year’s most outstanding work by New England publishers, printers and graphic designers. Winning books are selected for their design, quality of materials, and workmanship. Books, covers, and other media are judged in categories that include el-hi, college, trade, juvenile, etc.

The winning entries are displayed at a festive dinner, where attendees receive a handsome catalog containing photos, specifications, and production credits for each winner.

The 2009 New England Book Show will be held on Tuesday April 21 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.


Volkswagen Rabbit, GTI (A5) Service Manual: 2006-2009
2.0L FSI, 2.5L

by Bentley Publishers
Softcover, 8 3/8 in. x 11 in.
978 pages
1792 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Bentley Stock Number: VR09
ISBN-13: 978-0-8376-1560-8

Price: $109.95

Volkswagen Rabbit, GTI (A5) Service Manual: 2006-2009

The Volkswagen Rabbit, GTI Service Manual: 2006-2009 is a comprehensive source of service information and specifications for Rabbit and GTI models built on the A5 platform from 2006 to 2009. Whether you’re a professional or a do-it-yourself Volkswagen owner, this manual will help you understand, care for and repair your vehicle.

Though the do-it-yourself Volkswagen owner will find this manual indispensable as a source of the same detailed maintenance and repair information available at an authorized Volkswagen dealer, the Volkswagen owner who has no intention of working on his or her car will find that reading and owning this manual will make it possible to discuss repairs more intelligently with a professional technician.


Engines covered

-2.0L FSI turbo gasoline (engine code: BPY, CBFA, CCTA)
-2.5L gasoline (engine code: BGP, BGQ, CBTA, CBUA)

Transmissions covered

-0A4 5-speed manual
-02Q 6-speed manual
-09G 6-speed automatic
-02E 6-speed DSG

Service Publications editor conducting technical photography session


Covers Rabbit and GTI models 2006–2009 based on the A5 platform.
Maintenance procedures: from oil changes to belt replacement.
Engine and cylinder head service, including timing belt replacement for 4-cylinder engines.

Removal and installation of Motronic fuel injection system components.

Emission control tests, repairs and adjustments, including: Exhaust Gas Recirculation and Secondary Air Injection system.
Drivetrain maintenance, troubleshooting, adjustment and repair, including clutch, gearshift linkage, and drive axles.
Suspension component replacement, including ball joints, front struts, rear shocks and coil springs.
Heating and air conditioning repair, including A/C component replacement on the Climatronic and Climatic systems.
Body adjustment and repairs, including front and rear doors, fenders, front radiator support and sunroof.
Wiring schematics with fuse/relay locations and easy-to-use illustrated component locator section. Includes R32 wiring diagrams.
Volkswagen OBD II diagnostic trouble codes, SAE-defined OBD II P-codes, as well as basic scan tool operation.
Comprehensive Volkswagen factory tolerances, wear limits, adjustments, and tightening torques.

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