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23 motoring books you can buy at this year’s Big Bad Wolf

The popular book sale is back and open until February 24

Every home library needs its share of car books. PHOTO BY VERNON B. SARNE

This event has, in recent years, become an annual tradition among Pinoy bookworms. We’re of course talking about Big Bad Wolf, the popular touring book fair that originated in Malaysia. The book sale is back in town—still at World Trade Center in Pasay City–and open 24 hours a day until February 24. This is one affair the whole household can enjoy, and that includes every petrolhead in the family.

We went the other day just to see which automotive books were on offer. As expected, several titles looked familiar as they had already made an appearance in past editions of the fair, and many of them are quite old (the “Transportation” section can sometimes feel like a sad way for book sellers to get rid of their aging stocks). But we’re happy to report that we still saw a couple dozen of new titles (by “new,” we simply mean those we had never seen before). Below is a list of these books (for the others, you may check them here and here).

‘Car-Tastrophes: 80 Automotive Atrocities from the Past 20 Years.’ P230
‘The AA Guide to Car Marques: A Graphic Guide to the Brands and Their Logos.’ P290
‘Ferrari Hypercars: The Inside Story of Maranello’s Fastest, Rarest Road Cars.’ P1,050
‘Momo Italy: 50 Years (1964 to 2014).’ P580
‘The VW Camper Van: A Biography.’ P230
‘The Grand Tour Guide to the World.’ P350
’50 Years of Formula 1 Photography.’ P2,350
‘Ferrari’s World Champions: The Cars That Beat the World.’ P390
‘Museo Storico Alfa Romeo: The Catalogue.’ P970
‘Stupid on the Road: Idiots on Planes, Trains, Buses and Cars.’ P160
‘Porsche: All the Cars.’ P580
‘Track Day Car Preparation.’ P230
‘Race and Track Day Driving Techniques.’ P480
‘The Ultimate Mini Restoration Manual.’ P580
‘Classic Mini Specials and Moke.’ P780
‘The Monza 1,000km (1965 to 2008).’ P1,050
‘Legendary German Cars.’ P780
‘Legendary Italian Cars.’ P780
‘Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything.’ P390
‘The Golden Era of Classic Cars: From the Early 1900s to the Late 1960s.’ P780
‘Vespa: 70 Years (The Complete History from 1946).’ P1,050
‘Extreme Motorcycle Art.’ P480
‘Motorcycle Graphics: Outsider Art, Graphics and Illustration.’ P480

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.