Alan Naldrett: Author Event at the Ann Arbor District Library – Thursday, July 7th, 7-8:30pm

Where: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave.
When: Thursday, July 7th, 7-8:30pm

Get in the spirit of the Rolling Sculpture Car Show with a discussion by Alan Naldrett, author of Lost Car Companies of Detroit. Alan will talk about the book, show images, and sign copies.

About The Book:
Among more than two hundred auto companies that tried their luck in the Motor City, just three remain: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. But many of those lost to history have colorful stories worth telling. For instance, J.J. Cole forgot to put brakes in his new auto, so on the first test run, he had to drive it in circles until it ran out of gas. Brothers John and Horace Dodge often trashed saloons during wild evenings but used their great personal wealth to pay for the damage the next day (if they could remember where they had been). David D. Buick went from being the founder of his own leading auto company to working the information desk at the Detroit Board of Trade. In Lost Car Companies of Detroit, author Alan Naldrett explores these and more tales of automakers who ultimately failed but shaped the industry and designs putting wheels on the road today.

About Alan Naldrett:
Alan divides his time between being a librarian, lecturer and author, having written and co-written three local history books and a Michigan history book as well as a number of history columns. He is a life member of the Chesterfield Historical Society and the New Baltimore Historical Society, and a past vice-chairman of the Macomb County Historical Commission. Alan earned a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and master’s degrees in information science and archival science.

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