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Yenko: The Man, the Machines, the Legend (CarTech)

by Bob McClurg

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This book will appeal to a few different groups of people. Those of you who grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania from the ‘40’s to the ‘80’s will remember the Yenko dealerships and enjoy a trip down memory lane. Car enthusiast will enjoy all of the major cars that Yenko produced like the Yekno Stinger. And the third group would be road racing fans, as Don Yenko was an accomplished road racer, posting top 5s in 24 hours of Daytona and Le Mans and a few championships. ( )
  mrmapcase | Mar 30, 2014 |
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CarTech Books does it again, this time with the story of Don Yenko, the man behind the special edition Chevrolet muscle cars. From his fathers’ immigration to the US to his passing, this authorized history of Don Yenko covers all the history he made with his special muscle cars and the years it took to get there.
Yenko: The Man, The Machines, The Legend by Bob McClurg covers in amazing detail the life of Don Yenko. The in depth interviews with family, friends, co-workers, business associates help to paint a complete picture of the life of Don Yenko.
The book is loaded with pictures of Don Yenko’s life. From his childhood to dealership days, to the muscle cars, racing history and collectable memorabilia, the pictures give life to written words of his history. Many of the family photos have never been in print – until now.
If you remember the Chevrolet muscle cars as I do – Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, and even the Vega – you will want to read this to learn more about the man behind the Chevy muscle – Don Yenko.

I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  grammygeek | Mar 30, 2014 |
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I'm not quite the audience for this book. It's an intimate and folksy biography aimed at people who are already familiar with Don Yenko's work and who want to know more about his life, not a book for someone who's unfamiliar with Yenko and his importance in the automotive world. For someone who's already interested in Yenko's cars, though, this would be a nice addition to the library; there's many fun anecdotes about his family and plenty of good photographs of his cars. ( )
  castiron | Mar 16, 2014 |
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An American of Lithuanian descent reintroduces the art of coachmaking to the USA and makes a name for himself with the Chevrolet/ GM brands comparable to that of Shelby with Ford. It is greatly illustrated and offers a glimpse of life in the USA within the car business and industry right after World War II. If before this war one could buy a chassis and customize it, Yenko's signed cars offered a high degree of customization and performance. ( )
  Artymedon | Mar 11, 2014 |
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Yenko: The Man, the Machines, the Legend, by Bob McClurg, CarTech, paperback edition $34.95, ISBN 978-1613251072 (also available in e-book)

Author Bob McClurg is both a hot rod enthusiast and professional photographer. His book Yenko: The Man, the Machines, the Legend is a tribute to regional auto dealer and muscle car maker Don Yenko (d. 1987) who made history by working with Chevrolet to create several lines of boutique muscle car versions of several existing models. Yenko’s method of contracting with Chevrolet for modified vehicles off the manufacturing line and further customizing the hot rods within the dealership has not been replicated since. Remaining Yenko hot rods sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars and have proven to have lasting performance with a devoted following of enthusiasts. Yenko is the ultimate fan table book that offers readers a look into the Yenko family and the machines that made him famous.

Overview: The first four chapters cover the family history of the Yenko family and the founding of the dealerships. The fifth chapter introduces Don Yenko as the racing enthusiast and hot rod aficionado. Chapters six through nine provide the rise of Yenko’s semi-custom hot rods with GM along with more details of how racing influenced the process. Chapters ten through thirteen discuss the slow demise of Yenko’s hot rod ventures and the growth of a strong fan base that has lasted for decades.

Keep in mind that this is a rich fan based history that has transcripts of personal histories from family and colleagues, a full range of images of the autos, historical images, and collectibles. Therefore readers should be aware that since much of the information in the book is drawn from personal narratives that some information presented may need further review. Though references are not standard for this type of book, it would be wonderful to know if some of the items were available for the public to view. With that said, the images and personal histories are compelling and McClurg gives the reader an in depth look into a bright point in the history of the Yenko family and Don Yenko’s indelible impact on hot rod culture in America. ( )
  scootorian | Mar 9, 2014 |
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