David Kimble “Art Of The Cutaway Car 2011” Book Update
In February 2012 I posted a story about technical illustrator, David Kimble’s new book titled, “Art Of The Cutaway Car 2011.” Road & Track Magazine first published an ad for the book last Fall and indicated that Motorbooks International was to be the publisher. After running the post I heard from a friend at MBI that they did NOT publish the book after all and that they weren’t 100-percent certain, but CarTech Books might have had the honor. So, I checked in with my editor at CarTech Books, Scott Parkhurst (Scott edited my Illustrated Corvette Series book in ‘10) and YES, CarTech Books did indeed publish David Kimble’s new book!
But the story is a mix of good news – bad news. Obviously, the good news is that the 168-page, 10” x 12” full-color, $100 book, with 138 illustrations was published, so KUDOS to David Kimble and CarTech. Now the bad news. The book is SOLD OUT! Yes! All 1,000 copies have been scooped up and are no doubt thrilling 1,000-plus readers.
Since the first printing of the books are all sold, the mind wants to know, will more be printed and at what price? It’s a little disconcerting because if you go to Amazon.com, the book’s listing page says that Motorbooks International is the publisher and that no books are available. Also, there’s a mistake on the Amazon listing, as they indicate that the book is only 24-pages. Then if you go to CarTechBooks.com the title is not listed. And over at the world’s largest flea market, eBay.com, there are no listings. Parkhurst explained that since the book is sold out, they are not showing or advertising the book. No doubt, if the book was shown on CarTech’s website, they’d be flooded with requests all asking the same question, “When and where can I get one?” So don’t call them.
The book has the attention of the Corvette community because not only has David Kimble created numerous Corvette cutaway technical illustrations, he has created almost the full spectrum of Chevrolet and Corvette engines, plus Corvette chassis art. David has illustrated all kinds of cars, race cars, motorcycles, airplanes, and even the Starship Enterprise! I’m fairly certain that there is a good amount of Corvette technical illustrations in the book. I’ve been a fan of David Kimble’s work for a long time and would buy one even if there wasn’t a single Corvette or Chevy anything in the book. He’s that good!
Obviously those that bought Kimble’s book are holding on to their purchase. If any copies do show up on Amazon or eBay, I’m certain that they’ll be MUCH MORE than the original list price. – Scott
PS – If you own a copy of David Kimble’s book, please get in touch with us and let us know what you think!
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