Book Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars  – Behind the scenes look at corvette manufacturing

By T R Crighton

March 20, 2018

Let me start off by saying that I’m a bit biased toward anything corvette. I remember the corvette as THE muscle car of my youth. Larry’s discussion of his experience and contribution toward building ABD creating the vette was very interesting to me. I best liked his personal descriptions of behind the scenes activity and the diagnosis of problems and what was done to bring the vette up to standard.


5.0 out of 5 stars –Good book with helpful information.

By Robear46

February 12, 2018


July 15, 2021
I received your book as a gift and have read it and really enjoyed it.
My wife and I have owned 7 different Corvettes. We currently own a 2017 Grand Sport coupe.
We belong to a local Corvette club and are lifetime members of the National Corvette Museum.
Your book is very informative.  We have toured the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, KY.  Things have changed a lot in the way the cars are built now. 
Great book. I would recommend it to anyone who owns a C2 Corvette or has an interest in them. Get an inside look at the St. Louis production line during this time period.
Information from a true insider on many details or happenings that shaped the Sting Ray.
A very different approach to the topic. Gave a real feel for the car , not your usual history lesson on an historic car.
Corvette:1963-1967 (2013 book,I Have the softcover,small and short under 100 pages,no Index) is a quick yet informative read there are no color photos just few regarding Ionia/A.O. Smith/Corvette builds,and the Author’s papers.There is the beautiful cover Car the author once owned before Working/leaving for GM Venezuela getting a transfer there. it’s a Glen Green 65′ Corvette Coupe,The book is about the Manufacturing Process of the Corvette and how the Author made sure the Corvette was built right despite Lazy Labor(The Union and it’s greedy Demands and it’s malfeasance how many positions for one Unionman etc.)and How The St.Louis Plant was Always Jealous of Ionia and would find any excuse to send back parts made as defective among other interesting things described. I highly recommend it to Corvette Lovers As I Love Corvettes and Love this book which I got as a Christmas Gift.
April 12, 2018
Bill Barnhart
My name is Bill Barnhart.  I just bought and read your book about your work at the St. Louis assembly plant.  I will say, you have produced an excellent book.  Your insight adds so much color to the C-2’s history.  Fascinating.  I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experiences with us C-2 owners.  Well done.
 Mark:   Extremely thorough book!
October 8, 2018
R. W. Holt 
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2018


I bought this for my dad as a Christmas present & he just loves it. It is written well and an easy read, a must buy for the Corvette Stingray fanatic in your life!
January 17, 2018
The book had many interesting insights that only an eyewitness could have. I appreciated that, but found that it could have been better if it had been properly edited. There were many “defects” (spelling, grammar, redundancies, etc.) This is ironic because the author was a quality control inspector!
July 26, 2016
Nelsen P. Smith
Great book. I would recommend it to anyone who owns a C2 Corvette or has an interest in them. Get an inside look at the St. Louis production line during this time period.
January 19, 2019
Sean V.
Awesome book
Bought this as a gift. Recipient loved it so much he is now shopping for a project vette.
October 14, 2017
l armstrong
Nice to find the car he had specially built
Have a ’65 AO Smith car and Larry answered many of my questions, ( ie: the lag time on production dates). I’ve read it twice just so it sinks in.
No substitute for an author who has “been there and done that”. Who would have known that a fatality occurred when workers were racing these cars from the end of the assembly line to the parking lot?
Nice to find the car he had specially built.
Have a waiting list for the book and recommend it for the guys doing restos.
February 12, 2018

Good book with helpful information.


Apr 16, 2020


Good read

Technical in most respects, but a very comprehensive overview of the Corvettes of this era.


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