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Preface T

his story is one of a collection, “Forty Cars that Owned Me,” that I published in April of 2007. My original intention was to write a brief history of some of the more inter-esting cars I have owned. What I ended up with was a collection of stories about people: the people involved with these cars and myself.

Over the last forty-eight years, I acquired and disposed of more than seventy cars, trucks and motor homes, and those experi-ences, good and bad, have generated some wisdom about how to minimize the damage to one’s bank account when dealing with what isalmost always a depreciating asset. Readers will hopefully draw some useful conclusions.

Ladies who are trying to understand their husband’s devotion to certain cars and the money spent on them might fnd some insights to male behavior.

Te savvy auto executive might like to peruse my collection of tales and see if he or she agrees with me on what the “secret sauce” is. What do certain cars possess such that people get pas-sionate about them? I believe there is a very tight relationship between styling and substance that determines a car’s perceived value by owners and would-be owners.

All of these insights and more are pre-sented in my book. For this keepsake, this story is a sample.

Patrick J. Nowak Holland, Michigan August, 2008 www.fortycars.com

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