You’ve spent the summer goofing off, watching racing and baseball and Family Guy reruns. And now, it’s time to go back to school.

Maybe you’re not rushing to beat the morning bell anymore, and hopefully there aren’t any high school girls still wearing your varsity letterman jacket, but that doesn’t mean you can’t further your education and enjoy the process on your own terms.

You can leave the writing and arithmetic to the rest of them.

Today’s lesson is all about hot rodding.

And here are the textbooks you must have:

Steve Magnante’s 1,001 Muscle Car Facts

1001 muscle car facts book

If you love muscle cars, then you’ll love this book. Author Steve Magnante’s brain is an actual encyclopedia and he proves it by putting it all to paper in this monster book. You’ll learn everything you need to know about the Muscle Car Era in this book chock full of facts about GM, Ford, Chrysler, and AMC muscle car facts.

Travel Route 66

Route-66-Book

There is no shortage of good books about the Mother Road, but for an extensive look at Route 66, past and present, this picture-heavy tome is an excellent choice.

Drag Racing Funny Cars

Drag-Racing-Funny-Car-History-Book

More of a photo gallery of sorts, this book chronicles the evolution of the Funny Car: from its origins in the early 1960s, through the 1970s glory days, and up to the high-tech racers of today.

The Complete Book of Mustang: Every Model Since 1964 ½

Mustang-Book

If you want to be an expert on the most-beloved pony car in American history, then crack this book and get reading. It’s the most-important thing to happen to Mustang since the introduction of fuel injection, probably.

The Complete Book of Camaro: Every Model Since 1967

camaro book

Like it’s previously mentioned Mustang counterpart, this Camaro bible will teach you everything you could possibly want to know, and more, about the Chevy Camaro and Detroit’s pony car wars of the late 1960s.

Book of Dodge and Plymouth Muscle

Mopar book

Prefer Mopar to blue ovals and bowties? The Mopar muscle car list is long and distinguished, including the Challenger, Charger, ‘Cuda, Road Runner, Super Bird, and so many more.

The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles

shelby book

From the 427 Cobra to the GT500 Mustang, Carroll Shelby’s iconic performance cars and his massive contribution to the automotive world are detailed in this 256-page Shelby encyclopedia.

Manskills: How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself and Impress Everyone Else

man skills book

Statistically speaking, you’re either a man, or a woman who knows men. So no matter what, you can benefit from the knowledge and wisdom written in these pages. It’s a  guide to attaining the life skills needed as a man to thrive in this crazy world—a world where we don’t feel shame or embarrassment. Where everyone likes and respects us.

That’s what this book promises.

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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.