What about some car magazines (the better ones) like Road & Track? They have many articles, columns and tons of car stuff. At least to get him used to reading. I have not rear many good 'car stories' but it may be that fiction is not interesting to him. That seems to be somewhat common in this trade. If he likes fiction, and once he has some patience, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a heavy read but also tremendous in life lessons and applies them to a motorcycle and the road trip the motorcycle in enduring in the book. Many of the 'trade journals' may go over his head as a beginner if he does not like fiction but its worth a shot. There are some other automotive history books that I am drawing a blank on now but I will get back to you with them.
Let me know if I am on the right track here or not.
John, Thanks so much!! Can you give me some titles?
Also, I considered Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but I don't think he has the reading level. I think he, at the tender age of 16, is a pretty proficient mechanic. Also, it would be great if you could give me some reasons why a mechanic needs to be able to read and write proficiently. These are skills he feels he doesn't need.
PS-You are awesome.
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One suggestion (and more to come)
Anything from Peter Egan. Side glances is a compilation of short stories and I would think a great place to start.
More this evening...
There are a lot of great books about Smokey Yunick, a stock car legend. However, after browsing through some of them I realized they are all very expensive. But if some of his reading would include online, perhaps writing a report, there is a lot of great info and amazing stories about him. He was truly an interesting character.
Here is a great underdog story of a drag racer named John Force."The Straight Story of drag Racing's 300 MPH Superstar"
Here is the story of another 'character' in the racing world. Mickey Thompson:The Fast Life and Tragic Death of a Racing Legend.
I hope one or more of these finds it's mark with your student.
Good luck and let me know how it turns out.
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