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Illustrated Buyer's Guide: Modern Sports Cars & GT Cars Under 20K
After a hard day wrenching on your car, nothing is better than cuddling up with some fine literature around bedtime. Putting aside our third reading of Gustave Flaubert's 1857 masterpiece "Madame Bovary," we picked up Matt Stone's new book on buying solid performance machinery for under $20,000. Stone has put a lot more cars in his "Illustrated Buyer's Guide: Modern Sports Cars & GT Cars Under 20K" than are in a thousand copies of Madame Bovary. In fact, compared with Stone, Flaubert kinda sucks.

Flaubert's concentration was on adultery and unhappy love. And this just pales in comparison to Stone's dissection of solid used performance machinery available between $10,000 and $20,000 (though some good ones are available for less than $5K). Stone covers everything from MR2s and the Dodge Stealth to the Honda Civic Si and something called a "Mustang" in his perceptive 160-page tome illustrated with 200 photographs. Each car is very well covered and Stone offers plenty of buying tips.

For anyone buying a used performance car, Stone's book is a worthwhile resource and nearly indispensable guide. Published by Motorbooks International, it carries a $17.95 price and should be in bookstores now. Access Motorbooks at

"Madame Bovary" has been made into a movie seven times-"Illustrated Buyer's Guide: Modern Sports Cars & GT Cars Under 20K" the motion picture seems inevitable.

* The Club RSX
This site has been up and running since January of 2001 - months before the RSX actually went on sale at Acura dealers. The front page of Club RSX is about as big a snore as can be found on the Internet. But dig a bit deeper and there are elements aboard that include product reviews, tech articles and places to whine out your opinions about anything and everything having to do with the RSX. There's also a premium area for people who actually want to join the club outright, but that's 45 bucks, and we found the free portion of the site more than adequate.

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