SoCal is known for its car culture and as the birthplace of the aerospace industry. Those two come together in literary, and other, forms at Autobooks-Aerobooks, a Burbank institution since 1951. If you're looking for a book on the Elva sports car, Russian fighter planes from 1920 on, a diecast replica of “Sneaky” Pete Robinson's top fuel dragster or the manual for the 1911 Locomobile, you can find them here. Books, magazines, DVDS and diecast models are available covering every conceivable niche: race driver biographies, histories on every form of racing, makes and models of autos, trucks and aircraft. Two-wheelers aren't left out either, as a good range of motorcycle material is also on hand. Good grief, is that a diecast of Canadian racer Al Pease's #11 Eagle he drove in his home country Grand Prix in 1967? Yes, it is. 2900 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 845-0707,

—Jim Thurman

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