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Hey Charger Reviews

When Hey Charger was first published in 2003, it received universal acclaim from those involved in developing the car, the devoted enthusiasts and the media. Today many enthusiasts simply refer to Hey Charger as ‘the bible’ due to its historical and technical accuracy. Here is a list of endorsements and book reviews. 

‘My congratulations to Gavin Farmer and Gary Bridger, who have worked together to produce a masterpiece. I’m eagerly anticipating the day I’ll have a copy of my own. Hey Charger!’
Bob Hubbach, principal exterior stylist for the Chrysler Valiant Charger

‘Just brilliant! This book is a must for every Chrysler enthusiast’.
Chris Hays, technical adviser Queensland Charger Club

‘Extremely well researched and accurate’.
Leo Leonard, champion New Zealand touring car driver

It is a delight that a complete book on the Chrysler Valiant Charger has at last been written. Hey Charger is the result of intensive research covering all aspects of the Charger’s history, including its assembly and competition record in New Zealand. This book accurately describes the way it was – well done!
Mike Todd, former marketing manager Todd Motors Limited, New Zealand

With its meticulous research, cogent interviews, detailed appendices and references, rare models, many colour plates and a wealth of detail, no Chrysler, Valiant Charger or NZ racing fan should miss this one – it’s the last word.
Mark Webster - NZ Classic Car magazine - book of the month

A landmark publication about an important Australian vehicle and definitely our book of the month.
Patrick Quinn - Australian Classic Car magazine - book of the month 

The amount of research that has gone into Hey Charger is really unbelievable, but in no way is it a boring collection of statistics. It is a good read that I’m sure will be enjoyed by not only Chrysler fans but by anyone with an interest in classic sports cars.  The picture on the front cover is enough to get the blood pumping – Hey Charger!
Rotorua Daily Post, NZ - Books and Arts section – book of the week

While Hey Charger is undoubtedly an enthusiasts read specifically and will appeal to lovers of classic cars generally, it’s the fact that it chronicles the brand, model reputation and history at all that gives it added and much broader value and perspective.  It is bound to become like the Charger itself – a collectors item.
Sandy Myhre, NZ author and motoring writer

The authors clearly love the Chargers and this exhaustively researched and lavishly illustrated book is the result.  New Zealanders will be gratified that their side of the story is fully told and is not just an afterthought tacked onto and Aussie production.  A must for everyone nostalgic for the muscle car era.
Colin Jewell – Northern Advocate – Whangarei NZ

Hey Charger is the definitive read for anyone interested in the iconic Aussie car.  The two authors obviously have a passion for the car and have gone to great lengths to get pictures, illustrations and details, including the performances on NZ racetracks.  The detail does not detract from the book which is both an interesting and easy read.
Stu Piddington – Timaru Herald NZ

There are heaps of rare images to drool over, including shots of the short wheelbase Ute used for testing at the start of the development program.  One of the most interesting and readable books on Australian muscle cars we’ve come across in ages.
Australian Street Machine magazine with five thumbs up!

A superb addition to the motoring and motorsport archives.
Roger Moroney – Hawkes Bay Weekend NZ

Hey Charger is certainly the definitive work on the Aussie two door coupes and there is unlikely to be anything said after this book.
Allan Dick – Driver magazine NZ

It’s one of the most comprehensive works of its type.  In the same way that no toolbox is complete without a couple of crescents, no enthusiast’s bookshelf is complete without Hey Charger. 
Peter Gill – Sunday News NZ

Hey Charger!'s 164 oversized pages are brimming with well-produced photographs and lucid, intelligent text that expose every facet of the famous (in Australia and New Zealand) Valiant and Charger series. It's unusual in the range of its sources: they seem to have found and quoted the entire staff of Chrysler Australia, including the lead engineer and other executives. Their work is simply astounding, and that's before you get to the four appendices, which provide page after page of hard-to-find details on the Valiant and Charger ranges. This would be an impressive feat even if most of Chrysler's old records hadn't been destroyed by Mitsubishi shortly after acquiring the local company….The photography is simply excellent, and includes not only photos of remaining Valiants, Pacers, and Chargers, but also pictures of the engineers and plant, details on design, and Chargers being raced through Australia and New Zealand. Colour reproductions of pre-production sketches are also provided with high resolution…..This is one of those books that you won't regret buying. It has a huge number of facts, many of which are lesser known, and is obviously written by people who did more research than looking at photos and spec sheets and visiting auto shows. It has many photos, but is not a mere picture book. The price is very reasonable given the volume of material is incredible, and the depth and quality of the research and discussion is very good. We highly recommend Hey Charger! and understand why it was New Zealand's best-selling car book for three months.                                             
A body – The Valiant family website, USA  

There have been books about Aussie Chargers before but we have not seen one of this scope before.  Previous volumes we’ve seen are primarily photo books showing restored or surviving examples, but this new offering delves extremely deep into the models history, development and its current status as a collector’s car…. The boys did their homework on this one, looking up superb examples of the Aussie Chargers wherever they may have gotten off to, so examples are seen in the United States and in England as well as in their natural setting….This one’s a large format soft cover book, but don’t let the soft cover make you think this is some cheapo bargain basement work – far from it. The ring binding is top quality and there are 192 pages of information you’re not going to get anywhere else…. You will find an in depth examination of power train options, but most impressive of all is the complete breakdown of production figures, sales codes, colours and options which were available for these cars.  If you own one of these cars or are just interested in them, this book will automatically make you an expert and allow you to decode and decipher just about everything about a particular car. This took an awful lot of research and the hard work certainly shows up in the quality of this book…..Don’t just take our word in praising this book, allow us to share comment offered by Mike Stacy, former general manager Power Train Engineering, Chrysler Australia, “This is the definitive book on the Chrysler Charger, revealing project secrets never before divulged. Gavin Farmer tells the story of the Chargers design, development, production and racing history in great detail while Gary Bridger has added a similarly detailed narrative of the cars success in New Zealand. It is a book I highly recommend.” What more could we possibly add to that?  If you like Australian Chargers get this book. If you don’t, your life will be filled with misery and woe until you do. 
Mopar Collectors Guide magazine, USA, November 2004

Hey Charger is published in NZ by Reed Publishing which has done a superb job with its presentation and layout, featuring 90 colour and over 100 B&W photos – many of which have never been published.  There is really no padding in this book and no guesswork.  Everything has been researched and every sentence tells a story…. To suggest this book’s appeal is limited to Charger fans is to sell it short.  Hey Charger is a must for all muscle car, motor racing and motor industry enthusiasts. 
Australian Muscle Car magazine Issue 18 March 2005

Truly an impressive book, much more worthy than many of the meatless, repetitious muscle car ‘histories’ published in the United States.
USA Hemmings Muscle Machines January 2006

July 19, 2016
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