If you’re feeling stuck on a writing project and don’t know how to keep the productivity rolling, you’re not alone. More often than not, changing your surroundings a bit is a great catalyst, and it all starts with your desk. So what does a professional automotive author keep around to help stay focused, productive, and in a good mood?
To answer this question, we talked to Dan Bova, author of R&T Crew’s latest book—Big & Fast Cars: 701 Totally Amazing Facts!—about what his desk looks like. Along with his drool-savvy friend of him, some of his answers of him might surprise you.
To learn more about Dan Bova’s new R&T Crew book, Big & Fast Cars, click here for the full scoop. It offers hours of engagement with a plethora of fun facts, tidbits, and, of course, amazing vehicles. The book is geared toward young car fans, but there’s plenty of cool stuff within the pages to appeal to all ages. Even the most knowledgable automotive enthusiast will learn a thing or two. It’s available to order now!
Here’s What R&T’s Editor-At-Large Brings to the Track
Desk (pictured above)
“I must admit that this is much tidier than it usually is. That’s my assistant, Clark, making sure that all of my pens are properly chewed up and slobbered on.”
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R&T Crew Mags
“The magazine is now a book, thanks to my co-creators Patrick Carone and Elena Martorano. That is Guy Fieri’s cover at the top of the pile. I’ve had the chance to interview him a bunch of times, and the dude is exactly what you see on TV. Super funny, and there is nothing ‘under the radar’ about him. One time he took me cruising around his hometown in his bright-yellow Chevrolet Kodiak C4500. I would have preferred getting a ride in his Lambo , to be honest, but that was a freaking hoot.”
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“I drink an absurd amount of coffee all day long, and this is one of my favorite mugs. In 2006, I co-wrote a movie with Gabe Friedman called Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. It was made by Troma films, who are famous for The Toxic Avenger. I would not recommend watching either of these movies on a full or empty stomach.”
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“Lucky to know a bunch of other writers, and I keep their books in view to keep me inspired. At the top of the pile is Go Like Hell by AJ Baime, which is an awesome book about the Ford/Ferrari battle at Le Mans. This came out years before the Ford v Ferrari movie and has all kinds of info that the movie didn’t touch on.”
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“My Rodecaster Pro setup for the podcast I do for Entrepreneur.com. It’s called Get a Real Job, and I’ve had the chance to talk to a bunch of car nuts, including super funny writer Spike Ferenstein, who wrote a bunch of classic episodes of Seinfeld. I asked him how non-millionaires can get into car collecting, and he recommended starting by fixing up an old VW Bug. One day I will take his advice from him.”
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“I got the chance to interview Dan Aykroyd about his booze company for my podcast, and afterward, he sent me this amazing bottle of his delicious Crystal Head Onyx Vodka. The contents of the bottle are long since gone, I am sad to say. “
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batman and friends
“Some Batman dolls—er, I mean vintage collectibles! I’m a grown man, I don’t play with dolls, and I certainly have never, ever made them fight while I am sitting at my computer avoiding doing work.”
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“I love this picture of my parents, Linda and Rich, standing in front of my dad’s ’67 Triumph TR4A. I remember him riding my brother and I around in it when we were kids, and just feeling like we could fly out the top at any minute. This was the late ’70s, so the chances of anyone wearing a seatbelt was zero percent, so flying out was a very real possibility.”
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