James C. Mays-Biography
Mays family's folklore includes the tale that James' first word was not "mama" or "dada"--it was "Buick." His mouth was immediately washed out with soap, because he was born into the home of respectable Nash people. The kid grew up passionately loving four-wheeled vehicles, especially the Nash, Hudson, Rambler and American Motors nameplates.
A respected authority on collectable cars, trucks and tractors, his special area of knowledge is the Canadian automotive industry, its personalities and unique products. His book, Rambler Canada: The Little Company that Could was named "Best Read" by the Ontario Librarians Association in 2003.
Mays is a graduate of Andrews University in Michigan and Concordia University in Montreal. As an educator, he taught in some of the last one-room schools in the Maritimes. A meticulous researcher, he writes with insight and humour. The award-winning author has 32 books to his credit, including nine automotive histories.
Mays is prolific; he writes more than 300 articles a year, contributing to periodicals in France, Canada, the UK and the USA. His features are found in V-8, Toy Cars & Models, Reader's Digest, OEM Off-Highway and Automobile Quarterly. His columns appear regularly in Old Autos--Canada's newspaper for the enthusiast and Old Cars, the largest and oldest of the American hobby newspapers. He is a staff writer for Vintage Truck, Antique Power and Belt Pulley.
A member of the Society of Automobile Historians and the Historical Automobile Society of Canada, Mays lives with his cat Fluffy in Olde Sandwich Town, a heritage neighbourhood in Windsor, Ontario, Canada's Motor City.
An accomplished chef and the author of five books of recipes, Mays won the Millenium Food & Beverage Award from Vogue magazine for his cookbook trilogy, You Can't Get Mad Vegan Disease.
His historical commentary is heard regularly on The Morning Shift, broadcast on CBC Radio One in Windsor. On the home front, he has written many lifestyle and trend articles for The Drive and pens the monthly history column for Scoop. A permanent collection of his automotive works is housed at the University of Windsor's Leddy Library in the James Mays Collection.
Automotive books by the author--
- Rescued & Restored: Canadians and their Collectable Cars (2000)
- Rambler Canada: The Little Company that Could (2001)
- The American Motors Century (2002)
- From Kenosha to the World: The Rambler, Jeffery & Nash Truck Story (2003)
- Ford & Canada: 100 Years Together (2003)
- Ford Ranchero: A Photo History (2004)
- The Savvy Guide to Buying Collector Cars at Auction (2006)
- Ford of Canada 1904-2004 An Old Autos Pictorial Roll Call - DOWNLOAD FREE COPY NOW
- A Car and a Refrigerator Go to War: Nash-Kelvinator Serves in World War Two (coming soon)