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Author and Photographer Jim Hinckley, 2012
Award winning Photographer and Author Jim Hinckley





Legends of America is proud to introduce award winning Author and Photographer James (Jim) Hinckley as an official contributor to our website. Here, you will find articles written by Jim, including unique content that can only be found on Legends of America, as well as many of his professional photographs that are available for photo prints and editorial downloads. 


Jim Hinckley is a former Associate Editor of Cars and Parts Magazine, the author of multiple books, and a lover of the Great Southwest and Route 66. Jim's writing and photography are a perfect match for our readers at Legends Of America.


Jim says, even though he was born in North Carolina, he's a product of the desert southwest, where he currently lives with his wife Judy, in Arizona. As a husband and wife photography team, the Hinckleys have a lengthy and colorful resume of work appearing in magazines, books, corporate websites, and in promotional materials. 


In a short autobiography, Jim writes


"After years of having friends and associates tell me that I was blessed with a gift for telling folks where to go, and with support from my loving wife, I began writing about my passion for lost highways, the road less traveled, the special places found along the way, and the vintage vehicles that once traveled them. To date, this grand adventure has manifested in the form of eight books, more than 1000 feature articles for a wide array of publications including Old Cars Weekly, Classic Auto Restorer, Hemmings Classic Car, The Kingman Daily Miner and American Road, and even an interview with Jay Leno. In addition I write a daily blog chronicling the life of a starving artist on Route 66 and wrote a monthly column profiling the independent thinkers of the American auto industry for Cars & Parts magazine. It is my sincere hope that you find my books and articles an inspiration for over coming obstacles, discovering the joy that comes from seeking the road less traveled, and are inspired to make a road trip or two."


Jim Hinckley's AmericaIn 2013, Jim started "Jim Hinckley's America", which began as a weekly radio show on Alamo AM 1230 in New Mexico. Route 66 Chronicles, which IS Jim Hinckley's America, chronicles the grand adventure on Route 66 and the road less traveled.


Legends of America is also proud to present Jim Hinckley's America in Photos, now available for photo prints and editorial downloads through Legends Photo Shop HERE!.



Jim's Articles on Legends:


Two Heads are Better than One (The Stanley Twins)

Frontier Era Time Capsule- (Johnson Canyon Rail Tunnel)

In the Beginning (Automotive Pioneers)

Bathtubs, Birdcages & Chevrolet (Automotive Gold Rush)

Jackson - The Other Detroit

King of the Road (The Continental Era)

In Praise of Eccentricity (The Thin Line between Progressive and Insanity in American Auto History)

Introducing America's Most Modern Automobile - In 1773

One Foot in the Stirrup and One on the Throttle (The Race to Gain Public Interest in Motor Vehicles)

Dawning of a New Age (Setting the Stage for the Battle of the Titans)

Optimistic Pessimism and Myopic Visionaries - (Automobile Evolution)

Selling The Sizzle - Part One (Automotive Advertising)

Selling The Sizzle - Part Two - (Calkins & Holden Make Art)

Rise of an Empire (Morris Markin and Checker Motors)

William Galloway (The Galloway Farm and Auto Empire)


Links to Jim Online:


Jim Hinckley's America Podcast

Jim Hinckley's Videos (Walkabout Series)

Jim Hinckley's America - Route 66 Chronicles (Jim's Blog)

Jim's Face Book Page

Jim on Good Reads 

Published Books Include:


Checker Cab Photo History (2003)


The Big Book of Car Culture: The Armchair Guide to Automotive Americana (2005) (received the Bronze Medal at the International Automotive Media Awards)


Backroads of Arizona: Your Guide to Arizona's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures (2006)

Route 66 Backroads: Your Guide to Scenic Side Trips & Adventures from the Mother Road (2008)

Ghost Towns of the Southwest: Your Guide to the Historic Mining Camps and Ghost Towns of Arizona and New Mexico (2010)


Greeting From Route 66 (2010) - Co-authored with Kathy Weiser-Alexander, founder of Legends Of America and other notable Route 66 authorities


Ghost Towns of Route 66 (2011)


The Route 66 Encyclopedia (2012)


Travel Route 66 (2014)


The Illustrated Route 66 Historic Atlas (2014)



Legends of America is Proud to present Jim Hinckley's America in Photos Now available in Legend's Photo Print Shop!



All images available for photo prints & editorial downloads HERE!


From Legends' Photo Shop

Route 66 photo prints and downloads.Route 66 Photo Shop - Travel the virtual road of Route 66 at our Mother Road Print Shop, where you can "take home" dozens of photographs of icons, sites, and views along this celebrated this vintage path. Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

Route 66 photo prints and downloads.


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