His name is Dunne. James Dunne. And if Ian Fleming had written about the world of automotive espionage, this is the man who might have served as his role model. But where some spies sleuth for competing car companies, this septuagenarian Grosse Pointer serves a more noble purpose. Or so he’d prefer to think. The fact is, you’ve probably seen some of his work over the years in the pages of monthly magazines, in countless newspapers around the world, or on various internet sites, including TheDetroitBureau.com. Jim Dunne is the undisputed king of automotive spy photographers.
Dunne insists he’s retired – though the spy shot of the 2013 Nissan Altima he provided us with yesterday suggests otherwise. (Click Here for that story.) It’s a way of life and not something someone easily walks away from…especially if they still keep a camera close at hand.
As accomplished a story-teller as he is with the camera, Dunne is finally revealing some of the secrets of his successful career, captured in his new book, “Car Spy,” which you can find via Amazon.com. (Here’s the link to buy a copy.) We’ve done a little spying of our own, however, and nabbed one of the more interesting chapters, the story of Dunne’s incursion into the top secret GM Design Dome. Here’s the excerpt: