The Indy Car Wars

Indy Car Wars

by Sigur E. Whitaker

As motorsports go, Indy racing draws the most eyeballs in the US but the sport’s troubled history remains a polarizing topic. This book takes a stab at unraveling the complicated and often unsavory backstory.

Gasoline and Magic

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by Hilar Stadler / Martin Stollenwerk (editors)

Lovely photos, yes, lots. But they are more than that, if you are inclined to look beyond the surface and parse the authors’ intentions.

1964 Watson Sheraton Thompson Special

1964 Watson

by Donald Davidson, photos by Peter Harholdt

The actual car survives to this day, exactly as it finished its dominant 1964 season which included an Indy win. A short book but expertly written and photographed.

Classic Fighters Colouring Book

Classic Fighters Colour

by Dariusz Grzywacz

Leaving aside the question of whether children should be coloring warplanes, this book offers 3-views and outlines of 15 aircraft, along with brief specs and a few words as to their purpose. There are worse ways to spend $5.50 . . .

The Cars of Harley Earl

Cars of Harley Earl

by David W. Temple

A fine survey not just of specific cars Earl’s fertile mind dreamed up but also of the why and how that guide a product designer’s thinking.

The Caped Crusade, Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

Caped Crusade

by Glen Weldon

The Batman: Just when you think you have your Bat-Fix under control, another book comes along to let you know just how much more you really need. The Bat-Universe seems endless. This book adds Bat-Nerds into the mix and offers a new perspective on the heart of The Caped Crusader’s obsession.

Jock Lewes, Co-Founder of the SAS

Jock Lewes

by John Lewes

This early admirer of Hitler became so disillusioned with the Nazi regime’s methods that he volunteered for an elite British outfit specializing in counter-espionage, the Special Air Service and became its principal training officer.

Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection

Bugatti Veyron

by Martin Roach

The ultra exotic Veyron may cost £1m to buy but it cost way more to build. So what’s in it for Bugatti? And who are the people lining up to buy it? And what’s it like to drive one? All is revealed here.

Red Dust Racers

Red Dust Racers

by Graeme Cocks

You may not have heard of the place—described in the 1920s and ‘30s as one of the best natural racing surfaces in the world and a history stretching back over 100 years—but you will have heard of the cars, mostly British and American.

Fairey Flycatcher

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by Matthew Willis

During the decade between the world wars the little Flycatcher could be found in many corners of the world but it cut its best figure in aerobatics.

The Mini Story

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by Andreas Braun

Ten foot long but roomy enough for four people—it wasn’t intended to become an icon but merely to be eminently practical. But the ultra-clever design came with smart marketing and so the Mini succeeded where others failed.

Classics on the Street: An Automotive Odyssey, France 1953

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by Robert Straub

A moment in time. And what a moment, in automotive terms. Postwar Europe was still populated with prewar iron—and much of it was irretrievably gone a mere ten years later.