Archive for Author 'Sabu Advani', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Tiltrotor Aircraft: An Illustrated History

by Alexander Lüdeke

In recent years, one particular tiltrotor has been in the news a lot, usually because something went wrong. Often spectacularly wrong. Why is it so hard to go up and then forward? Well, this book explains it.

Armoured Trains: An Illustrated Encyclopedia 1825–2016

by Paul Malmassari

From a battleship on rails to nimble if sometimes slapdash scout trolley, armored—and armed—trains have seen action much more recently than you might think. They have their limits but obviously they fulfill a role only they can do. This book gives you almost 200 years of examples.

Harnessing Horsepower: The Pat Moss Carlsson Story

by Stuart Turner

The reference to horsepower in the title is more apt than the uninitiated might think because this most successful female auto rally driver of all time was also so accomplished a horsewoman that she was called on to be a member of the British Show-Jumping team.

Classic Racing Engines

by Karl Ludvigsen

A reprint of an important book makes it available to new readers. Not an easy read but the science/art of building a competitive race motor is enormously complicated so this book does help to appreciate the intricacies.

Jaguar E-Type Six-Cylinder Originality Guide

by Thomas F. Haddock & Michael C. Mueller 

You cannot keep or make an E-Type original without this book. There are many things this book is not—and doesn’t want to be—but it is a precision tool for a specialized job. Pretty enough to sit on your coffee table, it really does not belong there but in your workspace.

Convair Advanced Designs

by Robert Bradley

Loosing faith in progress? Feeling down by too much “been there/done that”? Well, prepare to be amazed and entertained by two books that look behind the curtain. Not everything here is a flight of fancy; some of these machines were totally viable but just didn’t get green-lighted.

Jaguar D-Type, The Autobiography of XKD 504

by Philip Porter & Chas Parker

You can still see this 1955 car being raced today, with abandon, and successfully. In its day it was the ultimate sports racer. Few have survived in this original a form which is why this is the one to which an entire book is devoted.

Lotus Elan: The Complete Story

by Matthew Vale

Among British sports cars the nimble Elan occupies a place of honor. Not least, as the firm’s first truly commercially successful road car it did much to bankroll the racing operation. This book is about as complete as the title claims it is.

The 377 Stratocruiser & KC-97 Stratofreighter: Boeing’s Great Post War Transports

by Bill Yenne

“A monkey could fly this plane.” Well, no, but once six monkeys on a flight from Thailand got loose. A modified version of it was called the Pregnant Guppy and NASA considered it a lifesaver. Everything you need to know about “Tomorrow’s Airliner” is in this lovely book.

Ian Walker Racing: The Man and His Cars

by Julian Balme

From amateur rally driver to team owner who supplied rides in which world championships were won, Walker was a force to be reckoned with in the 1950s and ‘60s. This fine bio is the first, and the world would be just fine if it remained the only one.

Mille Miglia 1957: Last Act in a Legendary Race

by Carlo Dolcini

That fateful, tragic race in which de Portago and his co-driver drove to their deaths. Knowingly, if you follow the author’s way of presenting it. The chain of events that led to it is told here in the context of all the teams and their playbooks.

The Mini Story

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.