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

Porsche – The Racing 914s

by Roy Smith

Unless you are a racer, you may have never given the boxy 914 a second look. The victim of development shortcuts and marketing tussles, the car that is now beginning to be called “great” was born under a cloud.

Motor Racing: The Pursuit of Victory 1963–1972

by Steve Wyatt

From racecar development to trackside fashions, hundreds of period photos bring home an era in racing on the tail end of amateur photogs having unrestricted access to anyone and anything. These days will never come back, so savor these photos!

Gasoline and Magic

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.

The Argentine Temporada Motor Races 1950 to 1960

by Hernan Lopez Laiseca

Fabulous photos, many new to the record, document a formative—and very dangerous—period in a corner of the world in which few people had a driver’s license but were all mad for racing.

Comet! The World’s First Jet Airliner


by Graham M. Simons

The exclamation point isn’t really part of the plane’s name but it might as well have been. Sleek and beautiful, it ushered in a new era but paid a heavy prize for blazing the trail. The book covers everything worth knowing about it.

The VW Bus: History of a Passion

by Jörg Hajt

A veritable cult car these days, the ubiquitous VW transporter was a workhorse in all corners of the globe, ridden hard and put away wet. Read here what makes it special.

Transatlantic Airships: An Illustrated History

by John Christopher

From luxuriously appointed people-hauling “pond hoppers” that actually flew, to proposed atomic-powered leviathans replete with helipads this book takes a look at how to cross vast distances.

The Tower of London Prisoner Book

by Brian A. Harrison

Inextricably woven into the history of Britain, the Tower of London has served as a royal residence and a zoo but it is as a state prison and torture chamber that it claims its place in the cultural consciousness. Over 8000 names tell its story here.

Spitfire In Sweden

by Mikael Forslund

How the Swedes got their Spitfires (postwar) is one of those on again/off again stories, but, given what use they were put to, it may have kept the Cold War a degree cooler.

The World’s Fastest E-Type Jaguar, The Quest for the Record

by Phil Shephard

That a 50-year-old E-Type set a record on the ice, twice, actually, is surprising enough. So is the story of its amateur crew coping with small budgets and many a deprivation.

Porsche 917: The Undercover Story

by Gordon Wingrove

There is no shortage of interesting books about this iconic racecar. What makes this one stand out is that it is written by a former race mechanic who knows every nut and bolt on the car.

The Hack Mechanic Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems

by Rob Siegel

Not driving your modern car for a week or more? Trouble! Battery four years old? Trouble! If this book saves you only one service call it’ll pay for itself.