Archive for Author 'Helen Hutchings', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by Craig Kodera and William Pearce
Vibration, noise, roughness, creature comforts—early air travel really was rudimentary. The radial or star engine opened a new chapter and, for a while, was the best technical solution. But in its very advantages (cooling) lay the roots of its obsolescence (drag).
by Allen Platt
From moonshine runner to multiple Hall of Famer, Platt was a showman on and off the track. And if Chevrolet hadn’t pulled out of racing, the subtitle might well be reading differently. Written by one of his sons, who is himself a racer, the book explores an iconic career.
by Jimmy Dinsmore and James Halderman
With all the ink that has been spilled on the Mustang, there was still one book that was missing: this one. As the key designer of the model he initially dubbed “Cougar” Halderman is the ultimate insider’s insider.
by Matt Stone
The biggest names in racing were running Isky cams and Ed “the Camfather” made sure the world knew it and so became a household name. He’ still hanging around “the drags” so read the book before you run into him!
by Henry Neil “Soapy” Castles
Living life to its fullest could be Castles’ motto. From NASCAR legend, to Hollywood insider, to taking on Exxon for groundwater contamination (a contributing factor to his cancer) and prevailing over both, Castles tells his fast-paced story.
by Karl Ludvigsen
In its award presentation, the Royal Automobile Club called this book “magisterial.” No argument. A Railton obit referred to him as “an exceedingly capable engineer and designer.” No argument. Finally here’s a book to tell the full story.
by Tom Madigan with Ed Justice, Jr.
“Justice Bothers” sounds like Wild West gunslingers but the Justice clan—who hail from Kansas and work out of California—are in the lubricant business. There is a rock band with that name too, and it was named after the auto guys! Just read the book.
by Martin Rudow
It may have been hyped as “The Nürburgring of the Midwest” but can you even recall what state War Bonnet was in? The tracks may be long forgotten but the names and ideas they spawned—men, machines, technologies—live on.
by Matt Avery
No corporate ban on racing keeps a good man down. A loophole in GM’s COPO fleet-sales program became a back channel of sorts and today is recognized as the origin of GM’s top muscle cars
by Wes Eisenschenk
A departure from the “barn find” theme, this anthology is about noteworthy cars that in quite a few of the cases related here are still MIA. There is some tradecraft discussed but mainly this is more of a mini history of specific cars.
by John Wall
Combining salesmanship and media savvy, Loewy created brand images for major corporations but also made himself into a national brand through the assiduous courting of journalists and tastemakers to become the face of both a new profession and a consumer-driven vision of the American dream.
by Bob McClurg
How did Tasca become the premier Ford performance dealership in the US? By being way more than a retailer. Fielding their own race cars, developing their own performance parts, and offering excellent customer service gave them the sterling reputation that is the company’s currency even today.