Archive for Items Categorized 'Automobiles', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by René Staud & Jürgen Lewandowski
If it doesn’t look as if there will be a Bugatti or McLaren or Pagani under the Christmas tree—ask for this book as a consolation price. Its cover is so glam it doesn’t even need wrapping paper!
by Pete Lyons
“The wedge” won more GPs and Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships than any other Lotus, it was the longest-lived design then and now, it scored in four of six seasons—there are several good books about it, and this is definitely one of them.
by Gordon Kirby & Joseph Freeman
Winning the Indy 500 makes you a household name. Well, in some households. For a while. The ones who don’t win, no matter how long the list of their accomplishments here or elsewhere, get no love. Here’s their story.
by Morrill “Bud” Marston
If you thought vintage Jaguars are interesting, just wait until you see vintage Jaguar key rings. Jaguar made over 350,000 cars during just the period covered here so there’s plenty of variety to investigate.
by Tom Dine
Bentley Motors is 100 years old and this little book celebrates the company founder’s achievements—and that’s before he ever built his eponymous cars and winning Le Mans five times.
by Michael McCabe
What makes a New York custom bike or car different from those made anywhere else? Or modern ones different from earlier ones? Meet several generations of builders and see their shops and their creations.
by Kevin Atkinson
Everyone knows that Bugattis used distinctive flat-spoke aluminum wheels. So did Singer—but 20 years earlier. The curved front forks of a bicycle are a George Singer patent, and still in use today. If you don’t know Singer, you should.
by Gordon Murray and Philip Porter
“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” – the extraordinary legacy of oenophile, soap box racer, and Bob Dylan disciple Gordon Murray. He is the man who also created the road-going sports car that won Le Mans, who designed F1 cars that won 50 Grands Prix, and who is still pushing every envelope he can find.
by Geoff Carverhill
Rootes is about as British a carmaker/distributor as it gets but US connections abound, not least the Raymond Loewy one. This book is quite the deep dive and dispenses lots of detail in a very readable manner.
by Randall Cannon and Michael Gerry
Legendary drivers, the FBI, Howard Hughes…it’s a big story but the track was short-lived and pretty much forgotten until two local boys with racing interests put this fine book together.
by Patrick le Quément, Stéphane Geffray
You’d have to have been sequestered on your private island for the last 50 years not to know the name of the author of this book. Simca, Ford, VW/Audi, Renault—some 60 million cars have Patrick le Quément’s fingerprints on them, and he reshaped his industry.
by Jeremy Walton
The Lotus Esprit may have held a record among British sports cars for continuous production—28 years and almost 11,000 copies sold—but pick up an automotive encyclopedia today and you’ll find that this Lotus hardly warrants a footnote.