Archive for Items Categorized 'Award Winner', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Rudolf Uhlenhaut

by Wolfgang Scheller and Thomas Pollak 

The legendary Mercedes engineer was a hands-on wrencher and a good enough driver to embarrass professional shoes. He valued teamwork and hated blowing his own horn—which is why this is the first-ever comprehensive biography.

Alleggerita

by Tony Adriaensens, Patrick Dasse & Martin Übelher

The Giulia GTA, GTA SA, GTA Junior, and GTAm were probably the most important postwar four-cylinder Alfa Romeos. This high-concept 1500-page opus offers a wealth of detail.

John, George and the HWMs

by Simon Taylor

Underdogs. Two mechanical engineers, one of whom practically a household name as a quite good race driver, stood up a race team—because they could and because no one else was. They did well, but ask people today about “HWM” . . .

Gaston Grümmer: The Art of Carrosserie 

by Philippe-Gaston Grümmer and Laurent Friry

French coachwork from the golden era, from the utilitarian to the unbelievably exotic—and not always practical or even attractive! But the world is a better place for this sort of creativity, and this sort of book.

Abarth: Racing Cars – Collection 1949–1974

by Franz Steinbacher

This is a look at a highly curated Swiss collection of mostly racing Abarths, and in telling their story the book also gives a good idea of what made the cars and the company so special.

The Porsche Art Book

by Edwin Baaske (Editor)

Even if Porsches leave you cold and you dismiss the whole “car as art” issue as contrived, you will want to meet these artists and see how they work and think.

Reid Railton, Man of Speed

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.

Aston Martin DB: 70 Years

by Andrew Noakes

That Aston Martin is going strong today is largely due to a fellow in the 1940s who had money enough to spare, for long enough to take AM to the top tier.

Schweizer Carrossiers – Von den Anfängen bis 1970

by Ferdinand Hediger

Up to the WWII era no serious concours d’elegance would have been without examples of Swiss coachwork. Some of the names in this overview of select Swiss coachbuilders have become so obscure that they may well surprise even native readers.

American Automobiles of the Brass Era

by Robert D. Dluhy

Not exactly bedtime reading, this book is brimming with data but for those who want to skip the raw numbers it also offers insightful Big Picture analysis in the form of text and graphs.

Ikarus: Busse für die Welt

by Christian Suhr

If you like busses, you’ll want to know about Ikarus from Hungary and this is about the only book to do the job. From China to Canada, you may have ridden in one and not even known it!

Streamlined: Classic Cars of the 20th Century

by Malte Jürgens, photos by Michel Zumbrunn

Based on a 2009 museum exhibit in Germany this lavishly photographed book presents 25 important exponents of the theory and practice of making cars aerodynamically efficient—a problem that is still not solved.