Archive for Items Categorized 'Biography/ Autobiography', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by Mauro Forghieri & Daniele Buzzonetti
The youngest, the longest-serving, and the most successful Ferrari engineer to date speaks candidly of his life working on some of the most iconic sports and racing cars. A long-overdue and much-needed book.
by Miles Macnair
Picture this: an air force is fighting for its very survival. A private citizen offers to buy her impoverished government several squadrons of fighter planes. The government says—no. This snub kickstarted a chain of events that culminated in Britain developing one of the important aircraft of all time.
by Elsa A. Nystrom
Possessed of a strong work ethic, social graces and society connections, and unafraid of the new, Cuneo blazed a trail—and also got her fingers burned. Too little has been remembered of her life but now this fine biography shows us what we missed.
by Paul Tritton
This small book adds useful detail to a lesser-known chapter of the history of not only the two cofounders of Rolls-Royce but two other important men in the firm’s, and Britain’s history.
by Gordon Kirby
In all walks of life one finds families in which several generations engage in the same activity. Over several decades and different series the Bettenhausens were almost uncommonly successful in auto racing but also paid an uncommonly heavy price in that only one of the four survived.
by Emilio Polo García
Kings have cars—and this one even has one named after him, the Hispano-Suiza Alfonso XIII roadster. This book has about as many illustrations as pages so even if you don’t speak Spanish you’ll get something out of it.
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.
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.
by Art Evans
“Amazing” doesn’t even begin to exhaust the fullness of the man whose obit described him as “bathed in golden sunlight.” Pilot, racer, sailor, inventor, family man, holder of a speed record—for driving backward.
by Oliver Winterbottom
After a half century of design—and not only cars—there are stories to tell, insights to share, and a new generation to motivate. You may have never heard of Winterbottom but this book delivers.
by Karen Bush Gibson
Among the 26 flyers this book for young readers portrays are many unusual choices, but they are probably representative of the obstacles their gender had to contend with.
by Clive Semple
“I must now enjoy myself and not worry, otherwise I shall get nerves and that won’t do.” Far more than merely the story of a pilot, this is a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a young man with hopes, illusions, and—luck.