Archive for Items Categorized 'Biography/ Autobiography', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Inside Marine One

by Ray L’Heureux

From building kit models to ferrying the Chief Executive of the United States, Frenchy L’Heureux’s life in aviation has put him where the front-page news took place, but behind the scenes.

How to Build a Car

by Adrian Newey

If only really smart people can design race-winning cars then just how smart must someone be whose designs have won over 150 Grands Prix? An unexpectedly gifted writer, Newey reveals the man behind the cliché of the geeky designer in his ivory tower.

Schlumpf

by Ard & Arnoud op de Weegh 

In the 1970s, this was the story. Greedy industrialists pilfering their corporate treasury to buy classic cars instead of paying their employees’ wages and pensions. But is that what happened? This book presents an alternative version.

The Perfect Car

by Nick Skeens

If volatility of temperament is a measure of competence then Barnard should be counted a genius. And he is, because he really was. The exasperating perfectionist who cut down anyone and anything in his way makes for an intense story.

For the Love of Old Cars: The Jack Passey Story

by Ken Albert

Too few people outside the hardcore collector community seem to know Jack Passey. He may be “Mr. Lincoln” but many other makes found in him a good custodian and early champion of the old-car movement.

I Love to Make the DIRT FLY!

by Carl Hungness

Who was the man who “Created A Great City From A Jungle”? A serial entrepreneur who started a bicycle business, created multi-million dollar enterprises, and dreamt up the Indy 500.

Peter Falk, 33 Years of Porsche Rennsport and Development

by Peter Falk and Wilfried Müller

As Porsche’s most successful head of motorsports, Falk made enormous contributions—that the world at large rarely heard about. “Falk talks . . . at last” is how the book begins and right out of the gate tickles the imagination and sets the breezy tone for what is to follow.

Airmen’s Obituaries, Book Two

by Jay Iliff (Editor)

You may not have known Moose Fumerton, Bobbi Trout, Cyclops Brown, orGrumpy Unwin in life but you really should get to know them in death. Think of these obits as mini biographies—nothing morbid about that!

Lady Lucy Houston DBE, Aviation Champion and Mother of the Spitfire

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.

One Off: The Roads, The Races, The Automobiles of Toly Arutunoff

by Anatoly A. Arutunoff

The story of a supremely colorful life—that’s still going on, full bore. Well, almost. If you know anything about the beginnings of club racing in the US, this is a name you know—or should know.

Second to One: All But For Indy

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.

The Kellner Affair: Matters of Life and Death

by Larsen and Erickson

The raison d’être for this book is that French coachbuilder J.P. Kellner was executed by the Nazis as a spy, a victim, as were others, of denunciation. This monumental book examines original documents, all reproduced here—and concludes/proves that the guy blamed for it is not the guy! Oh, and there are cars too . . .