Archive for Items Categorized 'Racing, Rally', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

City of Speed: Los Angeles and the Rise of American Racing

by Joe Scalzo

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but fact and the correct application thereof is not. The subject matter makes sense, the author is known. All should be well. This 2007 book was lauded by everyone; we beg to differ.

Powered by Porsche, The Alternative Race Cars

by Roy Smith

“Everyone” knows that Porsche makes serious race cars—but even Porsche geeks will surely not know just how many other makes and teams used Porsche motors and know-how to better their own fortunes, often enough in competition against the provider.

Gentleman Heroes

by Giles Chapman with Clare Hay

If there is such a thing as “the most recognizable Bentley,” this may be the one. It didn’t win a lot, it didn’t hold up very well, but it played a singular and important role. And its price today is in the stratosphere.

The World’s Fastest E-Type Jaguar, The Quest for the Record

by Phil Shephard

That a 50-year-old E-Type set a record on the ice, twice, actually, is surprising enough. So is the story of its amateur crew coping with small budgets and many a deprivation.

Shelby Mustang GT350

by Chuck Cantwell

An insider’s look at the early days of Shelby American getting into “mass production” and turning a car with sporty pretensions into a race-ready and race-worthy macine.

Pensive Racing Drivers

by Max Küng

The quiet moments, before a race when the mind settles in on the task at hand, or after, when the last hand has been played. Even the victor lugging his magnum of champagne looks oddly spent. These are the moments captured here.

The Hawke History of MMM Competition Cars

by Karl-Joachim Wiessmann (editor)

MG midgets may not seem impressive but the racing versions were very successful and driven by anybody who was anybody. This book isn’t a historical narrative but presents the hard data behind the story.

90 Years of Nürburgring

by Hartmut Lehbrink

Mountains, valleys, forest, light, shade, blind corners and dips, the sheer length of a lap—there’s a reason the place has a reputation! Lehbrink has watched it for decades and, however subjective the selection offered here, he’s a good guide.

Porsche – The Racing 914s

by Roy Smith

Unless you are a racer, you may have never given the boxy 914 a second look. The victim of development shortcuts and marketing tussles, the car that is now beginning to be called “great” was born under a cloud.

911R

by Mäder, Konradsheim, Gruber

This Porsche is certainly having a moment these days, both in terms of collector car prices and literature. A book like this makes you want to be a 911 owner, just to have a legitimate reason for owning it

Sports Car Racing in Camera 1950–59

by Paul Parker

This is now the third In Camera book about sports cars by this author and this publisher. As the title would suggest, it is the photographs that are at the core of this series. Readers who already know any of the other books will have high expectations, which will not be disappointed here.

Forghieri on Ferrari: 1947 to the Present

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.