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

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.

Autocourse 2016–2017

by Tony Dodgins, editor

The joys—and burdens—of wanting/needing to buy an annual motorsports book. Once you start, you really cannot sit out a year, can you?

1001 NASCAR Facts

by John Close

Seven decades of racing ought to be good for some trivia! There’s plenty here, and not just trivial or utterly obscure factoids for giggles. Written by someone who’s been around the sport on the media side for a long time.

Porsche 917, Archive and Works Catalogue 1968–1975

by Walter Näher

Many are the books that tell the story of the all-conquering 917 but this is the one that shows the source material everyone else is working from—it’s like an All Access Pass to the Porsche Archives!

Lotus 18: Colin Chapman’s U-Turn

by Mark Whitelock

“U-Turn” implies reversal, in this case moving the engine from the front to the rear, which, coupled with other Chapman goodies, made the 18 the milestone car he had been shooting for all along.

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.

Motor Racing: The Pursuit of Victory 1963–1972

by Steve Wyatt

From racecar development to trackside fashions, hundreds of period photos bring home an era in racing on the tail end of amateur photogs having unrestricted access to anyone and anything. These days will never come back, so savor these photos!

Gasoline and Magic

by Hilar Stadler / Martin Stollenwerk (editors)

Lovely photos, yes, lots. But they are more than that, if you are inclined to look beyond the surface and parse the authors’ intentions.

The Argentine Temporada Motor Races 1950 to 1960

by Hernan Lopez Laiseca

Fabulous photos, many new to the record, document a formative—and very dangerous—period in a corner of the world in which few people had a driver’s license but were all mad for racing.

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.

Porsche 917: The Undercover Story

by Gordon Wingrove

There is no shortage of interesting books about this iconic racecar. What makes this one stand out is that it is written by a former race mechanic who knows every nut and bolt on the car.

The Grand Prix Saboteurs

by Joe Saward

The idea of racing drivers having a side gig as secret agents seems the stuff of fantasy—but it really did happen. Telling that story was long overdue—but the book has become a victim of almost two decades worth of research struggling to remain intelligible.