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

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.

The Works MGs

by Mike Allison & Peter Browning

MGs were capable and therefore popular—and not super expensive to boot. No wonder they became the budding racer’s favorite mount. This book too has stood the test of time.

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.

The Tasca Ford Legacy: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday!

by Bob McClurg

How did Tasca become the premier Ford performance dealership in the US? By being way more than a retailer. Fielding their own race cars, developing their own performance parts, and offering excellent customer service gave them the sterling reputation that is the company’s currency even today.

The 1968 London to Sydney Marathon

by Robert Connor

Nothing like it had ever been done before. Spectators numbering in the millions observed it along its far-flung route, school children followed it with their fingers on the map. It was epic; and, finally, there’s a book about it.

The Original Ford GT 101

by Ed Heuvink

The first prototype, the one from which the Ferrari-beating Ford GT sprang, was scrapped in period—and resurrected 50 years later. Both models are covered in this superbly illustrated book.

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.

Mille Miglia, 1000 Miles of Passion

40 towns in 48 hours. Anyone with the right car and about €8500 can apply. Take a look at the 2014 event to see if this is for you.

Lime Rock Park

This natural-terrain road racing venue is the oldest continuously operating track in the US and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two good books, 30 years apart, explain its appeal—and how banning racing on Sundays can be a good thing.

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.

Classic Grand Prix Cars

by Karl Ludvigsen

Why and how—and when—did F1 shift from front- to rear-engined racers? Back in print now this book offers the sort of in-depth analysis that has made Ludvigsen’s name.

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.