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

1 1/2-litre Grand Prix Racing 1961–65 – Low Power, High Tech

by Mark Whitelock

Period photos, cutaway drawings, racing stats and venues, drivers and teams—all put together by someone who paid attention at the time only to grow disappointed by later forms of GP racing. This book is his sympathetic reappraisal of a complicated era.

1982: The Inside Story of the Sensational Grand Prix Season

by Christopher Hilton

A multitude of factors conspired to make the 1982 season exceptionally turbulent and trying. Political wrangling, a driver’s strike at the first race, fatal crashes, a rather unexpected champion and more, more, more. The book is ten years old but remains a shining beacon.

Harnessing Horsepower: The Pat Moss Carlsson Story

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.

Classic Racing Engines

by Karl Ludvigsen

A reprint of an important book makes it available to new readers. Not an easy read but the science/art of building a competitive race motor is enormously complicated so this book does help to appreciate the intricacies.

Jaguar D-Type, The Autobiography of XKD 504

by Philip Porter & Chas Parker

You can still see this 1955 car being raced today, with abandon, and successfully. In its day it was the ultimate sports racer. Few have survived in this original a form which is why this is the one to which an entire book is devoted.

Ian Walker Racing: The Man and His Cars

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.

The Amazing Life of John Cooper Fitch

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.

Mille Miglia 1957: Last Act in a Legendary Race

by Carlo Dolcini

That fateful, tragic race in which de Portago and his co-driver drove to their deaths. Knowingly, if you follow the author’s way of presenting it. The chain of events that led to it is told here in the context of all the teams and their playbooks.

Delage, Champion du Monde

by Daniel Cabart & Christophe Pund

The 15-S-8 model discussed here was a World Champion—but few today remember this enormous achievement. This thorough account is accompanied by fabulous period photos.

1000-Kilometer-Rennen 1953–1983

by Jan Hettler & Udo Klinkel

The famous German Nürburgring has a fierce reputation. You could check it out in your own car or even go out with a pro driver but you still wouldn’t know what it’s like to run a 1000 km endurance race. This book will tell you.

World Championship

by Gregor J. Grant

The author of the iconic The Boy’s Book of Motor Sport also had his adult audience covered, with books and a weekly magazine that followed motor racing in a serious, data-intensive way.

Leader Card Racers: A Dynasty of Speed


by Gordon Eliot White

This family has been a moving force in US racing for over 70 years. About time someone told that story, and this author does it singularly well!