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

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.

Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding

by Matt Stone
The biggest names in racing were running Isky cams and Ed “the Camfather” made sure the world knew it and so became a household name. He’ still hanging around “the drags” so read the book before you run into him!

Neil “Soapy” Castles

by Henry Neil “Soapy” Castles

Living life to its fullest could be Castles’ motto. From NASCAR legend, to Hollywood insider, to taking on Exxon for groundwater contamination (a contributing factor to his cancer) and prevailing over both, Castles tells his fast-paced story.

Shelby American Up Close and Behind the Scenes

by Dave Friedman

The years at Shelby’s first premises in Venice were critical and the people who worked there young and enthusiastic, Friedman among them. His photos are an insider’s look at that most American of outfits.

The Legacy of Justice, An American Family Story

by Tom Madigan with Ed Justice, Jr.

“Justice Bothers” sounds like Wild West gunslingers but the Justice clan—who hail from Kansas and work out of California—are in the lubricant business. There is a rock band with that name too, and it was named after the auto guys! Just read the book.

Jim Clark – The Best of the Best

by David Tremayne

We can argue about whether Jim Clark was the greatest Grand Prix driver in history. After all, there are one or two other candidates, possibly even three or four. But we won’t disagree about whether this book is the definitive story of Scotland’s greatest driver.

Lost Road Courses

by Martin Rudow

It may have been hyped as “The Nürburgring of the Midwest” but can you even recall what state War Bonnet was in? The tracks may be long forgotten but the names and ideas they spawned—men, machines, technologies—live on.

The Golden Days of Thompson Speedway & Raceway

by Terry O’Neil

Dubbed “The Indianapolis of the East” Thompson played an early and lasting role in bringing racing onto purpose-built tracks. Today’s Motorsports Park is a multi-tier entertainment destination that hosts NASCAR and the SCCA but also driving schools and testing.

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.