Archive for Author 'Donald Capps', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

U.S. Army Aircraft (Heavier-Than-Air) 1908–1946

by James C. Fahey

A 70-year-old booklet that once cost all of $1 and is still relevant today catalogs US Army airplanes from the earliest contraptions to the postwar jets.

A.T.S., The Italian Team That Challenged Ferrari

by Michael John Lazzari

Readers steeped in Ferrari history know about the “Palace revolt” of 1961. ATS is a direct result of that and a thorough account of this episode would be a worthy addition to the literature. This book could be it—if you speak Italian well enough to make sense of this English translation.

The Put-in-Bay Road Races, 1952–1963

by Carl Goodwin

For eight years now vintage sports car drivers have congregated here for reunions celebrating what is now called “the island’s rich road racing history”—but that in period barely made the news. This book unravels the history.

Armed with Abundance

by Meredith H. Lair

Not every soldier serves in the trenches. In fact, 9 out of 10 are in the rear echelons, away from the fight—and often near to entertainment and recreation. What do they do in their downtime? This book about the non-combat experiences of U.S. soldiers offers civilians a quite unexpected perspective.

The Indy Car Wars

by Sigur E. Whitaker

As motorsports go, Indy racing draws the most eyeballs in the US but the sport’s troubled history remains a polarizing topic. This book takes a stab at unraveling the complicated and often unsavory backstory.

1964 Watson Sheraton Thompson Special

by Donald Davidson, photos by Peter Harholdt

The actual car survives to this day, exactly as it finished its dominant 1964 season which included an Indy win. A short book but expertly written and photographed.

Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans

by P. Lerner, photos by D. Friedman

A mouthful of a title and one of the most colorful chapters in racing history. Lerner does not let all the hoopla get in the way of presenting a nuanced, properly researched account.

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

A.J. Baime

Not your normal racing book! The epic battle between H. Ford and E. Ferrari in the 1960s was about much more than the cars each built, or racing prowess and showroom sales. It was first and foremost about humiliating the opponent.

Sports Car Racing in the South: Texas to Florida, 1961–1962

by Willem Oosthoek with Photography by Bob Jackson

If you’re a car person you’ve heard of Stuttgart. How about Stuttgart, Arkansas? Geneva, Florida? Opa Locka? Opelousas? Even if you have, you’ve probably long forgotten who raced what where. No more!

The Early Laps of Stock Car Racing

by Betty Boles Ellison

A rather more critical—and thus most necessary—look at what has grown into a megasport for the masses whose business dealings and philosophy continue to be dominated by basically one family.

American Military Aircraft 1908–1919

by Robert B. Casari

Drumroll: One would think this is well-trodden ground—it is anything but. Casari has been wrestling with this subject for half a century and has now produced the most thorough single-volume compendium, covering all American military aircraft produced domestically or purchased overseas.

Snakes, Rain and the Tet Offensive: War Stories with Photos

by William Ingalls

There were, as the cliché goes, many, many Vietnam Wars, with time and place dictating just which war one might be experiencing. Here it is through the eyes of a U.S. Army road grader, in his letters home and the many photos he took in the field.