Archive for Author 'Helen Hutchings', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Deadly Driver

by J.K. Kelly

As if being an F1 driver isn’t dangerous and difficult enough. How about being a CIA agent too, at the same time? The “endearingly flawed protagonist” of this novel goes places where even Bond, James Bond would be out of his element.

Model T Coast to Coast, Slow Drive Across a Fast Country

by Tom Cotter

Go on an adventure from sea to shining sea, Atlantic to Pacific. Your ride is Something Special. No, really. That’s the name of the car, a 1926 Model T. Your route is the Lincoln Highway with a few side trips. And the entire saga is a wonderful, enjoyable read illustrated with equally fine images shot along the way.

B-17 Gunner

by Craig A. Kleinsmith

Fifty-nine missions, that’s three years, three years of wondering if you’ll make it back. Shot down over Germany and taken prisoner, Eyer managed to keep a secret diary—and stay alive.

Buick’s “Flint Flyers”: Skylark & GRAN SPORT History

by Kenneth W. Kayser

Only a miniscule quantity of the millions of Skylarks and Regals became the special-spec Gran Sport and Grand Nationals, respectively. A GM insider tells their story—and he even owns one of the few surviving original 1966 Gran Sports in “Pilot RPO-L78” spec.

Racing in Daytona Beach, Sunshine, Sand & Speed

by Robert Redd

From land speed records to NASCAR, a lot happed at The Daytona Beach and Road Course before it closed in 1958 and racing moved to the Daytona International Speedway. A local historian tracks the path from hard-packed sand to superspeedway.

The Road to Pickletown

by William Jeanes

The author is a longtime motoring journalist so, yes, there is car-content here. But this collection of newspaper columns ranges wide and far—see subtitle. If you remember the Bolus & Snopes racing team, from the 1970s, you’re probably already in the mood for this book.

Bonneville’s Women of Land Speed Racing

by “Landspeed” Louise Ann Noeth

Unlike other forms of motorsports, gender doesn’t seem to be an inherently restrictive factor on the salt. Over 200 women have stepped up to the starting line, and dozen of them have set records. Many more work the event behind the scenes, and then there are the engineers and builders.

The American Speed Shop

by Bob McClurg

Speed shop is such an established term that you find it in the dictionary, certainly an American one. Back in the day, many shops didn’t just sell over the counter go-fast parts but made their own, and all were places in which to hang out and talk shop.

Cadillac V-16s

Three books by Christopher Cummings

Cadillac’s top-of-the line model was ultra-refined and ultra-expensive. Even its almost-silent engine was designed by a stylist. It was launched at a time when the longterm repercussions of the Great Depression were not fully foreseeable but its prospective buyers wouldn’t have cared anyway.

Fuelin’ Around

by J.K. Kelly

There once was a racer who wondered if his fuel was all it could be. He taught himself chemistry and physics, didn’t blow himself up, and founded VP Racing Fuels which today is an internationally known name. This memoir is by someone who worked there for 30 years.

Driverless America

by Joseph E. Hummer

Pick up any old consumer magazine and you’d think driverless cars are right around the corner. Well, it’s a big corner—but still, you should drive the heck out of whatever is in your garage right now! And also hope you don’t get run over . . . by an inattentive driver!

The Land Rover Story

by Dave Phillips

Beginning with the 1970s Range Rover model, the Spartan, rugged Landy of yore has moved resolutely upmarket. It still goes, true to its motto, “Above & Beyond” but the firm has also just recorded its largest financial loss in history. A big story, told here by a marque expert.