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Jim Crawford, Lessons in Courage
by Kevin Guthrie
A team boss of his once called him the bravest driver he ever knew. Also a wonderful human being. What, you never heard of the Scot who loved the Indy 500?? Here’s a book to fix that.
Driven to Crime: True Stories of Wrongdoing in Motor Racing
by Crispian Besley
Its cartoonish cover illustration notwithstanding, the book is clever—just ponder the double entendre in the main title—and, more importantly, well researched. From perps to victims of crime, you will be surprised at the cast of characters.
Toymaker: My Journey from War to Wonder
by Tom Karen
“The man who designed the 1970s” just died, on the last day of 2022. Here he offers a celebration of creativity. From domestic appliances to transistor radios and furniture to motorcars there was hardly an area of everyday life this industrial designer did not apply himself to.
From Bond to Bentley and Back, Rambles Through a Motoring Life
by Roger Bateman
Bateman has been up close and personal with many, many more cars than the 28 he owned, for instance as a manager of The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and at Fiennes Restoration. Has he got stories? You bet.
Jacky Ickx: His Authorised Competition History
by Jon Saltinstall
The quiet and contemplative Belgian who thought he wanted to be a gardener discovered he was a versatile and successful racer on two and then four wheels. He contested over 570 races in a decades-spanning career, and here is a suitably big book for this big life.
Road Trips, Head Trips, and Other Car-Crazed Writings
Edited by Jean Lindamood Jennings
This book might have been published back when Bill Clinton was beginning his second term in the White House but, if you’re hungry for a tasting menu of the finest car-themed journalism, this anthology will sate gourmet and gourmand alike.
UFO Drawings From The National Archives
by David Clarke
Some say The Truth is Out There. Even if it is, so is a whole load of other stuff. Fake news is not news! This delightfully left-field book shows how the UFO phenomenon has been a rich seam mined by a diversity of Britons, ranging from the self-delusional to the unsettlingly sane.
The Age of Combustion: Notes on Automobile Design
by Stephen Bayley
As the Age of the Internal Combustion Engine winds down here comes a grand sweeping commentary in the form of essays/magazine columns by a man who has opinions.
A Race With Infamy, The Lance Macklin Story
by Jack Barlow
He was active on the pro scene for only a few years, winning no poles, points, let alone podiums. That he is not entirely forgotten by racers is due to the “infamy” the title alludes to.
North Eastern Motorsport: A Century of Memories
by Larry Carter
The North East of England has spawned many great racers over the years. Some of them, as well as the venues they raced at are already long forgotten so this book puts a necessary marker on the map. (Too bad there’s not an actual map, for the enlightenment of poor colonials.)
VANWALL, The Story of Britain’s first Formula 1 World Champions
by Jenkinson & Posthumus, with D. Nye
Ever noticed the MAHLE logo on a modern race car? British industrialist Tony Vandervell’s old company became part of that group in 2007. He got many things right, including his F1 team.
Inside the Machine: An Engineer’s Tale of the Modern Automotive Industry
by David Twohig
The author led the engineering teams for three very different vehicles, and his achievements at Nissan, Renault, and Alpine won him an Engineer of the Year Award. If you are ready to see how the sausage is made on the engineering side, this book will show you.