Archive for Items Categorized 'Award Winner', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Fit For A King, The Royal Garage of the Shahs of Iran

by Borzou Sepasi

It’s the last of Iran’s Shahs, the one whose reign triggered the revolution that put the country on an entirely different trajectory, whom most people associate with cars but it all started several rulers before him, and all of that is on parade in this impressive book.

Streamlined: Classic Cars of the 20th Century

by Malte Jürgens, photos by Michel Zumbrunn

Based on a 2009 museum exhibit in Germany this lavishly photographed book presents 25 important exponents of the theory and practice of making cars aerodynamically efficient—a problem that is still not solved.

Mr. Le Mans: Tom Kristensen

by Tom Kristensen with Dan Philipsen

Sebring has a Kristensen corner, Le Mans has had him on the podium more times than anyone else. Many are the feathers in his cap. But is he a nice guy? Why, yes—meet him here.

Delage, Records et Grand Prix

by Daniel Cabart & Sébastien Faurès Fustel de Coulanges

The marque went racing within a year of its founding. Outside of Delage circles it is not fully appreciated just how competent their racing cars were. This book puts one of the three distinct periods of success under the microscope. And we mean microscope.

IMSA 1969–1989

by Mitch Bishop & Mark Raffauf

If you are racing as a pro, you need rules to ensure uniform standards and thus fair competition. Rules are made by sanctioning bodies, and IMSA is one such. Why someone thought it was needed and how it fits into the larger scheme of things is the topic of this fine book.

SuperFinds: A Truly Unique Selection of Previously Unseen Photographs of Important Historic Cars As Found in the 1960s And 1970s 

by Michael Kliebenstein

Exactly what the long title promises. Ever heard of Corrado Cupellini?? Be prepared to be amazed.

The Swiss Wiz: Edi Wyss, Ein Leben mit Renn- und Sportwagen

by Edi Wyss and Christoph Ditzler

If you travel in certain circles you know this name. Even with a couple hundred well-captioned photos of cars and places you’ll recognize, you’ll wish you spoke German and hear him tell his story in his own voice.

Horst H. Baumann – Lichtjahre / Light Years

Once internationally renowned, Baumann is remembered, if at all, mostly for his pioneering work with lasers and light sculpture. But once upon a time, if only for a mere five years, he turned his artistic mind to motorsports photography, and was among the first to do it in color.

Formula Helmet 1969–1999

by Bruno Bayol

A very different way to look at motorsports history. Helmets are about more than crash protection or being a billboard for sponsors. Plus, this is a spectacularly well-made and -designed book.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 / 1967

by Patrick Dasse & Martin Übelher

An important race car—whose recorded history was heretofore afflicted by a dearth of reliable data such as chassis numbers or even driver names, making the identification of historic photos so difficult that previous authors were severely handicapped.

Alfa Romeo Junior Z

by Patrick Dasse

The “Z” stands for Zagato so that alone should widen the book’s appeal beyond those Alfisti who want to bone up on a low-production, lightweight, distinctively styled 1970s car. Besides, where did the modern Honda CRX get its inspiration from?

Louis Coatalen

by Oliver Standerwick Heal 

A portrait of charm and wit, and an “eye on the prize” sort of determination that could be quite ruthless. You may not know the name but you use stuff that has his fingerprints on it even if you don’t realize it. Someone spent twenty years writing this book—read it!