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

Speed Queens, A Secret History of Women in Motorsports

by Rachel Harris-Gardiner

For almost ten years the author has run the Speedqueens blog, and it contains a lot of material. She has a plethora of stories to
tell, and while she crams too much information into this debut book, it also offers her and others great opportunities for further exploration.

Cord Complete

by Josh B. Malks

Cord Complete is simply the most appropriate title possible for this book for a myriad of reasons. Comprehensiveness is just one of those reasons. It is an amplification of Malks’ earlier volume on the same topic.

Joseph Figoni: Le Grand Couturier de la Carrosserie Française

Vol. 1: Alfa-Romeo
by Larsen and Erickson

If coachbuilder Figoni is on your radar, you’re in luck because this is the first volume in a series that will cover the five main marques and most minors in about a dozen books. They will break your bookcase and your bank account. But what fun you’ll have!

Bentley Speed 8: The Comprehensive Story of Bentley’s Last Le Mans Winner 

by Andrew Cotton

That the 2001–03 Bentley EXP Speed 8 is considered the most beautifully designed sports racer of the modern era is just one of its attributes. This award-winning book benefited from full access to the archives and features primary sources and excellent photography.

The Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions

by Piers Bizony

Picture a time when no one outside the professional community thought much about space—except that it mustn’t fall to the Russians. So, if we really need to go there, how would we do it? And how do we get the taxpaying public excited about the newest frontier? More than two hundred illustrations tell that story.

Abarth: Racing Cars – Collection 1949–1974

by Franz Steinbacher

This is a look at a highly curated Swiss collection of mostly racing Abarths, and in telling their story the book also gives a good idea of what made the cars and the company so special.

Mercedes-Benz C111: Fackelträger, Traumsportwagen und Rekordjäger

by Kalbhenn, Heidbrink, Hack

Those gullwing doors are about all the C111 had in common with the famous SL300 whose impact M-B was so eager to replicate. Only a few were built, mainly serving as test beds, and the successor C112 was scrapped altogether but this is a big and interesting story.

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.

Marcel Pourtout: Carrossier

by Jon Pressnell

One of the big names in French coachbuilding did so much more than the swoopy bespoke bodies people nowadays remember. What Pourtout did not do was keep good records. This book took a brave author to sort it all out.

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.