Archive for Items Categorized 'Biography/ Autobiography', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

The Cellini of Chrome

by Henry Dominguez

George Walker was flamboyant, charismatic, possessed flair and a personality that matched his beaming smile. Ford hired this capable designer as its first-ever vice president of styling.

Chris Pook & The History of The Long Beach GP

by Gordon Kirby

The Long Beach GP is pretty much the template for modern-era professional racing on city streets. It had a 45-year run, curtailed only by Covid. This book by its promotor is as attention-holding and fast-paced a read as his life has been.

A Life Restoring & Racing Historic Cars

by Tony Merrick

In certain circles, seeing Merrick’s name in the thick binders of documentation accompanying important vintage cars is enough of an imprimatur to sign large checks. Here his story in his own words.

Peter Falk, 33 Years of Porsche Rennsport and Development

by Peter Falk and Wilfried Müller

As Porsche’s most successful head of motorsports, Falk made enormous contributions—that the world at large rarely heard about. “Falk talks . . . at last” is how the book begins and right out of the gate tickles the imagination and sets the breezy tone for what is to follow.

When Rolls and Royce Made History on Dover’s White Cliffs

by Paul Tritton

This small book adds useful detail to a lesser-known chapter of the history of not only the two cofounders of Rolls-Royce but two other important men in the firm’s, and Britain’s history.

Tony Bettenhausen & Sons: An American Racing Family Album

by Gordon Kirby

In all walks of life one finds families in which several generations engage in the same activity. Over several decades and different series the Bettenhausens were almost uncommonly successful in auto racing but also paid an uncommonly heavy price in that only one of the four survived.

Don’t Wash Mine

by Kirk F. White 

Kirk White lived so many aspects of “car-ness”—from Hershey to Hot Rod Reunion, from LeMans to NHRA run-offs in Kansas, concours to conceiving and conducting the first-ever vintage car auction.

Zen and the Art of Collecting Old Cars

by Bruce Valley

After six decades around interesting cars, there are stories to be told, stories that may well save the reader headaches. Even if you’re a seasoned collector, there’s always something useful about comparing notes.

“Sam” – Marshal of the Royal Air Force the Lord Elworthy

by Richard Mead

KG, GCB, CBE, DSO, LVO, DFC, AFC, MA—this letter salad bespeaks a highly decorated life. It is only fitting that a biography of this distinguished officer should appear during the RAF’s Centenary year.

Searching for Charlie, In Pursuit of the Real Charles Upham VC & Bar

by Tom Scott

It could be the stuff movies are made of. In fact, two screenplays exist. The protagonist is the only combat soldier ever to win the Victoria Cross twice, and his bravery in World War II probably deserved several more. This book puts the source of his courage and daring into context.

The Fred Opert Story

by Peter R. Hill

If your team’s alumni include, inter alios, Keke Rosberg, Didier Pironi, Tom Pryce, Patrick Tambay and Alan Jones, you really deserve a biography of your own. And now, thanks to Peter Hill, Fred Opert finally has one.

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!