Archive for Items Categorized 'Racing, Rally', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

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.

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.

Gentleman Heroes

by Giles Chapman with Clare Hay

If there is such a thing as “the most recognizable Bentley,” this may be the one. It didn’t win a lot, it didn’t hold up very well, but it played a singular and important role. And its price today is in the stratosphere.

The Rise and Fall of the French Alpine Rally

by Martin Pfundner

How better to shake out cars—and impress the buying public—than by flogging them up and down hairy mountain passes. The French took their time embracing it but once they did, they stuck with it. Finally, here’s a proper book in English.

Stars & Sportcars

by Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein

Racing photos, sure, but a whole lot more. Here are photos by someone who knew how to “see”—and not just with the eye.

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.

Ferrari 333 SP, A Pictorial History 1993–2003

by Terry O’Neil

The most successful Ferrari ever run in Prototype racing was only ever campaigned by privateers. And only 40 were built. Of which only 27 raced. Why are there no serious books about this?? Well, now there is.

Formula 1: All The Races – The First 1000

by Roger Smith

That this book about 1000 races is limited to 1000 numbered copies is of course merely to be cute—but it is a crying shame. Bristling with data but eminently user-friendly it deserves much wider circulation!

First Principles: The Official Biography of Keith Duckworth OBE

by Norman Burr

He was behind the most successful engines in racing history, and his company, Cosworth, became a major player. He had the complex personality that seems inseparable from such overachievement, and this book, at last, tells the story.

Sporterfolge

by Tony Adriaensens

Sporting Successes indeed. Porsche is no stranger to them but that’s not really where the success of this quite unique book comes in. It’s photos, hundreds of photos, most of which never before published.

Delage, Champion du Monde

by Daniel Cabart & Christophe Pund

The 15-S-8 model discussed here was a World Champion—but few today remember this enormous achievement. This thorough account is accompanied by fabulous period photos.

Mickey Thompson, The Lost Story of the Original Speed King in his Own Words

The first American to break the 400-mph barrier and holder of more speed and endurance records than any other man in automotive history died by—bicycle. On which the killers sent by a former business partner had ridden to his house to shoot him!