British Secret Projects: Jet Fighters Since 1950

by Tony Buttler

Lots of aircraft went into production—but so, so, so many more remained at the thought or test stage. This book looks at the jet fighter side of it, and it is the one whose original version launched a whole series of books—with no end in sight.

The Trans-Atlantic Pioneers

by Bruce Hales-Dutton

2019 marked the centenary of the first nonstop transatlantic flight. You’d think the world would be awash in books—but this seems to be the only one! Good thing it’s a fine, if bland, one.

Alfa Romeo Aerospider

by Georg Gebhard

From Europe to Australia, since around 2010 there’s not a concours of note where this one-off Alfa has not been on display, making up for the decades it languished in obscurity. This book doesn’t answer all the questions but it’s all there is.

Balloonomania Belles: Daredevil Divas Who First Took to the Sky

by Sharon Wright

“Balloon influenza.” (Gesundheit) Women parachuting out of balloons, dangling from ropes beneath it or sitting on a trapeze, calmly reading a (car!) magazine while sailing through a rainstorm? Prepare to be surprised.

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.

The Victorian Steam Locomotive: Its Design and Development 1804–1879

by George Drysdale Dempsey

As exotic in its day as the Space Shuttle is now. And far more frightening to bystanders! In its day, 136 years ago, this book explained an utterly alien contraption to people who were more used to horses than iron machines.

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.

1001 Aviation Facts

by Mike Machat, editor

From the Wright Brothers to space flight and from the real world to make-believe (TV/movies, model aircraft) this book will put a few—well, 1001—arrows in your quiver to dazzle and impress at the next cocktail party.

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.

Jawa – The Forever Bike

by Adil Jal Darukhanawala

You may recognize Jawa as a quintessential Czech brand but it not only had an even bigger life elsewhere, it wouldn’t have survived into the present without this foreign affair.

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.