Triumph TR2, TR3, TR3A & TR3B (1953–62)

by Paul Hogan

This book is small enough to fit into the glovebox for a reason: you’ll want it handy when you break down, which you will, because the only thing sturdy in a Triumph is its chassis.

From Bond to Bentley and Back, Rambles Through a Motoring Life

by Roger Bateman

Bateman has been up close and personal with many, many more cars than the 28 he owned, for instance as a manager of The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and at Fiennes Restoration. Has he got stories? You bet.

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.

Last of the Flying Clippers: The Boeing B-314 Story

by M.D. Klaäs

For the few years these magnificent flying boats operated they raised the bar—and putting the “air” into transatlantic airmail is only of the things Pan Am’s famous B-314 clippers were the first to accomplish.

The Automotive Gray Market, An Inside History

by John B. Hege

While grey imports are a worldwide phenomenon, this book looks at conditions in the US where regulatory efforts dropped the number to hundreds per year instead of tens of thousands in the 1980s.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Making a Legend

by Simon Van Booy & Harvey Briggs

This book is more of an introduction to the company philosophy and a behind-the-scenes look at how they build cars than a thorough history. That the firm now calls itself “House of Rolls-Royce” speaks to the brand’s lifestyle aspirations.

The Michael Turner Collection

Over 50 Years of Motor-Sport Inspired Christmas Cards

by Chas Parker & Michael Turner

You don’t need to wait for Christmas to like these cards. They are a fabulous way to recall great moments in mostly F1 racing and also to marvel at Turner’s extraordinary eye and understanding of a scene.

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.

Now I Get It! Every Driver’s Handbook

by Lewis McCaw

A new car ain’t cheap—so don’t ruin it by not understanding what it needs from you. Strange lights/noises/smells are not normal. Clear language and good analogies make this book easy to understand and remember.

Bonneville’s Women of Land Speed Racing

by “Landspeed” Louise Ann Noeth

Unlike other forms of motorsports, gender doesn’t seem to be an inherently restrictive factor on the salt. Over 200 women have stepped up to the starting line, and dozen of them have set records. Many more work the event behind the scenes, and then there are the engineers and builders.

Big Wings: The Largest Aeroplanes Ever Built

by Philip Kaplan

Splendidly illustrated with not only aircraft “stuff,” this book takes a sometimes nostalgic and always sympathetic look at two dozen big birds.

Mahy – A Family of Cars

by Michel Mahy & David Janssens

“Family” here refers to not just clusters of cars but the actual people behind a collection that now exceeds a thousand items. And they did not play nice! You’d have to live in Belgium to see the cars, or buy this book.