Inside Hot Rodding: The Tex Smith Autobiography
This brand new 255-page hardbound book offers a glimpse into the rapidly developing hobby from LeRoi “Tex” Smith’s point of view. Tex, a diehard hot rodder, spent more than half a century building, driving and writing about all types of vintage tin. He was a member of the Hot Rod Magazine editorial staff during the ’60s, worked for the NHRA, won the AMBR with his experimental “XR-6” in 1963, and helped found Street Rodder, Rod Action as well as the Street Rod Nationals in the early ’70s. His style was unforgettable far from politically correct but always honest. 54 chapters with background of Tex's life inside and outside the publishing world of hot rodding in the USA.
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Inspired to Design: F1 cars, Indycars & racing tyres: the autobiography of Nigel Bennett
Nigel Bennett's unique autobiography describes his life and career, from growing-up influenced by car design, to his education and the building of his 750 specials. He describes his work as Firestone Development Manager, recounting many tales of the outstanding designers and drivers of the period. Detailing his work in Formula 1, as a Team Lotus engineer, and then as Team Ensign designer, he also covers his Indycar designs at Theodore, Lola Cars and Penske Cars. Life after his retirement, his involvement in boat design and with modern F1 teams, are also recounted.
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Iron Eagle: The Turbulent Life of General Curtis LeMay
Curtis LeMay joined the United States Army Air Corps while studying civil engineering at Ohio State University. He had risen to the rank of major by the time of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. He commanded the 305th Operations Group and the 3d Air Division in the European theatre of World War II from October 1942 to August 1944, when he was transferred to the China Burma India Theater. He was then placed in command of strategic bombing operations against Japan, planning and executing a massive fire bombing campaign against Japanese cities and a crippling minelaying campaign in Japan's internal waterways. After the war, he was assigned to command USAF Europe and coordinated the Berlin airlift. He served as commander of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) from 1948 to 1957, where he presided over the transition to an all-jet aircraft force that focused on the deployment of nuclear weapons. As Chief of Staff of the Air Force, he called for the bombing of Cuban missile sites during the Cuban Missile Crisis and sought a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This biography of the Air Force commander details his innovations, leadership decisions and strategies, and controversial actions and statements throughout his career, from World War II general to Chief of Staff.
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Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding
To tell the life story of Ed "Isky" Iskenderian is to tell the history of hot rodding in America. Ed was there from the very beginning. Born in 1921 to first-generation Armenian immigrants, Ed's first hobby was ham radio, but like many young men in the years before World War II, his interest turned to automobiles, especially hot rods. Ed had natural skills in metal working and machining that were developed in high school. He wanted to further develop those skills, so he joined the Air Corps to continue his education and flew with Air Transport Command. By the time Ed mustered out of the service, the California hot rod scene was in full bloom, with tens of thousands of vets who had the desire to make cars go fast. Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding, tells the whole story, from his pre-war Lake Muroc and car club activities, his service in the military, starting a small business fabricating parts and making cams in the back of a rented shop, and then selling cams to other rodders. It covers how he grew a business from a single cam grinder and became the leading cam authority in barely 10 years. Ed was a gifted machinist, and he also had a natural knack for promotion. He purchased an ad in the second issue of Hot Rod magazine, sensing something big; his instincts, as always, were right. He was also the first to use T-shirts and uniforms as promotion. Not only was he an early pioneer in the industry for print adverting and catalogs, he was also among the first to understand the value of having successful race cars using his cams in their engines and wearing his decals on their fenders. The biggest names in the racing industry were running Isky cams, and Ed made sure the world knew it. Ed's company name went on to become one of the household names in the performance community. His continued success is an entertaining tale of mingling with industry icons, insight into the business of hot rodding, great stories of yesterday and today, and a life very well lived. You will enjoy the stories recorded here as much as Ed "Isky" Iskenderian seems to enjoy telling them.
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James Whitham: What a Good Do!
James Whitham, universally popular and one of motorcycle racing’s most colorful characters, won three British titles and for well over a decade was a world-class rider, competing in World Superbike, World Supersport, Endurance and Grand Prix. This frank, sometimes moving and always riotously funny account of his battles with the best in the sport, with hair-raising crashes, serious injuries and – most gravely of all – with lymphatic cancer, ranks as one of the most riveting reads in motorcycle sport.
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Jet Blast and the Hand of Fate
John Ackroyd, design engineer extraordinaire, has been a key man in a mad mix of land speed and long distance balloon record attempts, including the first supersonic land speed record. This book gives a fantastic insight into the frustrations, tragedies and triumphs of record breaking. It describes battles against the odds, the whims of the weather, the constraints of time and money, and the often strange intervention of fate. Project Thrust, Virgin Atlantic, Pacific and global balloons, Earthwinds, Thrust SSC, Spirit of American, rocket motorcycle, rocket dragster, wheel-driven record breakers and waterspeed attempts are all here. The story is told by the man who provided solutions, innovations, design and real problem solving which were major contributions to the record breaking achievements on land, sea and air in the last quarter of the 20th Century.
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Jim Clark: Racing Hero
Though it is fifty years since he gained his two Formula 1 World Championship titles, the interest in Jim Clark has not waned. The Scotsman is still regarded as one of the best Grand Prix drivers ever. Even during his first motor races on old airfields in Scotland, Clark's incredible skill behind the wheel was already evident and, from then on, his professional career only took an upward turn. Just four years after his first motor race, Clark climbed onto the podium at Le Mans and made his Formula 1 debut driving a Lotus. In the decade that followed, Clark and his mentor, Colin Chapman, conquered the very pinnacles of single-seater racing with Clark winning the F1 World Championship twice and the Indy 500 once. All in all, he claimed more than one hundred victories at the wheel of a Lotus. This 400-page book from McKlein does not just tell the story of Clark's extraordinary racing career, it also portrays his personal life from A to Z. Author Graham Gauld followed the career of the Scotsman right from its very beginning. He has filled the roles of friend, photographer and reporter, and thus spent innumerable hours with Clark. For this book, Gauld has replayed his old audio tapes and selected his best photographs from those days. In addition to that, this lavishly illustrated book contains many rare images from various well-known archives thus helping to complete an intimate portrait of a true sporting champion.
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Jimmie Johnson (The Reedy Series)
To commemorate the top drivers annually, the Reedy Series introduced the first edition of its foldout book series in 2005. This limited edition, collectible series comprises 5 individual foldout books that depict 5 Chase drivers and their special years. The 4-fold format enhances the book's lavish illustrations, provided by stellar Cup photographers Nigel Kinrade and Brian Czobat, and helps deliver a unique form of storytelling (by Josh Stevens) to the world of NASCAR. No other NASCAR collectible features rich, high-action illustrations displayed in this format, and no series offers exciting capsules of the top drivers and their special years.
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John Reynolds: The Autobiography
John Reynolds spent 35 years racing motorcycles in high-speed pursuit of his dreams, winning five British Championship titles and making his mark in World Superbikes and 500GP racing along the way. He retired in October 2005 after suffering serious injuries in a horrific 140mph crash. Now fully recovered, he says that motorcycle racing didn't nearly kill him, but rather it saved his life. This paperback edition of the best-selling inspirational story tells of Reynolds' personal battle against adversity and how he kept his feet firmly grounded in reality during his rise to stardom as one of the most popular motorcycle racers of the modern era.
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Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya is the most exciting driver to hit Formula 1 since Michael Schumacher, and seemingly the one most likely to challenge the five-times World Champion. Astonishingly, Montoya's life has not been set out in detail - until now. Ace biographer Christopher Hilton charts Montoya's full race career, giving a penetrating insight into his F1 debut with Williams and the consolidation of 2002 which took him to the threshold of superstardom.
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Ken Tyrrell: Portrait of a Motor Racing Giant
Although Ken Tyrell was one of the best loved and most respected men in Grand Prix motor racing, this is the first time his full story has been told. Using in-depth interviews with his family, drivers - including Jackie Stewart, who won the World Championship three times with Tyrell - and many other people inside and outside Formula 1, Christopher Hilton pays tribute to the gamekeeper's son who visited Silverstone with his local amateur football team in 1951 and instantly fell in love with motor racing.
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King’s War: Mackenzie King and the Politics of War, 1939-1945
King's War is an extraordinary chronicle of raw politics & ruthless courage; of one man's "divine mission" to save Canada from dismembering itself over controversial wartime issues such as conscription, Japanese internment, the infamous "Zombie" army, and the tragic battles of Hong Kong & Dieppe, where thousands of Canadian soldiers lost their lives.
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Klemantaski: Master Motorsports Photographer
Klemantaski: Master Motorsports Photographer is the only book in print devoted to Louis Klemantaski’s full body of work and includes hundreds of images, many of which have never been previously published.
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Kurt Busch (The Reedy Series)
Filled with striking images and presented in a unique foldout format, Kurt Busch recounts #97’s thrilling Chase for the Championship. The story captures Kurt’s meteoric rise as a driver, his controversial but compelling personality, and the key races that put him into position for the Cup. Relive the exciting moments of his season right down to the final race at Homestead—when the championship was on the line. Kurt Busch is a part of the inaugural Reedy Series. The series commemorates the elite drivers who competed in the dramatic Chase for the Championship. This limited edition, collectible series comprises 5 individual foldout books that depict the Chase drivers and their special years. Each book contains 7 Dramatic Full-Color Foldouts.
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Kyle at 200 M.P.H.: A Sizzling Season in the Petty/Nascar Dynasty
A behind-the-scenes look at the stock car racing circuit through the eyes of a NASCAR racer interweaves descriptions of the daily goings-on in the pit and on the track with a history of the Petty racing dynasty.
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Landy’s Dodges: The Mighty Mopars of “Dandy” Dick Landy
One of the greatest innovators of his time, Dick Landy was one of those guys who made you rush back to your seat from the concessions stand so you could watch him navigate the 1320. Win, lose, or draw, watching one of Landy's Dodges battling the likes of Ronnie Sox, "Grumpy" Jenkins, or Hubert Platt was worth the price of admission alone. Landy's Dodges: The Mighty Mopars of "Dandy" Dick Landy" takes you chronologically through the cars of Dick's career, from piloting his first mount (1954 Ford Pickup) through his historic years of campaigning Dodges. Chrysler racing historian and author Geoff Stunkard presents a highly detailed account of Dick's cars, including results and images from the Landy family's personal archive and modern shots of his restored cars. In addition to coverage of Dick's 1964 S/S Dodge and 1968 Hemi Dart, scarce info about his Ford Galaxies and Plymouth Savoy is included as well. At no other time has Landy's entire career been chronicled and cataloged in print with this much attention to detail. Sit back in your recliner (wheels up) and enjoy the most comprehensive book on the history of "Dandy" Dick Landy and his cars.
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Lewis Hamilton: Special Celebration Edition
An iconic visual celebration of Lewis Hamilton's historic Formula One World Championship winning season, including the story of his life to date and exclusive new words and pictures from a dramatic year. Welcome to the world of Britain's hottest sports celebrity, as told by Lewis himself. Lewis Hamilton: Formula One World Drivers' Champion. It is hard to believe that Lewis, at 23, has only just completed his second year of Formula One and has already joined the pantheon of select great British sporting legends. My Story -- his incredible first-person account of his life, from karting champion and rookie boy-racer to Formula One driver for one of the biggest and most prestigious grand prix racing teams -- has now been fully updated and lavishly repackaged in an illustrated format, with new colour photographs and stories from the 2008 season.From the perfect start in Melbourne, through the controversy in Montreal and Spa, to the memorable victories of Silverstone and Shanghai, and finally the unbelievable stomach-churning climax in Sao Paolo and the unprecedented celebrations that followed -- it's all here, hot off the press just four weeks on from his record-breaking title victory, and in Lewis's own words.
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Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One
An autobiography from one of the biggest figures in motor racing. 'It's pretty rare to come across a motor racing book that tempts you to read the thing in one sitting but "Prof" Watkins has produced a gem ... [he] is a superb raconteur, not afraid to speak him mind yet peppering the gravity with occasionally side-splitting humour. No true motorsport fan should be without this book.' Autosport Grand Prix racing has undergone sweeping changes in the last thirty years. Many of these involve safety and medical rescue. The man behind them - a champion in the racing world although he has never won a race - is the eminent neurosurgeon Sid Watkins. Life at the Limit is his remarkable story. It spans the most exciting years in Grand Prix racing and includes intimate portraits of motorsport's greatest names, from Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda to Alain Prost and Damon Hill. Sid Watkins has also witnessed, at first hand, some of the most severe and spectacular racing accidents. His account of these is made all the more poignant by the fact that some of the men he has rescued, sometimes at the point of death, have been personal friends. From Monza, in 1978, where Ronnie Petersen suffered a fatal accident, to Imola in May 1994 where Ayrton Senna met his untimely death, the high, and low, points of Grand Prix racing are vividly described. For all fans of Formula One, this is the inside story of the world's most dangerous sport.
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Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports
Perhaps the most photographed personality in automotive and motorsports history, Linda Vaughn has entertained fans and has been a premier marketer of automotive goods for more than 55 years. From her first days as Miss Atlanta Raceway, coming of age while representing Hurst, through her annual appearances at America's top automotive and racing events, Linda continues to engage fans, drawing long lines whenever she makes an appearance. At her peak, Linda attended more than 100 events annually, year after year, and she still attends more than 25 events each year. The only entity that's probably seen as many events as Linda is Goodyear! For the first time ever, Linda Vaughn allows her fans a behind-the-scenes look at her career in motorsports and promotion through her personal photographic archive and other photos. Through captions, Linda tells the story of individual images recounting countless stories from her amazing memory, with no detail left unshared. She recounts events with racing personalities and automotive icons from George Hurst to Richard Petty to Mario Andretti to Don Garlits. Nobody is left out as Linda tells stories about the photos chronicling her career in Motorsports. "Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports" is the most comprehensive gathering of photos ever assembled on Linda Vaughn. Through her years in motorsports, Linda has lived it all, been everywhere, and met everyone. Whether you are simply a fan of Linda or a collector of Linda Vaughn memorabilia, this will be the premier piece in your collection!
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