Steve McQueen: A Biography
A New York Times Bestselling Author -- One of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and '70s with classics like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullitt, Steve McQueen is renowned as one of the most exciting and iconic actors to ever come out of Hollywood. Filled with original research, new interviews, and rare photos, this definitive biography of "the King of Cool" includes intimate details of his films, his relationships, and his struggles with addictions.
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Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films
Steve McQueen: The Actor and his Films, is the definitive account of every film that the iconic actor made. This lavishly illustrated book devotes nearly 500 pages to Steve McQueen’s career and tracks his journey from juvenile delinquent, to Marine, to an aspiring actor breaking into Hollywood, until he became a global superstar and the highest-paid actor of his era. Included are numerous behind the scenes tales of events that occurred leading up to and during filming, and fascinating insights into McQueen’s acting techniques and motivations.
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The Amazing Life of John Cooper Fitch
THE AMAZING LIFE OF JOHN COOPER FITCH: Won more than 20 sports car races, Friend of JFK and Rose Kennedy, Boyfriend of Kathleen Kennedy, Won first race held in Buenos Aires, Kissed by Race-Queen Evita Peron, Shot down German Jet in his P-51, First SCCA National Racing Champion, Won his class at the 1955 Mille Miglia, Among first pilots in Europe in WWII, Turned Corvettes into real sports cars, Invented freeway safety barriers, Safety innovations that saved 1,000s of lives, Sailed the Gulf looking for German subs, POW liberated by General Patton, Won 1953 12-Hours of Sebring race, Won his class in 1951 Le Mans race, Helped make the movie Racers, Designed Lime Rock race course, Set new speed record at Daytona Beach, Won the Team Prize for GM at Sebring!
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The Brothers Rodriguez
Exhaustive research and extensive interviews presents a carefully realized, painstakingly accurate portrait of Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez. Photographs show the brothers at every stage of their lives, from childhood until their early deaths, and in all forms of competition.
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The Bugatti Queen: In Search of a Motor-Racing Legend
THE BUGATTI QUEEN is the beautifully illustrated story of an indomitable and fascinating woman, a pioneer of motorsport who revelled in danger. Born in 1900 in a tiny French village, Helene Delangle, aka Helle Nice, became a dancer and a stripper before catching the eye of Ettore Bugatti. Seduced by the combination of machines and speed, Helle Nice went on to have an unprecedented career, competing in numerous Grands Prix and becoming the only woman to drive on the treacherous American speedbowls in the 1930s. She set new land-speed records before a notorious accident which almost ended her racing days. Re-creating her rollercoaster career with authority and panache from many previously unpublished sources, Miranda Seymour reveals the story of an unforgettable life and sheds new light on the extraordinary and reckless world of motor-racing between the wars.
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The Cars of Harley Earl
At 6-foot, 3-inches tall, Harley Earl was an imposing figure, but his true stature lies in his towering talent for automotive design and styling. Over his 50-year career, he created as well as collaborated on the most innovative, bold, technologically advanced cars made by General Motors. As a titan of American auto design, the cars he helped create are still celebrated today. And as an enduring legacy, he inspired a generation of engineers, designers, and stylists. Veteran automotive historian David W. Temple has researched and unearthed the complete story of Harley Earl’s cars, his notable design achievements, and many accolades. Working as a coachbuilder at his father's Earl Automotive Works in Hollywood, California, the young Earl learned his trade. After styling the 1927 LaSalle for GM president Alfred P. Sloan, Earl rose to prominence and ran the newly created department of Art and Color. Automobile design stagnated during the Depression and World War II, but the number of his contributions to the automotive world in the 1950s is staggering. When the jet age hit, he fully embraced aviation design and infused it into GM cars. The Buick Y-Job and GM Le Sabre featured many firsts in automotive design and hardware. The Y-Job's fender extensions trailing over the doors, disappearing headlamps, flush door handles, a metal cover over the convertible top were a few innovations. When General Motors needed to show off its cars and technology, Harley Earl-designed cars were the stars of the Motorama show that toured the country from 1949 to 1961. He led the team that created the 1953 Corvette, and this iconic American sports car is still going strong today. He was involved in the creation of the 1955-1957 Chevy Bel Air, otherwise known as the Tri-Five Chevy. Harley Earl's drive toward bold and innovative design spurred American car design during the mid-twentieth century. His distinctive designs defined the 1950s finned cars and set American automotive design on the path it has followed into the modern era. With this in-depth examination, you learn the inside story of these remarkable cars and the man behind them. It’s an essential addition to any automotive library.
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The Exciting World of Jackie Stewart
An assessment of the greatest living racing driver by the people who knew him.
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The Life: Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen remains the embodiment of cool some three decades after his death. Whether on the silver screen, racing a Triumph motorcycle across a California desert, dueling with other racers at Le Mans, or simply hanging with his pals, McQueen exuded an effortless style that belied his rough and tumble past. It's a trick that ensures he continues to appear in advertising and pop culture all the while embraced by cinema, racing, and motorcycle fans as one of their own. He remains the ultimate guy's guy. The Life Steve McQueen explores and celebrates the memorable aspects of McQueen's life that, taken as a whole, defined the man and cemented his reputation as a Hollywood rebel and risk taker. Peppered with period photos, illustrations, posters, and more, The Life Steve McQueen surveys the movie roles, racing, personal style, art, and pop culture that all combined to crown the King of Cool and ensure his legacy.
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The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit
In THE LIMIT, Michael Cannell tells the enthralling story of Phil Hill-a lowly California mechanic who would become the first American-born driver to win the Grand Prix-and, on the fiftieth anniversary of his triumph, brings to life a vanished world of glamour, valor, and daring. With the pacing and vivid description of a novel, THE LIMIT charts the journey that brought Hill from dusty California lots racing midget cars into the ranks of a singular breed of men, competing with daredevils for glory on Grand Prix tracks across Europe. Facing death at every turn, these men rounded circuits at well over 150 mph in an era before seat belts or roll bars-an era when drivers were "crushed, burned, and beheaded with unnerving regularity." From the stink of grease-smothered pits to the long anxious nights in lonely European hotels, from the tense camaraderie of teammates to the trembling suspense of photo finishes, THE LIMIT captures the 1961 season that would mark the high point of Hill's career. It brings readers up close to the remarkable men who surrounded Hill on the circuit-men like Hill's teammate and rival, the soigné and cool-headed German count Wolfgang Von Trips (nicknamed "Count Von Crash"), and Enzo Ferrari, the reclusive and monomaniacal padrone of the Ferrari racing empire. Race by race, THE LIMIT carries readers to its riveting and startling climax-the final contest that would decide it all, one of the deadliest in Grand Prix history.
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The Man Who Supercharged Bond: The Extraordinary Story of Charles Amherst Villiers
A close relation of Winston Churchill, Amherst Villiers is perhaps best known as the man who supercharged the Blower Bentley (which his close friend Ian Fleming had James Bond drive in Casino Royale and Moonraker). However, he also developed racing cars, designed Malcolm Campbell's first land speed record breaking Bluebird and made a return to front-line motor racing in the 1960s with BRM and in the 1970s with Graham Hill's eponymous Grand Prix team. He spent the best part of 30 years in North America working for the likes of Grumman, Douglas and Boeing on a variety of space projects. In his spare time, he was a society portrait painter, and his paintings of Fleming and Hill hang in the London's National Portrait Gallery.
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The Max Ward Story: A Bush Pilot in the Bureaucratic Jungle (Hardcover)
The story of a bush pilot who challenged the international airlines is both a compelling flying story and a dramatic business story, told with energy and humour by the man who made it all happen - but it also, in large part, a hard-hitting attack on the way Canada has treated the airline industry.
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The Max Ward Story: A Bush Pilot in the Bureaucratic Jungle (Softcover)
The story of a bush pilot who challenged the international airlines is both a compelling flying story and a dramatic business story, told with energy and humour by the man who made it all happen - but it also, in large part, a hard-hitting attack on the way Canada has treated the airline industry.
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The Motorcycle World Champions: The Inside Story of History’s Heroes
From Michael Scott, author of Haynes’s highly successful biography of Barry Sheene, here is a fabulous series of character studies of the premier motorcycle racers, from bomber pilot Les Graham, who won the first 500cc World Championship in 1949, to American, Nicky Hayden, boasting the Number 1 plate in 2007 MotoGP, and on to the 2007 champion. Famous names like Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Kenny Roberts Senior, Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi are studies, but so are lesser-known heroes who rode the storm to brief glory.
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The Quiet Canadian: The Secret Service Story of Sir William Stephenson
Sir William Stephenson is a name probably unknown to most Canadians, Britons and Americans, and yet in the Second World War his service to these three countries should guarantee him an element of recognition on both sides of the Atlantic. During World War I, with Royal Flying Corps, he shot down 26 enemy planes. After the war he competed in air races, and invented and patented the first device for transmitting photographs by wireless; making him a millionaire before he was thirty. After a secret intelligence mission to Sweden and Finland in 1940 Churchill asked him to take charge of all British secret intelligence and security interests in the Western hemisphere. His codename: Intrepid. Many people consider him to be one of the real-life inspirations for James Bond. Harford Montgomery Hyde provides enjoyable and informative look at this Canadian soldier, airman, businessman, inventor, and spy.
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The Shelby American Story
The Shelby American Story is about the decade of the sixties. Carroll Shelby is world-renowned for developing the Shelby Cobras and Mustangs as well as the Ford GT racing program. Prior to this, however, Shelby was a championship race driver, culminating in 1959, when he and his co-driver, Roy Salvadori, won Le Mans, the World's premier road racing event. Forced to retire from racing due to ill health, Carroll got the idea of installing small-block American V-8 engines in a light-weight sports car. The English AC had a beautiful body and good-handling characteristics, but a somewhat anemic power plant. Shelby discussed the idea with Charles Hurlock of AC and a roller was shipped to Shelby who installed a 260 cid Ford V8. The first car was finished in early 1962. Renamed the Cobra, Shelby's creations were beginning to appear at race courses by the end of 1962. A sufficient number of cars were built for the FIA to recognize the Cobra as a production (GT) car. Cobras dominated the GT Class in racing for much of the decade, winning Le Mans and Sebring in 1964. In 1965, Cobra Daytona Coupes won the World Manufacturers' Championship. After some success installing Ford V-8s in Cooper Mona-cos (the King Cobra), Shelby teamed with Ford to pursue the triple crown of sports car racing: Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona. Success finally came with the Ford GT in 1966 and then again in 1967. This book tells the entire story including accounts of the most significant races, the engineering and development of the cars as well as something about the outstanding individuals involved with Shelby during the era. It is a must have for all autosports enthusiasts as well as those interested in the history of cars and racing. But most of all, it is essential for the many Shelby fans throughout the world.
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The Unser Legacy: Four Generations of Speed
Here is a detailed and personal look at the Unsers, the most successful family in American auto racing. Their dynasty was first established on Pikes Peak, where both Bobby and Al garnered several victories early on in their careers. Then the brothers went to the world’s premier race, the Indianapolis 500, and won a combined seven crowns before their driving days were done. The second generation of the family continued the Indy dominance as Al Unser Jr. won in both 1992 and 1994. Eventually, Robby Unser became the seventh member of the family to start at the big Brickyard, and now the newest racing Unser, Alfred Richard Unser (or ""Just Al"" as he’s called), looks to add yet another Unser name to the Indy 500 competitor list.
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The Wright Brothers
Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did? David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their “mission” to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed. In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.
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Tony Stewart (The Reedy Series)
With dynamic storytelling, breathtaking images, and unique foldouts the Reedy Series captures Tony Stewart’s 2005 championship season. Relive Stewart’s dominance from his scorching summer victories right down to the final race at Homestead. Tony Stewart is part of the limited-edition, collectible Reedy Series, which commemorates the top five drivers of each season.
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Villeneuve: My First Season in Formula 1
An intimate portrait of one of the most charismatic figures to arrive on the car racing scene. Son of the legendary racing driver Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques is quickly following his father's fame. In his autobiography, Jacques brings to life the highs and lows, humor and heartbreak of driving in the intensely competitive environment of Formula 1written in the candid style for which he is known.
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Virgil Exner: Visioneer: The Official Biography of Virgil M. Exner, Designer Extraordinaire
The story of a man that brought his own personal style to the world of industrial design, from automobiles to powerboats. Some 50 years after his design masterpieces wrested styling leadership away from General Motors - Harley Earl. Thirty four years after his untimely death, Virgil Exner's name still remains inexorably linked to the Chrysler Corporation in the minds of car enthusiasts worldwide. For an all too brief period, Exner's name epitomised all that was great and exciting in America. His thrilling automobile designs from the mid-fifties took the world by storm and put Chrysler at the top. His work was nothing less than a revolution. Until the mid-fifties, engineers, creating cars that were reliable but invariably staid and conservative, had dominated auto design. Exner introduced to Chrysler, firstly with his ‘idea cars' then with production models, vehicles that were wanted for their looks but at the same time, were soundly engineered; automobiles that carried classic proportions and gave the illusion of movement even whilst stationary. His design of the 1947 Studebaker established the design pattern for all modern cars and was a huge success. Along with automobile styling, his talents stretched to many other areas of industrial design, from trains to trucks and boats to Buicks. This book gets behind the character of the man, his strengths and weaknesses, his personal tragedies and his vision of modern transport. Uncover why he set up in competition with Raymond Loewy, get the real facts behind historic inaccuracies and why he was made scapegoat for the sales disaster of the early sixties, Then delight in his fine artwork and his love of motor racing. With many previously unseen works of art and family photos among the 150 colour images throughout this is a unique and fascinating insight into a pivotal player in the development of the modern automobile.
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Von Dutch: The Art, the Myth, the Legend
Von Dutch (real name Kenneth Howard) is one of the most interesting characters in hot rod and popular culture history. Considered the founder of "modern" pinstriping, he was a prominent character in many of the rodding magazines of the late 1950s, and his fame endured long after he apparently tired of it. In addition to being a striper, he was a gifted artist and machinist, as well as a gunsmith and knifesmith. Using stories and quotes culled from interviews, vintage photos, and images of the art and other works he left behind, this book chronicles Von Dutch's life from pinstriping beatnik to bus-dwelling hermit. Where it can, this book sets the record straight on Von Dutch the man, but in many cases conflicting stories will serve to illustrate the contrary, colorful, and sometimes difficult nature of Von Dutch the legend. This book is a must-have for fans of hot rodding and hot rod culture!
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Von Dutch: The Art, the Myth, the Legend
Von Dutch is one of the most interesting characters in hot rod and popular culture history. Considered the founder of "modern" pinstriping, he was a prominent character in many of the rodding magazines of the late '50s, and his fame endured long after he apparently tired of it. Besides being a striper, he was a gifted artist, machinist, and gun- and knifesmith. Using stories and quotes culled from interviews, vintage photos, and images of the art and other works he left behind, this book chronicles Kenneth Howard's life from pinstriping beatnik to bus-dwelling hermit. Where it can, this book sets the record straight on Von Dutch the man, but in many cases conflicting stories will serve to illustrate the contrary, colorful, and sometimes difficult nature of Von Dutch the legend. This book is a must-have for fans of hot rodding and hot rod culture!
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