The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909
Scores of nineteenth-century expeditions battled savage cold, relentless ice and winter darkness in pursuit of two great prizes: the quest for the elusive Passage linking the Atlantic and the Pacific and the international race to reach the North Pole. Pierre Berton's #1 best-selling book brings to life the great explorers: the pious and ambitious Edward Parry, the flawed hero John Franklin, ruthless Robert Peary and the cool Norwegian Roald Amundsen. He also credits the Inuit, whose tracking and hunting skills saved the lives of the adventurers and their men countless times. These quests are peopled with remarkable figures full of passion and eccentricity. They include Charles Hall, an obscure printer who abandoned family and business to head to a frozen world of which he knew nothing; John Ross, whose naval career ended when he spotted a range of mountains that didn't exist; Frederick Cook, who faked reaching the North Pole; and Jane Franklin, who forced an expensive search for her missing husband upon a reluctant British government. Pierre Berton, who won his first Governor General's award for The Mysterious North, here again gives us an important and fascinating history that reads like a novel as he examines the historic events of the golden age of Arctic exploration.
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The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology
It’s every car-guy’s fantasy—to casually peer into a long-forgotten garage or barn or warehouse and find the car he has searched for his whole life. Corvette in the Barn is a collection of true, often amazing, stories and essays about car collectors and enthusiasts who have discovered unusual and desirable cars, forgotten in all manner of locations from barns, to old-school junkyards, to farmer’s fields. These are the stories that fuel the dreams of car collectors everywhere
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The Route 66 Encyclopedia
An encyclopedia with a twist, The Route 66 Encyclopedia presents alphabetical entries on Route 66 history, landmarks, personalities, and culture, from Bobby Troup s anthem Route 66 to The Grapes of Wrath to the Wigwam Motel, illustrated with over 1,000 old and new, color and black-and-white photos and memorabilia. You'll learn about Jack Rittenhouse and Will Rogers as well as the contributions of lesser-known figures like Arthur Nelson and Angel Delgadillo. With references to the old (including the history of the U Drop Inn Café in Texas) and new (including a section about the recent Cars movie), The Route 66 Encyclopedia provides a sweeping look at a highway that has become more than just a road. These pages cover the history of Route 66 and the people who played a role in its transformation from highway to icon between 1926 and the present, but like the highway itself, this work does not fit within the traditional confines of generalities or terminology. Yes, this is an encyclopedia, a reference book for all things Route 66. However, it is also a time capsule, a travel guide, a history book, a memorial, a testimonial, and a chronicle of almost a century of societal evolution.
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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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Thunder Bay Beach
This coffee-table book presents a breathtaking panorama of one of Georgian Bay's oldest communities, Thunder Bay Beach, located on the northeast shore of Georgian Bay, 20 miles west of Midland, Ontario. It is abundantly illustrated with nearly 1,000 photographs, including 2 tintypes from 1867, which have all been digitally restored.
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Thunder Bay Beach and Nearby Islands of Southern Georgian Bay
This book greatly expands on the original Northcott book published in 1989. It covers the people of Thunder Bay Beach, its history from the first settler, Louis Antoine Labatte, to the present day. Nearly 1000 photographs, many in full colour, illustrating the changing life styles of the community.
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Up the Great North Road: The Story of an Ontario Colonization Road
This is the illustrated history of the Great North Road. In 1870 the author's great-great uncle James Macfie, a middle-aged bachelor of Scottish birth, crossed Georgian Bay from Collingwood, Ontario, to the fledgling village of Parry Sound, where he found work with a crew clearing a wagon road into the hinterland. Ten years later, the author's grandfather Frank Macfie followed his Uncle James up that road, forging the second link in a chain of events that led eventually to this book. The path these pioneers followed was known as the Great North Road (also called the Great Northern Colonization Road), one of a score or more colonization routes that, beginning in the 1850s, the Ontario government pushed into the rock-ribbed southern flank of the Precambrian Shield to admit agricultural settlers. It was Man against Nature in its most primary form -- bareknuckled roadbuilders and homesteaders attempting to transform a rugged landscape containing the most ancient rock on the continent. Most of the land proved unsuitable for crops, but a great many families settled along the road nonetheless, and they and their descendants created some of the province's most proud and picturesque communities along Georgian Bay. This fascinating book is filled with stories and photographs the reveal a little-known aspect of Ontario's history.
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Victoria Harbour: A Mill-Town Legacy
This book provides a pictorial history of the mill-town of Victoria Harbour, on Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. The contents of this book contain archival photos and information on railroading around Victoria Harbour, lighthouses, the library, the town hockey team, churches, and many other features of the town.
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Vincent in the Barn: Great Stories of Motorcycle Archaeology
It’s every motorcyclist’s dream. A friend or acquaintance says, “You know, there’s an old bike that’s been sitting in this garage for years.” The hunt is on. And rather than the usual worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, at the back of that barn you find a genuine classic, the motorcycle collector’s dream. The Vincent in the Barn tells forty such stories--tales of motorcycle hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents abandoned in sheds, Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s fantasies. The only difference? They’re true.
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Way Beyond “Barn Finds”: The Story Behind Smokey Yunick’s Boss Mustang: And 49 Other Entertaining True Tales from the World of Rare and Exotic Car Collecting
The Story of Smokey Yunick's Boss Mustang is just one of 50 entertaining true stories from the collector car world.
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Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip
Detroit's Woodward Avenue was America's center of gravity for cruising and street racing in the '50s and '60s. Its widely paved surfaces with long sections of arrow-straight road between traffic signals provided the ideal location for stop light street racing and cruising action. Woodward even became the unofficial test track for the profusion of hot factory iron churned out by Detroit's engineers. If you lived in the Detroit area in the '60s and wanted to drag race – Woodward Avenue was the place to go. Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip is filled with stories from the people who cruised and raced Woodward in that wonderful era. Also featured are the clandestine and not-so-clandestine efforts by the factories to build cars that the Woodward crowd would buy and race. Woodward Avenue includes everything that surrounded Woodward's action, including Detroit's legendary DJs who provided the cruisers' musical soundtrack, the hang-outs and drive-ins, the high-performance new car dealerships that provided the cars, and the legendary speed shops that provided the hot rod parts. If you are into muscle cars, great street racing stories, or just want to remember or learn how it was "back in the day", Woodward Ave: Cruising the Legendary Strip is a great trip down memory lane.
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Yesterday We Were in America
The author sets the background to the flight against the birth of manned powered flight and Britain in the aftermath of the First World War. He goes on to describe the record breaking flight in detail, drawing on Alcock and Brown’s written records and their flying log book, and concludes with a round-up of the fates of all the pioneers who are mentioned in the narrative, and the flight’s legacy for Everyman. Now published as a paperback, Yesterday We Were in America is the first accurate and atmospheric account of one of the most significant and dramatic flights in history.
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