Gilles Villeneuve: A Photographic Portrait
The outstanding images in this book chronicle the career of one of the most admired Grand Prix drivers in living memory - and surely the most loved in all of F1 history. Gilles Villeneuve's career statistics cannot even begin to explain the mystique. It was created over only four full seasons with Ferrari in F1, three of these with uncompetitive cars. He achieved only six victories from 67 starts, two pole positions, eight fastest laps and 107 championship points. He was one of the finest racing drivers never to become World Champion. He possessed miraculous car control and frightening courage that could often overcome the flaws in his equipment. He thrilled spectators because he made them fear for his safety. He raced to win and, if that meant taking risks, so be it. He crashed often, and occasionally he broke his cars in his frustration, but he could wring from them performances far beyond their capabilities. Sometimes his starts almost defined belief, and always he was magnificent on a wet track. He never, ever, gave up. He treated his racing cars with uncompromising brutality. Yet he was soft-natured, and emotional and devoted family man, loyal to his friends, charming to strangers. He was unwavering in his commitment to sportsmanship, to his inborn sense of right and wrong. One dreadful day, incensed by an injustice, he took a risk too many. The memories he left us will stay with us always. There has never been a racing driver like Gilles Villeneuve. It is impossible to believe there ever will be.
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History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed: James Dean’s Killer Porsche, NASCAR’s Fastest Monkey, Bonnie and Clyde’s Getaway Car, and More
All of the weird, wonderful, and amazing tales of cars and the characters who drove them. The automotive world is filled with crazy stories, mysteries, myths, rumors, and legends. Here are just a few covered in History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed. • After James Dean's death behind the wheel, parts of his car were sold off -- and cursed their subsequent owners. • Bonnie and Clyde almost exclusively stole Ford V8s as their getaway cars because they were the fastest cars of their day. Clyde Barrow even wrote Henry Ford a thank-you note for his unsuspecting help. • Peanuts in the shell are considered bad luck at NASCAR races. • James Brown's wife once claimed diplomatic immunity when fighting a traffic ticket because her husband was "the ambassador of soul." • Harry Houdini learned to drive late in life only because he needed to get to an airport for a stunt, and it was the only drive he ever made. • There is a myth of a 200-miles-per-gallon carburetor that oil companies and auto manufacturers are rumored to have kept hidden from the public. • A mechanic working in a car's trunk was once mistaken for a kidnapping victim. History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed covers every aspect of the intersection between people and their machines. The racing, manufacturing, crime, pop culture, and mechanical lives of cars are explained, along with the shockingly poor judgment of some human characters. Separate the fact from the fiction and learn where the truth lies!
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Hot Wheels Variations: The Ultimate Guide (3rd Edition)
Hot Wheels Variations, even with minute differences, can be double the value of a collectible die-cast car. It's all in the details when you're dealing with Hot Wheels, and nothing is more detail driven than variations. Whether it's a slightly different shade of paint, a different wheel, interior or window, owning a variation can mean the difference between a $10 collector die-cast car and a rare find worth $500. This new edition of the ultimate guide to Hot Wheels variations features 4,000+ car listings, plus 2,200 large colour photos to help you make smart investments and savvy assessment of your Hot Wheels collection.
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How To Build a Cheap Hot Rod
The ever-escalating cost of building or buying a hot rod is leaving more and more would-be hot rodders behind. This book will get those hopefuls off the sidelines by showing how a hot rod can be built for less than the cost of, say, a new Hyundai. Author Dennis Parks documents his own project--building a quintessentially cool Model T roadster from a "Track-T" kit--showing in step-by-step detail how to turn a pile of parts into a rockin hot rod. He provides a detailed, easy-to-follow guide for building a car of your own. The advice and instructions cover every aspect of an affordable hot rod build, from establishing the target vehicle and budget, to finding parts, building the car, and fine tuning the finished vehicle on the road. With Parks' money-saving tips and photo-supported how-to sequences, virtually anyone with minimal mechanical skills and the will to use them can be sure of building their hot rod right, and for the right price. The book also includes a full resource guide and recommendations for further reading.
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How to Keep Your SUV Alive!: User Friendly Automotive Tips and Techniques for Driving, Maintaining, and Extending the Overall Life of Your Sport Utility Vehicle
A user-friendly manual written with the layperson in mind, this guide provides tips, techniques, and trade secrets to help the owners best maintain their minivans. Includes chapters on buying a new minivan, add-ons, engine options, paint options, breaking in the minivan, oil changes, light maintenance, maintaining chassis, suspension, brakes, tires, wheels, paint, exterior and interior. It also provides miscellaneous information covering everything from air conditioner repair to driving tips.
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How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser
Cruisers account for more than 60 percent of the street bike market in the United States. Each year metric cruisers — cruisers built by company's other than Harley-Davidson — account for an increasing portion of the cruiser market. Cruisers are about style, and the booming aftermarket is as focused on appearance as it is on performance. Every cruiser sold is modified, period. The changes might be purely cosmetic (such as the addition of chrome, custom paint, and touring equipment), or they might improve performance (aftermarket exhaust, engine mods, brake upgrades).
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How to Paint Your Car
Everything you need to know and everything you need to do to have perfect paint on your specialty car. Whether it's a concours-quality restoration or a ground-pounding hot rod, this book will fit your painting interests. The auto body and paint business is changing at an incredibly fast rate, mainly in response to environmental rules and regulations. This book emphasizes what parts of the job a hobbyist can, and should, do himself and what should be left to the pros.Topics include:, Tools, equipment, and safety, Planning the paint job, Environmental concerns; Types of paint and materials, Removing trim, Repairing damage/rust, Prepping metal for paint/bodywork, Applying fillers, Applying sealers and primers, Final paint options; custom paint options, Custom graphics, flames, pinstriping, Paint care and touchup.
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How to Ride to Save Your Hide: Street Biking
Supplies information on motorcycle selection, safety, touring accessories, cafe racer construction, maintenance and troubleshooting, and state requirements.
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Hugo Wilson’s Hot Bikes
Packed with more than 300 motorcycles, from vintage cycles to the latest BMW, Yamaha, and Honda superbikes, Hot Bikes is a revved-up collection that will delight bikers and motorbike enthusiasts alike. Author Hugo Wilson has handpicked the most exceptional motorcycles ever to rule the roads, and added a selection of 21st-century machines to bring the book up to date. Superb photography and a classic DK layout showcase the bikes, with specs and text that celebrate the appeal of each brilliant machine.
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I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford
Growing up as a Michigan farm boy with a bone-deep loathing of farming, Ford intuitively saw the advantages of internal combustion. Resourceful and fearless, he built his first gasoline engine out of scavenged industrial scraps. It was the size of a sewing machine. From there, scene by scene, Richard Snow vividly shows Ford using his innate mechanical abilities, hard work, and radical imagination as he transformed American industry.
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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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Little Book of Aston Martin
The Little Book of Aston Martin gives a concise illustrated history of the marque.
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Little Book of Canal Boats
Britain's waterways have been used as a source of transport ever since man needed to convey large quantities of minerals, raw material and mass produced commodities. The Romans introduced canals to these islands as early as 120AD and by the late 1700s, a network of man-made arteries linked major rivers and sea ports to land-locked industrialised cities and towns across the country. Initially barges were pulled by horse but as steam and then internal combustion engines were developed during the 19th Century, they were introduced into the narrow boat. The advent of rail travel and improvements to roads, however, saw the decline of this slow and leisurely form of transport and canals gradually fell into disrepair. After World War II, it was realised that much of Britain's social and industrial heritage was disappearing and there emerged an enthusiasm to preserve our past as much as possible. 1946 saw the founding of the Inland Waterways Association who initially set about reopening parts of the system. Now there are more than 4,000 miles of navigable waterways with many more earmarked for restoration. They include some of Britain's greatest engineering feats such as tunnels, aqueducts and flights of locks, today numbering amongst our most popular tourist attractions.
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Little Book of Concorde
Concorde, arguably one of the most elegant airliners ever produced, was known as the peoples' aircraft. From the early planning stages, to its withdrawal from service and subsequent display as a museum exhibit, this book tells the story of an iconic aircraft that was the result of a unique collaboration between the aviation industries of Britain and France. Illustrated with stunning images, it tells how the aviation industries of the two countries united to produce the world's first successful supersonic airliner.
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Little Book of Ferrari
The Little Book of Ferrari provides a concise history of the car.
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Little Book of Porsche
The Little Book of Porsche gives a concise illustrated history of the marque.
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Little Book of Spitfire
Little book of Spitfire provides a concise history of one of the great fighter planes of WW2.
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Little Book of the Beetle
Little Book of Beetle is a 128-page hardback book written by Jon Stroud, which charts the history of this motoring icon.
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Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat
The New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot and retired USAF F-16 legend Dan Hampton offers the first comprehensive popular history of combat aviation-a unique, entertaining, and action-packed look at the aces of the air and their machines, from the trailblazing aviators of World War I to today's technologically expert warriors flying supersonic jets.One of the most decorated fighter pilots in history, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton goes back 100 years to tell the extraordinary stories of the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend. Told in his acclaimed high-octane style, Lords of the Sky is a fresh and exhilarating look at the development of aviation for history and military buffs alike.
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Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age
On the 100th Anniversary of its sinking, King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania's glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I. Lusitania: She was a ship of dreams, carrying millionaires and aristocrats, actresses and impresarios, writers and suffragettes, a microcosm of the last years of the waning Edwardian Era and the coming influences of the Twentieth Century. When she left New York on her final voyage, she sailed from the New World to the Old; yet an encounter with the machinery of the New World, in the form of a primitive German U-Boat, sent her and her gilded passengers, to their tragic deaths and opened up a new era of indiscriminate warfare. A hundred years after her sinking, Lusitania remains an evocative ship of mystery. Was she carrying munitions that exploded? Did Winston Churchill engineer a conspiracy that doomed the liner? Lost amid these tangled skeins is the romantic, vibrant, and finally heartrending tale of the passengers who sailed aboard her. Lives, relationships, and marriages ended in the icy waters off the Irish Sea; those who survived were left haunted and plagued with guilt. Now, authors Greg King and Penny Wilson resurrect this lost, glittering world to show the golden age of travel and illuminate the most prominent of Lusitania's passengers. Rarely was an era so glamorous; rarely was a ship so magnificent; and rarely was the human element of tragedy so quickly lost to diplomatic maneuvers and militaristic threats.
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Model T (DVD: History Channel)
The Model T occupies a unique place in history. The first car to be built on a production line the Model T transformed automobiles from a plaything of the rich to a transportation tool available to the average man. The world has never been the same. Model T traces the complete story of the "Tin Lizzie" from the very first production cars in 1908 to the end of the line - 15 million cars later - in the late '20s. See extensive footage of the world's first automobile plant where Henry Ford's vision of a car for the masses became a reality. Vintage shots of Ts in action nationwide show the remarkable influence the car had on the nation while aficionados of this all-time classic show off their prized possessions and take them out for a spin. Hold on tight - the "Tin Lizzie" can reach a blistering 40 miles an hour!
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