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My First Car: Recollections of First Cars from Jay Leno, Tony Stewart, Carroll Shelby, Dan Ackroyd, Tom Wolfe and Many More
Everyone has a story about that first car. Whether it was new, a hand-me-down, or a junker, it was freedom on four wheels, independence, responsibility, and something that would always hold a special place in your heart. Well, you're not alone. My First Car captures those wonderful moments of automotive initiation as they were lived by such luminaries as Jay Leno, Mario Andretti, Patrick Dempsey, Danica Patrick, Sir Stirling Moss, Gregg Allman, and more. Accompanying many of these stories are photographs of the neophyte drivers with their first cars. For anyone who ever slid behind the wheel and tooled down the road for the first time, this wonderful book awakens memories of what it was like.
Outlaw Sprints (Enthusiast Color Series)
The most powerful, thrilling, and popular cars ever to race on dirt track ovals spring from these pages! Powerful, 700hp motors pull the wheels of Outlaw Sprints from the ground as they leave the turns and head into the straight-aways. Witness the history, development, technology, and construction of these outrageous cars, along with revealing driver profiles in this behind-the-scenes look at Outlaw Sprints. A new addition to the popular Enthusiast Color Series.
Performance & Customizing Guide for Motorcycle Cruiser
Planning a motorcycle makeover? If so, here are a variety of expert modifications you can make to get the most out of your project. Detailed chapters provide information on: exhaust and carburetor changes and upgrades; extensive modifications to camshafts and turbos; upgrades to shocks and forks; brake modifications including new calipers and lines; plus information on paint, new fenders, accessories and more!
Rush to Glory: Formula 1 Racing’s Greatest Rivalry
The greatest duel in FORMULA 1 history: the 1976 season between Austrian Niki Lauda and Britain's James Hunt. As the '75 season ended, Hunt was out of FORMULA 1 racing while Lauda was world champion and the odds-on favorite for '76 with a year's contract ahead of him and Enzo Ferrari begging him to sign a multi-year deal. James Hunt, without a drive until Emerson Fittipaldi broke his McLaren contract, grabbed the McLaren drive with both hands and the help of friend John Hogan and Marlboro cigarettes. The result? Two drivers in an epic sixteen-race battle across the globe for the '76 title, ultimately decided by a single point. Fame, wealth, drugs, sex, and the rest of globetrotting 1970s FORMULA 1 racing are encompassed in the Lauda vs. Hunt duel. At the '76 German Grand Prix, Lauda nearly died in a fiery crash, only to emerge six weeks later, severe burns on his face and head, to pursue his rivalry with Hunt. It all came down to the last race, a rain-soaked affair in Japan, where Hunt won the championship by the slimmest possible margin. The book is a study in contrasts during an era of Brut aftershave and disco sex parties. James Hunt, legendary philanderer and FORMULA 1 rock star, versus supernatural racer Niki Lauda, who in '75 set the first sub-seven minute lap around the Ring.
Scooters: Everything You Need to Know
Scooters and scootering are the fastest growing segment of the American motorcycling market. Because of their low cost, ease of operation, and unintimidating nature, scooters are especially appealing to new riders. This book will provide the scooter owner with everything he or she needs to know. It will tell a person what kind of scooter to buy, how to buy it, and where to buy it. It will instruct the owner on maintaining and customizing his or her scooter. It will even help the scooterist find scooter-related events and activities. In sum, this is all the book any scooter owner will ever need.
Sons of Thunder: Writing from the Fast Lane: A Motorcycling Anthology
Sons of Thunder, Neil Bradfords exhilaratingly high-octane collection of motorcycle writing, makes a persuasive case for the unique excitement and emotional experience offered by one of mankinds greatest inventions. Featuring full-throttle tales by T.E. Lawrence, Roald Dahl, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Robert Hughes and many others, and ranging from Hunter S. Thompsons rip-roaring prose to lyrical contributions from Ted Hughes, Thom Gunn and Robert Pirsig, the groundbreaking Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance author, Sons of Thunder is a thrilling tribute to the pleasures and perils of riding this awesome machine.
Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars
The iconic rock star's New York Times bestselling follow-up to Waging Heavy Peace that "reads like a great Neil Young song plays." (The Buffalo News) In this acclaimed new memoir, New York Times bestselling author Neil Young has fashioned another extraordinary work of reminiscences told through the lens of one of his deepest passions: cars. A lifelong devotee and collector, Young explores his love for the well-crafted vintage automobile and examines his newfound awareness of his hobby's negative environmental impact. Witty, eclectic, candid, and filled with Young's original artwork, Special Deluxe will appeal to car lovers as well as the legions devoted to one of the most genuine and enigmatic artists of our time.
Sport Compacts (Enthusiast Color Series)
The popularity of the sport compact genre has attracted a growing aftermarket industry, involving parts suppliers, tuning and customizing shops, and a communications network ranging from magazines and clubs to the Internet. Author Alan Paradise, a veteran observer of the sport compact scene, brings order to the free-wheeling phenomenon in this book, which covers the evolution of the species, profiles the most-popular cars, and provides valuable tips on modifications and where to find reputable dealers and shops. The book is fully illustrated in color, showing some of the better examples of the type - and some of the wildest.
Step on It!: A Wild Ride Through the Motor Age
From the infamous Cugnot, the Frenchman who in 1789 both built the first working automobile and had the first car crash, to Craig Breedlove, who survived the fastest accident in the history of motoring (an unscheduled right-hand turn at 1080 km/h in a jet-car), STEP ON IT! traces the evolution of the car, in all its glory and shame. With his inimitable humour, motoring expert Tony Davis presents the best and worst car names, advertising slogans and technical innovations (pop-up headlights anyone?), the rise of drive-thru culture and four-wheel drives, and the films and songs that parked certain cars firmly in our hearts. Guaranteed to start arguments with a list of the five greatest cars of all time, and packed with more quirky motoring trivia and memorable car quotes than you could fit in a Mini Minor, STEP ON IT! will delight committed car enthusiasts and beginner rev-heads alike.
Streetbikes: Everything You Need to Know
For the new rider, the returning rider, and the veteran who's looking for more information, this handy book has it all: the necessary facts on street-riding from first to last, clearly and concisely laid out. Author Bill Stermer brings an insider's knowledge to the job, and the result is an expert, user-friendly guide to selecting, equipping, understanding, and using a street motorcycle--with occasional useful detours into such topics as road food and tunes, security and first aid, staying warm and dry, carrying laptops or cameras, and shipping your bike. From a close survey of the types of street motorcycles and different engine configurations, Stermer goes on to discuss features and options, accessories and apparel, mechanical considerations (from power and suspension to detailing and tires), and using a motorcycle in a group or alone or with a passenger, to commute or camp, for rallies or tours.
Supercars (Enthusiast Color Series)
Over the last two and a half decades, a special breed of road-going automobiles sporting six-figure MSRPs and scorching performance specs have captured the imaginations of car enthusiasts worldwide. This engaging and colourful history examines the 21 most notable examples of these supercars, with coverage of outstanding examples like the Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari 360 Modena, Dodge Viper, Acura NSX-T, and McLaren F1, to name a few. Special emphasis is given to the cars' technology and sleek styling. Also includes a brief introductory chapter discussing the history of the supercar industry from 1975 to present.
The 200-MPH Billboard: The Inside Story of How Big Money Changed NASCAR
What began on the dusty racetracks of the rural South is now a world-class enterprise, as closely watched by Wall Street as by hometown racing fans. How NASCAR grew from its provincial roots to become a big business of international proportions is the story Mark Yost tells in The 200-MPH Billboard. A seasoned sports and business reporter for the Wall Street Journal and contributor to the New York Times and the Sports Business Journal, Yost demystifies the economics and politics behind NASCAR sponsorship. His book takes us behind the scenes of some of the head-turning corporate deals that altered the way NASCAR does business. From Junior Johnson s contract with Darrell Waltrip and Mountain Dew, which announced a significant change, to deals between the likes of Dale Jr. and Budweiser, Tony Stewart and Home Depot, NASCAR and Fox Television, this book clearly tracks the subtle and not-so-subtle transformations that corporate sponsorship has wrought in recent years. And it offers a rare insider s look at what these changes have meant for NASCAR and its devoted fans.
The Backyard Blacksmith
The Backyard Blacksmith shows you how -- with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, basic tools, and techniques -- blacksmithing can be easy to learn, and a rewarding hobby. Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges, and handles, and also an interesting mix of artful projects, such letter openers, door knockers and botanical ornaments. Written by an expert in blacksmith and metal artist, this book provides readers with a basic understanding of blacksmithing, including an explanation of tools like an anvil, an anvil stand, hammers, and tongs. Heating techniques like coal forging and fire tending are explained in detail, along with different types of metal like wrought iron, cast iron, and steel. The Backyard Blacksmith walks readers through step-by-step, illustrated projects including hooks, door and gate pulls, wall-mounted hooks, knockers, racks, and more. These expert blacksmithing lessons come to life with full-color photography to illustrate the steps and provide a better understanding of the text. With this book, beginning blacksmiths can learn to turn metal from its raw shape into something useful and beautiful to behold.
The Golden Age of Railway Posters
Few sights can reawaken memories of happy holidays of yesteryear as vividly as the superb railway posters that were so much a part of the great age of mass rail travel. Between the 1930s and 1950s, regarded by many as the heyday of advertising graphic art, a huge range of posters appeared, bearing slogans proclaiming the attractions of such resorts as 'Weston-super-Mare, in Smiling Somerset', and presenting a colourful picture of Britain at its best. Through images as diverse as bustling cities, scenes of rural tranquility and majestic mountain landscapes they offer an escapist paradise, where appealingly uncrowded beaches basking in permanent sunshine are just a train journey away. This beautiful collection includes over 80 vintage posters from the 30s, 40s and 50s, with individual poster captions describing the artists and locations depicted. Michael Pailin recaptures the spirit of the great days of railway holidays and train excursions in his entertaining introduction, an era that is both within living memory and yet part of a bygone age.
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.