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Ayrton Senna by Paul-Henri Cahier
Ayrton Senna by Paul-Henri Cahier$50.00
With a selection of 105 of his finest photographs, Paul-Henri Cahier’s Ayrton Senna – Through My Eye follows the magical driver from Sao Paulo over his 10 blistering fast years on the circuits of the world, until his untimely, tragic death at Imola in 1994. Also included in the book are 18 pages of text in which Paul-Henri explains how he came to be a fulltime Formula 1 photographer and, in his opinion, what made Senna so devastatingly quick. While the photographs stand alone, 9 pages of captions and thumbnail images give the reader a reference for where they were taken and what the mood and circumstances were at the time.
Blue Oval Ferraris et al, Ford and other American-engined Ferraris from the 1950s and 60s by Randy Cook
Blue Oval Ferraris et al, Ford and other American-engined Ferraris from the 1950s and 60s by Randy Cook$45.00
A follow-up to “Bowtie Ferraris,” this book covers more than 30 cars including Ford, Buick, Offy, Chrysler and additional Chevy-powered Ferraris of the 1950s and ’60s. It also has previously unpublished photos of 18 cars found in the first book.
“Randy Cook has extensively researched and brought us the often untold stories and histories of these sensational cars… a labor of love. Hope you enjoy his book as much as I have! I’m proud to say my Testa Rossa was a winning race car with Ford and Ferrari power…” – Bruce Meyer
Bobby Rahal, The Graceful Champion by Gordon Kirby
Bobby Rahal, The Graceful Champion by Gordon Kirby$42.00
Renowned the world over for his speed, originality, and dedication to motorsports, three-time CART champion and Indianapolis 500-winner Bobby Rahal stands apart from other racers. His stellar career spans continents, and his success extends beyond the race track and brings together racing’s most influential people. Some of the little-known stories include how Bobby raced against future F1 legends Gilles Villeneuve and Keke Rosberg in Formula Atlantic, worked with top F1 car designer Adrian Newey at the start of his career, helped develop Ferrari’s secret IndyCar program, and brought Honda engines into CART racing. This book reveals the spirit, courage, and determination behind his winning battle for success from his very first regional competitions to becoming a team owner with David Letterman as his partner. Rahal is the 2016 chairman of the International Motor Racing Research Center. Published in 1999 by David Bull Publishing.
Bowtie Ferraris, Chevy-engined Ferraris from the 1950s and 60s by Randy Cook
Bowtie Ferraris, Chevy-engined Ferraris from the 1950s and 60s by Randy Cook$55.00
Exotic, hand-built Ferraris of the 1950s and Chevrolet’s family sedan produced by the thousands would seem to have little in common. But it’s a twist of automotive history that quite a few Ferraris might no longer exist were it not for the Chevy V8 engine. Randy Cook’s Bowtie Ferraris documents how a surprisingly large number of multi-million dollar Ferraris owe their survival to an engine from one of the least expensive sedans produced in America. His book is an important addition to the body of Ferrari history, as he explores a topic never before examined in any detail. – David Seibert, Ferrari Club Historian andmanager of the Ferrari Historic Challenge race series in North America. Published by RAC Motorsports Publishing in 2015. 192 pages. 276 images, featuring photography by Hugues Vanhoolandt.
Elva, The Cars, The People, The History by János Wimpffen
Elva, The Cars, The People, The History by János Wimpffen$105.00
In the award-winning Elva: The Cars, The People, The History, János Wimpffen delves deep into the company’s origins in the south of England, its successes and failures at the track, and its influence on better-known marques such as McLaren and Porsche. But as the title indicates, the history of Elva is about more than just cars. It is also about the people who created the cars – starting with founder Frank Nichols – as well as those who built racing careers around them. Over the years the ranks of Elva drivers included established British names like Archie Scott Brown, Stuart Lewis-Evans, and even Sir Stirling Moss. In the United States, Mark Donohue scored some of his earliest wins in Elva Courier and Formula Junior cars. The Elva team also helped Bruce McLaren establish the seeds of a racing dynasty by building the first McLaren-Elvas. Published in 2011 by David Bull Publishing. 552 pages. 405 black-and-white and 150 color photographs
Equations of Motion, Adventure, Risk, and Innovation by William F. Milliken
Equations of Motion, Adventure, Risk, and Innovation by William F. Milliken$50.00
William F. Milliken’s handling research is fundamental to modern automobile design, and his definitive books on vehicle dynamics provide engineers and racers with practical understanding of chassis design for maximum performance. Equations of Motion is the story of Milliken’s lifetime of experimentation and innovation in vehicle stability and control. In Equations of Motion: Adventure, Risk and Innovation, Milliken vividly recounts his experiences pushing airplanes and race cars beyond their limits. His exciting life provides singular, real-world insight into the challenge and joy of engineering and the history of vehicle dynamics as he created it in the air and on the track. Expanded softcover edition published by Bentley Publishers in 2008. 708 pages, 700+ b/w illustrations.
Ferrari Men from Maranello by Anthony Pritchard
Ferrari Men from Maranello by Anthony Pritchard$55.00
Over the years much has been written about the cars produced by Ferrari, but little about the people associated with them. This extraordinary book puts that right with biographies of more than 225 ‘men from Maranello’ – and one woman in the form of Brenda Werner, who was Enzo Ferrari’s long-serving personal assistant. Lots of drivers are included, from early stars like Juan Manuel Fangio to recent champions Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, and American greats such as Phil Hill and Mario Andretti and British champions such as Nigel Mansell. There are team managers and engineers – the list goes on and on. Needless to say, all Ferrari enthusiasts will be captivated. Published by Haynes Publishing in 2009. 384 pages.
Formula One at Watkins Glen, 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix by Michael Argetsinger
Formula One at Watkins Glen, 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix by Michael Argetsinger$55.00
The award-winning “Formula One at Watkins Glen” by the late Michael Argetsinger presents a vivid and often intimate account of the 20-year period that the United States Grand Prix was held at the classic upstate New York track. Argetsinger was a young man when his parents, Cameron and Jean, first brought Formula One to Watkins Glen, and he grew up working with racing as the family business. The story goes beyond the race winners and star entries to include the lesser-known drivers and teams that didn’t enjoy great success but added tremendously to the character of the event. The racing action and portraits of drivers, team principals, and fans evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for this era at Watkins Glen that will never be repeated. Spectacular photographs combine with Argetsinger’s detailed commentary to capture the distinctive character of each year’s event. The story begins with rare images of the Formula Libre races from 1958 through 1960 that featured a sprinkling of top European drivers, Formula One cars, and sports cars, and set the stage for Watkins Glen’s first World Championship Grand Prix. Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, Jack Brabham, Joakim Bonnier, Roy Salvadori, and Olivier Gendebien were the drivers who made early impressions and ultimately helped champion Watkins Glen as the site of the United States Grand Prix. Published in partnership with David Bull Publishing in 2011, all proceeds from the book – 100 percent of the purchase price – go to the International Motor Racing Research Center.160 pages. 91 black-and-white and 150 color photographs.
Grampaw Throttlebottom on Sportive Automobilism by Miles Collier
Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports by Linda Vaughn with Rob Kinnan
Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports by Linda Vaughn with Rob Kinnan$45.00
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. Published in 2016 by Car Tech Books. Hard cover. 223 pages.
Mario Andretti, A Driving Passion by Gordon Kirby
Mario Andretti, A Driving Passion by Gordon Kirby$69.00
Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion documents the toughness, intelligence, and humor that makes Andretti the man so compelling and reveals the remarkable mixture of determination and luck, both good and bad, that defined his career as the most versatile and accomplished racer of all time. Relentless determination, unrivaled charisma, and the ability to climb into any type of race car and win has made Andretti a household name for more than 30 years. His accomplishments include four USAC and CART titles, the 1978 Formula One World Championship, winning the 1967 Daytona 500 and 1969 Indianapolis 500, and three victories in the grueling 12 Hours of Sebring sports-car race. His extraordinary life story is presented through exclusive interviews with Mario, his family, and the drivers and teams he raced with. In-depth descriptions of his greatest races and cars, combined with behind-the-scenes team photos and commentary by Mario himself, provide an insider’s perspective on the progression of racing technology and the teamwork behind a winning effort. Published by David Bull Publishing in 2001. 252 pages.
Mazda MX-5, Mazda's Affordable Sports Car for the New Millennium by Jack Yamaguchi and John Dinkel
Mazda MX-5, Mazda's Affordable Sports Car for the New Millennium by Jack Yamaguchi and John Dinkel$15.00
Sports car enthusiasts are treated to an in-depth analysis of the new Miata in this book published in 1998 by Nippan Publishers. Everything from the more powerful engine to the Variable Inertia Charge System to the advanced body structure to the revised suspension to even the windshield wipers is covered in exacting detail. But this is much more than a precise look at the intimate details of the new Miata. The book also includes driving impressions and chapters covering the evolution of the first-generation roadster, including such creations as the Mi-ari, Mazda’s tribute to Ferrari, the V-6-powered Cobraster concept car and the Trunk Model, which was the prelude to the next-generation Miata. Additional coverage is devoted to some of the hotted-up Miatas that had been developed, the Miata’s racing successes at the time in America, the Miata Club of America and an analysis of some of the Miata’s rivals at the time, including the Porsche Boxster and the MGF. The book also includes complete technical specifications and hundreds of color and black-and-white photos. 120 pages.
Origins of the Checker Flag, A Search for Racing’s Holy Grail by Fred R. Egloff
Origins of the Checker Flag, A Search for Racing’s Holy Grail by Fred R. Egloff$20.00
Traces the story of the first use of this internationally known symbol in competition. Published by the International Motor Racing Research Center in 2006. 36 pages, soft-bound with illustrations.
Racing with Mercedes by John Fitch
Racing with Mercedes by John Fitch$35.00
The Sports Car Club of America’s first National Champion, John Fitch, has authored one of the most extraordinary accounts of open-road racing ever written. Fitch was the only American member of the famous fifties-era Mercedes-Benz team. Along with five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss, Peter Collins and Karl Kling among others, he confronted the most demanding and exciting races of the 20th Century. John’s descriptions of the 1952 Mexican Road Race along with the 1955 season Mille Miglia, Le Mans, the Tourist Trophy and the Targa Florio are fascinating. Fitch’s prose is complimented with course diagrams, posters and a large number of photographs, many from the Daimler Chrysler archives. This introduction is by Juan Manuel Fangio. This is a must have for anyone interested in motor sports, the history of racing or Mercedes-Benz automobiles. Published by Photo Data Research in 2005. 128 pages.
The Golden Years of Motorsport in Eastern Canada and the U.S.A., A Photographic Journey from the Late 1950's to the 1980's, Through the Lens of Lionel Birnbom by Lionel Birnbom
The Golden Years of Motorsport in Eastern Canada and the U.S.A., A Photographic Journey from the Late 1950's to the 1980's, Through the Lens of Lionel Birnbom by Lionel Birnbom$135.00
This book is a three-decade time capsule that photographically records highlights of the races attended; candid portraits of the “stars” and prominent personalities in the sport; and 1950’s and 1960’s sports racing cars returning decades later in vintage races. As the book’s content is primarily photos with minimal text, it will transport the reader on a photographic journey through this very exciting era of motorsport. While it is primarily focused (no pun intended) on Canadian activities, it also includes photos taken from the late 1950’s to the mid-1980’s at many events in the U.S. and Europe as well. Race series covered include Formula One, Indy, Can-Am, drag racing, Formula Atlantic, Formula 5000, Trans-Am, NASCAR and endurance racing. Published in 2014 by Lionel Birnbom. 240 pages and more than 2,000 black and white and color photographs. NEW book.
The heavily censored history of Hesketh Racing
The heavily censored history of Hesketh Racing$20.00
The history of the British race team that was created by Lord Alexander Hesketh during the 1970s and considered one of the strangest cult sponsorships in motorsports history. The team competed in Formula 1, F2 and F3. Includes information on the Hesketh race team, Le Patron (Alexander Hesketh) and racing drivers, including the man who became the 1976 F1 World Drivers’ Champion, James Hunt. Edited by Anna O’Brien. Published in 1974 by GBM Editorial Associates. 46 pages.
The Milwaukee Mile by Brenda Magee
The Milwaukee Mile by Brenda Magee$29.00
Speed has always been the Milwaukee Mile’s hallmark, and the one-mile oval track has given race fans and drivers thrills, chills, and memories for 130 years. “The Mile,” once a proving ground for the latest in mechanical engineering, has seen it all: from harness racing to endurance races, NASCAR, midgets, sprints, and Indy open wheel. The checkered flag has waved at the Mile for greats such as Barney Oldfield, Rex Mays, Al Unser, and Mario Andretti, as well as a new generation of drivers, including Dale Jarrett, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, and Will Power. The infield saw its share of action, too, including circus acts under the big top and Green Bay Packers games. Published by Arcadia Publishing in 2015. 128 pages. 180 black and white photographs.
The Speed Merchants Frame by Frame, The 70s & 80s by Michael Keyser
The Speed Merchants Frame by Frame, The 70s & 80s by Michael Keyser$85.00
The Speed Merchants Frame By Frame – The 70s & 80s by Michael Keyser, Bill Oursler. This book captures the excitement of what is acknowledged as a classic era in motorsport. The 346 pages contain 975 color and 71 black & white photographs-organized by marque – with brief captions identifying the car, drivers, year the car raced, and the track. It reflects the essence of road racing during two decades. Published by Autosports Marketing Associates in 2010.
Trans-Am Era, The Golden Years in Photographs, 1966-1972 by Daniel Lipetz
Trans-Am Era, The Golden Years in Photographs, 1966-1972 by Daniel Lipetz$75.00
Fifty years later, racing fans still talk about the original Trans-American Sedan championship, better known as the Trans-Am. For seven seasons, the series pitted a new generation of American “pony cars”—led by the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro—in closely fought racing at top road circuits across North America. The driving talent ranged from technically sophisticated sports-car driver Mark Donohue to Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones and all-around driving aces Dan Gurney and Peter Revson.
Trans-Am Era: The Golden Years in Photographs, 1966-1972 recaptures the speed, intensity, and intrigue of the Trans-Am through hundreds of vintage photographs, most of which have never before been published and include rare color images. The focus is on the iconic over two-liter cars that attracted the most attention from fans and support from Detroit—the Mustang, Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, and Dodge Challengers that are still instantly recognizable today.
Along with its vivid images, Trans-Am Era offers detailed captions and year-by- year season summaries that chronicle the Trans-Am’s gradual rise and sudden fall. Author Daniel Lipetz conducted years of research that sheds new light on the series and uncovers previously unknown facts about individual cars, races, and drivers.
All of the great Trans-Am cars are here: the Camaro Z28s that won two titles for Mark Donohue and Roger Penske; the Boss 302 Mustangs that Parnelli Jones drove to victory in 1970; and the AMC Javelins that Donohue and Penske would take from also-rans to champions in 1971. And all the drivers who made the series famous are profiled. Along with champions Donohue, Jones, and George Follmer, there are greats like Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, Peter Revson, Jim Hall, Swede Savage, and Jerry Titus and even cameo players like Indy 500 legend A. J. Foyt and endurance-racing hero Vic Elford. Published in 2016 by David Bull Publishing. 224 pages and 200 black-and-white and 65 color photographs.
Walt Hansgen, His Life and the History of Post-War American Road Racing by Michael Argetsinger
Walt Hansgen, His Life and the History of Post-War American Road Racing by Michael Argetsinger$65.00
Walt Hansgen was a star in both sports cars and single-seaters, and his meteoric career carried him from the early days of amateur road racing to the very highest level of professional competition in America and Europe. As the lead driver on Briggs Cunningham’s dominant team, and later John Mecom’s team, Walt evaluated and developed race cars working closely with Jaguar, Lister, Maserati, and Ford. At different points in his career he paired with Dan Gurney, Stirling Moss, John Fitch, Archie Scott Brown, and Augie Pabst on circuits as far-flung as Watkins Glen, Le Mans, Silverstone, Sebring, and Road America. Walt was a relentless competitor, but his sense of fairness and camaraderie made him respected by his peers and a leader in the sport. For many up-and-coming racers, including Mark Donohue, Walt was a crucial mentor. The 1950s and 1960s were a time of tremendous change in racing. In this exciting, fast-paced biography, the late Michael Argetsinger shows how Walt’s life encompassed the conflict between amateur and professional racing, the extraordinary advances in technology, and the joyful ambition of his era. The result is a vivid account of the remarkable history of post-war American road racing. Published by David Bull Publishing in 2006. 400 pages. 140 black and white photos and 15 color photos.
Watkins Glen International by Bill Green and Michael Argetsinger
Watkins Glen International by Bill Green and Michael Argetsinger$29.00
In 1948, Watkins Glen became the site of the first postwar road race in America on a 6.6-mile course through the village and surrounding highways; the present-day road course was built in 1956 and held its first race the same year. The circuit presented its first professional race in 1957 when NASCAR made its first appearance. NASCAR returned to the Glen in 1964 and 1965 and found a permanent spot on the Watkins Glen calendar beginning in 1986. Today, the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in August ranks as the largest spectator event in the state of New York. In addition to NASCAR and Formula One, Watkins Glen race fans have enjoyed America’s greatest race series, including Indy car, Can-Am, Trans-Am, six-hour endurance for prototypes, and amateur sports car racing. Published by Arcadia Publishing in 2013. 128 pages. 209 black and white photographs.
Watkins Glen Racing, Images of Sports by Kirk House and Charles R. Mitchell
Watkins Glen Racing, Images of Sports by Kirk House and Charles R. Mitchell$29.00
The war was won, the Depression was over, and Americans were back on the road. From all across the nation, sports car drivers converged on Watkins Glen to race through the gorges, hills, and village streets of western New York. Over the years, the course has evolved from its humble beginnings on streets lined with hay bales to the modern closed track that plays host to NASCAR today. Through vintage photographs, primarily from the International Motor Racing Research Center, Watkins Glen Racing chronicles the history of the track with early drivers such as Cameron Argetsinger, Phil Walters and Dave Garroway, vintage cars, hairpin turns and death-defying races. Published by Arcadia Publishing in 2008. 128 pages. 200 black and white photographs.