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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 It also has previously unpublished photos of 18 cars found in the first book.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.
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.
Lyn St. James: An Incredible Journey by Lyn St. James
Lyn St. James: An Incredible Journey by Lyn St. James$30.00
Fasten your seat belts! Indy 500 driver Lyn St. James provides inspirational advice for everyone as she recounts her inspiring career as a world-renowned Indy driver.
Known as the American Woman Racing Icon of the Century, Lyn is a testament to the power of determination and positive thinking. In this inspiring, motivational book, Lyn chronicles her last Indy 500 and looks back on a career filled with challenges. She recounts years of adversity and the struggle to obtain corporate sponsorships, despite being named the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. She recalls record-breaking runs at Talladega and Daytona, terrifying crashes, and the joys of mentoring young women drivers. On every page of this story people will find the motivation and encouragement to follow their dreams and reach their goals.
Miata: Mazda MX-5, Mazda's Affordable Sports Car for the New Millennium by Jack Yamaguchi and John Dinkel
Miata: 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.
Shifting Gears, Tales of pistons, paint cans & personalities by Tony Vickio
Shifting Gears, Tales of pistons, paint cans & personalities by Tony Vickio$25.00
In 1948, in a home alongside a two-lane country road that turned out to be part of the first road race in the United States after World War II, an adventure started. Interestingly, speed and art were crudely mixed into a wild blend, which led an Upstate New York sign painter on a series of incredible journeys. From lettering Formula 1 cars in the early 1970s to applying the art of sign painting at NASCAR race tracks, from Watkins Glen to Daytona, the “Tales” tell of behind-the-scene adventures that the average person has never seen or could imagine. The “Tales” take place at Watkins Glen, Talladega Superspeedway, Daytona Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway and others. In these surroundings, the art of sign painting is performed at a new level. Working in an intense atmosphere of fast-approaching “Race Day” required skill, ingenuity, dedication and luck! Intertwined in the sign painting adventures is a 15-year stint in auto racing, from dirt track ovals to NASCAR Modifieds, which leads to even more interesting tales. Speed, art, comedy, frustration, joy and danger combine to make “Tales” interesting reading as seen and lived through the eyes of Tony Vickio. Published in 2014 by Preston Woods Publishing Company. 372 pages.
Shooting Star on a Prancing Horse by Jonathan Williams
Shooting Star on a Prancing Horse by Jonathan Williams$50.00
Jonathan Williams was born in Cairo in 1942 where his father James, a non-career officer in the RAF, was stationed. He grew up at Endsleigh School in Colchester which his father owned and ran as headmaster, before being “sentenced” to four years at Cheltenham College, followed by a brief tenure at the Chelsea College of Engineering, an establishment attended briefly by the likes of Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss. Having had his fill of education, Jonathan struck out on his own to become a racing driver, climbing the ranks of the cut-and-thrust world of Formula 3 in the early 1960s to employment by the Italian De Sanctis team from Rome, then Ferrari for the 1967 season. From Ferrari, Jonathan moved to Abarth, Serenissima then de Tomaso, rounding out his racing career driving the Solar Productions Porsche 908 camera car at Le Mans in 1970, then doing a stint as a stunt driver on Steve McQueen’s classic film. Retiring from racing in 1971, he flew corporate jets for 20 years before trading that life in for one in a VW camper, then a small motor home, drifting through Europe for two decades, visiting friends and enjoying life. In his own words, Shooting Star On A Prancing Horse tells Jonathan’s story, on and off the track, until his untimely death in 2014. Published in 2014 by Autosports Marketing Associates Ltd. 171 pages. Hard cover. NEW.
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.
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.