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1970 Maximum Muscle
Rich Truesdell and Mark Fletcher
In 1970, the American muscle car was as fast and outrageous as it would ever get. But the end was nigh, and 1970 Maximum Muscle dives head-first into the storm before the calm.
Wherever you mark the beginning of the muscle car era—Oldsmobile’s 1949 Rocket 88, Chrysler’s 1951 FirePower engines, the 1964 Pontiac GTO—one thing is certain: in 1970, the era that had witnessed a parade of gloriously powerful, stylish, and brawny cars apt to make the hearts of even the most dispassionate squares go pitter-patter was sucking fumes. Gasoline shortages, skyrocketing fuel prices, insurance-industry bean counters, rising ecological concerns, and new, more fuel-efficient imports all conspired to consign the American muscle car to an ugly and unseemly denouement. Yet 1970 saw the actual zenith of the cars themselves, the year manufacturers pulled out all the stops and produced the most powerful and stunning machines the automotive world had ever seen.
1970 Maximum Muscle not only explores the factors that led to the decline of the most exciting era in the American automotive industry, it details some of the new models and model options that arguably made 1970 the climax of the muscle car era from engineering, styling, and cultural standpoints. As the war among GM, Ford, Chrysler, and AMC played out at dealerships, dragstrips, and drive-ins, ready-and-willing gearheads drove off dealer lots in potent behemoths like the Buick GSX, Oldsmobile 4-4-2, and Ford Torino Cobra. Muscle car stalwarts like the SS Chevelle, Pontiac GTO, and Plymouth ’Cuda became available with optional LS-6, Stage 1, and Hemi engines, respectively. Manufacturers ratcheted up the advertising hyperbole at the same time, offering performance packages with names like “Six-Pack,” “Ram Air,” and “Cobra Jet,” while spoilers, scoops, hood tachometers, and decal packages were de rigueur. Meanwhile, on the popular SCCA Trans Am circuit, top drivers campaigned more nimble muscle off-the-rack cars like the Camaro Z/28 and Boss 302 Mustang.
1970 Maximum Muscle is an entertaining and rollicking look at the muscle car’s peak year!
Indy Split: The Big Money Battle that Nearly Destroyed Indy Racing
Indy Split is a fascinating, authoritative and overdue account of the big money battle that nearly destroyed the sport of Indy car racing.In the new book, long-time motorsports reporter John Oreovicz dives deep into the divisive battle between CART and the Indy Racing League. With insightful reporting, Oreovicz recounts the political infighting within the industry which climaxed with a 12-year “Split” from 1996 to 2007 between competing forms of Indy car racing and prevented the sport from achieving its potential.
The book traces the roots of Indy car racing’s dysfunction, which began in 1945 when Tony Hulman rescued the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from potential redevelopment. Over the next 75 years, the Hulman-George family used the stature of the Speedway to carve out a powerful position in American auto racing that sometimes resulted in conflict with Indy car competitors. A volatile period in the late 1970s sparked the formation of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), and tensions ramped up even more when Hulman’s grandson, Tony George, assumed power in 1990.
In unprecedented detail, Indy Split uncovers how the Split forced Indy car fans, sponsors, broadcasters and participants to choose sides. The book brings to light the confusion and animosity which caused unnecessary damage to the sport, and covers how negotiations driven by legendary racer Mario Andretti and actor/racer Paul Newman ended the Split in 2008, only to have George to walk away less than three years later. The long struggle for stability was finally resolved in 2020 when Roger Penske acquired IMS and the IndyCar Series, securing a bright future for the Speedway, the Indy 500, and the sport.
Longtime motorsports reporter John Oreovicz began attending the Indianapolis 500 as a teenager in the late ‘70s, allowing him to witness the sport’s growth as an avid fan before documenting its decline as a journalist. With a foreword by Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee Robin Miller, arguably Indy car racing’s most vocal advocate, this is the real story of The Split from one of the sport’s most respected voices.
The IROC Porsches
The International Race of Champions, Porsche’s 911 RSR, and the Men Who Raced Them
The IROC Porsches chronicles the original International Race of Champions 1973–74 season, in which the world’s top drivers battled in identical Porsche RSRs to claim the title of world’s greatest racing driver.
The Porsche 911 is among the most historic, sought after, and read about cars in history. Early cars are now highly valued collectibles, and modern 911s remain front-line international GT racing cars. There is considerable worldwide interest in Porsche racing activities, from factory entered and sponsored teams to the club-level racing scene.
It is against this rich racing background that The IROC Porsches relates one of the most interesting and storied episodes in 911 racing history. The premier season of the International Race of Champions series was founded around purpose-built, virtually identical 1974 3.0-liter Porsche 911 RSR racing cars to be driven by racing greats from IndyCar, Formula 1, NASCAR, and other international racing series. The premise was simple and brilliant: put the world’s best racing drivers in identical cars and the series winner could claim “best in the world.” Former racing driver, mega businessman, and racing team owner Roger Penske was the original force behind the series, and he worked directly with the Porsche factory to get these special IROC Porsches designed and built.
The depth of talent and breadth of racing disciplines embodied in the series was stunning: Emerson Fittipaldi (Formula 1), AJ Foyt (Indy), Richard Petty (NASCAR), Al Unser (Indy), George Follmer (Can-Am), and more. The drivers’ incentive to compete was manifold, first being to demonstrate the talents and abilities of their own particular brands of racing. Not to be understated was the draw of significant payout to winners. Consummate Porsche racer Mark Donohue won the first year’s championship.
The IROC series would carry on several decades, but never again would it feature Porsche and never again would it field such a diverse selection of race drivers. That first season was truly lighting in a bottle.
Hans Mezger Edition 2020
Hans Mezger, the father of the 911 Turbo engine, died on 10 June 2020 at the age of 90. It is in his honour that a revised edition of the book entitled “911 Turbo Air-Cooled Years 1975 – 1998” will be published in a limited edition of 2020 copies on April 21, 2021 as the “Hans Mezger Edition 2020”. It features a comprehensive biography of this outstanding engineer, and also included in the volume is the last interview he gave, in October 2019, in the Historic Archive of the Porsche Museum.
Special features of this book
- Detailed purchase advice and price developments
- Extensive information on all special series
- Unpublished photographs from the Porsche archives
RACING DAYS SCRAPBOOK
Hans Kleissl and Harry Niemann
For over 60 years, no other car has moved the lovers of classic cars more than the 300 SL. For Daimler Benz AG, this car is an icon that with the magical suffix “SL”, for Super Leicht or Super Light, has continued to this day to be used on Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Hans Kleissl, recognized worldwide as one of the top 300 SL experts, and the former Daimler historian Harry Neumann have produced a book that captures the magic of the world surrounding this car. The events, photographs and fascinating technology, all illustrated within these pages, explain the mystique that inspires people to this day.
- Hard cover in dust jacket
- 374 pages, 403 images
Dave Wolin’s Racing Histories
Covering IMSA ‘s Sedan series, “baby grands”, “radial sedans”, “racing stock” and “international sedan” – the RS Series, from its beginnings at Talladega in 1969 to the last race at Sebring in 1993. Includes a DVD with all the photos, newspaper and magazine articles, yearbooks, rulebooks, videos, results and more
From the beginnings of racing, where everything was showroom stock, through SCCA Club Racing, Nelson Ledges Longest Day, Pro Endurance Racing; Playboy Escort and Firehawk, Racetrucks, Renault Cup, Volkswagen Cup and Corvette Challenge Spec Racing – Includes a DVD with all the photos, newspaper and magazine articles, videos and more.
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Fred Wacker III, Robert Birmingham
Fred Wacker, Gentleman Racer covers a special time in racing history. Fred played several important roles in the early years of sports car racing competition in post-WWII America. Fred competed in a range of events as a driver. He started out in an MG, moved up to a Cadillac-powered Allard, and drove internationally for both Briggs Cunningham and the French racing team in the Grand Prix format. Additionally, he helped to found the Chicago region of the Sports Car Club of America, serving as National President of the SCCA in 1952 and 1953.
Whether driving for his own team or others, or helping to organize the sport, Fred played an important role in this golden era of racing. This is his story.
The 1960s, when World Sportscar races (with the legendary feud between Ferrari and Ford) were even more important than F1 itself, were particularly intriguing. The 1970s, characterized by the world titles of Niki Lauda, interrupted for a year by his unfortunate accident on the Nürburgring track, were also famous.
The 1980s were legendary, marked by the verve of the over 80-year-old Enzo Ferrari, who was never tamed in an increasingly complicated F1. For the entire period mentioned, Enzo Ferrari was accompanied by engineer Mauro Forghieri, who had taken his first steps in Maranello at the age of 22 and who, just four years later, was appointed general manager of the Technical Office. The story of the engineer from Modena is therefore fundamental in reconstructing the events of the Prancing Horse manufacturer, described in this new book through a series of short stories, with engineer Forghieri and other key figures of the period in the forefront.
And always with Enzo Ferrari as protagonist, if only for his powerful personality.
This book is not merely the biography of engineer Mauro Forghieri but a sequence of stories about Ferrari. Described by the narrator/protagonist, famous in any case for having designed and managed a never-ending series of F1 and sportscars on the track. Going into further detail on the topics, the stories are interspersed with ten direct accounts, on facts that saw Forghieri as the protagonist, and narrated by well-known personalities, starting with Enzo Ferrari himself. Together with the latter, Piero Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, the engineer Gian Paolo Dallara, Franco Gozzi, the drivers Niki Lauda and René Arnoux, the sporting directors Marco Piccinini and Daniele Audetto, and the famous actor Paul Newman.
A truly unique selection of previously unseen photographs of important historic cars as found in the 1960s and 1970s
This book is unique. It is a compendium of wonderful automotive treasure, as discovered. With the passage of time all cars became worthless and unloved, no matter how eminent. Racing cars inevitably became uncompetitive and redundant. Many vehicles passed into scrapyards, the motoring equivalent of a cemetery, or simply rotted away.
Today, of course, we value, covet and preserve the work of great designers, engineers and coachbuilders, and their creations give enormous pleasure to many, whether it be in ownership, driving, competing or simply as historic objects to be admired when on display. All will have a story – sometimes sad, sometimes heroic.
Many of the more esoteric car companies produced machines that were not only engineering masterpieces but also great works of art. Italian Corrado Cupellini was a pioneer in the developing old car movement in the 1960s and ’70s. He had a mission: to explore, discover and rescue motor cars of merit before it was too late.
He roved the world following his passion and this extraordinary book is a photographic record of his astounding journey of discovery.
Ferrari 1000 GP: Il libro ufficiale/The official book
The prestigious publication in two volumes, Ferrari 1000 GP: The Official Book, in a limited edition, is an extraordinary tribute to Scuderia Ferrari and the remarkable objective of 1,000 Grands Prix achieved by the team from Maranello in 2020.
Over the course of more than 700 pages enriched with more than 1,000 illustrations, many of which are previously unpublished, the work traces the incredible story of Ferrari’s participation in Formula 1 that began in 1950 with the Monaco Grand Prix, continued with no less than 230 victories, 15 drivers’ titles and 16 constructors’ titles and has reached the unique total of 1,000 Grands Prix.
Made in collaboration with Ferrari Spa and available in a limited edition of 2,000 copies, the book is contained in an exclusive slipcase in “Rosso Storico 127”, the same colour as the 125 S, the first Ferrari from 1947, and the SF1000, which in 2020 competed in the Scuderia’s 1,000th Grand Prix on the Mugello circuit. An indispensible volume for the bookshelves of all enthusiasts of the Prancing Horse: a precious collector’s item as well as an invaluable source of information regarding the results obtained by the cars from Maranello in every race and the team’s placings in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships.
The book features a foreword by Louis Camilleri and Mattia Binotto.
MILLE MIGLIA’S CHASSIS is a journey through the cars that took part to one of the most famous races of motorsport’s golden era. It is an ambitious project and the first of its kind: its aim is to document all the cars which participated at every edition of the original race between 1927 and 1957. MILLE MIGLIA’S CHASSIS will be developed in a series of 10 volumes: each car featured that took part to the Mille Miglia from 1927 to 1957 is presented with two lists: one about all the Mille Miglia speed races in which it took part, a second one of following events under the Mille Miglia name. To conclude, a third separate list comprehends the categories of the car, the stone from which spring the pages of the book and includes all the races and events in which the car took part worldwide in the years. Moreover, the cars that participated from 1958 to the events in the name of the Mille Miglia appear in another section of the book. Written for the motoring enthusiasts all over the World, MILLE MIGLIA’S CHASSIS is the definitive opus giving its readers a full perspective of the diversity and ingenuity of the machinery running the most beautiful race the world has ever seen.
In the second volume of the series there will be 45 cars featured which took part in the original editions of the race, plus another 11 of those participating in events under the Mille Miglia name from 1958 to today. MILLE MIGLIA’S CHASSIS will be a true collector’s item, a “must have” for those who want to have all the cars which took part in the Mille Miglia in their bookshelf!
Limited edition of 1400 copies
- Porsche design studies from 2005 to 2019, previously kept under wraps and published here for the first time
- An incomparable journey of discovery through the world of Porsche design!
When car companies present studies and prototypes, they allow a glimpse behind the scenes, a vision of what may come in the future. Apart from what is shown during official events and at fairs, there is an overwhelming number of drafts and models that remain hidden from the public for various reasons. This book achieves the impossible: a look at Porsche cars the public never laid eyes on – Porsche Unseen. Stefan Bogner was exclusively allowed to take pictures in the Porsche Design sanctum. The Porsche DNA is recognizable in any of the models shown, but the design is so new and unexpected that it suggests the existence of a parallel universe. A 1-litre Porsche? A coupé-like four seater with 911-looks? Single-seated roadsters with 1950’s flair? Stefan Bogner took photos of all of them – either as models or ready to drive. Jan Baedeker talked with Michael Mauer, Head of Design, and took down the enlightening background information. Join our extraordinary expedition of discovery through the world of Porsche Design! Text in English and German.
ONE MORE THAN 10 Singer and the Porsche 911
LIMITED EDITION RE-PRINT
Some call them the best air-cooled Porsches ever, others the best cars in the world. They are the Porsche 911 sports cars that have been restored, re-imagined, and reborn by Singer Vehicle Design.
Each commission represents a unique collaboration between the customer and Singer, combining bespoke carbon fiber body panels, the finest in optimized mechanical and electrical components, superlative materials and finishes, and the spirit of the golden age of the iconic air-cooled 911. Every Singer-restored car is an incomparable work of impeccable craftsmanship. One More than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911 brings the reader as close to these beautiful machines as one can get, excepting the lucky few who own one.
Singer Vehicle Design is driven by the singular vision of Rob Dickinson, an ex-car designer and rock musician who came to be one of the world’s foremost distillers of the essence of air-cooled Porsche. Journalist Michael Harley and Dickinson tell the story, while an all-star cast of automotive writers, journalists, and personalities offer their perspectives on the Singer phenomenon. Throughout the book some of the finest photographers in the automotive world, with unparalleled access to Singer’s operations, reveal the sublime beauty of these Porsche 911s as they are restored, and as they play at the track and run the open road. More than that, the book tells the story of how a life-long obsession with the most important sports car on the planet, which began on an autoroute in France in the ’70s, came to find a home on the concours lawns and racetracks of the world’s most prestigious automotive events.
My Racing Life With Porsche
‘The gearbox in the 917 needs to survive the 24 Hours of Le Mans without overheating. But the new cooling system can’t create any additional drag. Okay, off you go.’ That was the first task given to newly-qualified aerospace and automotive engineer Norbert Singer when he joined Porsche’s racing development program in the spring of 1970.
As we now know the gearbox was reliable, Porsche won the race, and Norbert Singer stayed loyal to the German carmaker for decades to come. To celebrate Singer’s 80th birthday, Sportfahrer Verlag will release “Norbert Singer: My Racing Life with Porsche 1970-2004. What started out as a plan to update an older book has, through many conversations between Singer and author Wilfried Müller, has grown into a comprehensive and detailed autobiography.
Across 16 chapters and more than 350 pages Singer describes the greatest era of Porsche racing to date from his own unique perspective, that of a visionary race engineer and aerodynamicist, and cunning tactician and interpreter of rules. From the 917 to the 911 Carrera RSR, to the world championship-winning 935, to the lightest (735 kilograms) and fastest (366 km/h) 911 in history. Singer also details the background of the three-time Le Mans-winning Porsche 936.
Like the Carrera Turbo RSR and the 935, Singer was the project manager for the ground-breaking Porsche 956. The car wrote Porsche into the motor racing history books. Singer successfully took the “ground effect” aerodynamic concept used in Formula 1 and applied it to two-seater sports cars. At the time it was pinnacle of Singer’s passionate search for downforce. Drivers like Jacky Ickx, Stefan Bellof, Derek Bell, Jochen Mass and Hans-Joachim Stuck achieved unthinkable cornering speeds in these 800-horsepower cars, collecting five world championships along the way.
In the mid-1980s Porsche ventured into unknown – and, as it turned out, very difficult – territory with its single-seater program in the American CART series. Singer details the tumultuous saga from the inside. A more enjoyable recollection is the artful transformation of a racing prototype into a Gran Turismo car, the Porsche 962 LM GT1, which conquered Le Mans in 1994. Continuing the GT1 theme, Singer led the development of the first mid-engine 911 in 1996, one of those cars then winning at Le Mans in 1998. It was the 16th triumph for Porsche at the world’s most famous endurance race. Singer was involved in all of them as an engineer, and most of them as a tactician and strategist on the pit wall. His detailed recollections of those 24-hour marathons make up much of the book, from his escape from the CEO, to an improvised air lift for parts.
At the end of the 1990s the man with the reading glasses always sitting low on his nose designed the groundbreaking aerodynamics on the LMP2000 Spyder – only for the car to be resigned to secrecy in a hangar. The famous Carrera GT super sports car also had Singer’s touch in the wind tunnel. As Porsche boss Wendelin Wiedeking said at the time, “Singer will come up with something”. After retiring Singer continued to support customer teams at race tracks until 2010, before passing his knowledge onto the next generation of engineers with a stint as a university lecturer.
Forty years of racing with Porsche, as told by Norbert Singer and written by Wilfried Müller, who is known to motorsport enthusiasts for his Peter Falk and Walter Röhrl biographies.
A Waft-production, written by Pieter Ryckaert and illustrated by Ryan Roadkill
2020 has been an extraordinary year for Concours. With many Concours events cancelled, the Concours Year celebrates those that were fortunate enough to go ahead and documents those that were not able to proceed. The book will also include a greater number of features and a preview of over 50 Concours that are scheduled to run in 2021. Despite the low of 2020, there are a number of new Concours planned for 2021.
Plan your year with the comprehensive guide in the Concours Year:
- A Year in Concours: The extraordinary year that was 2020
- Class and Best in Show Winners from Concours events in 2020
- The future of Concours. How has the future of Concours been impacted by the Coronavirus with Sandra Button, Donald Osborne, Bruce Meyer, McKeel Hagerty and Winston Goodfellow
- Archaeological Restoration – Miles Collier on his unique approach to restoration
- Collector Profiles – an inside view on the strategies of some of the world’s major collectors
- Concours People: The Organisers story
- Concours Car Profiles – which models consistently win at the key concours?
- The importance of youth – how do we encourage the next generation to engage with concours events
- Complete preview of the 2021 Concours season
- 2020 Calendar of Concours
Plus much more
Class and Best of Show results from the following Concours:
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, London Concours, Concours of Elegance, Salon Privé, Cavallino Classic, Intermarque (New Zealand), Sydney Concours d’Elegance, Greenbrier Concours, Classic-Gala Schwetzingen, Ironstone Concours d’Elegance, Zurich CCA Concours d’Elegance, Concorso d’eleganza Ascona, Concours Virtual,Isolation Island Concours, Petersen Virtual Car Week
SHADOW SPECIAL EDITION PACKAGE
The cars that competed for the the 2019 World Championship are the protagonists of this annual, the first authored by Paolo Filisetti, an authoritative technical commentator and a contributor to leading Italian and international specialist magazines.
Through a rich series of colour drawings, the author reveals all the secrets concealed beneath the bodywork of the various cars, while presenting, in parallel, race by race, the principal technical and racing facts and episodes to characterise the Formula 1 season. Aerodynamic configurations – such as the various modifications to the front wings – cockpits and steering wheels, engines, suspension components, brakes, air flows above and below the cars, everything is meticulously described and illustrated in a book indispensable for all those wanting to get beneath the skin of the fascinating world of Formula 1, as well as a useful reference work for specialists.
with Elana Scherr
Don “The Snake” Prudhomme reveals for the first time ever his incredible life and career on and off of the drag strip.
Imagine spending a year with Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, having coffee together and talking about his life, his racing, his friends, and his family. He’d tell you about how he rose from being a high school drop-out who was painting cars to a respected Top Fuel dragster driver and successful businessman. You’d hear how he toured the country with Tommy Ivo and “The Hawaiian” Roland Leong, racing all the legends from “Big Daddy” Don Garlits to “The Golden Greek” [Chris] Karamesines.
He’d say how he met Tom McEwen and recall how they became the Snake and the Mongoose, leading to a career in Funny Cars that netted him four championships in a row. He’d talk about the thrill of first wins and owning his own teams but also the struggles of bad seasons, crashes and fires, broken parts, and broken contracts. Along the way, he’d speak about the people in his life, such as engine-builder Keith Black and NHRA president Wally Parks, and those who were killed in the wild and unpredictable sport of nitro racing.
It wouldn’t be only racing, though. Prudhomme would share lessons he learned about business and life from such varied sources as a neighbor in Granada Hills to Ford GT40 driver Dan Gurney. He also would talk about the importance of family: how his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Donna, changed his world and how finding out about his African-American roots opened his eyes to a culture and inheritance he’d always wanted.
This is the experience you’ll get in Don “The Snake” Prudhomme: My Life Beyond the 1320.
50 Years of Exhilarating Performance
Nissan Z: 50 Years of Exhilarating Performance is the Nissan-official chronicle of Z history, from Datsun’s planning for the new model in the late 1960s through the latest 50th anniversary Nissan 370Z.
The Datsun 240Z revolutionized the sports car industry and demolished established assumptions about Japanese automakers. With the Z, Datsun gave the world a sleek, sexy, fast product—one that forever banished the idea that Japanese manufacturers could only build economy cars.
Over the past 50 years, six generations of the Z car have generated a massive, devoted following. More than 1.5 million cars have been sold worldwide. The retro-inspired 350Z reinvigorated the Z’s fortunes in the 21st century, and the latest incarnation, the 370Z, continues the tradition of high-performance in a modern, affordable package.
In addition to a complete history of the Z, this handsomely illustrated book examines the car’s significant racing history with successes in IMSA and SCCA sports car racing, including extensive racing by Paul Newman for Bob Sharp and John Morton with Brock Racing Enterprises. Special attention is devoted to the cult of Z-fans around the world who have supported Nissan’s sports car through thick and thin and the early car’s emergence as a rapidly appreciating collector car.
The story is told by author Pete Evanow, who has enjoyed a long relationship with Nissan. His insights into the history of this automotive icon provide a fresh, compelling perspective on the five decades of the Z that no enthusiast will want to miss.
The Cars and People Behind Steve McQueen
Ask any automotive enthusiast what his or her favorite chase scene to appear in a movie is, and the majority will respond with “Bullitt.” It has made the top 5 in every list covering the best automotive chase scenes in history. But the appeal isn’t just about the chase scene.
Shot entirely on location in picturesque San Francisco in 1968, the movie not only features the historic chase scene but also many outdoor scenes filled with cars and architecture of the period that are filmed in crisp clear color. The movie was the fifth-highest-grossing film for 1968, it was well received by critics, and the chase scene won Franks P. Keller an Oscar for editing.
In Bullitt: The Cars and People Behind Steve McQueen, you will get the complete behind the scenes picture of how all the action was coordinated and filmed. Included are the ideas behind the making of the movie, an interview with Director Peter Yates, production stills, and the planning for the scene. Also covered is the cast, the building of the cars used in the film, and the how and why the stunts were choreographed and filmed. To round out the story, an examination of what happened to the cars is included as well as coverage of the multiple Bullitt Edition cars released by Ford after the film, including the latest 2019 edition.
While several books have been published about Steve McQueen, the “King of Cool,” never before has there been a thorough examination of this specific film and these specific cars. This edition is a welcome addition to the library of any McQueen, Mustang, or automotive film history fan.
ROFGO Collection offers an exclusive look at one of the world’s greatest collections of competition cars.
During the late 1960s, the success achieved by the Gulf-JW Automotive team fired the imagination of a young German enthusiast by the name of Roald Goethe and created a lasting impression. Decades later, and with the help of Adrian Hamilton, Goethe set about fulfilling a childhood dream. His mission was to create a collection of racers that had been backed by one of the most famous names in motorsport sponsorship – Gulf Oils.
From sports-racers and single-seaters to 21st century GT contenders, the result is an unrivaled and truly evocative set of more than 30 cars – all of which are included in this exciting new title.
- Every car in the collection, from Mirage M1 to Aston Martin GTE, covered in depth by one of the world’s leading motorsport historians.
- The full history of iconic models such as the Ford GT40, Porsche 917 and McLaren M23 – plus lesser-known curiosities such as the Mirage M5 Formula Ford car.
- Quotes from the drivers, engineers and team managers who were involved with each car.
- Full specifications and period race history for every car included in the extensive appendices.
- More than 300 photographs, including a specially commissioned photo shoot of each car and superb archive images.
- Limited edition of 950 copies.
McLaren: The Engine Company is the previously untold story of McLaren Engines, an American company founded in 1969 by Bruce McLaren and his partners to build engines for McLaren’s legendary Can-Am and Indy Cars. From this base in suburban Detroit were born the mighty big-block Chevrolet V8s that powered the iconic orange cars to two of their five consecutive Cam-Am championships. McLaren’s busy dyno rooms also spawned the howling turbo Offenhausers that put Mark Donahue and Johnny Rutherford in Victory Lane at Indianapolis three times between 1972 and 1976.
For decades this non-descript shop was the hotbed of horsepower for factories and top independents alike. McLaren Engines developed the turbocharged Cosworth DFV Formula 1 engine that powered Indy cars for both Team McLaren and Penske Racing. It rendered BMW’s turbo engine for U.S. IMSA racing that later became BMW’s Formula 1 weapon. The long list of race engines developed here powered Buick Indy and IMSA cars, BMW GTP cars, Cadillac LeMans prototypes, Porsche Trans-Am 944s and David Hobbs’ F5000 single seaters. There were McLaren-built big-block turbo V8s for offshore boat racing and even a Cosworth-Vega engine for American dirt tracks!
Author Roger Meiners combines his life-long passion for motor racing and technology with his historian’s sensibilities to make the engines, cars, and key personalities come alive within this book’s pages. Ride along with Meiners as he uncovers little-known details of the company’s transition from a race shop to an engineering company, developing lust-worthy performance cars such as the sensational 1987 Buick GNX, the 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo, the FR500 Ford Mustang concept, and other projects that the public never saw. Today the company, known as McLaren Engineering, is a subsidiary of Canada-based Linamar Corporation, and is sought after by global automakers for its unrivaled testing, development and manufacturing capability.
The Cellini of Chrome
The Story of George W. Walker / Ford Motor Company’s First Vice President of Design
Henry Dominguez’s newest book The Cellini of Chrome, introduces the surprisingly unknown but truly fascinating career of George Walker, the Ford Company’s first full Vice President of Styling.
In the same flamboyant vein as other design greats such as Harley Earl, Gordon Buerig, Vergil Exner, Raymond Loewy and William “Bill” Mitchell, Walker developed the standard for key Ford Motor Company Products for the 1950s and ‘60’s. Beginning with the enormous success of the 1949 Ford, George became the catalyst for the iconic appearance of Ford, Mercury and Lincoln models, elevating Henry’s company to one of the all-around best-selling Automotive operations in the World.
With a personal history anything but bland, his elegant style of dress, appeal to attractive women, signature winning smile, and willingness go toe to toe with industry giants such as Henry Ford II (“The Deuce”) and other top executives, Walker made himself a key figure in the highly competitive environment of mid-20th Century automotive design.
His story is a must for any automotive enthusiast looking for an inside view of how the stylistic character of Ford products was created by Walker and his associates.
CLASSIC CAR AUCTION YEARBOOK 2019-2020
Adolfo Orsi Raffaelle Gazzi
Since 1994, the Classic Car Auction Yearbook has been the ‘bible’ of the collector car market offering readers an unparalleled, in-depth analysis of top international auction sales data, following how important cars, marques and models have performed among a variety of scopes. The entire book is written in English.
Chapters in the 2019-2020 edition include the Market Analysis; Authors’ comment with 24 color graphs; Statistics for make; Top 100 for make & country statistics of the past 27 seasons; a more detailed version of the annual “TOP TEN”; a chapter dedicated to “Our Story” with two pages featuring the Top Ten of each season and a selection of the most significant cars sold over the past 27 seasons; average price achieved graphs; Auction season results with 5,066 cars (of 335 makes) in alphabetical order and in three different currencies; and, in the final part , the TOP FIVE for the most prestigious makes and TOP TWENTY since the 1st of August 1993.
l’empreinte d’une légende
Bernard Cahier William Huon
Considered the quintessential Ferrari model, the Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most famous sports cars of all time. With just 36 units produced, it has become the most expensive Ferrari in the world. The Ferrari 250 GTOs were produced between 1962 and 1964, you will discover them all, classified chassis by chassis.
The Ferrari 250 GTOs have become legendary. But what were they in their day? This is the subject of this book, illustrated with the best photographs by Bernard Cahier. A veritable window into a bygone era, it painstakingly relives the events they dominated: the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio, the 1000 Kilometers of the Nürburgring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Tour de France automobile. Trials and so many others where the thirty-six GTOs, detailed in these pages, chassis by chassis and race by race, left the deepest imprint.
French and English text
The star of some of the most beloved films of Hollywood’s golden age—including Bullitt, The Great Escape, and The Magnificent Seven—Steve McQueen’s unflappably roguish persona earned him the nickname “The King of Cool” and the highest salary of any movie star of his time. Marshall Terrill’s new book draws on more than five decades of media coverage, memorabilia, and research to serve up a slew of quotations straight from the mouth of the man himself. Steve McQueen in His Own Words lets us hear directly from this iconoclastic actor through a wide array of sources: interviews, published articles, personal letters and audiotapes, providing an intimate view of McQueen as an actor, filmmaker, racer, pilot, husband, and family man. Accompanying the hundreds of quotes are an equally impressive number of photos, illustrations, personal documents, and memorabilia, many of which are published here for the first time. Steve McQueen in His Own Words paints a portrait of a complex, contradictory man who managed to become one of the greatest icons in cinema history while never sacrificing the passions and beliefs that drove him.
Powering Premium Automobiles
This is the first book specifically about automobiles with straight eight engines that have become amongst the most sought-after, collectible, and valuable vehicles of all time. In Britain and Europe, the straight eight was always a rare, expensive car, but in the United States, the engine also found its way into the mainstream ‘midrange’ market in basic side-valve form.
First appearing in a road car in the 1920s, the engine grew quickly in popularity, and flourished throughout the 1930s and the early 1940s, but by the 1950s only a small handful were available, including some Packards, Pontiacs and Daimlers, as well as the exclusive Rolls- Royce Phantom IV. New straight eights will almost certainly never again be seen on the road, replaced today by the V8 engines.
Within these pages is a comprehensive survey of the different cars that were produced and the variations in the many styles of engines. Each model is illustrated with contemporary and period photographs..
- Hard cover in dust jacket
- 219mm x 290mm
- 404 pages, 479 images
The Racers – Endurance Motor Racing – 1963-1973
In this lavishly illustrated book, prize-winning American photographer Al Satterwhite has captured the most exciting era of the legendary endurance car races – such as Le Mans, Sebring, and Daytona – on camera. Between 1963 and 1973 race cars became faster than ever before, making quantum leaps in handling and aerodynamics with revolutionary results. In these photos, Satterwhite captures the drivers and the action of endurance motor races from up close. Drivers and manufacturers of that time are legends today: Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Hans Herrmann, Mario Andretti, Steve McQueen, Jacky Ickx, among others.
Text in English and German.
Extensive text and images related to all Ferraris which entered Australia in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
A number of the world’s iconic Ferraris made their way ‘downunder’, many of which have since been or are still owned, by Americans. For instance, the 857S Monza was driven by Phil Hill and Jim Kimberly, the 246 F1 was driven by Phil Hill, the 246T was owned and raced by Graham Adelman, the 330 P4 was infamously owned by Walter Medlin, one of the 250 LMs is owned by Ralph Lauren, the 250TR (P) is owned by John Shirley having previously been owned by Bev Spencer, Charles Betz and Fred Peters. These and others in the book are among some of the most famous and desirable Ferraris ever made. Australia and Australians were fortunate to have seen such cars up close back then when the southern hemisphere summer attracted the top Formula 1 and sports car drivers and cars from all over the world.
Large Format (15 x 12)
colour and black & white images
The History of PacWest Racing
In many respects, Indy Car racing peaked in the early 1990s. At the height of the CART era, PacWest Racing entered the competition and soon challenged the established front runners like Penske and Newman/Haas.
But a combination of misplaced loyalty, industry politics and a failing economy sidelined the team before it could really make its mark.
Racing writer John Oreovicz was a PacWest team member. He documents the organization’s rapid rise and fall with anecdotes from many key figures, including owner Bruce McCaw.
Soft bound, 344 pages, 360 Color and B&W photos.
Developing a Champion: The Electramotive Nissan GTP Story
From the Author:
I was a young engineer hired right out of college in 1986 by Electramotive. I experienced the innovation, creativity, and passion the team used to successfully transform this car into a multi-time champion.
Going back to the drawings and files I saved from that time, and collaborating with many of the people who worked at Electramotive, I have chronicled the challenges we faced and the solutions we used to go from a mangled heap of metal to champagne-soaked celebrations in one of the most incredible periods of time in motorsports.
This book contains:
The beginning of Electramotive’s racing history in 1975 with the Datsun B210 and 280ZX race cars.
The design and development of one of the first Electronic Engine Control Processors.
The full description of the 1/7th-scale moving ground plane wind tunnel.
The design and build of the Nissan 300ZX V-6 race engine.
All the IMSA race storylines from 1985 to 1989.
Professional photos and never seen before in-shop photos compliment this 12-chapter, 400+ page, 9″ x 12″ coffee-table style book.
Chris Pook & the History of the Long Beach GP
When Chris Pook declared his intention to run a Grand Prix race through the streets of Long Beach many people thought he was out of his mind. But with the powerful support of racing legend Dan Gurney, and many other enthusiast, Pook proved his doubters wrong as he built the most successful street race in American motor racing history. The race spawned extensive redevelopment of the city’s coastal downtown area as Pook’s crazy idea turned into a model for bringing racing to the people and using the surrounding event to rebuild a flagging community.
Forward by Mario Andretti
The immediate post-war years (1945-1949) were very vital for sports car racing and the races for open-wheeled cars as we know them today, including of course Formula 1,which originated in that period. This book describes 340 races (Grand Prix, Formula 2, Free Formula) held on 180 different circuits in continental Europe, Great Britain, South America, Australia, South Africa together with the technical characteristics of the machines that took part in it and the evolution of sport in different countries. It contains biographical notes of 626 drivers along with a complete list of their race entries. An index includes all the cars that took part in the races covered. They are listed by marque and for the most part the serial numbers (chassis and / or engine or plate) are provided with the complete entry lists. The Results Tables include 244 events.
Special Edition: 300 signed and numbered copies leather bound in slipcase
1080 pages 1073 images
Michael Cotton, Ulrich Trispel, Robert Weber
Five decades have passed since Manfred Kremer joined forces with brother Erwin and friends Hermann Bürvenich and Willi Großmann to lay the foundations of what would become one of the most successful privateer racing teams in the world. The E + M Kremer GmbH company, and the team that emerged from it, occupy a unique place in the history of Porsche privateers. From more than 1,000 races, the squad from Cologne celebrated outright victories at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 1968, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979 and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1995. There have also been 11 Porsche Cup titles, three European GT titles, three GT Interserie titles and the 1979 DRM Championship title with the famous Kremer Porsche 935 K3. This book details the entire history of the Kremer squad, including extensive statistics, insight into every Kremer racing car and exciting stories about this special, unique team.
Ken Gross Peter Harholdt
After a lot longer process than we had expected, Volume 1 of a series of books featuring cars from the Lane Motor Museum collection is FINALLY HERE! With a foreword by noted collector and all-around car guy Jay Leno, text by acclaimed automotive writer Ken Gross, and photos by award-winning photographers Peter Harholdt and Bruce Sweetman, we hope this will satisfy our visitor’s longstanding and outspoken desire for “more” about the collection.
Featuring 50 vehicles, a bit of Lane Family history, and driving impressions about some of our favorites, we have tried to offer a well-rounded selection for this first volume. Outstanding photography and detailed research pack these 144 pages with automotive goodness.
For many years, it was thought that Richie Ginther, one of Formula One’s best known drivers of the 1960s, later became an angry, reclusive and drunken bum. The classic, archetypal hero-to-zero tale. In addition to this, as a racer he was thought incapable of ever winning and lacking the inherent talent to be a success.
But as the first ever authorised biography of Richie reveals, this diminutive Californian enjoyed astonishing triumphs in racing as a driver, a mechanic and as a team manager. His 59 years on the planet also saw him overcome bullying and terrible personal and professional tragedy to live an enriched and absorbing life.
Still just one of five Americans to have won a Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, Ginther helped two of motor racing’s most iconic teams, BRM and Ferrari, to World Championship glory as well as being instrumental in Honda’s motor racing success, all of which is explored comprehensively.
With memories from his family, friends and fellow racers, this biography is also packed, after meticulous research, with an abundance of quotes from Richie himself to create as thorough and as deeply personal Richie’s life story as possible.
It’s not just the words that bring Richie alive. There are a plethora of photographs, with the vast majority of them neither seen nor published before. Insightful and moving, this refreshingly balanced and thoroughly detailed book by debut author Richard Jenkins is the definitive guide to one of motor racing’s underappreciated heroes.
The life of Derek Bennett and the success of Chevron Cars are inextricably entwined in the Chevron Story. After years eking out a living mending cars in back street garages, Derek rose to become one of the world’s leading builders of racing cars. Chevron is the fairy tale story of how he did it.
Stars such as Alain Prost, Niki Lauda, Brian Redman, James Hunt, Keke Rosberg, Nigel Mansell, Graham Hill, Peter Gethin and Jody Scheckter all drove Chevrons. In his book “Chevron – The Derek Bennett Story” – David Gordon explains how they got on.
After travelling many thousands of miles to trace the people who knew and worked with Derek, motor racing journalist David Gordon tells the Derek Bennett story and that of his brainchild Chevron Cars, charting the contributions of the many people who played a part in the company’s meteoric rise to success, and relating why it all happened the way it did.
Derek Bennett designed and built successful racing cars for 13 years from 1965 until his untimely death in 1978, but another four decades later the appeal of those cars shows no sign of waning.
FERRARI 250 GTE
Author of automotive books Ed Heuvink and car enthusiast Yvo Alexander – who has been the owner of a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE for over twenty years – have joined forces to create this book about the 250 GTE.
The contents combine history, facts and figures, reproductions of historic documents as well as both black & white archive photos and more recent colour photos of various Ferrari 250 GTEs.
Designed by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 250 GTE was the first large-scale production, four-seater Ferrari in the early sixties with nearly one thousand examples built in four years.
In this unique book, author Ed Heuvink tells the full story starting with Enzo Ferrari at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo, the Scuderia Ferrari motorsport history in the twenties and thirties up to the 250 GTE project in the late fifties. The author describes the role of the famous Colombo threeliter V12 engine in detail and the involvement of Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina in the Pininfarina design, just to name a few subjects.
Included are a large number of photos of this classic car worldwide today as well as in-dept photos of the car. Illustrated with a lot of unseen images and limited to 954 numbered copies (954 is the total number of 250 GTEs produced), the hardcover book with dust jacket includes a foreword by Luigi Chinetti Jr. son of the Ferrari importer in the United States.
The introduction is by Ferrari 250 GTE owner Yvo Alexander. It is simply a fantastic addition for the book collection of any Ferrari or sportscar enthusiast.
The Story of Paul Frère Journalist and Racing Car Driver
Paul Frère died in 2008 aged 91 and this is the first posthumous work on one of the world’s foremost auto journalists to appear. Still professionally active until his last months, the Belgian was a top flight racing driver in the 1950s and after winning Le Mans at the fourth attempt, retired to concentrate on journalism. Already well known as a race reporter, he became the doyen of motoring writers, his insatiable curiosity about all things automotive and mastery of detail making his copy amongst the most authoritative anywhere. Never a formally trained engineer, he could nonetheless grasp technical concepts and convey them and his ability to do this in English and German as well as his native French gave him international visibility. Author of several works on driving and racing, the way he could communicate exactly how a car was behaving meant that his skills as a consultant were always in demand; long a privileged insider at Porsche, he was also much appreciated in Japan where he struck up enduring friendships. For Mazda and Honda in particular, his assessments helped them build a European flavour into their cars.
An exceptionally modest and unassuming individual, he always appeared surprised at the reverence he inspired and the charismatic Frère always managed to make his interlocutor feel special. Now his life is celebrated in this compilation by Serge Dubois of his early life, racing career, and his activity as a journalist and adviser. The format of the book is landscape and the work is primarily pictorial. The author has had access to family and personal archives and the result is numerous previously unpublished photographs. The bulk of the text comprises reports of Frère’s races, mostly his own accounts turned into the third person; a substantial section is given over to tributes from individuals who knew and worked with him.
The sequel to the graphic novel Steve McQueen in Le Mans
The new opus called « AND STEVE MCQUEEN CREATED LE MANS » is much better than a simple part 2, this is the end of the legend of the movie explained by Steve McQueen himself. 64 pages, same format, same style, same quality,
The Concours d’Elegance market within the historic car world is one of the most vibrant and growing sectors.
From its grass roots as a competitive element in most classic car club shows through to the international concours that attract multi-million pound works of art fighting for top honours, it is a major industry supporting multiple stakeholders.
The Concours Year will be the first publication to celebrate the best concours from around the world.
Published in November each year it will document the class and overall winners from each of the major Concours, creating a publication of record for that year’s key events.
The Concours Year will also create a social reference to the concours scene, documenting the people and the locations including profiles of some of the key collectors and individuals participating in the market.
Alongside the results of each concours, the Yearbook will include a number of features that will enhance the publication and provide added interest
- An insider’s guide to concours
- A judge’s view
- An entrants view
- A sponsor’s view
- An organisers view
- Key trends in the concours scene
- n depth interview with Sandra Kaskey-Button Chairman of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Profiles on some of the very best cars bought to Concours in 2019
- Bentley a celebration of 100 Years
- Lalique Mascots special feature
- And more…
The Concours Year will be lavish in every respect – oversize, beautifully produced, and a book to be collected.
Porsche 993 – 25 YEARS 1994 – 2019
To celebrate the Porsche 993’s twenty fifth anniversary Berlin Motor Books published PORSCHE 993 “25 YEARS” 1994–2019 in a limited edition of 1998 copies.
A small team created perhaps the most beautiful Porsche 911 ever
911 enthusiasts Bernd Kahnau (project manager) and Tony Hatter (design) were left to their own devices with a small team to realise their vision for the last classic Porsche 911. The result was the most beautiful and intriguing 911 ever. With the introduction of the 993, the production lines in Zuffenhausen were finally running at full capacity once again. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Porsche 993, Tony Hatter and Bernd Kahnau have given extensive interviews, offering detailed insights into the development phase for the first time.
Special features in this book
- Detailed purchasing advice and price trends
- Extensive information about special models
- Unpublished photographs from the historic Porsche archive
ALFA ROMEO 6C 2300 – 6C 2500 1934-1953
This full-color book documents the interesting and detailed history of Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 – 6C 2500 models and their coachbuilders, with focus on presenting vehicles located in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The author was able to discover vehicles of this series, that were previously unknown to the public, in German private collections and museums, and present them in magnificent pictures.
First edition of only 915 copies, in German and English languages.
350 pages t – Over 550 previously unpublished large format color
photos, printed on 150g/m² picture printing paper, large format 29.6 x 24.6 cm, hardcover format,
Volume 1 – Life after Birth
The vision of Nakai-san is solely responsible for a distinctive style of Porsche modification that has become a sensation throughout the world. All RWB builds are performed by Nakai-san alone, and thus rare, cool, exclusive and al little edgy.
This book focuses on the build of RWB Southern Cross, with more than 300 pages of high-quality photography that deliver an up-close-and personal view to the build process and beyond, from Nakai-san’s arrival in Australia to the World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney.
Alfa Romeo Tipo 105
6 new books on the Alfa Romeo Tipo 105 cars are now available.
The books contain solely contemporary photographs, which for the most part are published here for the first time, documenting the different variants of the models Giulia, Giulia GT, Spider, Montreal and Junior Z.
A further book is dedicated to Arese works.
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Alfa Romeo Spider