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SATURDAY JANUARY 18

10:00 – 2:00

Josef Lesser

Marc Wanmaker

Relive LA’s golden age with this lavish new book! Hollywood’s Trains & Trolleys takes you along the trolley routes that connected the Hollywood studios from Boyle Heights to the Pacific Palisades. For the first time, this beautiful book by Josef Lesser & Marc Wanamaker zeroes in on the trains and trolley movies produced within a 30-mile radius of Hollywood. Explore the history of these movies with many never-before-seen photographs showing every aspect of production and location from The Squaw Man (1914) to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) … 75 years of movie making in Hollywood. Plus a colorful map of the historic and present-day studio locations and routes of the “red” and “yellow” streetcars!

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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1

10:00 – 2:00

SLOW CAR FAST

Ryan Zummallen

How did horsepower and speed get so out of control? Do young people still like cars? Who are the automotive icons that will shape car culture for years to come?

Slow Car Fast: The Millennial Mantra Changing Car Culture For Good offers answers to the questions on the mind of every kid who grew up with a poster on their wall and dreamed of owning their dream car one day, ferreted out through the first-hand reporting of veteran auto journalist Ryan ZumMallen.

ZumMallen goes inside the automotive zeitgeist to explain how modern car culture came to be, from the old-school (massive improvements in engineering and technology) to the new-school (the rise of video games and social media).

Featuring interviews with dozens of influential voices and ride-alongs in today’s automotive unicorns, Slow Car Fast is a must-have for anyone who knows that getting behind the wheel is only the beginning.

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SATURDAY APRIL 18

10:00 – 2:00

Jonathan Ingram

When Ayrton Senna suddenly lost control of his Williams chassis during the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Italy’s Imola circuit in 1994, he careened into a retaining wall and a crash that killed him. Millions of grieving fans found the three-time world champion’s death incomprehensible, while many commentators began questioning a sport that could kill one of its greatest legends.

In response, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile launched an unprecedented campaign to make driver safety a priority, which soon led officials to consider the HANS Device, motor racing’s first head restraint.

In 2001, Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) became the first to mandate the HANS and implement its use. When seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt crashed and died on the last lap of the Daytona 500 that same year, the problem of basal skull fractures finally came into sharp focus in the mainstream media. After years of trying to gain acceptance for their device, HANS inventor Dr. Robert Hubbard and business partner Jim Downing suddenly became overnight heroes.

CRASH! is the story behind the saga of the HANS Device. It touches every form of auto racing on the planet and several subjects close to all of us: political intrigue and struggle; scientific discovery; tragedy; triumph; and matters of conscience. There’s some romance and bromance, too. Above all, there’s a lot of racing and information that even the most die-hard fan will find new and compelling.

Hubbard and brother-in-law Downing eventually helped four of the world’s major auto racing series, including the Indy Racing League, resolve an epidemic of death that killed 12 drivers in a seven-year span, nine by basal skull fractures. Numerous others were being killed by the same injury in lesser known professional series as well as weekend warriors.

The 20-year struggle by Hubbard and Downing to gain universal acceptance for their life-saving device—now in use by over 275,000 competitors worldwide—is an amazing tale of family, genius, perseverance, tragedy and triumph. It tells how the world’s leading auto racing series shouldered the task of saving their driving heroes—and a sport.

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New Arrivals

 

RUF -The Limited One

WAFT

A unique 2 part-book about life and work of Alois Ruf. 

Part 1 : Alois and friends. The tantalising story of Alois Ruf, his family, his company, his passion, his big successes and small defeats, his adventures, his vision, and a few secrets hardly anybody knew. With countless period pictures.

Part 2 : Yellowbird and friends. All the cars. Around 35 models, the one more performant than the other, including numerous period pictures and relevant technical details.

  • 911 numbered copies only
  • the 2 books are united in a beautiful slipcase
  • English, hardcover, 30x30cm, 520 pages
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And Steve McQueen Created Le Mans

Sandro Garbo

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,

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The Self Preservation Society

50 Years of the Italian Job

Matthew Fields

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the British cult classic movie The Italian Job. This landmark anniversary presents a unique opportunity to celebrate the film with a coffee table book packed full of images, insights and revelations. Loaded with Sixties swagger, and famed for its endlessly quotable dialogue and one of the most impressive car chases in movie history, The Italian Job is the ultimate celebration of ‘cool Britannia’.

From the opening sequence of Rossano Brazzi gliding through the Alps in an orange Lamborghini Miura, to the high-speed getaway across the city of Turin in three Mini Coopers, The Italian Job is a petrolhead’s dream. The Self Preservation Society will detail how all these cars, including the Aston Martin DB4 and E-Type Jaguars were found and ultimately where they are today.

Over the last 20 years, author Matthew Field he has interviewed all the key people involved in the 1969 production. Through him, their stories are revealed, often for the first time. Based on more than 50 in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, and lavishly illustrated with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and production documents, this definitive book will explode some myths, include a few revelations and tell the fascinating full story of this perennially popular movie.  

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The Concours Yearbook 2019

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.

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Ferrari 333 SP A Pictorial History 1993-2003

Terry O’Neil

In this richly illustrated book, Terry O’Neil details the origins of a remarkable racecar, the Ferrari 333 SP. This vehicle heralded the automaker’s return to professional sports car competition after an absence of more than twenty years. The car was built specifically for use by privateers with the assistance of Dallara and then Michelotto, and none of the 40 models was entered into races by the Ferrari factory. The cars were sold to customer teams and individuals with a purchase price of US$900,000. Introduced on the American racing circuit in 1994, it found instant success and continued to be a major player in numerous races in the US and Europe. Of the 126 races the 333 SP entered, it emerged victorious in nearly fifty, making it one of the most successful sport prototype cars in Ferrari’s history.

Of the original 40 cars built, 27 were raced and these cars are pictured in this book along with details of the races and results. Containing more than 800 images – many never previously published – it is a vivid look at this inimitable automobile. An appendix reprints the car’s Certificate of Authenticity and lists the various race entries and results by chassis.

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Porsche 993 – 25 YEARS 1994 – 2019

Andreas Gabriel

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

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PORSCHE 964 -30 YEARS1988 – 2018

Andreas Gabriel

To celebrate the Porsche 964’s thirtieth anniversary Berlin Motor Books published PORSCHE 964 30 YEARS” 1988–2018 in a limited edition of 964 copies. Following his book about the G model, ‘Porsche 911 – Aircooled Years 1974-1989′. The author Andreas Gabriel deals in depth with the Porsche 964.

Book introduces each model of the series

The author Andreas Gabriel was again able to interview the man who from 1979 on played a leading role in championing the 911’s survival and made his mark on the 964 range. The book ‘Porsche 964 “30 YEARS” 1988–2018’ presents each and every model in the series. In addition to detailed buying advice and price trends in recent years, the book takes an in-depth look at all of the specials, some details of which are unknown even to experts.

For this book project Porsche once more opened its historic archives, thereby enabling previously unseen photos from the 964’s development phase to be published. The internationally recognized Porsche expert Tobias Kindermann has also compiled for the book an exclusive technology and statistics section about all Porsche 964s made between 1989 and 1994.

 

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THE FORD THAT BEAT FERRARI

A Racing History of the GT40

After Ford unsuccessfully attempted to buy Ferrari, in 1963, the American car giant instead embarked on its own racing programme in a bid to beat the famous Italian marque at the world’s most prestigious race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, as told in the forthcoming Hollywood movie Ford v. Ferrari. This updated edition of The Ford that Beat Ferrari tells the story of how that mission was eventually accomplished.

  • Development of the GT40: how the prototype Ford GT emerged in 1964 from the previous year’s Lola GT programme.
  • The works teams and the GT40: the car’s racing exploits in its earlier years, first with Ford Advanced Vehicles (1964), then Shelby American (1965) and Alan Mann Racing (1966).
  • The big ones: this section of the book covers the GT40’s evolution into the 7-litre monsters that brought enormous success, including the first two Le Mans victories with the Mark II (1966) and Mark IV (1967), before becoming outlawed by new restrictions on engine size.
  • The Gulf years: against all expectations, the venerable GT40, now back to 5-litre power, raced on with John Wyer’s crack JW Automotive Engineering outfit in the iconic blue and orange colours of Gulf, successes including two further Le Mans wins (1968 and 1969).
  • The production line racer: the stories of the 68 privateers, big and small, who raced GT40s.
  • Chassis and drivers: a data section giving resumés of type designations, chassis histories and all drivers who raced GT40s.
  • The magic lives on: the book’s concluding sections show surviving cars at differing stages in their later life and bring the story up to date with developments since the 2005 edition.
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Cobra’s 50th anniversary is celebrated in Speed Merchants of Venice, a new book from Racing Division Los Angeles. Printed and bound in California, where the Cobra was born, the book was produced to accompany a new exhibit at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and commemorate Carroll Shelby’s passing.
“We were extremely honored to be a part of this important exhibit,” said Michael Holmes, managing director of Racing Division. “Using selected images from the Shelby Foundation archives, many previously unpublished, we briefly tell the Cobra story from the first car assembled in Dean Moon’s hot-rod shop to the GT40s of Le Mans fame. Also included are chapters on the Dragonsnakes, Daytona Coupe, King Cobra and, of course, the 427.”

 

 

 

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ABANDONED COLD WAR AIRCRAFT

Vladimir Cettl

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The latter half of the twentieth century was full of illusions. We lived in an illusion of peace, an illusion that Europe was not at war and that the horrors of the Second World War would not be repeated. But in reality, society was preparing for the next war. As children we donned thin plastic ponchos and practiced how to survive a chemical or nuclear attack out in the fields. The threat of a new military conflict hung in the air constantly. History now denotes this time of apparent peace more accurately as the Cold War. It lasted for several long decades, passed through various phases, crises, milestones, victories and defeats, but peace was only illusory.

Air forces were one of the most important military branches during this era. East and West competed in speed, flying range and numerical superiority. Technical development forced both sides to quickly replace large numbers of machines, which is why we can now find surplus aircraft from the Cold War on display in military museums.

As I started my search, I soon found that, as opposed to old cars, planes are not often found in barns or backyards. It is not easy for private owners to get their hands on military machines. I hence focused on museums and associations for aviation enthusiasts. The Czech Republic is a wonderful country in this sense, because Czechs are sentimental people and try to keep things alive even if it does not make sense financially. I presume that is why we have so many aviation museums. But the thing is, I am not interested in those nicely restored, polished planes. I am after old, rusty ones. And so I had to look for collectors who could not afford expensive restorations and who were showing history the way I wanted it – authentic and dilapidated. And since repairing planes is such a demanding hobby, I ended up finding plenty. The photos were taken 2014–2019 in five countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Poland and Cuba.

 

 

 

 

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Mickey Thompson: The Lost Story of the Original Speed King in His Own Words

Tom Madigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOP UP IS BACK!!!

NEW Special No 4 Bonneville

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FORD VERSUS FERRARI

The battle for supremacy at Le Mans 1966

What happened when America’s richest car company, producing many thousands of cars per year, went head to head with Ferrari of Italy in the mid ‘60s?

This is the story of an immovable force coming up against the stubbornness of an unmovable object – that is, Ford against Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari, whose company produced less than four hundred cars per year in 1963, wasn’t going to bow to Ford after he had turned down its offer to buy his company. The only place left to duke it out was on the racetracks of the world … and one in particular: Le Mans ‘66.

 

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John Baechtel

The Definitive History of GOLDENROD – America’s Iconic Land Speed Record Holder

Discover the REAL Story of this Land Speed Legend and Its Restoration..
A full color 300-page collector’s quality hardcover book celebrating the restoration and world record setting achievements of an authentic American legend.
 
Record Breaking Secrets Revealed
Unseen Original Plans & Blueprints
Full Color Teardown & Rebuild Photos
Full Aerodynamic Development Details
Inside the Chrysler Race Hemi Engines
Official FIA Record Documentation

Veteran Author and 200 MPH Club Member John Baechtel has written a full color, photo-rich book on the restoration and detailed history of the car.

It includes full coverage of the restoration effort, rare family photos, original plans and blueprints, Walter Korff’s complete aerodynamic development report, a special section on the modified Chrysler Race Hemi engines, the air scoop controversy, plus a detailed timeline of the record attempt.

No effort has been spared to produce this hardbound collector’s quality account of the Goldenrod and the Summers Brothers’ stunning land speed record achievement.

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ROBOT, TAKE THE WHEEL

Jason Torchinsky

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From the star of the YouTube sensation Jason Drives, the senior editor of the acclaimed website Jalopnik, and a producer of Jay Leno’s Garage comes the wittiest and most insightful guide yet to self-driving cars and the road ahead.

Self-driving cars sound fantastical and futuristic and yet they’ll soon be on every street in America. Whether it’s Tesla’s Autopilot, Google’s Waymo, Mercedes’s Distronic, or Uber’s modified Volvos, companies around the world are developing autonomous cars. But why? And what will they mean for the auto industry and humanity at large?

In Robot, Take the Wheel, famed automotive expert Jason Torchinsky gives a colorful account of the development of autonomous vehicles and their likely implications. Torchinsky encourages us to think of self-driving cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today. He considers how humans will get along with these robots that will take over our cars’ jobs, what they will look like, what sorts of jobs they may do, what we can expect of them, how they should act, ethically, how we can trick them and have fun with them, and how we can make sure there’s still a place for those of us who love to drive, especially with a manual transmission.

This vibrant volume brims with insider information. It explores what’s ahead and considers what we can do now to shape the automated future.

 

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FROM MIND TO METAL

Randy Grubb

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From Mind to Metal is the definitive book on the life and work of automotive artist Randy Grubb, who sold his first giant hot rod, the Tank Car, to Jay Leno. Grubb followed that up with a string of hits — the Indy Special, the B-702, Piss’d Off Pete, the DecoLiner, the DecoPods, the Decoson, Bob “Rocket Man” Maddox’s Pulse Jet Lakester, Tim “Frogman” Cotterill’s Rocket 3, and the Falconer Dodici: all have been appreciated internationally by gear heads, lovers of Art Deco and the Streamline styles, as well as by traditional American and European coach builders.

Aaron Robinson, executive editor of Car and Driver, wrote the foreword for the book, offering humor-injected insights into Grubb’s motivations for creating his extreme hot rods. Carolyn Pavia-Rauchman, copy chief of Car and Driver, signed on as editor.

Author Randy Johnson has documented Grubb’s sculpture since 2012, often visiting Randy’s Grants Pass, Oregon, garage several times a week. He produced the YouTube video series, Randy Grubb’s Garage, and was able to get the inside story on Grubb by accompanying him on two road trips in the extraordinary, Flash-Gordonesque DecoLiner. In researching the book, he interviewed Grubb numerous times, as well as the builder’s family, and many of his friends and collaborators.

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LA PASSIONE

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,

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GREASE JUNKIE

Edd China

As you’ll discover in his incomparable memoir, the inventor, mechanic, TV presenter, and definition of the British eccentric Edd China sees things differently. An unstoppable enthusiast from an early age, Edd had thirty-five ongoing car projects while he was at university, not counting the double-decker bus he was living in. Now he’s a man with not only a runaround sofa, but also a road-legal office, shed, bed, and bathroom. His first car was a more conventional 1303 Texas yellow Beetle, the start of an ongoing love affair with VW, even though it got him arrested for attempted armed robbery. A human volcano of ideas and the ingenuity to make them happen, Edd is exhilarating company. Join him on his wild, wheeled adventures; see inside his engineering heroics; go behind the scenes on Wheeler Dealers. Climb aboard his giant motorized shopping cart, and let him take you into his parallel universe of possibility.

 

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IMAGINE!

Automobile Concept Art from the 1930’s to the 1980’s

The golden age of American automobile design is universally considered to be from the 1940s to the early 1970s, an innovative period for the country’s automobile manufacturers and for the artists who designed and styled the cars of the future. The goal was to sell more cars primarily by employing artists to create vehicles with ‘eye appeal’ for the buying public. There were many thousands of drawings of these futuristic models, but almost all have been lost or purposely destroyed by the manufacturers to minimize copying. The eye-catching images shown in this book have been gathered together over the last 15 years and now form part of The Kelley Collection. They are rare survivors and illustrate the work of the men and woman who drew and designed the cars from their early days at art school and during their employment with the ‘Big Three’ automobile manufacturers. These artists have been almost forgotten and this book honors them for their contributions and imagination. The reader is taken back to earlier times when the sky was the limit, dreams and vision were encouraged and restrictions were few. 87 individual artists are represented here with 235 wonderfully unique images.

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CLASSIC CAR AUCTION YEARBOOK 2018-2019

Adolfo Orsi Raffaelle Gazzi

The 26th edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook, the most ex­tensive edition to date, covers 25th con­secutive seasons of the most important international auctions, from the 1st of September 2018 until the 31st of August 2019. Deemed the “bible” by English press since many years of publication as an international reference for the sector, the Yearbook is an indispensable tool for every professional, collector and en­thusiast. The 2018-2019 edition covers 5,467 cars listed among 327 difference makes, indicated by chassis number, auction result in three currencies (euro, dollar and sterling), a concise history of the car and, if the same car was offered at a previous auction, an indication of the price achieved. Enhanced with market commentary provided by the department heads of the world’s leading collector car auction houses, this Yearbook is complete with numerous graphs and statistics that allow for an in-depth and overall analy­sis of the market’s performance, looking at the most prestigious makes and most significant models. In the final part, there are photographs of the Top 5 cars from the last 26 seasons, in addition to the Top 5 listed of the 11 most prestigious makes and Top 20 from 1st August 1993.

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ONE FORMULA -50 YEARS OF CAR DESIGN

Gordon Murray CBE

A close collaboration between the legendary automotive designer Gordon Murray and award-winning author Philip Porter, One Formula is a two-volume blockbuster that has taken more than two years to complete. Covering in detail every one of Murray’s 70+ designs, including those he never built, the books are comprehensive, detailed, punchy and fascinating.

Apart from the design story, much of it in Murray’s own words, the books are packed with illustrations from his extraordinary archives, including pages from his notebooks, original sketches, correspondence, drawings and behind-the-scenes photographs. These are supplemented by stunning period racing shots by many leading motoring photographers.

The range and breadth of Gordon Murray’s automotive designs is unique: from World Championship-winning Formula 1 cars to his extraordinary flat-packed vehicle for Africa, from his pre-eminent McLaren F1 supercar to brilliant tiny city cars, from the first sports car he built himself to his revolutionary iStream manufacturing system, it is all in these two heavy and ultra stylish volumes.

Specification: Two-book set, slip-cased, 948 page extent, 1,200+ illustrations, 300 x 300 mm

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Legendary The Porsche 919 Hybrid Project

Heike Hientzsch

A lavishly illustrated two-volume history of the world-class Porsche 919 Hybrid prototype racing car which made its competitive debut in 2014 and marked the return of Porsche to top-tier racing. This book explores all aspects of the creation and performance of this spectacular racing car, the first Class -1 sports prototype Porsche produced after the RS Spyder, which raced until 2010.

Volume I documents the history of the car, exploring the drama, successes, and setbacks that Porsche encountered. The text is by Heike Hientzsch, who was herself part of the LMP1 team. She takes the reader into the pits and behind the scenes of the Porsche racing department in Weissach, and interviews top race car drivers like Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard.

Volume 2 features insider photographs by Jürgen Tap, who accompanied the Porsche team with his own team of photographers. It is an illustrated chronology of this exciting epoch of racing history, and transports the reader on a fascinating journey around the world in the company of the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Heike Heintzsch is a journalist and editor who works for the Porsche LMP1 communication team. She worked in Formula 1 for 13 years, until 2012, first for BMW and then for the Sauber team. Jürgen Tap is a Hamburg-based photographer who specializes in race car photography. His previous publications include 10 books about Porsche and Ferrari.

 

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DBR9 The Definitive History

Thomas Gruber, Christoph Mäder

 The book highlights the success story of the DBR9 and is structured in three segments:

1. The development process of the race car and its technology in detail.
2. Review and insight into the Aston Martin Racing campaign. Exclusive interviews with the factory supported and customer car teams.
3. Comprehensive statistics assigned to the individual chassis numbers, drivers and teams.

The book includes unique background knowledge about the development phase and the car‘s aerodynamics. A lot of effort has been invested in computer-generated images. Camera angles from below, above and rear show interesting details. The renderings are in multiple layers and let the reader “unwrap” the DBR9 layer by layer, as they are printed on transparent foils. This gives the reader unique insight into the areas of engine, drivetrain and suspension plus behind the scenes information about the homologation process as well as from the racing campaigns around the world. A detailed listing of each specific DBR9 chassis concludes the book.

The authors spoke with the team managers of the privately run teams to capture the story aside from the works efforts of Prodrive and Aston Martin Racing. An exhaustive list of every DBR9 chassis can be found in the back of the book.

The Aficionado’s edition is limited to 2700 copies.

Large format hardcover book in slipcase

 

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PARK WARD

The Innovative Coachbuilder

Malcolm Tucker

A major three-volume work on the pre-war history and cars of the great British coachbuilder, Park Ward. The company was the most prolific coachbuilder on Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis, ultimately completing over 4,300 cars. Volume I and II is the story of Park Ward & Co Ltd. – the men who worked there and the company’s growing relationship with Rolls-Royce Ltd. A photographic record of all the Rolls-Royce models from Silver Ghost to the Wraith that carried Park Ward coachwork is included, along with chapters on the W. O. Bentley cars, and the Rolls-Royce and Bentley experimental cars with Park Ward coachwork. The Derby-built Bentleys follow, supported by chapters on the London Motor Show cars, coachwork on marques other than Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and examples of Park Ward advertising literature and catalogues. An appendix contains a series of articles written by ‘Bill’ Ward, the company founder’s son, entitled ‘The Art and Evolution of Coachbuilding’. Volume III contains extensive tables detailing each of over 3,000 pre-war Park Ward-bodied Rolls-Royce and Bentley, as well as a listing of over 1,000 Park Ward bodies on other marques. In addition, and rarely seen before, there are over 700 sales order pages extracted from Park Ward’s Finishing books.

 

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The Last Open Road  (the Audio Book)

B. S. Levy

The flat out fastest, funniest, most true-to-life racing story ever

Re-imagined as a 1950’s radio play!

“It’s like a movie in your head..”

 

 

 

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JOHN FITZPATRICK GROUP C PORSCHES PORSCHES – The Definitive History

Mark Cole

John Fitzpatrick Racing was a highly successful privateer Porsche team in the glorious early years of Group C sportscar racing, first with 956s, then 962s.

From 1983 to 1986, Fitzpatrick’s operation made 66 Group C entries in 44 races in the World Endurance Championship, the German Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft and the American Can-Am, winning three times and taking another 11 podium positions. This book tells the story of this exciting team, its five Group C Porsches and what became of them, its crews, its drivers, its races and – above all – its charismatic owner, John Fitzpatrick, arguably the best British driver never to have raced in Formula 1.

  • John Fitzpatrick’s story: during an extraordinary 22 years behind the wheel, he was the youngest-ever winner of the British Saloon Car Championship and became one of Porsche’s most garlanded champions.
  • The birth of Group C: this new category rejuvenated sportscar racing when it was introduced in 1982 and heralded the development of the legendary Porsche 956.
  • The 1983 season: the highlight was victory for Fitzpatrick and Derek Warwick in the Brands Hatch 1,000Kms, but there were podiums too in the 1,000Kms races at Spa and Imola – and a win in the Can-Am race at Elkhart Lake.
  • The 1984 season: with Fitzpatrick now running a two-car team, the stand-out result was third place in the Le Mans 24 Hours for David Hobbs, Sarel van der Merwe and Philippe Streiff, while strong second places came at the Nürburgring and Mosport, and thirds in Britain at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
  • The 1985 season: loss of sponsorship necessitated a reduced programme, mainly with single-car entries, but Le Mans brought another fine finish with fourth place for Jo Gartner, David Hobbs and Guy Edwards.
  • The 1986 season: Le Mans again provided the highlight with another fourth place, this time for Emilio de Villota, Fermín Velez and George Fouché.
  • Numerous interviews with drivers and other team personnel bring colour and anecdotes to the story, with significant names including John Fitzpatrick himself and Porsche’s Jürgen Barth, plus star drivers such as Derek Warwick, David Hobbs and Thierry Boutsen.

 

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BOB GURR: Legendary Imagineer

Life and Times – Disney and Beyond

You may know Bob Gurr as the man behind the Monorail or the architect of Disneyland.           In this new book he tells the whole fascinating story of his life and career.

 

 

 

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The FERRARI 550 and 575

Road and Race Car Legends

Nathan Beehl

This book tells, for the first time, the complete story of the 550 and 575 road cars and their variants, including the 550barchetta and the Superamerica.

This book also includes the complete competition histories of the Prodrive and privately-built and raced 550s, and Ferrari’s own 575 race cars.

Their successes on the race tracks of the world are recounted with first-hand accounts from drivers, team members and other personnel. An exhaustive list of race results is also included.

This book has more than 260 pages, amply illustrated with more than 400 colour and b/w photos, technical analysis and a listing of 6000 known chassis numbers.

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RWB Life After Birth

Chern Wong

RAUH-Welt Begriff

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.

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MILLE MIGLIA1947-1956 ORIZZONTE PERDUTO / LOST HORIZON

Carlo Dolcini

Limited print Run of 900 copies

From this book a renewed story of the Mille Miglia comes out. There are 960 pages and 386 images (almost all unpublished) that highlight, as never before, the heart of the Mille Miglia. Published, once unveiled in the S. Eufemia Archive (Mille Miglia Museum), are the unreleased partial time charts and the final rankings from 1947 to 1956 of the most famous road race. Through the story of the sportive events we tried to understand why the drivers, whichever the vehicle driven was, a Fiat Topolino or a Ferrari, raced for an authentic, tragic, eternal love of the road.

 

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MILLE MIGLIA’S CHASSIS

The Ultimate Opus

Carlo Dolcini

Limited print Run of 1500 copies

Dedicated to the cars that have run the Mille Miglia, with photos and documents which document their participation. It is an ambitious project, the first of its kind and will be developed in a series of 10 volumes. Each car that participated in the Mille Miglia from 1927 to 1957 is presented through two tables: one covers all the original Mille Miglia in which it took part, a second table covers subsequent events related to the  Mille Miglia. A third table includes the categories to which the car belongs according to AUTOMOTIVE MASTERPIECES and includes all the races and events in which the car has taken part all over the world over the years. In addition, the cars that have participated since 1958 at continuation and classic  Mille Miglia events appear in another section of the book. In the first volume: 49 cars that took part in the original editions of the race and 42 of those taking part in the subsequent events related to the  Mille Miglia from 1958 to today.
The book will be published entirely by AUTOMOTIVE MASTERPIECES under the patronage of the Mille Miglia Museum, written by Sandro Binelli. To increase the reading experience in the book, each car will have its own QR code, allowing a digital extension never seen before to even more historical details.
MILLE MIGLIA’S CHASSIS marks the beginning of a unique collection for the serious collector and historian, “something to have” for the enthusiast  who wants to have all the cars that took part in the Mille Miglia in his library!

 

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Alfa Romeo Tipo 105

Patrick Dasse

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 Giulia

 

Alfa Romeo Spider

Alfa Romeo Montreal

 

Alfa Romeo Junior z

 

Alfa Romeo Arese

 

 

 

METALSHAPING

The Lost Sheet Metal Machines

Timothy Paul Barton

FINALLY all SEVEN volumes

Volumes 5, 6 and 7 just released

Volumes 1 – 4  now available,  not seen since 2012.

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Volume #1

Volume #2

Volume #3

Volume #4

Volume #5

Volume #6

Volume #7

PORSCHE THE ESSENTIALS

Arnaud Séné

PORSCHE the Essentials covers the 1950/1998 period, from the first 356 to the 993, last air cooled model. Each model is treated with precision in order to give the reader the main elements to help him choose, identify and authenticate every version. All the chassis VIN sequences, engine numbers, production data and technical characteristics are detailed for all models and all versions.

Photos for every member of the PORSCHE family. A great number of high quality, all new photos have been chosen to illustrate the book. General views, important details, photos of the chassis cold stampings, engine number and Vin plates are present to enable and guide the reader in the identification or the choice of his PORSCHE.

As always now, Arnaud Séné, with his 30 years of experience, after having scrutinized and valued more than 2.800 PORSCHE with a real passion for automobiles, has taken particular care in gathering, choosing and checking thousands of data on all PORSCHE, from the 356 (Pre A, A,B,C et Carrera)  to the “classic”  911, 914, 912, RS, 959, Turbo, SC, 3,2L, 964, 993…

“Useful for any « Classic » enthusiast wanting to have a global vision of the history and the evolution of the air cooled rear engined models of the make and indispensable to the serious enthusiast to perfectly authenticate a vehicle. In other terms : essential ”

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