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SATURDAY MARCH 18

Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding

10:00AM -2:00PM

Meet ISKY himself and author Matt Stone

To tell the life story of Ed “Isky” Iskenderian is to tell the history of hot rodding in America. Ed was there from the very beginning. Born in 1921 to first-generation Armenian immigrants, Ed’s first hobby was ham radio, but like many young men in the years before World War II, his interest turned to automobiles, especially hot rods. Ed had natural skills in metal working and machining that were developed in high school. He wanted to further develop those skills, so he joined the Air Corps to continue his education and flew with Air Transport Command. By the time Ed mustered out of the service, the California hot rod scene was in full bloom, with tens of thousands of vets who had the desire to make cars go fast.

Isky: Ed “Isky” Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding, tells the whole story, from his pre-war Lake Muroc and car club activities, his service in the military, starting a small business fabricating parts and making cams in the back of a rented shop, and then selling cams to other rodders. It covers how he grew a business from a single cam grinder and became the leading cam authority in barely 10 years. Ed was a gifted machinist, and he also had a natural knack for promotion. He purchased an ad in the very first edition of Hot Rod magazine, sensing something big; his instincts, as always, were right. He was also the first to use T-shirts and uniforms as promotion. Not only was he an early pioneer in the industry for print adverting and catalogs, he was also among the first to understand the value of having successful race cars using his cams in their engines and wearing his decals on their fenders. The biggest names in the racing industry were running Isky cams, and Ed made sure the world knew it.

Ed’s company name went on to become one of the household names in the performance community. His continued success is an entertaining tale of mingling with industry icons, insight into the business of hot rodding, great stories of yesterday and today, and a life very well lived. You will enjoy the stories recorded here as much as Ed “Isky” Iskenderian seems to enjoy telling them.

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SATURDAY APRIL 1

FITZ My Life at the Wheel

John Fitzpatrick

10:00AM -2:00PM

For a time John Fitzpatrick had aspirations to become a professional golfer, having won numerous junior championships, but after falling from a tree he was climbing with some friends and breaking both his wrists his golf game was never the same. What to do now? His father promised John that if he didn’t smoke or ride a motorcycle before his 17th birthday he would buy him a car. John did neither and when that day arrived his father was true to his word, rewarding his son with a new Mini. In 1962 John began competing in and winning local events in the car, and a chance meeting with Ralph Broad of Broadspeed fame proved to be a turning point his life. He was first hired by Broad to drive for his team in a Mini, then the Cooper Car Company. Returning to Broadspeed, he found himself competing behind the wheel of Ford Anglias and then Ford Escorts. At a race at Daytona in 1972 John met Erwin Kremer, a German team owner from Cologne, who hired him to drive his 911 in European events. His many victories that year resulted in his winning both the European GT Championship and the Porsche Cup. While competing in Porsche RSRs for both the Kremer and Georg Loos teams, he raced Ford Capris and BMW CSLs. From 1977 to 1982 he drove multiple versions of the potent turbocharged Porsche 935 for the Barbour, Kremer and Loos teams, winning the IMSA Championship in 1980 and the Porsche Cup for a third time. In 1983 he moved up to a Porsche 956, capping off his career that year by defeating the Rothman Porsche works team in the rain at Brands Hatch. Illustrated with 128 black & white and 231 color photographs, and written in his own words, FITZ: My Life At The Wheel chronicles John’s twenty-two years competing on many of the most famous circuits in the world in some of the most iconic cars of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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New Arrivals

 

FERRARI 250 GTO:The Autobiography of 4153 GT

Keith Bluemel

This magnificent book in the Great Cars series tells the story of a Ferrari 250 GTO with a particularly interesting and varied history.

The car is chassis number 4153 GT and it won the Tour de France – an arduous 10-day race-cum-rally – in the hands of Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger in 1964. That success typifies this car’s competition life, for it did virtually every form of motorsport, including endurance racing (it finished fourth in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1963), hill-climbing and rallying. All this is covered in fascinating detail, supported by a fine collection of period photographs, including colour. Any Ferrari enthusiast will enjoy this addition to the ‘Great Cars’ series.

 

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MILLENOVE

H. Jurgen Dohren

The Alfa Romeo 1900 story, a great beginning after the Second World War.

Alfa Romeo anticipated the worldwide developing need for a fast sports sedan with luxurious comfort, excellent handling and top performance in the early 1950s.

The 1900 embodies the successful synthesis of these values ​​for the first time and thus highlights the difference between production and “Coachbuilt” vehicles. Its centerpiece is the engine designed by Orazio Satta with two overhead camshafts, a design that revolutionized modern engine construction. In the TI version, this engine delivers 100 hp and was victorious in many international races.

Not only the factory, but also the bodybuilders of the era made their decisive contribution to making something special out of the 1900 project.

Within a few years the designers and car body manufacturers developed an amazing variety of 1900 based cars. By the end of the era, there were 17 different, mostly small producers, who built their own cars on the Alfa Romeo 1900 platform.

All these vehicles, about 70 in number, will be presented in this book for the first time in a complete and detailed way.

The second edition of this successful work has been completely reworked, many photos have been exchanged and the layout has also been improved. The hard cover book covers 320 pages with more than 700 color illustrations.

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Stroker. The Artistic Works of Tom Medley

Gary Medley

Stroker. The Artistic Works of Tom Medley is a long awaited, limited edition book, three years in the making. The 256-page, exquisitely designed coffee table book has over 300 illustrations and photos which showcase the work of the famed Hot Rod magazine cartoonist.

This book reviews the seven decades of Medley’s work, and offers an insightful bio on the artist. It features letters he sent home during WWII, drawings from the 78th Infantry Division Lightning newspaperthe “Fearless Freddy Flash;” legendary character “Stroker McGurk” from Hot Rod magazine, character “Flat Out Snodgrass” from Cycling magazine, automotive cutaway illustrations, spot cartoons, logos, t-shirt designs, greeting cards, and so much more. In this book, you’ll also find recreations of the finished art, various original story boards, and rough sketches by Medley.

limited slip-case edition— this is a must have for any hot rod enthusiast!

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Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2015-2016

Recognized as the “bible” of the industry, the Classic Car Auction Yearbook offers an in-depth analysis of top international collector car auction sales with data going back 23 years. This is the 21st edition that reports on the results of 5,644 cars listed among 324 different makes from the 1st of September 2015 until the 31st of August 2016. Also, this new edition is most extensive to date with 416 pages and 930 photographs. Chapters are titled as follows: Market Analysis of the 2015-2016 season; Authors’ comment; Graphs of the prices achieved by cars offered and sold in earlier time (by specific chassis in three currencies); The Top 201 cars of the 2015-2016 season; Top 100 for make & country statistics; Statistics for period of manufacturing; Statistics for make; Average price achieved graphs; the 2015-2016 season “TOP TEN”; The 2015-2016 season case; Auction results from 1st September 2015 until 31st August 2016; 23 years of TOP FIVE; 23 years of TOP FIVE for Makes; and TOP TWENTY of the last 23 seasons.

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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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PORSCHE SPORT 2016

Over 272 pages with circa 900 colour photographs, “Porsche Sport 2016” tells the story about the victories and achievements of all Porsche race cars in North-America, Asia, Australia and Europe: successes in the famous endurance event at Le Mans, the ways towards numerous significant international sports car racing titles and the thrilling battles in the various Carrera Cups, GT3 Cup Challenge and Mobil 1 Supercup series, as well as in WEC.

“Porsche Sport” has been published annually since 1993 – a real pleasure for every Porsche enthusiast. Its statistics of the various categories make it a unique reference book, the numerous full-colour images of well-known international motorsport photographers remain fascinating and the captive reports written by renowned journalists allow to re-live the action.

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Pit & Paddock: Behind the scenes at UK and European circuits in the 60s and 70s

Pit & Paddock The Premise
With a huge collection of historic motor racing images, magazines, books, race programs and memorabilia, Auto-Archives non-profit Automotive Library and Research Centre felt that the best way to share such an impressive array of motoring history was by highlighting a special group of Peter Darley images, and presenting them in a fabulous, large format book, titled ‘Pit & Paddock’.

The Limited Edition Book
With a Foreword written by Lord March, Pit & Paddock is a high-quality, 12x12inch large format, 256-page hardback book, featuring over 200 images from the Auto-Archives library. The Limited Edition of Pit & Paddock is presented in a blue cloth-covered slipcase with the P&P logo silver-foil embossed on the front. Taken by Peter Darley in the 1960s and 70s, the evocative images give the reader a behind the scenes look into the pit and paddock at ten historic European circuits. These unique never before seen images portray a world that is sadly long gone.

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FERRARI 275 GTB #08011

Ken Gross and George Saitas

In 1964, one automobile shook the collective foundations of automotive design and motorsport competition. Ferrari 275 GTB follows the restoration process of this rare gem with in-depth illustrations as the famous car finds new life under craftsmen’s expert hands. Produced only between 1964–68, the model redefined workmanship and established itself in a class all its own; Enzo Ferrari’s persuasion even led to its becoming a legendary sports car. Ferrari 275 GTB is a breathtakingly illustrated tribute to one of the greatest feats of artistry the automotive industry has ever known.

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McQUEEN’S MOTORCYCLES

Matt Stone and Dave Ekins

The long-departed Steve McQueen is still the coolest man on two wheels.

Even thirty years after his death, Steve McQueen remains a cultural icon. His image continues to appear in advertising and pop culture and his fan base spans from car lovers to racing enthusiasts to motorcycle obsessives. In his movies, McQueen’s character always had an envy-inducing motorcycle or car, but in his personal life, motorcycles were always McQueen’s first true love. McQueen’s Motorcycles focuses on the bikes that the King of Cool raced and collected.

From the first Harley McQueen bought when he was an acting student in New York to the Triumph “desert sleds” and Huskys he desert raced all over California, Mexico, and Nevada, McQueen was never without a stable of two wheelers. His need for speed propelled him from Hollywood into a number of top off-road motorcycle races, including the Baja 1000, Mint 400, Elsinore Grand Prix, and even as a member of the 1964 ISDT team in Europe. Determined to be ahead of the pack, McQueen maintained his body like it was a machine itself. He trained vigorously, weight lifting, running, and studying martial arts. Later in his life, as he backed away from Hollywood, his interests turned to antique bikes and he accumulated an extensive collection, including Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, Brough Superior, Cyclone, BSA, and Ace motorcycles.

Today, McQueen still has the Midas touch; anything that was in the man’s possession is a hot commodity. McQueen’s classic motorcycles sell for top dollar at auctions, always at a multiple of what the same bike is worth without the McQueen pedigree. McQueen’s Motorcycles reveals these highly sought-after machines in gorgeous photography and full historical context.

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SELLING THE AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR

Diego Rosenberg

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A fresh look at Detroit in the 60’s and 70’s from an insider

How the American public came to love the BIG block monsters!

As the muscle car wars developed in the early 1960s, auto manufacturers scrambled to find catchy marketing campaigns to entice the buying public into their dealerships. General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, with all their divisions, as well as AMC and Studebaker, inevitably sank billions of dollars into one-upmanship in an effort to vie for the consumer’s last dollar.

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LINDA VAUGHN: THE FIRST LADY OF MOTORSPORTS

AT LAST! LINDA’S STORY, IN HER OWN WORDS

For the first time ever, Linda Vaughn allows her fans a behind-the-scenes look at her career in motorsports and promotion through her personal photographic archive and other photos. Through captions, Linda tells the story of individual images recounting countless stories from her amazing memory, with no detail left unshared. She recounts events with racing personalities and automotive icons from George Hurst to Richard Petty to Mario Andretti to Don Garlits. Nobody is left out as Linda tells stories about the photos chronicling her career in Motorsports.

Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports is the most comprehensive gathering of photos ever assembled on Linda Vaughn. Through her years in motorsports, Linda has lived it all, been everywhere, and met everyone. Whether you are simply a fan of Linda or a collector of Linda Vaughn memorabilia, this will be the premier piece in your collection!

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LINDA VAUGHN ROAST & TOAST  DVD

Linda Vaughn, the First Lady of Racing and Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, is roasted by her friends and motorsports cohorts including Corky Coker, Lyn St. James, John Force, Tony Stewart, and Bob Frey.

 

 

 

 

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Wes Clark Mike McDaniel

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LOCAL HISTORY AND LORE!

Slowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built its original studio lot on Olive Avenue in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. And inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughing-stock. Die-hard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

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transamTRANS-AM ERA

Daniel Lipetz

Foreward by Parnelli Jones

Fifty years later, racing fans still talk about the original Trans-American Sedan championship, better known as the Trans-Am. For seven seasons, the series pitted a new generation of American “pony cars”—led by the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro—in closely-fought racing at top road circuits across North America. The driving talent ranged from sports-car veteran Mark Donohue to Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones and Formula One veterans Dan Gurney and Peter Revson.

Trans-Am Era: The Golden Years in Photographs, 1966-1972 recaptures the speed, intensity and intrigue of the Trans-Am through hundreds of vintage photographs. The focus is on the iconic over two-liter cars that attracted the most attention from fans and support from Detroit—the Mustang, Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, and Dodge that are still instantly recognizable today.

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canam50CAN-AM 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Pete Biro and George Levy

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The first rule of Can-Am: There are no rules. Or at least damn few rules. The bodywork had to enclose the wheels and there had to be something that loosely resembled a passenger seat–if your passenger was a badly misshapen human or perhaps a lab monkey. Otherwise, set your racing mind free. No limits to engine options or output, no restrictions on aerodynamic aids or body shape. It was as close to unrestricted road racing as racing had ever gotten or would ever get again. And it was fantastic.

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fidvdF1 HOW IT WAS – DVD

F1 ‘How it Was’ takes you to the centre of iconic moments, with insight from the men who made them happen. What was their motivation? How did they make the difference? How did they cope with the pressure? Where did they make the difference? Candid interview exclusively reveal the untold stories, as the drivers take you inside the heart stopping minutes which defined their careers.

Relive a truly remarkable selection of races. Witness Niki Lauda’s struggle to clinch the tightest championship in history, hear how a ‘lucky’ puncture helped Alain Prost deny the Williams pair in Adelaide in ’86 and find out how mind games threatened to derail Nigel Mansell’s famous win on home soil in 1987.

Return to Phoenix in 1990 and the thrill of Jean Alessi’s improbable battle with Ayrton Senna before experiencing the raw emotion of Gerhard Berger breaking a long Ferrari winless streak in 1994.

‘How it Was’ mixes unforgettable Championship deciders with personal moments of redemption, including: Jacque Villeneuve’s emotionally fraught duel with Michael Schumacher at Jerez in 1997, which ended in such controversy. Johnny Herbert’s remarkable, attritional battle to triumph at the Nurburgring in 1999 and David Coulthard defeating all time great, Michael Schumacher, to clinch a famous win back in 2000.

There’s also a spotlight on modern greats, including a tempestuous Fernando Alonso aggressively wheel banging against Massa at the European Grand Prix in 2007 and Jenson Button’s phenomenal journey from last to first in Formula One’s longest ever race.

In superb detail with never before seen footage, indulge in ten unforgettable races you will want to revisit again and again

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ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLU RAY

gandiniMARCELLO GANDINI: MAESTRO OF DESIGN

Guatam Sen

That Marcello Gandini is one of the greatest of automobile designers ever has never been disputed, and whether he is the greatest ever, only time and the directions automobile design takes, will tell. But there is no doubting Marcello Gandini’s immense impact on automobile design in the last four decades of the 20th century that still remains valid well into the 21st century. From the Lamborghini Miura to the Maserati Quattroporte IV, from the humble Innocenti Mini to the epic Cizeta V16T, Marcello Gandini has designed some of the most epochal of all automobiles. Iconic cars like the first-generation BMW 5 Series, the Audi 50/VW Polo, the Fiat X1/9, the Lamborghini Countach and the Diablo, the Lancia Stratos, the Renault Magnum super truck, and many others have all flowed from his stylistic pen.

Designing automobiles that really defined the late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, even the 1990s, Marcello Gandini is, arguably, the one man who had the greatest impact, the one who changed automotive design the most.

  • 2 Volume set
  • 400 pages in each volume
  • 924 images (449 Volume I and 475 Volume II) – many never seen before!
  • Over one hundred of Gandini’s designs featured
  • Limited edition of 600
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osbornSTILE TRANSATLANTICO

TRANSATLANTIC STYLE

Donald Osborne

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In this book you will see how American stylists and manufacturers looked to incorporate the design heritage, native artistic spirit and abundant artisan talent available in postwar Italy to lend prestige, glamour and sophistication to their mass-production offerings in the strong and hungry domestic US market through the building of concept cars in Italy and the employment of freelance Italian designers.

On the other side of the picture the clear influence and appeal of what can only be described as the audacious, Hollywood ‘Technicolor’ glamorous land of smooth ribbon-like superhighways, skyscrapers and jet fighter planes translated into perhaps surprising expressions of design on Italian cars destined for both export and domestic consumption.

That this extraordinary moment in time, which saw the creation of some of the most important, dramatic and memorable automobiles in both America and Italy has not been examined and celebrated before now seems hard to believe. Any true review of 20th century design and the effect of World War II on automotive design must include a close look at this dynamic and fascinating period of creative exchange between two automobile loving nations.

Welcome to the magical world of the Transatlantic Style/ Stile Transatlantico. You are about to glimpse the products of a time of great wonder and creative magic, quite unlike any other before or since.

Photos by Michael Furman

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fitzFITZ: MY LIFE AT THE WHEEL

John Fitzpatrick

For a time John Fitzpatrick had aspirations to become a professional golfer, having won numerous junior championships, but after falling from a tree he was climbing with some friends and breaking both his wrists his golf game was never the same. What to do now?

GO RACING!

Illustrated with 128 black & white and 231 color photographs, and written in his own words, FITZ: My Life At The Wheel chronicles John’s twenty-two years competing on many of the most famous circuits in the world in some of the most iconic cars of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Kussmaul Chronicals-coverKUSSMAUL CHRONICLES

Craig Watkins

The Inside Story

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Roland Kussmaul has been involved with developing every racing car Porsche has built since 1975, from Le Mans-winning sports cars, to Paris-Dakar Rally-winning cars, to winning Indy cars, to the complete decade-long dominance of Group C prototypes, to the GT3 Cup and GT3 RSRs, as well as the famous RS Spyder. If you’re interested in hearing the inside story of how these successes came to be, told as a narrative, the truths are in this book.

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Bowtie-Ferraris-Book-2BOWTIE FERRARIS

Chevy-Engined Ferraris from the 50’s and 60’s

BACK IN STOCK!

Exotic, hand-built Ferraris of the 1950s and Chevrolet’s family sedan produced by the thousands would seem to have little in common. But it’s a twist of automotive history that quite a few Ferraris might no longer exist were it not for the Chevy V8 engine. Randy Cook’s Bowtie Ferraris documents how a surprisingly large number of multi-million dollar Ferraris owe their survival to an engine from one of the least expensive sedans produced in America. His book is an important addition to the body of Ferrari history, as he explores a topic never before examined in any detail.

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THE DRIVE

Custom Cars and Their Builders

Better than the original and a long way from factories and assembly lines. Handcrafted, radical, and subversive, these custom cars are designed and made by a small number of specialists from around the globe who share a common goal: to create the ultimate driving machine.

From early hot rods and lowriders to modern tuning: this book presents a huge variety of unique cars from around the world. Automobiles have been tuned, restored, and rebuilt for years, but ―whether made for leisurely cruising or peak performance ― today’s custom machines are more interesting than ever before. After exploring custom motorcycles in The Ride and The Ride 2nd Gear, it’s high time to focus on the fourwheeled scene.

The Drive showcases the diversity and reach of this custom movement. Each car is utterly unique; each builder a true personality. Passion and craft meet in their workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. The resulting vehicles ―and this book ― are for anyone for whom a car is so much more than just a way to get around.

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Grand Prix Circuits: Maps and statistics from every Formula One track

For the first time, the stories of every venue to host a Formula One World Championship race have been brought together with bespoke digital maps of each track to create the ultimate guide to the circuits of F1. Written by award-winning journalist Maurice Hamilton with a foreword from three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart.

The book explores all 71 circuits that have hosted a Grand Prix, detailing each one’s history and heritage. It also includes contemporary photography and detailed maps created by Collins, the world-leading publisher of maps and atlases, making it an essential purchase or gift for any racing fan.

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lanciaLANCIA –  A WINNING HISTORY

Lancia – Una storia vincente/A winning history”
is a book dedicated to the racing history of the famous Italian brand.
The Lancia adventure in motorsport begins in the first decades of 1900, when some indEpendent drivers choose the Vincenzo Lancia’s cars to brave the most important races of that pioneering era.

The story continues with F1 in the 1950’s, Mille Miglia successes, all the way to rally dominance in the 80’s and 90’s

 

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Maserati 250F The Autobiography 2528

Great Cars Series #5

This is the story of a uniquely special example of the Maserati 250F, the breed of car that epitomizes the 2-1/2-litre front-engine Formula 1 era of 1954-60 and took part in the first and last races of that classic period. The finest flowering of the 250F came in 1957 with the lightweight version in which Juan Manuel Fangio won the last of his five World Championship titles. Three lightweights were built and the one featured in this book, chassis 2528, was driven to victory by Fangio in the Monaco Grand Prix and by Jean Behra in three non-championship Grands Prix at Pau, Modena and Casablanca. The fascinating story of 2528, from its construction to the present day, is accompanied by 400 photographs, many of them never previously published. This book presents the life of a truly Great Car – the most original and widely raced of all Maserati 250Fs.

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Penske’s Maestro: Karl Kainhofer and the History of Penske Racing

Karl Kainhofer, an Austrian-born Porsche-trained master mechanic, was Roger Penske’s personal race mechanic, preparing many of the cars Penske raced in the late nineteen-fifties and early sixties. When Penske started the Penske Racing organization in 1966 Kainhofer was the first man he hired as a full-time employee, and over the following ten years Kainhofer became chief mechanic for Mark Donohue’s Can-Am, Formula 5000 cars, Indy cars and Formula 1 cars.

After Donohue’s tragic death at the Austrian GP in 1975 Kainhofer started a second career as the boss of Penske’s engine shop. Over the following twenty-two years he was Penske’s chief engine man, before retiring at the end of 1997, after thirty-two years with Penske Racing. Through a career that spanned 40 years from 1958 through 1997 Kainhofer scored a remarkable 170 wins from 535 races, including 22 with Donohue in the USRRC, Can-Am and Indy cars, plus 94 wins, nine Indy 500s included, as the chief engine builder for Penske’s Indy cars from 1977 through 1997.

In researching and writing ‘Penske’s Maestro’ veteran American racing writer and award-winning author Gordon Kirby interviewed more than sixty people who worked with Kainhofer at Penske Racing over the years. Hence the book relates not only Karl’s life history but also the inside story of Penske Racing’s first 32 years. ‘Penske’s Maestro’ includes more than 400 photos plus a complete statistical record of Kainhofer’s amazing career. Fully Indexed.

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bett-cover-3dTony Bettenhausen & Sons: An American Racing Family Album

Over the years, American automobile racing has enjoyed a handful of successful racing families such as the Andrettis and Unsers in Indy car racing and the Pettys, Allisons and Earnhardts in NASCAR. We’ve also seen this phenomenon in Europe and international racing, with the likes of Graham Hill and his son Damon, world champions both, and the legendary Ferrari Formula One hero Gilles Villeneuve and his son Jacques, who was successful in both Indy and F1 cars.

Less well-known with the passage of time, but equally accomplished in a wide-range of American open wheel racing are the Bettenhausens, Tony and his three sons, Gary, Merle and Tony, Jr. The family’s story has been told before by Carl Hungness in his epic GO! The Bettenhausen Story, published in 1982. But more than thirty years later, with advice and assistance from Merle and Susan Bettenhausen we decided to take a fresh, pictorial look at the family’s story  using Racemaker Press’s superb photo archive along with the Bettenhausen family’s personal collections.

Award-winning author Gordon Kirby has created a visual odyssey of the Bettenhausen family’s epic story, starting with two-time Indy car champion Tony Senior’s first laps at the wheel of a mid-western midget in 1938, and following Gary’s, Merle’s and Tony Jr.’s careers. This book features over 350 superb photos and is enlivened by Merle and Susan Bettenhausen’s personal recollections, observations and commentary about their father, brothers and family. The book is completed with full statistical data of the Bettenhausens’ championship racing careers

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fordgt101THE ORIGINAL FORD GT 101

The Ford GT with chassis number 101 might itself have had a rather unfortunately career, but it was the precursor of Ford’s winning streak at Le Mans in the late 1960s. It all began with Henry Ford II’s idea to win the world’s greatest sports car race and, when Ford’s aim to take over Ferrari failed in 1963, the US automobile giant decided it would build its own sports car. This was the birth of the legendary Ford GT.

Less than a year later, Ford brought two cars to the Le Mans Test Weekend – with one of them being chassis 101. Ford had used this very first GT chassis for most of the development work and for the first official presentation of the Ford GT. But during the Le Mans test, Jo Schlesser lost control of the car and destroyed chassis 101 in an unpleasant crash.

Almost fifty years later, Ford collector Claude Nahum decided to recreate this very special Ford GT. His copy is so true to the original that it was awarded the prize as the best re-creation in the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

In this large-format book, author Ed Heuvink tells the full story starting with Ford’s history in motorsport up to the GT project. He explains the role of chassis 101 in detail and reviews the 1964 racing season as well as the later successes of the GT40. Additionally, he details the re-creation of chassis 101. Illustrated with a lot of unseen images and limited to only 999 numbered copies, the book comes in a slip-case and includes a foreword by Henry Ford III, the grandson of Henry Ford II and an introduction by Richard Attwood. It is simply a fantastic addition for the collection of any Ford or sportscar enthusiast.

Technical details:
Author: Ed Heuvink
Foreword: Henry Ford III
Introduction: Richard Attwood
Format: 29 x 29 cm, hardcover in a slipcase
Pages: 158
Pictures and illustrations: 63 in colour and 140 in black-and-white
Language: English
Limited edition of only 999 copies

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Autobooks c. 1955