L’altra Alfa autocarri, autobus e filobus

L’altra Alfa autocarri, autobus e filobus

In Italian and English, 448 pages with 580 illustrations in colour and in monochrome. We co-operated in the production of this publication from Fucina as it concerns the larger commercial vehicles built by Alfa Romeo, based at Milan, in association with numerous different coach-builders. The great number of photographs, advertising material and factory blue-prints with technical and statistical archive material make this volume an almost complete record of Alfa Romeo heavy commercial vehicle production.

 

 

 

 

Crankshaft Magazine #4

Crankshaft Magazine #4

If you appreciate the practicality of Four-Door Sedans and Station Wagons, the workmanship of a Full Classic, the functionality of a Business Coupe, and the performance of Sports Cars and Muscle Cars, then you’ll appreciate Crankshaft, the new collector-car magazine you’ve been waiting for.

A Quiet Greatness, Japan’s Most Astonishing Automobiles for the Collector and Enthusiast

A Quiet Greatness, Japan’s Most Astonishing Automobiles for the Collector and Enthusiast

A Quiet Greatness, Japan’s Most Astonishing Automobiles for the Collector and Enthusiast, is the most in-depth, authoritative guide to collectible Japanese cars ever created. This four-volume set (plus supplement and index) includes sports cars, touring cars, and Japanese cars in motorsports. Beautifully designed and written for car collectors and enthusiasts alike, A Quiet Greatness is resplendent with stunning photography, and rich with technical details, original charts, and diagrams.

Six years in the making, A Quiet Greatness was created by Mark R. Brinker and Myron T. Vernis, and designed by Richard M. Baron, former Art and Design Director of Road & Track magazine for 32 years.

Produced by a high-quality printer of art books, A Quiet Greatness was created as an encyclopedic showpiece to be kept and enjoyed for years. The set weighs 35 lbs. and arrives in a slipcase with spot varnish and custom-cropped top corners to always keep the book-set beautifully organized and easy to access.

Each book has a thick, laminated hard cover, designed for durability and years of enjoyment. One of the first artistic details you’ll see is the edge of every page is painted with a pop of bright red – reminiscent of a Japanese Hanko. Printed on 100 lb. art paper, the full-color pages also have the added touch of a spot-gloss varnish over each image to enhance the aesthetic. All information on the cars is organized alphabetically and chronologically by marque.

Inside, you’ll find cars you know and love, but there are also many that will be a delight to discover. Both Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) cars and those exported to other markets are covered in great detail. And, like the authors, you may just find yourself enticed to add a car or two to your collection. Packed with historic details, the authors go deep into the stories collectors and enthusiasts crave.

FROM THE AUTHORS:The Japanese auto industry has a 60-year history of incredible success in the United States, and it is surprising that no one has created a serious and beautiful book on the subject…until now. Through A Quiet Greatness, we hope to shine a light on the most interesting and truly special cars from Japan, highlight this nation’s great automotive accomplishments, and legitimize their place in the collector car universe. Many of the greatest cars from Japan never made it to the U.S. and have been largely unknown throughout most of the world. Our aim with A Quiet Greatness was to create a reference work for those interested in discovering the vast and magical landscape of Japanese automobiles.” – Authors Mark R. Brinker and Myron T. Vernis

Nostalgic Journeys: From the Orient Express to Ocean Liners

Nostalgic Journeys: From the Orient Express to Ocean Liners

  • A unique cultural history of travel in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Photographs certain to arouse feelings of nostalgia and a yearning for faraway places
  • Marvelous historical (celebrity) photographs to enjoy
  • Revised new edition in a handy format

The seaside or the mountains? Today’s most important vacation planning question never came up in days long past. Both seemed unappealing and nearly inaccessible. It wasn’t until the invention of the railroad that previously sparsely visited and overlooked areas opened up, and Thomas Cook, the tour operator and founder of modern tourism, was born. Fishing villages became sophisticated seaside resorts, remote mountain areas became destinations for hiking and skiing enthusiasts, and inns became grand hotels. Nostalgic Journeys takes you on a journey back in time, through the last two centuries: Ride the Orient Express to the East, cross the Atlantic on huge ocean liners, travel Route 66 through the United States, and break the sound barrier aboard the Concorde. As you browse through the pages of this book, you will get the idea that traveling was, and can be, more than just being stuck in a traffic jam or passing through numerous security checks. It can be a stylish and sometimes adventurous way to explore the world and return home feeling transformed by your many and varied experiences. Bon Voyage! Text in English and German.

Aston Martin: The DB Label: From the DB2 to the DBX

Aston Martin: The DB Label: From the DB2 to the DBX

  • Comprehensive and informative insight into the DB models produced by Aston Martin
  • Richly illustrated with beautiful color photography and detailed illustrations
  • An important reference book for all Aston Martin afficionados, translated into English for the first time

In the world of grand touring cars, Aston Martin occupies a special place. The English firm has always distinguished itself by its restraint, by the elegance of its creations, by the discretion of its style, by a reserve rarely observed in a universe that willingly abandons itself to exuberance. This book is devoted to DB models. David Brown relaunched the brand with emblematic cars, including some models that later became legendary, like the famous DB5 of James Bond. The history of Aston Martin over the past 70 years is organized around eight main designs. They are all strongly typed; directly associated with their creators, and with the nature of the successive owners of the company. Serge Bellu, a specialist in the history of the automobile, has produced a superbly illustrated book on the history of this typically British brand.

Out of This World: Historic Milestones in NASA’s Human Space Flight

Out of This World: Historic Milestones in NASA’s Human Space Flight

  • A stunning coffee table book of historically significant NASA photos
  • Amazing photographs complemented by quotes and stories from noted personalities at NASA
  • A chronological journey through NASA’s history, from Apollo to the James Webb Telescope
  • Awe-inspiring, inspirational and motivational, a perfect gift and a must for your library
  • Quotes from astronauts Commander James Lovell and John Glenn, as well as John F Kennedy, Ralph Waldo Emerson and many more

“The history of space exploration is best presented in this book of NASA photographs, whose images are universally inspirational.” – Commander James Lovell, Apollo 13

NASA has worked at the forefront of space exploration and research since 1958. Their devotion to furthering our understanding of what lies beyond our atmosphere has seen 12 humans walk on the surface of the moon, helped form the International Space Station, and placed numerous rovers on Mars. Voyager 1, launched by NASA on 5 September 1977, is the furthest manmade object from earth, having left our solar system entirely – and the agency’s plans for the future are equally inspiring.

This book celebrates NASA throughout the years, from its inception to its 60th anniversary in 2018, and beyond. A visual tour-de-force, the book collects high resolution NASA photos of historic significance; from rarely seen photos and the words of President John F. Kennedy commanding the space race, to the many triumphs and tragedies of the Apollo Missions, moon landings, the International Space Station, space shuttles, journeys to Mars and explorations of our galaxy’s outer reaches. These breathtaking images are complemented by heartfelt words of hopes and imagination for the future, encouraging readers to admire their world from a different perspective. NASA: the Greatest Milestones is a stunning 300 page book.

A Race with Infamy: The Lance Macklin Story

A Race with Infamy: The Lance Macklin Story

On June 11, 1955, Lance Macklin became a central player in motor racing’s worst tragedy. Not only did that day at Le Mans scar him forever, but it went on to become his most lasting legacy. Who, many over the years have asked, was that ‘gentleman driver’ in the Healey? One thing’s for sure: he was no amateur. That day overshadowed the remarkable career of one of British racing’s leading lights, of a driver who befriended and mentored champions, who was stunningly quick on the track and charming off it. Featuring a wealth of archival material and new interviews, A Race with Infamy: The Lance Macklin Story finally tells the fascinating story of one of motorsport’s most underrated and misunderstood talents.

Auto America: Car Culture: 1950s-1970s–PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN

Auto America: Car Culture: 1950s-1970s–PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN

A glorious and nostalgic celebration of a defining period in American car culture—the 1950s to the 1970s, the golden age of Detroit’s icons of the road—when automobile design was at its peak and the car itself was synonymous with a vision of success in America.

Auto America offers a compelling look at three decades (the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s) of America’s fascination with the automobile. At a time when self-driving vehicles and climate change are transforming driving around the world, John G. Zimmerman’s pictures capture the optimism and even utopianism of a beloved period in American car culture.

Many of Zimmerman’s photographs were originally taken for Life, Time, and Sports Illustrated magazines and highlight diverse aspects of America’s auto industry at its zenith; they feature not only iconic cars of the era, which Zimmerman chronicled comprehensively at car shows and in studio assignments throughout the period, but also a behind-the-scenes look at the people who designed, built, collected, exhibited, and raced them.

With more than 200 photographs and drawing on the John G. Zimmerman Archive’s collection—including his best-known photographs of Fords, Chryslers, and GMs in their heyday alongside ephemera, tear sheets, and outtakes from his assignments—the book celebrates the automobile’s central place in American culture during those decades when the timeless silhouettes of classic cars ruled the roads.

1902 De Dietrich & The Paris-Vienna Race

1902 De Dietrich & The Paris-Vienna Race

Rare & Unique Vehicles magazine, together with Metropole Druten is presenting a new book featuring a 1902 DeDietrich and the story of the 1902 Paris-Vienna race written by noted German historian, Thomas Ulrich.

It is a hardbound, 148-page colour book with 145 illustrations and infographics.

Table of Contents

  • The De Dietrich Story
  • The Race
    •   The Birth of Motorsport
    • The 1901 Paris-Berlin Race
    • Preparations for the 1902 Paris-Vienna Race
    • Alcohol To The Rescue
    • Gordon Bennett Races
    • The First Gordon Bennett Cup
    • The Second Gordon Bennett Cup
    • Paris-Vienna Touring Trip
    • Paris-Vienna Race: Start and First Stage
    • Gordon Bennett Cup: First Stage
    • Paris-Vienna Race: Neutralized Intermediate Stage
    • Paris-Vienna Race: Second Stage – Bregenz Salzburg
    • Gordon Bennett Cup: Second Stage
    • Paris-Vienna Race: Stage 3: Salzburg To Vienna
    • Paris-Vienna Tourist Trip: The Arrival
    • Side Events and Official Results
    • Personal Accounts
Drag Racing in Southern California a Tiny History

Drag Racing in Southern California a Tiny History

Images taken at Irwindale Speedway,Orange County Race Track, Pomona Raceway and Ontario Motor Speedway from 1970 through 1984.Other images included from 1996 though 2000. Most images never before published.

11 x 8  193 pages

How to Restore Your Jeep 1941-1986

How to Restore Your Jeep 1941-1986

It’s not a truck or a car—it’s a Jeep!

Developed in the early 1940s as a light reconnaissance vehicle for the U.S. Army, the Jeep successfully transitioned from military usage to public use with the arrival of the CJ-2A in 1945. Many more CJ models followed, which cemented the Jeep as one of the most successful and longest-tenured models when the CJ-10A was discontinued in 1986.

With more than 1.5 million Jeeps sold, a restoration book for these vehicles has been desperately needed. Author Mark Altschuler of restoremyjeep.com showcases his decades of experience in this must-have restoration book that features component restoration of all aspects of the timeless Jeep. Step-by-step procedures document the disassembly, restoration, and reassembly of your favorite models, while color illustrations depict exactly what you’re wanting to see as you address your project.

How to Restore Your Jeep 1941–1986 is not only a handy tool that addresses the total restoration of your prized machine but it will likely also be one of the most affordable tools that you will purchase for your project.

Is There Much More of This? Tales of tracks, travels and TV

Is There Much More of This? Tales of tracks, travels and TV

Journallist and broadcaster Andrew Marriott writes with a light and humorous touch about a multi-faceted career covering some six decades.
He reckons he was the youngest ever person to report a Formula 1 race for a national publication and now the oldest person to regularly report from the pit lanes of Le Mans, Daytona and Silverstone.

He has covered every aspect of car and bike racing from Formula 1 to NASCAR as well as World Championship motorcycle racing plus inshore and offshore powerboat racing. Along the way he has interviewed thousands of competitors and, indeed, show business personalities . He says that he has interviewed or worked with every Formula 1 World Champion bar Farina, Ascari and Hawthorn.

He has been driven across Buenos Aires by Fangio, starred in a hilarious TV blooper episode with Mario Andretti, judged competitions with James Hunt, provided a flat floor for Jody Scheckter to sleep on, played charades with Jochen Rindt, persuaded Denny Hulme to go truck racing, covered up for Alan Jones after an altercation with a van driver and door-stepped Alain Prost as he came out of a Monaco portaloo. Ayrton Senna secretly signed his Lotus contract in front of Andrew but subsequently stood him up when the Brazilian decided that taking a ride in F16 jet was a better option than a Marriott interview.

Add to that ghosting road tests and much more from motor cycle world champion Barry Sheene, working with George Harrison on a sponsorship deal and for 25 years interviewing the Le Mans 24 Hour winners at the end of the great race. He says he is not sure how many times he has covered the French classic but at least 50 and he has worked at over 130 different race tracks. He came up with the idea of a feature film about Steve McQueen which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is currently working on a follow-up.

Add to this a career in sports management and sponsorship embracing such events as the Hong Kong-Beijing Rally, various major Truck Races and the Birmingham Superprix. He has launched racing cars everywhere from London’s Albert Hall to a former carpet warehouse in Didcot. Add to that a brief career as a rally co-driver which included winning internationals in South Africa and the UK and finishing up stuck in a mud hole in Paraguay.
So he has plenty to write about and he says he has enjoyed nearly all of it all but as the title suggests – Is There Much More of This?

Valentino Rossi Life of a Legend – Revised and Updated

Valentino Rossi Life of a Legend – Revised and Updated

From the day he was born into a racing family on February 16, 1979, Valentino Rossi seemed destined for racing greatness. Racing karts and minimotos as a child, he progressed to international motorcycle competition in 1996, riding for Aprilia in the 125cc class; Rossi won his first World Championship the following year.  Advancing to MotoGP’s premier class in 2000, Rossi would go on to win nine Grand Prix World Championships and score 89 victories in 371 starts.

In this richly illustrated review of the most successful MotoGP career of the twenty-first century, relive Rossi’s incredible battles against the likes of Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, Dani Pedrosa, and more and how they inspired three films (Faster, Fastest, and Hitting the Apex). Long-time motojournalist and author Michael Scott was at the circuit for nearly all of Rossi’s 432 grand prix races and every one of his 115 grand prix wins.

Rossi’s incredible charm, wit, and irreverence earned him a huge fan base and his indomitable will to win cemented his racing legend. Valentino Rossi: Life of a Legend recounts it all.

The Backroads of Route 66: Your Guide to Adventures and Scenic Detours

The Backroads of Route 66: Your Guide to Adventures and Scenic Detours

This wonderfully illustrated, up-to-date guide to the natural, cultural, and historical gems hidden just off the legendary Route 66 outlines 30 trips for curious travelers.
Route 66 is arguably the world’s most famous highway (more than 60% of Route 66 adventurers are from overseas!)—its motels, diners, and roadside attractions comprising a time capsule of America’s love affair with the automobile. While many of the road’s iconic attractions have disappeared with time (along with large stretches of the road itself), others are as enduring as ever.

In this completely revised and updated version of The Backroads of Route 66, author and Route 66 expert Jim Hinckley is your guide from the lowlands of the American Plains to the high plateaus of New Mexico and Arizona, from the Great Lakes to the mighty Pacific Ocean, and through major metropolises and remote country towns.

But rather than take the road oft traveled and the sites most photographed, Hinckley encourages you to branch off the Mother Road and discover the hidden gems beyond today’s familiar motels and tourist traps—quaint frontier communities that date to westward expansion; the legacy of native cultures; and the awe-inspiring natural wonders that have graced these lands since time immemorial. There to be explored within a few hours’ drive from the path of Route 66, discover:

  • Outdoor attractions
  • Museums
  • Historic sites
  • And much more

The thirty trips in The Backroads of Route 66 offer new travel opportunities for you and the thousands of road-trippers who follow this legendary route, looking for something more.

BMW Motorcycles: 100 Years

BMW Motorcycles: 100 Years

BMW Motorcycles: 100 Years celebrates the legendary machines built by Germany’s leading motorcycle manufacturer.

BMW’s long history of evolving technology is highlighted in this detailed story beginning with side-valve machines in the 1920s and early overhead-valve performance bikes, then moving to the postwar R-series Airhead and modern Oilhead twins, followed by four-cylinder and six-cylinder K-series touring bikes, the latest parallel twins, and inline-four cylinder sport bikes. From the first R32 that launched BMW’s motorcycle dynasty, to the latest S1000RR superbike and R18 mega-cruiser, BMW Motorcycles captures a century of motorcycling excellence in a combination of historic and contemporary photos sourced from BMW’s archive.

The stories behind all the classic and modern BMWs are here:

  • 1920s and 1930s BMWs like the R5 that defined performance in the prewar era
  • The military R12 that supported the Wehrmacht as it battled its way across Europe in World War II
  • The 1960s R69S that offered an excellent platform for both touring and sporting riding
  • The R90S café racer and the R100RS, the latter arguably the world’s first dedicated sports tourer
  • The astounding K1 “flying brick”
  • The GS (Gelände Sport) series that launched the adventure-bike revolution
  • Today’s R18, R nine T, and the world-class S100RR superbike

This is a once-in-100-years story captured in a beautiful book sure to be enjoyed by any BMW Fan.

Porsche 75th Anniversary: Expect the Unexpected

Porsche 75th Anniversary: Expect the Unexpected

In Porsche 75th Anniversary: Expect the Unexpected, the full story of Germany’s fabled marque is revealed through a richly illustrated account of its most surprising moves and successes.

Few other sports car manufacturers can match Porsche’s success in the showroom or on the world’s race tracks. In this stunning volume, automotive historian, photographer, and recognized Porsche expert Randy Leffingwell focuses his attention on the key moments and models that have created the Porsche legend, from the original Gmund coupe to today’s 911, Cayenne, Panamera, and all-electric Taycan.

Leffingwell’s recounting of Porsche’s history is accompanied by rare images from Porsche’s own archive and punctuated with quotes and observations from key personnel. It’s a thorough, compelling, and revealing look at one of the world’s premier car makers.

Created with Porsche’s cooperation, Porsche 75 Years takes you behind the scenes of Stuttgart’s most famous cars as well as its key players. This book offers something for all Porsche enthusiasts, whether they are rear-engine loyalists, race fans, or followers of contemporary vehicles like the Cayman, Boxster, Macan, and Taycan.

Celebrate 75 years of Porsche excellence!

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2021-2022

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2021-2022

The 27th edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook covers the most important auctions from 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022: 8.431 cars of 353 different Makes, illustrated by 793 color and b/w photos. Each car is listed with year, model, bodybuilder, chassis number, estimate, hammer price in GB£, US$ and €, sale date and place, lot number and auction house, and a short description; furthermore, it reports the results
in US$ achieved by the same car if offered at auction in the last 29 years. Considered by many “the Bible in the field”, the Yearbook contains the market analysis by the representatives of the most important auction houses, the authors comment with graphs and statistics of the last 29 auction seasons, the most coveted Makes, countries and periods, total auction sales turnover, percentage of cars sold, average price achieved by some iconic models and, at the end, the Top 5 cars and the overall Top 20 since the 1993/1994 season. An absolute must for every professional,collector and enthusiast.

The Past and The Spurious – The Case of Legitimacy in Historic Cars

The Past and The Spurious – The Case of Legitimacy in Historic Cars

Paul Griffin’s ‘The Past and The Spurious – The Case of Legitimacy in Historic Cars’ marks a new turning in the literature of historic cars. Building on the excellent writings of others over many decades now, this book reviews the evidence and, for the first time, provides answers to the perplexing questions of originality, authenticity and identity which circle around historic cars.

By reference to more than thirty cases and other examples, Paul Griffin unfolds the stories of the cars and characters that have shaped what is today’s thriving historic car sector. He also suggests the reasons why historic cars have become heritage assets having such powerful effects on emotions and passions all over the world.

This is an attractive, high-quality book which tells its stories by reference to images from the world’s leading photographic libraries and automotive art collections.

Touch Wood: The Autobiography of the 1953 Le Mans Winner

Touch Wood: The Autobiography of the 1953 Le Mans Winner

Duncan Hamilton won the classic Le Mans 24-Hours race in 1953, co-driving his workcentered C-Type Jaguar with Tony Rolt. In 1954 the same pair finished second, losing to a much larger-engined V12 Ferrari and by the narrowest margin in years. In all, Duncan Hamilton competed in nine of those great Le Mans endurance classics. Having cut his racing teeth in such pre-war cars as the R-Type M.G and the Bugatti Type 35B, Duncan graduated to one of the immortal Lago- Talbot Grand Prix cars—which he subsequently mislaid in a French coal-hole. After a hugely eventful racing career—only Duncan could get himself fired by Jaguar for winning the Rheims 12-Hours race in 1956—he eventually hung up his racing helmet in 1958. As Earl Howe wrote in the original 1960 foreword to this book, though the drivers of this age were fiercely competitive, there were also “friends to meet, stories to tell and almost certainly a party to be enjoyed…” Duncan Hamilton was certainly a little larger than life, and this book tells the story of a man who wasn’t just one of the most successful drivers of the 1950s, but also the man who trespassed at Brooklands, who spent the war in the Fleet Air Arm accidentally trying to drown American Admirals, and who was once stopped for speeding on the Cromwell Road, rushing to take part in a TV program on road safety. It is a must for any classic car enthusiast’s bookshelf.