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.

ERA: The Autobiography of R4D (Great Cars)

ERA: The Autobiography of R4D (Great Cars)

Great Cars Series # 6

The famous cars made by ERA (English Racing Automobiles) epitomize British motor racing during the 1930s and have a very special place in the affections of patriotic enthusiasts. This magnificent book tells the story of a uniquely historic example that has competed almost without a break for 80 years and achieved innumerable successes. R4D was campaigned extensively before and after the Second World War by Raymond Mays, the leading light of the ERA company, before passing through a succession of subsequent owners who have kept this famous car at the forefront of competition to the present day. The extraordinary life of R4D, a formidably powerful and charismatic racing car, is told in fascinating detail in this long-awaited book.

Racing Demons Porsche and the Targa Florio

Racing Demons Porsche and the Targa Florio

“Forever hailed as the world’s last true road race, the legendary Targa Florio in Sicily was first held in 1906 on a 148 km (92 mile) circuit that twisted and turned though the Madonie mountains east of Palermo, passing through a number of small, picturesque villages before running along the Mediterranean coast and back to the start/finish line. Each year, for one spectacular spring day, this tortuous course, laid out on the island at the toe of the boot of Italy, was the focus of the entire racing world.

There was simply nothing quite like racing exotic sports cars around narrow island roads lined with over half a million race crazy Italians who, together with Sicily’s spectacular backdrop and the circuit’s challenging characteristics, created the magical ambiance that made the Targa one of the most famous races in the sport’s history. And no other car won this grueling event more times than Porsche.

Racing Demons – Porsche and the Targa Florio for the first time brings together the many Porsches that raced in the Targa Florio, from the lone privately entered 356 Cabriolet that started the race in 1953, to the works Martini 911 RSR, which won the last ever Targa twenty years later, marking Porsche’s eleventh victory in Sicily.

At the wheel of the many legendary Porsches that were raced in the Targa during the span of two decades, were some of the top drivers of the 50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, such as Umberto Maglioli, Edgar Barth, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jo Bonnier, Gerhard Mitter, Rolf Stommelen, Vic Elford, Brian Redman, Jo Siffert, Herbert Müller, and Gijs van Lennep.

This unique book contains more than 500 black and white and color photographs, many never published before, including a number of images unearthed from the Porsche factory’s archive in Stuttgart, and a broad selection taken by photographers living in Sicily during the years the race was held. Each tells its own fascinating story.

Racing Demons – Porsche and the Targa Florio is the definitive story of one of the world’s greatest marques taking on one of the most challenging circuits of the twentieth century, and crossing its finish line first more times than any other manufacturer. Fasten your seat belts and hang on. You’ll enjoy the ride.

The Flying Scotsman Story

The Flying Scotsman Story

Revealing the esteemed history of the world’s most famous locomotive

Few locomotives are as widely known or excite so much interest as the Flying Scotsman. Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley in 1923, the locomotive became a flagship for the London and North Eastern Railway and represented them at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 and 1925. Thus began Flying Scotsman’s fame, which only continued as the locomotive broke records, becoming the first to exceed 100mph in 1934 and taking the longest journey of any steam locomotive in 1988–89. Passing through such hands as Alan Pegler’s and Pete Waterman’s after her retirement from British Railways, Flying Scotsman is now in public hands for restoration. Here James S. Baldwin uses his expert knowledge and unrivaled collection of images to highlight the illustrious career of this world-famous locomotive.

How To Restore Your Volkswagen Beetle

How To Restore Your Volkswagen Beetle

It’s about time a thorough, hands-on restoration book has been authored by authorities who know the Beetle like the back of their hands. With this book, you will have everything you need to bring your old or new Beetle project back to life.Perhaps the most charismatic automobile ever, the Volkswagen Beetle was the longest-running, most-manufactured automobile on a single platform of all time. From 1938 to 2003, more than 21.5 million “Bugs” were assembled, distributed, and sold on nearly every continent in the world.

Throughout the Beetle’s successful run, many of these cars have been relegated to project car status due to their age or condition. Airkooled Kustoms, a VW restoration shop in Hazel Green, Alabama, brings its expertise in restoring these cars to book form with this all-encompassing compilation. Restoring your Beetle is covered through step-by-step sequences from unbolting that first nut through polishing the paint on your freshly restored Bug. The specialists at Airkooled Kustoms walk you through the proper disassembly methods, restoring versus replacing components, and reassembling your restored Bug, covering everything related to the body, undercarriage, and interior along the way.

Vespa: All the models

Vespa: All the models

The most comprehensive and up-to-date catalogue of the Vespa ever compiled, featuring all the models and versions produced to date, listed year by year through a series of files illustrated with invaluable archive materials and accompanied by detailed technical information.

Vespa is an overview unique in its completeness and wealth of data, a resource of particular interest to those who still ride Vespas today, to collectors and to all those who have a place in their heart for the Vespa. The celebrated scooter, born at Pontedera in the immediate post-war years inaugurated a new era of personal mobility, taking on diverse roles with the passing of the years: from a vehicle for out-of-town trips to a symbol of aggregations, from an emblem of freedom to a design icon, from the queen of calendars to a star of competition, without ever losing sight of its primary function, that of the “urban” vehicle par excellence. Over the course of the years, Piaggio has produced dozens of models, from the overtly utilitarian to the most sporting and through to the Vespa Elettrica of today.

How to Repair Your Car (Motorbooks Workshop)

How to Repair Your Car (Motorbooks Workshop)

From Motorbooks, the leader in automotive publishing for over 4 decades, comes the most practical car care guide ever produced to help the average car owner maintain and repair his or her vehicle – How to Repair Your Car. In this easy-to-follow guide, author Paul Brand, a nationally known automotive expert, takes you through the steps of auto maintenance and repair—simple steps that could add years to a car’s life and save a driver thousands of dollars in repairs. This is also the only car maintenance and repair guide on the market to contain 50 do-it-yourself projects in full-color, step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow and understand.
Focusing on post-1985 cars (with occasional explanations about earlier models), Brand introduces readers to the rudiments of automotive systems—from electrical, fuel, and cooling to drivetrain, suspension, tires, brakes, and exhaust—and discusses problems that arise in each system. The book includes practical advice for readers with only a passing knowledge of cars, as well as the basics of caring for a car’s exterior and interior.

How to Repair Your Car is a must-have for any car owner who wants to extend the life of his or her car, learn how to perform car maintenance or repair instead of paying a mechanic, diagnose simple noises and knocks, as well as learn tips for knowing exactly what they’re paying for when their car goes to the shop.

Norbert Singer – My Racing Life with Porsche 1970–2004

Norbert Singer – My Racing Life with Porsche 1970–2004

‘The gearbox in the 917 needs to survive the 24 Hours of Le Mans without overheating. But the new cooling system can’t create any additional drag. Okay, off you go.’ That was the first task given to newly-qualified aerospace and automotive engineer Norbert Singer when he joined Porsche’s racing development programme in the spring of 1970.

As we now know the gearbox was reliable, Porsche won the race, and Norbert Singer stayed loyal to the German carmaker for decades to come. To celebrate Singer’s 80th birthday, Sportfahrer Verlag in Düren brings you Norbert Singer-My Racing Life with Porsche 1970–2004 . What started out as a plan to update an older book has, through many conversations between Singer and author Wilfried Müller, grown into a comprehensive and detailed autobiography.

Across 16 chapters and more than 350 pages Singer describes the greatest era of Porsche racing to date from his own unique perspective, that of a visionary race engineer and aerodynamicist, and cunning tactician and interpreter of rules. From the 917 to the 911 Carrera RSR, to the world championship-winning 935, to the lightest (735 kilograms) and fastest (366 km/h) 911 in history. Singer also details the background of the three-time Le Mans-winning Porsche 936.

Like the Carrera Turbo RSR and the 935, Singer was the project manager for the ground-breaking Porsche 956. The car wrote Porsche into the motor racing history books. Singer successfully took the “ground effect” aerodynamic concept used in Formula 1 and applied it to two-seater sportscars. At the time it was pinnacle of Singer’s passionate search for downforce. Drivers like Jacky Ickx, Stefan Bellof, Derek Bell, Jochen Mass and Hans-Joachim Stuck achieved unthinkable cornering speeds in these 800-horsepower cars, collecting five world championships along the way.

In the mid-1980s Porsche ventured into unknown – and, as it turned out, very difficult – territory with its single-seater programme in the American CART series. Singer details the tumultuous saga from the inside. A more enjoyable recollection is the artful transformation of a racing prototype into a Gran Turismo car, the Porsche 962 LM GT1, which conquered Le Mans in 1994. Continuing the GT1 theme, Singer led the development of the first mid-engine 911 in 1996, one of those cars then winning at Le Mans in 1998. It was the 16th triumph for Porsche at the world’s most famous endurance race. Singer was involved in all of them as an engineer, and most of them as a tactician and strategist on the pit wall. His detailed recollections of those 24-hour marathons make up much of the book, from his escape from the CEO, to an improvised air lift for parts.

At the end of the 1990s the man with the reading glasses always sitting low on his nose designed the groundbreaking aerodynamics on the LMP2000 Spyder – only for the car to be resigned to secrecy in a hangar. The famous Carrera GT super sports car also had Singer’s touch in the wind tunnel. As Porsche boss Wendelin Wiedeking said at the time, “Singer will come up with something”. After retiring Singer continued to support customer teams at race tracks until 2010, before passing his knowledge onto the next generation of engineers with a stint as a university lecturer.

Forty years of racing with Porsche, as told by Norbert Singer and written by Wilfried Müller, who is known to motorsport enthusiasts for his Peter Falk and Walter Röhrl biographies.

Hardcover in slipcase

Menu dei Motori  The book of the 20th Anniversary

Menu dei Motori The book of the 20th Anniversary

The Classic Yearbook of the Planet Modena

THE EDITION OF THE TWENTIETH YEAR, THE NUMBER ONE ANNUAL “MOTOR MENU” EVOLVE FURTHER WITH A NEW BOOK BINDING, MORE PAGES WITH PAPER MOST VALUABLE AND ESPECIALLY EVEN MORE HISTORICAL TOPICS AND NEWS, ARTICLES AND THROUGH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS.
IN ADDITION TO AN OBVIOUS HISTORICAL ARTICLE ON THESE TWENTY YEARS OF MENU DEI MOTORI, WITH A TROLLEY’S PICTURE OF EVENTS (INAUGURATIONS, MEETINGS, ROUND TABLES, AWARDS, ETC.,),, THE VOLUME OPEN ESPECIALLY WITH AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SENIORICE FOCUS DESIGN, ARCHITECT FLAVIO MANZONI, DIRECTOR OF THE FAMOUS CENTER STYLE INTERIOR OF THE HOUSE OF THE CAVALLINO RAMPANTE; INTERVIEW OF COURSE EQUIPPED TO PICTURES AND DRAWINGS SPECIAL. FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATIONS OF THE LAST MODEL FERRARI FXX BY-K LAFERRARI TO OPEN UP TO THE 488 GTB AND SPIDER, F12 TDF AND LUXURY GTC4.
PASSING Alfa Romeo, THE PRESENTATION OF GIULIA QUADRAFOGLIO AND NEW ARESE MUSEUM TO ARRIVE AS THE RESEARCH PROJECTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MODENA, THAT IS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING “ENZO FERRARI” IN PARTICULAR, THESE PROJECTS ARE DEVELOPED UNDER THE DEGREE IN ENGINEERING OF THE VE OF THE SAME DEHP, LIVE IN COLLABORATION WITH FERRARI AND MASERATI. AS THE PRESENTATION OF PATENT “AHR” (ACTIVE HIDDEN ROOF) THE CONCEPT OF ALFA ROMEO 6C POWER CENTRAL (DEVELOPED BY STUDENTS IN VIRTUAL ENGINEERING), TO PASS THE PROJECT Maserati GT DEVELOPED AROUND THE PATENT “AHD” (ACTIVE HIDDEN DOOR) TO CONCLUDE THE PART DEDICATED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MODENA DEHP, WITH THE ARTICLE ON THE PROTOCOL MASERATI / UNIMORE.
OBVIOUSLY NOT MISSING THE LAST TEST DRIVE MASERATI MODELS: FROM LEVANTE S TO GHIBLI DIESEL, UNTIL GRAN TURISMO MC ROAD. FINALLY AS TOPIC MASERATI WITH THE PRESENTATION OF QUATTROPORTE RESTYLING.
BETWEEN THE ARGUMENTS MORE INTERESTING AND SPECIAL, THE COMPLETED BY A PAGANI THAT STARTS WITH THE HISTORY OF THESE TWENTY YEARS OF HORACIO PAGANI AND ITS SIDE OF THE MENU OF ENGINES TO BE CONCLUDED WITH UNPRECEDENTED INTERVIEW AT THE SAME DR. HORACIO WHICH, IN ADDITION TO THE LATEST MODELS AS THE Huayra BC, ALSO DESCRIBES THE NEW COMPANY AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF “BRAND” WEARING HIS NAME.
FINALLY, WITH REGARD TO THE OTHER HAND, THE LAMBORGHINI: TWO ARTICLES HISTORY WITH IMAGES ARCHIVE RARE: THE CENTENARY OF Ferruccio Lamborghini, THANKS TO AN INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE Eng. PAOLO STANZANI, ONE OF ITS FIRST ENGINEERS AND FATHER OF THE CAR AS COUNTACH, The ESPADA OR URRACO AND OTHER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, Ing. Gian Paolo Dallara, THE BIRTH OF MIURA, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY. COULD NOT MISS THE NEWS OF THE GREAT INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR THE CENTENARY OF FERRUCCIO, ORGANIZED BY THE SON TONINO LAMBORGHINI AND PRESENTATIONS OF THE LAST HOUSE OF THE MODELS OF TORO: The AVENTADOR SV Roadster Huracan SPIDER AND TO CONCLUDE WITH SPECIALISSIMA “CENTENARIO” DEDICATED TO THE BIRTHDAY OF THE FOUNDER FERRUCCIO.
A TOTALLY WORTH ALL THE SPECIAL VOLUME, THE COROLLARY OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTS, SUPPLIERS, CONSULTANTS SPECIALISTS AND MAKING OF “PLANET MODENA” The SOLE AND UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT THAT THE MENU OF ENGINES FROM NOW IS OVER 20 YEARS.

 

Text English & Italian

Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography

Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography

The definitive record of the twentieth century’s preeminent car builder and racer is now available in an updated paperback edition. It was motoring author Rinsey Mills’ passion for AC cars and motorsports history that led to his first meeting with Carroll Shelby. His suggestion that they should collaborate in order to create an accurate record of Shelby’s life and achievements at first was rebuffed but later taken up with enthusiasm. This authorized biography is the result. Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography was a long time in the making, as Mills left no stone unturned in his quest to produce the complete study of Shelby’s remarkable life. He carried out extensive research and conducted numerous interviews, fully capturing the narrative of Carroll Shelby within and outside of the automotive racing world: his childhood in Texas, wartime tenure with the Army Air Force, and postwar entrepreneurship; his earliest race wins in 1952 and his legendary 1959 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; his monumental release of the first Cobra and the formation of Shelby American in 1962; his historical partnership with Ford that would last for decades; all the way through to Shelby’s personal hobbies, travels, and present-day legacy. Fascinating photographs from Shelby’s personal collection complete a book whose original hardcover edition was published mere weeks before his passing, making Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography a magnificent and lasting tribute to one of the greatest automotive figures of the twentieth century.

TRACTION AVANT, COUPE, CABRIOLET,CONVERTIBLE

TRACTION AVANT, COUPE, CABRIOLET,CONVERTIBLE

Traction Avant coupé, cabriolet, découvrable : Le charme à l’état pur

Among the biggest myths of the automobile, the Citroën Traction Avant with two doors, cabriolets and coupes (roadsters and faux-cabriolets according to the period names) occupy a place of choice. Indeed, endowed with a capital of seduction intense and enigmatic, but especially absolutely intact, this car with indisputable charm struts proudly alongside machines much more luxurious or more powerful. Even at a time when a 11 HP Traction was trading for a handful of cherries, the roadster inevitably earned respect. Its image and its harmonious forms remain associated with the countless black-and-white smiles displayed on the French or European coasts, the elegance contests or the carefree escapades of the late 1930s. This book deals with the phenomenon by a chronological approach to through four key periods of its history: the time of production, the time of forgetting, then the rebirth and finally the dedication that enthusiastic collectors give it today. Reference tool, this book provides unpublished production figures and precise elements of restoration by scratching the universe of replicas in passing. It goes through all the variants of versions 7 and 11, not to mention the 15 or the mysterious cabriolet 22. The models produced or sold abroad are also highlighted. A full chapter is devoted to derivatives and special bodies. Olivier de Serres knows his subject at his fingertips and can rely on knowledge acquired over the years in both design office and workshop. The reader thus has the assurance of reliable information where the feeling is authentic.

French text

Howard’s Golden Age

Howard’s Golden Age

After building four of the most successful and famous air racers in the world, in the 1930s, Pete, Mike, Ike and Mr. Mulligan, Benny Howard’s fame increased with each passing year. With such notoriety, Benny was able to realize his dream — that of manufacturing and selling commercial aircraft to the flying public throughout the world. Howard was also a highly acclaimed test pilot, having test flown many aircraft for several aircraft manufacturers during his career. This Benny Howard story is a story of struggle, fame, fortune, love, depression, failure and success. All of Howard’s models are featured here: the DGA-1, DGA-2, DGA-3, DGA-4, DGA-5, DGA-6, DGA-7, DGA-8, DGA-9, DGA-10, DGA-11, DGA-12, DGA-15 and the DGA-18. The Howard Aircraft Corporation built hundreds of DGA-15 type aircraft for the U.S. Navy. Most of the existing Howard aircraft flying today are former Navy DGA-15 type aircraft. The historical text is enhanced with numerous original photographs of the era and with 3-view scale drawings of each of the DGA models. The 3-views were drawn by the internationally acclaimed, late Paul Matt, or drawn by the author himself.

Red Noise CD

Red Noise CD

Whether it’s a new Formula One V10 wailing at almost 20,000rpm or the metallic howl of a classic V12, there is nothing on earth like the sound of a racing car at full speed – and if it’s a bright red Ferrari screaming by flat-out, then so much the better.
“Red Noise” has been produced by broadcast audio specialists to bring those sounds right into your living room, your car or your stereo headphones. It utilises incredible recordings made in areas that the general public can never hope to reach….with microphones mounted on the trackside guard rails, and even from right inside the famous Monaco tunnel!
Listen to the sounds of Ferraris, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos spanning more than 75 years of motor racing history and featuring the world’s most famous Grand Prix cars.
This is a genuinely unique aural experience, so push the ‘play’ button, close your eyes and let your imagination and “Red Noise” take you right to the trackside.
Ferraris – Old and New1. See Red, Hear Red! The Vintage Sports Car Club stages an annual meeting at Donington Park that is themed around Italian racing cars. ‘See Red’ is the name of the VSCC meeting and we went there to give you the chance to ‘Hear Red’ ! First there’s the harsh engine notes of a 1980 Ferrari 312T5 ‘flat-12’ (a car actually driven by Gilles Villeneuve!) This is followed by an ex-Michael Schumacher team car from 2002 which we hear idling, picking up the revs, warming up, then finally pulling out of the pits with that distinctive V10 howl.
2. Monaco Ferrari Parade There was a fantastic gathering of Ferraris at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix in 2004. We were there to record all those incredible sounds! Cars ranged from the very first Type 125 1500cc supercharged GP car as driven by Alberto Ascari to a 21st-century Schumacher V10. In fact, there were no less than five vee-tens on hand – two Eddie Irvine cars from 1997 and three Schumacher cars from 1998/99 and 2000.
3. Picking up the Pace More from La Piscine as the real demonstration got under way and the cars picked up to racing speeds. No wonder the Italian commentator was getting excited!
4. Old and New in Action Old and new cars take La Piscine en masse. The field includes both four-cylinder and V12 cars from the ‘fifties, a 3-litre Type 312 V12 from 1968 and no less than seven Type 312 flat-twelve ‘boxer’ engine cars. From more recent times there were V12s as driven by Michele Alboreto in 1987, Nigel Mansell in 1990 and Alain Prost in 1991. And last, but very far from least, were the five Irvine and Schumacher vee-tens! They all mean music to the ears of the ‘Ferraristi’….
5. More from Monaco More ‘red noise’ from the Monaco 2004 Ferrari tribute high-speed demonstration laps. Similar to the previous tracks but too good to waste – especially as we were recording with microphones actually right on the Monaco trackside guard rails!
6. Flat-Out Red! And now for a change of recording point – here are Ferraris- old and new – passing at speed on the Monaco start/finish straight.
7. Generations Apart A 1999 ex-Schumacher Ferrari V10 takes La Piscine in conjunction with a rear-engined Ferrari 246 ‘Dino’ V6 that Italy’s Lorenzo Bandini took to second place here at Monaco in 1966. Then comes a 2.5 litre Ferrari Type 625 – the car that Frenchman, Maurice Trintignant, won Monaco with in 1955. The old front-engined ‘four’ takes La Piscine in conjunction with another modern Ferrari V10.
8. The Ferrari Type 312 V12 Sit back and listen to the first Ferrari Type 312 warming up and blasting through the Monaco tunnel.
9. Jackie Ickx Remembers Belgian Grand Prix and Le Mans star, Jackie Ickx, was a young Ferrari driver in the early nineteen-seventies. He remembers those times for us and tells us what it was like to race at Monaco back then.
10. Flat-Twelve Ferraris Not until Ferrari re-designed its 3-litre V12 did they start scoring World Championship successes again. It powered Niki Lauda to world titles in 1975 and 1977, as well as Jody Scheckter in 1979. The engine had a distinctly harsh note. We hear it warming up at Monaco, then making several echoing passes through the Monaco tunnel and, finally, negotiating the La Piscine sequence of tight turns.
11. The ‘Other Flat-Twelve’ There was another ‘flat-twelve’ built in Italy during the seventies, this one by the Alfa Romeo team in Milan. This is what that car would have sounded like back then, warming up and then blasting off, flat-out.
12. The Last F1 Vee-Twelves Ferrari stuck with V12 engine power right through the mid-nineties with  Frenchman, Jean Alesi and Austria’s Gerhardt Berger driving the Type 412 team cars until the end of the 1995 season. By then, it was obvious that the V10 layout was definitely the most efficient of all of the Formula One options. Even so, the heavier, longer V12 took the 412 to a number of GP wins – and it sounded great in the process!
13. Into the 21st Century This is the unmistakable sound of V10-powered Ferraris howling by our microphones on the trackside barriers. First we hear some individual passes, then a whole group of vee-tens finish the track. These are all cars driven by either Michael Schumacher or Eddie Irvine between 1997 and 2000.
Maserati from Modena
14. Vintage Red Maserati is one of the oldest names in motorsport. Listen to a couple of vintage Maserati racers warming up – a four-cylinder 4CLM from 1939 and a six-cylinder 6CM from the 1937 season. These supercharged 1500cc cars would have raced in the ‘voiturette’ class – the nineteen-thirties equivalent of the Formula Two (or GP2) category.
15. A Fifties Favourite The six-cylinder Maserati 250F was one of the favourite 2.5 litre Formula One cars of the fifties – both with the fans and with its drivers. Listen to a group of them fire up, pull out of pits and then pass by on a flying lap.
16. Maseratis En Masse! A full field of twenty cars in a ‘Maserati-only’ race at the Vintage Sports Car Club’s ‘See Red’ event at Donington Park. They range from pre-war four, six and eight-cylinder supercharged cars to a whole pack of what is one of the most-admired Grand Prix cars of all time, the six-cylinder Maserati 250F. Hear them on the parade lap, and in race action through Redgate Corner.
17. Maserati at Monaco The throaty sound of a six-cylinder Maserati 250F as it warms up, followed by the rumble and the roar of a full field of ‘fifties Formula One cars on their warm-up lap.
18. Monaco Shark Hunt! The three-pronged trident is famous as the weapon of Neptune, or Poseidon – the God of the Sea and it has also always been the emblem of Maserati. So it’s perhaps appropriate that we hear a pack of 250F Maseratis chasing a Ferrari Type 555 ‘Squalo’ – or ‘Shark’ through the tight left-hander before Monaco’s Rascasse hairpin.
19. GP Rivals Warm Up A Bugatti Type 35 warms up in the Monaco pits. It carries the racing blue of France where the cars were built. Then an Alfa Romeo P3 is push-started into life and joins the mechanical chorus.
20. Right on the Rail! A full field of  more than thirty great cars of ‘the golden age’ rumble around on a warm-up lap, take the start and attack the opening laps of a race around the Monaco streets. You are right up with the action thanks to our stereo microphones positioned right on the trackside safety barriers.

100 Years of Speed

100 Years of Speed

This book was written to provide an accurate and complete portrayal of Winchester Speedway. As can be imagined, there was incomplete data, conflicting data, along with undated and unidentified photos in the research effort. Within those constraints, every effort was made to tell the correct story of this historical track.

There it sits among the farm fields of corn and soybeans. Driving west on US 32 just outside Winchester, Indiana, you note a red-and-white sign appearing on the right side of the road. It provides you with the information than you are passing the famous Winchester Speedway, which is the third oldest active track in the nation. And it all came to fruition through the efforts of its builder of the track and longtime promoter, Frank Funk.

For the average passer-by, that data might have no more significance than the passing of any other racetrack. But to the short track racing community, it’s more—so much more!

For race drivers during the decades, that name has stood for high speeds and danger. It came from the fear of the track’s awesome high banks which many times decimated fields of racecars. And through the years, there were many drivers and racecars that bore the brunt of the high speeds.

But even so, this is still the location of the holy grail of racing. All the great drivers of the 20th and into the 21st century have done their thing at the Hoosier state facility in a wide range of different types of racecars.

The great open wheel racing names flow, and include Roger McCluskey, Jeff Gordon, Tom Bigelow, Tony Stewart, Duane Carter Sr., Duke Nalon, Mike Nazaruk, Sonny Ates, Ted Horn, Troy Ruttman, Rollie Beale, Eddie Sachs, Don Branson, Jud Larson, Johnny Rutherford, A.J. Foyt, Red Renner, Tom Bigelow, Pat O’Connor, Troy Ruttman, Pancho Carter, Mel Kenyon, Gary Bettenhausen, Mauri Rose, Spider Web, Wilbur Shaw, Mel Kenyon, and so many others.

But stock car racing has also seen its greats at the venerable track. Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Allen Kulwicki, Larry Moore, Dick Trickle, Kyle Busch, Frank Kimmel, Jack Bowsher, Butch Miller, Mike Cope, Harry Gant, Ted Musgrave, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison, Kenny Wallace, Terry Labonte, Bob Senneker, Randy Sweet, Ken Schrader, and again, on and on.

Winchester Speedway is celebrating its hundredth anniversary in 2013, and this book will attempt to provide in words and photos a story of the uncountable number of events that have taken place on this hallowed ground.