A Little Bit Sideways: Battling Giants in NASCAR’s Golden Age

A Little Bit Sideways: Battling Giants in NASCAR’s Golden Age

Spend a tumultuous week behind the scenes with Kenny Wallace and the Square D team as their independently funded team fights to compete with the best of the best in the 1990s, the golden era of NASCAR racing. This rambunctious tour takes you into the driver’s seat, the cocktail parties, the race shop, the broadcast booth, and beyond, providing a look at the sport during the height of NASCAR popularity. As Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett and other legends fight for the championship, Kenny Wallace and the Square D team’s battles to qualify and stay relevant in an era when a spot in Sunday’s show was hotly contested and not guaranteed. Author Scott Huler spent months with the team so he could chronicle how stock car racing works through the window of the 1997 races at Martinsville and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The result is a dramatic read that offers insight on the inner workings of NASCAR team, from tire and gas strategy to engineering, car set up, and the fine points of a fabulous pit stop. Throughout the book, the author captures Wallace’s fiery discourse and passionate personality, and takes the reader into all corners of NASCAR racing, from tech inspections and RVs in the infield to cocktail parties and banging fenders on the track. In A Little Bit Sideways, author Scott Huler goes over the wall and does for NASCAR what Roger Angell did for baseball, David Foster Wallace did for tennis, and Hunter S. Thompson did for the Kentucky Derby—capture the soul of the sport with gritty, honest reporting of its colorful characters and distinctive landscapes.

Porsche Victory 2017

Porsche Victory 2017

This year, the Le Mans 24 Hours were unique once again. The highest temperatures in many years significantly increased the strain on the drivers and the equipment and the attrition rate was unusually high. Somehow, the fact that the Porsche with starting number 2, driven by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber still won the race in spite of a one-hour pit stop on Saturday evening somehow fits into the story of this extraordinary race. “It will take a while for me to understand all of this,” Timo Bernhard said. Toyota was superior in terms of speed, but lost two of its three cars within 30 minutes during the night while the third Toyota spent a long time in the pits. Thus, everything looked set for a win by the number 1 Porsche, but here, technical gremlins struck late on Sunday morning. After that, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber secured Porsche’s 19th overall win at the Sarthe after an impressive comeback. In the LMGTE-Pro class, the new 911 RSR with mid-engine raced for the first time and just missed out on a podium finish at its Le Mans debut. In the LMGTE-AM class, the Dempsey-Proton team secured the best result for Porsche. In images and words, this book documents the achievements of all the Porsche teams at Le Mans, from the presentation of the cars and the test day, scrutineering, free practice and the qualifying sessions up to warm-up and the race. Off-track activities like the photo call with the winners from the previous year, the press conference and the drivers’ parade are covered as well.

  • 192 pages
  • bounded-hardcover
  • 500 full-coloured images
  • english, german and french text
  • statistic about the whole 24h-race 2017
  • size 235 x 315 mm
On-Bike Road Race Experience DVD

On-Bike Road Race Experience DVD

Ohe hottest compilation of on-bike road racing footage ever seen! Experience the thrill of riding with the world’s best racers in this dizzying full-on, action blast collection of the best on-bike footage ever recorded. Trees, hedges, houses and stone walls flash past at astonishing speeds. These guys don’t flinch. You will!

Get your leathers and racing helmet on for complete laps of:

THE NORTHWEST 200 – The fastest road racing circuit in Europe, nine miles of winding coast roads. Features Michael Rutter (Ducati 996) and Iain Duffus (Honda Fireblade).
THE ISLE OF MAN TT – World famous mountain circuit, 37.73 miles of endurance, speed, skill and total commitment, Starring David Jefferies (Yamaha R1), Blair Degerholm (Kawasaki ZX7RR), Nigel Davies (Yamaha R145), Iain Duffus (Honda Fireblade) and Steve Hislop (HOnda RC45).
THE ULSTER GRAND PRIX – Steeped in history the Dundrod circuit, set high in the hills above Belfast, is seven and a half miles of pure adrenalin! With the legendary Joey Dunlop (Honda RC45) and John Donnan (Yamaha R6).
THE SOUTHERN 100 – Mass starts on a pure road circuit, 4.25 miles long and fantastic speeds! On-board with Tim Leech (Kawasaki 750), Roy Hanks/Dave Wells (Yamaha 600 Outfit) and Blair Degerholm (Kawasaki 750).

This is the ultimate road racing experience – it’ll blow you away!

Extras exclusive to DVD include more on-bike with Mick Grant and Mad Sunday with David Jefferiesn-Bike Road Race Experience

Top Speed Dodge Plymouth Stock Car Racing

Top Speed Dodge Plymouth Stock Car Racing

The Chrysler engineers went through every combination that was possible. Whether it was different springs, different shocks, different sway bars, different weights They had a book, it must have been about a two-by-three foot book! It was a heck of an engineering force.-Richard Petty Seven-time NASCAR champion Winner of 200 Grand National/Winston Cup racesAcross decades of thrilling competition, many of NASCAR’s greatest drivers-from Marvin Panch to Jim Paschal, Richard Petty to Buddy Baker, Bill Elliott to Ward Burton, Ryan Newman to Kasey Kahne-have thundered around America’s legendary racetracks at the wheel of Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge and Plymouth stock cars. Power, innovation, and design have characterized these remarkable vehicles, and NASCAR’s record books have been written in the wake of their no-holds-barred competition.Now, the full story of Chrysler’s conquest of stock car racing is told in TOP SPEED: Dodge and Plymouth Stock Car Racing. Written by award-winning motorsports journalist Frank Moriarty, this book begins with the corporation’s first sales and earliest laps, then marches through the years, arriving in the present-day world of the NASCAR “Car of Tomorrow.”Like Moriarty’s best-selling SUNDAY DRIVERS: NASCAR Winston Cup Stock Car Racing and the acclaimed SUPERCARS: The Story of the Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth SuperBird, this new book introduces you to all the machines that have made Chrysler’s racing efforts so successful. But equally important are the men behind the wheel, and you’ll meet them all-including a special section containing exclusive conversations with Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, Pete Hamilton, and the legendary crew chief Harry Hyde.

Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500

Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500

THE Indianapolis “500” is much more than merely the best known automobile race in the world. It is a cherished time-honored institution with a glorious history dating back more than one hundred years.
Known to most as, quite simply, “The 500,” it has been held every year since 1911, the only exceptions being 1917-18 and 1942-45, during the periods when America was involved in the two world wars.
Steeped in tradition, it has meant many things to many people and has played an enormous role in the lives of human beings, perhaps even more so for the spectators and devotees than for the participants themselves.
For over half a century, Memorial Day meant either trekking to the track or else ensuring that whatever other activity was planned for the day, a radio would always be within earshot. In more recent decades, settling down in front of the television has been added to the equation, while it is now the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend on which the extravaganza takes place, rather than on Memorial Day itself. But the feeling is the same.
For the participants, it has been a nearly 100-year saga of dreams, innovation, ingenuity, bravery, triumph, and tragedy. Paupers became millionaires, young men from small towns and broken homes became international celebrities, and regrettably, some of them gave their lives.
The “500” has endured world wars, depressions, recessions, political strife, and negative journalism, and yet it continues to draw massive passionate and emotional crowds, whose loyalty is rewarded with never-to-be-forgotten moments such as the finishes of 2006 and 2011, when Dan Wheldon snatched victory on literally the final turn.
This, then, is the story of the Indianapolis 500 and how it came to be. This is the story of more than 100 editions of the race, interspersed with a look at some of the compelling personalities, some little-known facts, an attempt to document the origins of some of the traditions, and perhaps even to dispel a few myths.

From Harroun to Franchitti, it’s all here…