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The Art of Race Car Design

1964 Watson - Sheraton Thompson Special

Gurney Eagle-Weslake F1

Offy – America’s Greatest
Racing Engine

NOVI V-8 Indy Cars
1941-1965

NOVI – The Legendary Indianapolis Race Car
Volume 2: The Granatelli Years (1961-1966)

Beast: The Top Secret ILMOR-PENSKE Engine
that Shocked the Racing World at the Indy 500

The Cars of Vel Miletich
and Parnelli Jones

Indy Cars of the 1960s

Indy Cars of the 1950s

Indy Cars of the 1940s

Leader Card Racers:
A Dynasty of Speed

INDY CARS 1911-1939
Great Racers from
the Crucible of Speed

Indianapolis Racing Cars of Frank Kurtis 1941-1963
Photo Archive

Indy Cars of the 1970s
By Karl Ludvigsen

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Price: $39.95


The Art of Race Car Design

by Bob Riley
with Jonathan Ingram


After building his first race cars out of southern Louisiana junkyards, Bob Riley quickly established himself as a leading light, if not genius, when it came to race car design.

His first major suspension design helped Henry Ford II make good on his vendetta to beat Enzo Ferrari at Le Mans. Riley's first radical Indy car designs, with its ingenious center-hub-mounted suspension resulted in A.J. Foyt's landmark fourth victory at the Indianapolis 500 in 1977.

Since then, Riley has continued to be at the heart of the world of motorsports, working with its most famous drivers at the biggest events, including the Daytona 500, where his engineering helped Dale Earnhardt finally win NASCAR's marquee event.


In The Art of Race Car Design, Riley shares his insights on drawing cars and later creating them on computers, as well as the experience of working with some of America’s best known teams and drivers. It’s a tale told with candor, modesty and humor about what it’s like to work in racing’s big leagues.

Hard cover with dust jacket, 192 pages, heavily illustrated with color and B&W images, plus a complete statistical record.




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Price: $17.95


1964 Watson - Sheraton Thompson Special

Photographs by Peter Harholdt, text by Donald Davidson, foreword by A.J. Foyt


Part of a collectible series of high-quality books on special race cars. This series is for people who like cars, period. Each book in the Monograph Series examines one significant automobile and the incredible history that surrounds it.

When this car took the checkered flag at the 1964 Indianapolis 500, it was to be the last triumph for a front-engined car in the world’s most famous race. Displayed just as it last raced, graced with lots of patina and pockmarked paint, the Sheraton Thompson Special truly represents the end of a fondly remembered era in American racing.

The fourth installment of the Stance & Speed Monograph series was written by the Speedway’s official historian, Donald Davidson, who interviewed legendary mechanic George Bignotti, chassis-building master A.J. Watson, and the man who created the car’s classic paint job, Dean Jeffries, to get the full story of this legendary car. Foyt adds an insightful foreword recalling that day in May and his memories of the car in which he secured the second of his record-setting four Indy 500 victories.

Hard cover, 11x11”, 32 pages.



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Price: $17.95


Gurney Eagle-Weslake F1

Photographs by Peter Harholdt, text by Bob Varsha, foreword by Dan Gurney

Part of a collectible series of high-quality books on special race cars. This series is for people who like cars, period. Each book in the Monograph Series examines one significant automobile and the incredible history that surrounds it.

In 1967 Dan Gurney gained a permanent place among America's greatest racing heroes. Driving his Gurney-Weslake Eagle, he won the Belgian Grand Prix and became the only American to win a modern-era European Grand Prix race in an American car. In doing so he defeated such legends as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, and Jackie Stewart, more established teams like Ferrari and Lotus, and conquered the menacing Spa-Francorchamps circuit itself, much of which was made up of dangerous and narrow public roads that the racers traversed at speeds approaching 200 mph.

This addition to the Stance & Speed Monograph series is written by broadcasting veteran Bob Varsha, known to American racing fans as the voice of Formula One races on Speed TV for more than a decade.

As always, the photography of Peter Harholdt enhances the classic beauty of the car, while Gurney himself adds a foreword in which he reflects on this remarkable car and his legendary accomplishment.

Hard cover, 11x11”, 32 pages.



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Price: $99.95
 


Offy – America’s Greatest Racing Engine

by Ken Walton


Probably the most comprehensive history of this legendary engine and the bible for anyone trying to identify or rebuild one of these exquisitely machined
powerplants.

Offy analyzes architectural concepts used in the engine beginning with the Charlatan Peugeot of 1912. The history continues through the Miller/Offenhauser/Goossen era (1913 to 1933), Offenhauser/Goossen era (1934-1946), Meyer/Drake/Goossen era (1946-1965), and finally Drake/Goossen/Hermann era (1965-1980).

The book also includes shop manual assembly/disassembly data in 150-pages of incredibly detailed appendices.

With more than 650 images, the focus is on an American icon that dominated oval-track racing across the country (particularly the Indy 500) for nearly five decades.

Hard cover, 512 pages with dustcover.



S-1371
Price: $36.95


NOVI V-8 Indy Cars 1941-1965

Ludvigsen Library Series

Introduction by Andy Granatelli


A splendid collection of photographs displaying the Novi V-8 Racing Car. Few cars of any kind have exuded the charismatic appeal of the great Novi V-8 racing cars that competed at Indianapolis from 1941 to 1965.

First a front-wheel car, it earned the reputation for wicked handling by killing two of its drivers. Despite that, the NOVIs were so fast – so often – that more racers were always willing to take them on.

Soft cover, 128 pages, B&W photos.


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Price: $24.95
 

NOVI – The Legendary Indianapolis Race Car
Volume 2: The Granatelli Years (1961-1966)


by George Peters and Henri Greuter

Volume 2 of this impressive book covers the saga of the world famous NOVI from the time of the sale to the Granatelli Brothers in 1961 til the definitive retirement of the cars in 1968.

Young lions Jim Hurtubise, Jim McElreath, Art Malone, and Bobby Unser steered the supercharged, four wheel drive monsters gallantly, but were never able to fulfill the dream of an Indy victory.

NOVI is a serious study of a seriously important era in racing.

Soft cover, 274 pages, quality black and white photography throughout.




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Price: $29.95

Beast: The Top Secret ILMOR-PENSKE Engine that Shocked the Racing World at the Indy 500

by Jade Gurss

Corporate intrigue, secretive design work, and covert gamesmanship took center stage at the1994 Indy 500.

The race was a turning point in American open-wheel racing, and the 1,000-horsepower engine developed for Team Penske by Ilmor was part of the deconstruction of the Indy 500.

In a story that reads like a spy novel, this dramatic day in racing is revisited with behind-the-scenes reporting by best-selling author Jade Gurss.

Hard cover, 304 pages, B&W and color photos.













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Price: $69.00
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The Cars of Vel Miletich and Parnelli Jones

by Jim Dilamarter and Ren Wicks, Jr.


From the beginning of Parnelli Jones’ humble early racing career, to the pinnacle of motorsports – back- to-back Indianapolis 500 race wins and three consecutive United States Auto Club National Championships – Vel Miletich and Parnelli Jones and their Vel’s Parnelli Jones (VPJ) Racing team of drivers, engineers, designers, fabricators and
mechanics dominated American automobile racing in the 1970s.

Dean Kirkland and Auto Effigies were commissioned to photograph and produce this superb photographic history of the VPJ team, featuring many of the cars recently acquired by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation.

Hard cover with dust jacket, 204 pages, 66 black and white and 275 stunning color photographs.




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Price: $36.95

Indy Cars of the 1960s

(Ludvigsen Library Series)


Introduction by Karl Ludvigsen. One of the most spectacular and controversial decades in the long history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 1960s saw the transition from the classic Roadster to mid-engined ''funny cars.'. Though resisted by the Indy die-hards, the pace shown by the mid-engined Lotus-Fords starting in 1963 was irresistible. By 1967 the field was completely converted to rear-engined racers.

Reporting and photographing from Indy through most of the decade, Karl Ludvigsen, has fantastic photos of the cars: the last gasp of the Novis, the wild racers of Mickey Thompson, Brabhams and the successful Hawk copies, the astonishing STP turbine cars of
the 1967 and 1968, Dan Gurney's Eagles from 1966, Lotuses, including the amazing four- wheel-drive cars, the battle between Fords and the turbo-Offys. These vivid pictures will take the reader inside Gasoline Alley during the tumultuous 1960s. Following in the footsteps of Indy Cars of the 1950s (by the same author), this book will be a hit.

Soft cover, 128 pages, 121 B&W photos.



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Price: $36.95

Indy Cars of the 1950s

(Ludvigsen Library Series)

Introduction by Karl Ludvigsen. Karl Ludvigsen covered the Indy 500 in 1956 and the Monza 500 in 1958. From his own photos at these events and the other material in his collection, Ludvigsen presents a panorama of the fabulous Indy racing cars of the 1950s. These were the years of the Kurtis Roadsters, the lay-downs, the first Watsons, the formidable Novis, the V-12 Ferrari, the Bardahl-Ferrari, the Blue Crowns and the invincible Offys.

Stunningly sharp photography shows the cars, their engines and their designs in amazing detail. The book takes the reader into Gasoline Alley during one of the most evocative and exciting eras in the history of the great Speedway – before those pesky rear-engined 'bugs' took over.

Soft cover, 128 pages, 121 B&W photos.


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Price: $36.95

Indy Cars of the 1940s

(Ludvigsen Library Series)


For the Old World, caught up in the traumas of a bitter conflict, America's Indianapolis 500-mile race was a New World beacon of auto-racing speed and excitement during the 1940s. While racing stopped in Europe in 1939, the Indy 500 raced on in 1940 and '41, bringing victories in both years for Wilbur Shaw's Maserati.

Racing resumed in 1946 with Shaw in charge of the Speedway. The post-war fields were full of exotic machinery, from Fageol's twin-engined four-wheel-drive car and the front-drive Blue Crowns (1947, ’48, ’49 winners) to the rear-engined Tucker Millers and Rounds Rocket plus the imported 1939 Mercedes-Benz of Don Lee and numerous Alfa Romeos and Maseratis. The first Kurtis racers made their debut, as did the awesome Novi. The six-cylinder Thorne Special won in 1946 and Indy's only six-wheeled car competed as well.

This book brings to dramatic life the spectacle and excitement of the 1940-1949 era at the Speedway.

Soft cover, 128 pages with 120 illustrations.

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Price: $39.95

 

Leader Card Racers:
A Dynasty of Speed


by Gordon Eliot White

Leader Car Racers is the remarkable story of one family’s four-generation passion for auto racing. Beginning with a team of midgets before WW II, successful paper manufacturer Bob Wilke, his son Ralph, and now his grandsons have owned and sponsored winning racing cars on the Championship trail, on dirt track, and currently with a successful return to midgets. With legendary mechanics A. J. Watson and Jud Phillips, the Wilke Family won the Indy “500” and the National Championship three times: twice with Roger Ward (1959 & 1962) and once with Bobby Unser (1968). Superbly chronicled by noted author Gordon White, the story of Leader Card Racers is a testament to the Wilke family’s devotion to motor sport and to the history of American oval track racing.

Hard-bound with dust jacket, 228 pages, many photos.

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Price: $34.95
 

INDY CARS 1911-1939
Great Racers from the Crucible of Speed


Ludvigsen Library Series

Crisp and unusual photography of the cars that competed in the very first 500s, progressing up through the two-seater era, and then the faint beginning of the roadster configurations.

Although largely a picture book, it also contains stories and a good deal of technical background.

Soft Cover, 128 pages, b&w photography throughout

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Price: $29.95
 

Indianapolis Racing Cars of Frank Kurtis 1941-1963 Photo Archive

By Gordon Eliot White

This definitive work on Kurtis’ championship cars showcases all 111 full size “champ” cars built by Frank Kurtis between 1941-1963. Kurtis cars won the Indy 500 five out of six years (1950-1955) and dominated the starting field from 1950-1958. Kurtis “roadster” design cars had offset engines, allowing drivers to sit lower, and reducing car height and wind resistance, and were the last front–engine cars prior to 1965 rear-engine revolution. This exceptional volume reveals engineering drawings of the cars as well as dramatic starting field and crash photos. Appendix details the cars and provides engine serial numbers.

Paperback, 1-“ x 8 1/2”, 128 pages,
138 black & white photos

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Price: $32.95
 

Indy Cars of the 1970s

By Karl Ludvigsen

The 1970's was the last creative decade at the great Speedway. The spirit of innovation was still strong in the 1970's, which Ludvigsen calls “The Last Creative Decade” at the great Speedway. The turbocharged decade witnessed the extinction of the venerable four-banger Offy and the rise of the Cosworth V-8, which took Indy racing into the 1980's.

Revealing intimate details of the last progressive and experimental decade at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this book is a must for fans of the world’s greatest motor race.

Paper back ,10 1/4” x 8 1/2”, 128 pages,
120 black & white photos