LOST ROAD COURSES
by Martin Rudow
Road racing has long-storied roots
in North America that reach from coast to coast and to Canada. Some
of the greatest drivers to ever compete raced wickedly fast
machines, staged epic duels on winding strips of asphalt, and
created history. This history left an enduring legacy that is
revealed and celebrated in Lost Road Courses. Road racer and road
racing expert Martin Rudow retraces road racing's glorious past and
visits the defunct classic road courses across the United States and
Many road courses were built in the 1950s and 1960s,
the golden age of American road racing. These classic road courses
built and hosted famous races for Trans-Am, Can-Am, IndyCar, Formula
1, and sports car racing, but did not survive the times. They fell
victim to changing times, poor business decisions, urban sprawl,
safety standards, and increasing real estate prices. Rudow recounts
the breathtaking races and fascinating history of more than 16
tracks from around North America. Riverside International Raceway,
Bridgehampton Race Circuit, Ontario Motor Speedway, Continental
Divide Raceway, and many others were once major race venues that
have since closed. The great race teams, legendary drivers, classic
race series that visited the tracks, and cars that turned laps are
brought into full focus. The exploits of Chaparral, McLaren, Bud
Moore, Lotus, Penske, and other race teams as well as racing greats
Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Jim Hall, A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jim
Clark, and Dan Gurney are covered. Rudow also digs beneath the
surface to reveal the story behind the story. The visionaries and
businessmen who saw potential and risked capital to build these
palaces of speed come back to life. He also recognizes the unsung
heroes and regional racers who competed, staffed, and took on
various roles at these tracks.
In the pages of this book, a
nostalgic tour of these famous races at these vintage road circuits
unfolds. Many period photos illustrate the racing action and the
tracks themselves in their former glory, and modern color shows the
tracks as they currently stand. If you're a fan of classic sports
car, Can-Am, Trans-Am, IndyCar, Formula 1, as well as classic and
unique tracks of yesteryear, this book is a must-have.
cover, 176 pages, 177 Color and 181 B&W photos.
Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty
Vehicle Activity Program
by Charlie Henry
The story of Kar-Kraft began, as did many others in the
automotive industry, with an axe to grind. In 1963, Ford was
seriously interested in purchasing Ferrari. Ferrari was a legendary
brand with considerable success in racing, and Ford saw the
acquisition as a great way to be instantly successful in the racing
arena. When Enzo Ferrari realized that Ford would not give him
complete control of the racing program, he backed out of the deal
late in the process. Ford had spent millions in vetting and audits,
which then set in motion a vengeful response against Ferrari. The
result was the unthinkable: Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans.
Kar-Kraft’s story doesn’t begin and end with the GT 40 that
took the win away from Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford expanded upon the
program and organized an all-out assault on racing in general. Cars
were prepared for Trans-Am, NASCAR, NHRA, and Can-Am competition.
Street versions of the Boss 429 were assembled under its roof. And
fabled prototypes including the LID Mustang, Boss 302 Maverick, and
Mach 2C were all assembled in Ford’s contracted race shop. And then,
out of the blue, its doors closed for good on a cold day in 1970.
Author Charlie Henry (a former Kar-Kraft employee) has enlisted the
help of many of his former co-workers to bring you the very first
book ever published on Ford’s all-encompassing
special projects facility, Kar-Kraft.
Hard cover, 192 pages, 332 color and B&W photos.
TRANS-AM ERA The Golden Years In Photographs:
by Daniel Lipetz,
foreword 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 technically sophisticated sports-car driver Mark
Donohue to Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones and all-around driving
aces Dan Gurney and Peter Revson.
The Golden Years in Photographs, 1966-1972
recaptures the speed, intensity, and intrigue
of the Trans-Am through hundreds of vintage photographs, most of
which have never before been published and include rare color
images. 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 Chargers
and Challengers that are still instantly recognizable today.
Along with its vivid images,
offers detailed captions and year-by- year season summaries that
chronicle the Trans-Am’s gradual rise and sudden fall. Author Daniel
Lipetz conducted years of research that sheds new light on the
series and uncovers previously unknown facts about individual cars,
races, and drivers.
the great Trans-Am cars are here: the Camaro Z28s that won two
titles for Mark Donohue and Roger Penske; the Boss 302 Mustangs that
Parnelli Jones drove to victory in 1970; and the AMC Javelins that
Donohue and Penske would take from also-rans to champions in 1971.
And all the drivers who made the series famous are profiled. Along
with champions Donohue, Jones, and George Follmer, there are greats
like Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, Peter Revson, Jim Hall, Swede Savage,
and Jerry Titus and even cameo players like Indy 500 legend A. J.
Foyt and endurance-racing hero Vic Elford.
Hard cover, 224 pp., 200 B&W and 65 color
from the Publisher
The Art of Race Car
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.
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.
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.
Shelby Cobra: The
Snake That Conquered
by Colin Comer,
Foreword by Carroll Shelby
2011, Shelby enthusiast Colin Comer wrote Shelby Cobra 50 Years;
the book met with rave reviews, including Esquire magazine naming it
"the greatest car book of all time." Shortly after its publication,
Carroll Shelby and Phil Remington–the two most important men behind
the Shelby Cobra–passed away. In the wake of this loss comes this
special collector's edition of Shelby Cobra 50 Years,
Shelby Cobra: The Snake That Conquered the World.
The book recalls the early 1960s when Carroll Shelby, a
Texas chicken farmer turned champion race driver, had the audacity
to think he could start his own car manufacturing company. To
further emphasize the gargantuan proportions of his confidence,
Shelby decided his company would manufacture nothing but
ultra-high-performance sports cars, beginning with the landmark
Cobra, introduced in 1962. To the amazement of everyone, except Ol'
Shel' himself, Shelby Automobiles succeeded beyond anyone's wildest
expectations, building cars that would provide benchmarks for
performance that stand to this day and winning world championships
in the process.
Shelby Cobra: The Snake
That Conquered the World is a complete history of Shelby's
Cobra sports cars and firsthand accounts from the people who made
the car the legend it is today. It begins with the events that led
up to Shelby's decision to build a high-performance sports car,
continues with the story of the production Cobra street cars and
racecars, and wraps up with Shelby's continuation cars and an all
new chapter with tributes to Carroll Shelby from Chuck Cantwell,
John Morton, Henry Ford III, Kati Remington-Blackledge, and others,
as well as new and updated material.
special collector's edition includes stunning poster-sized gatefolds
featuring artwork by Hector Cadamartori and is an officially
licensed Carroll Shelby product.
Hard cover, coffee table
book, loaded with color and B&W photographs, 272 pages.
How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled
Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans
by Preston Lerner
Henry Ford II, "the Deuce," wanted a
race car capable of winning top-flight sports car events in Europe.
Specifically, he wanted to win Le Mans. Ford learned that Enzo
Ferrari would consider selling his company and negotiations quickly
ensued. But after Ford spent considerable time and money reviewing
Ferrari's operations and negotiating with Enzo, Ferrari abruptly
backed out of the talks.
Deuce took Ferrari's actions as a personal insult. Word was sent
down from on high: beat Ferrari. Ford settled on UK-based Eric
Broadley's Lola GT, a cutting-edge car that featured a mid-engine
chassis and small-block Ford V-8 power. The Lola GT would morph into
the Ford GT. Carroll Shelby helped shape it into the "Mark II" GT40.
The result was one of the most legendary wins in racing history:
Ford's 1-2-3 sweep of Le Mans in 1966.
Ford GT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford's iconic
victory, providing the detailed back story leading to that historic
win, as well as the follow-up win in 1967. The GT40's last two
competitive seasons in 1968 and 1969 are also covered, for a
complete view of this remarkable era in racing. Author Preston
Lerner details the ups and downs of Ford's GT program, accompanied
by Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman's historic images.
Come re-live one of the most exciting stories in all of racing
Hard cover, 224 pages, heavily illustrated with B&W
and color photos.
ALEXANDER: A Life And Times
by Tyler Alexander
Tyler Alexander has worked with some of the greatest drivers
in racing history – Bruce McLaren, Peter Revson, Johnny Rutherford,
Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton – as well
as such influential figures as Roger Penske, Carl Haas, Paul Newman,
and Adrian Newey.
Here Alexander tells the
story of his remarkable four-decade career. In 1964 he helped found
the McLaren racing team along with Bruce McLaren and Teddy Mayer. As
a mechanic, engineer, and team manager, Alexander played a key role
in the development of McLaren’s cars and the team’s early successes
in Formula One, the Indianapolis 500, and the Can-Am series.
After scoring Indianapolis 500
victories with driver Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976, Alexander
left McLaren in the early 1980s to join the new Mayer Motor Racing
team. A decade later he returned to McLaren—in time to participate
in the team’s run of success in the late 1990s with drivers Mika
Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen. In 2008, his final year with the team
saw McLaren score its most recent Formula One championship with
brilliant newcomer Lewis Hamilton.
Universally respected within the racing community for his
experience, work ethic, and honesty, Tyler Alexander deserves to be
better known to a wider audience of fans. In A Life and Times
with McLaren, Tyler tells his own story in his own unique
Hard cover, 456 pages, heavily illustrated with B&W
and color photos.
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
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.
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
Hard cover, 11x11”, 32
Riverside International Raceway:
A Photographic Tour of the Historic Track,
Its Legendary Races,
and Unforgettable Drivers
A beautiful photographic
history of one of racing’s greatest lost tracks.
coffee table book, 208 pages, color and B&W photos.
Legacy in Formula 1
by Philip van Osten
American Legacy in Formula 1 recounts the significant history
of Americans in the Formula 1 World Championship and offers a
detailed review of the drivers, teams, constructors and tracks
The book is illustrated with the superb
photographic work of the Cahier family (Bernard and son Paul-Henri),
Whether on a coffee table or prized on a
bookshelf, this historical collector's piece will make the perfect
statement for any Formula 1 aficionado. Hardcover,
pages, loaded with color and B&W photos.
Life of John Cooper Fitch
a few highlights from Fitch’s “Amazing Life”
more than 20 sports car races
· Boyfriend of Kathleen
· Friend of JFK and Rose Kennedy
· Won first race held in
· Kissed by Race-Queen Evita Peron
· Among first pilots in
Europe in WWII
· Sailed the Gulf looking for German
· Shot down German Jet in his P-51
· POW liberated by General
· First SCCA National Racing Champion
· Invented freeway safety
safety innovations that still save
1,000s of lives
· Won 1953 12-Hours of Sebring race
· Won his class in 1951 Le
· Helped make the movie Racers
· Won his class at the 1955
· Designed Lime Rock race course
· Set new speed record at
· Won the Team Prize for GM at Sebring
cover, 192 pages, B&W photos.
by Steve Zautke
Located one hour north of Milwaukee in
Wisconsin’s scenic Kettle Moraine, Elkhart Lake’s Road America race
course is one of the world’s most famous permanent road racing
Dating back to 1955, the scenic race course has seen
the finest in motorsports, such as NASCAR, open wheel, and sports
cars, and the best in amateur racing.
The track also hosts
year-round activities for corporate outings, go-karting,
motorcycle/driving schools, and even paintball.
128 pages, 200 B&W photos.
Tales from the
by Michael Oliver, Foreword by Jackie Stewart
A unique collection of behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes
as told, in their own words, by former Grand Prix mechanics who have
worked at the top level of the sport during the past 50 years. On
the front line of the sport, mixing with drivers and team bosses,
they saw a side of it that nobody else got to see and rarely gets to
hear about – and this book tells their story.
themed around a particular aspect of a mechanic’s life, ranging from
what they consider the highs and lows of their career, to their
opinions of drivers and team bosses, the all-nighters, letting off
steam, the ‘Mechanic’s Gallon,’ nightmare journeys and customs
It also reveals a tale of camaraderie between
teams and individual mechanics which is hard to imagine in today’s
highly competitive Formula One environment.
The stories are
supplemented by photographs from the archives and photo albums of
the mechanics themselves, many of which are previously unseen.
Soft cover, 176 pages.
HUNT VS. LAUDA:
The Epic 1976 Formula 1 Season
By Paul Fearnley
Motorsports fans worldwide are looking forward to the
release of Ron Howard's new film, Rush. The movie, and this
book, was inspired by the dramatic battle for the 1976 World
Championship between two very different drivers: the freewheeling
Englishman James Hunt and his canny Austrian rival Niki Lauda.
Nearly 40 years later, 1976 is still remembered as one of the
greatest seasons in Formula One history; one that pitted two of the
sport's greatest teams, Ferrari and McLaren, in a back-and-forth
struggle that wasn't decided until the final rain-soaked race at
Suzuka. Ferrari's defending World Champion Niki Lauda led early on
before suffering serious burns in a near-fatal accident at the
Nürburgring. Just five weeks later he was back, hoping to fend off
McLaren's unpredictable upstart James Hunt.
Racing editor Paul Fearnley uses hundreds of rare photographs
and detailed captions to recapture all the excitement, danger, and
controversy of the 1976 season.
Hunt vs. Lauda
features 53 B&W and 59 color photographs from 1976, many of which
are previously unpublished.
Hard cover, 160 pages.
The History of the Trans
Chronicles one of the great
road-racing events of all time. America's oldest road-racing series,
only the Trans Am has featured such legendary drivers as Parnelli
Jones, Mark Donohue, George Follmer and classic pony cars like the
Mustang, Camaro and Javelin. This DVD covers it all, from the
beginnings of the series in 1966 all the way up to the championship
battle of 1995.
Packed with historic film and photographs,
"The History of the Trans Am Series 1966-1995” is the most
comprehensive and authoritative story of Trans Am ever told.
Candid interviews with Roger Penske, Sam Posey, David Hobbs, Dan
Gurney, Parnelli Jones and many others let you experience the real
story of the Trans Am from the inside. A must for any racing
Color, 75 min.
By Tyler Alexander
As a founding member of the McLaren racing team, Tyler Alexander has
seen motor racing up close for more than half a century. McLaren
from the Inside collects the best of Alexander's behind-the-scenes
photographs from two very different eras.
Part I covers the
team's formative years in the 1960s, while Part II captures the
high-tech, hyper-competitive atmosphere of today's Formula One
Along with such great drivers as Bruce McLaren, Denny
Hulme, Kimi Raikkonen, and Jenson Button, Alexander's images also
show the designers, engineers, and mechanics who have made
McLaren such a successful motor racing team for so many years.
Hard cover, 144 pages.
by Michael Argetsinger and Bill Green
In 1948, Watkins Glen became the site of the first
postwar road race in America on a 6.6-mile course through the
village and surrounding highways. The present-day road course was
built in 1956 and held its first race the same year. The circuit
presented its first professional race in 1957 when NASCAR made its
first appearance. NASCAR returned to the Glen in 1964 and 1965 and
found a permanent spot on the Watkins Glen calendar beginning in
1986. Today, the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in August
ranks as the largest spectator event in the state of New York. In
addition to NASCAR and Formula One, Watkins Glen race fans have
enjoyed America's greatest race series, including Indy car, Can-Am,
Trans-Am, six-hour endurance for prototypes, and amateur sports car
A former race car driver, Michael Argetsinger is an
award-winning author of four previous books on motor racing,
including the recent Formula One at Watkins Glen: 20 Years of the
United States Grand Prix 1961-1980. Bill Green, a lifetime resident
of the Watkins Glen area, is the historian for the International
Motor Racing Research Center and has authored two previous books.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
GO AHEAD - TAKE
THE WHEEL: Road Racing on Your Budget
by Dave Gran
Do you ever dream of racing? If you have the desire to
drive in wheel-to-wheel road racing events but don’t know how to
make this sport a reality, this book is a must-read. Go Ahead -
Take the Wheel describes the process for you to easily get off
the sidelines and begin participating in motorsports from
autocrossing, high-performance driving events, and time trials, to
wheel-to-wheel club racing.
Have you ever wondered exactly
how much it will cost to participate in these various forms of
racing? This book actually lays it all out with actual costs, what's
needed versus items that would be "nice to have," and various
budgets. You will learn how to: race on your budget – from economy
to extravagant; maximize "seat time" – get the most racing for your
buck (including free track time!); modify your car to produce the
greatest amount of gains; overcome the most common obstacles; gain
racing experience before you have a racecar; build your own racecar
on a realistic budget; become a front-running driver.
only is this book extremely informative, it's also fun to read. So
stop watching & start racing!
Soft cover, 192 pages. (2006
The 1912 Milwaukee
Races: Vanderbilt Cup
and Grand Prize
by Joel Finn
Award-winning author and automotive historian Joel E.
Finn, renowned for his expertise on American Road Racing, has taken
on the subject of the country’s largest sporting event of 1912: The
Vanderbilt Cup and Grand Prize races. In 1912, the Vanderbilt Cup
and Grand Prize races drew all the famous American driving stars to
Milwaukee to compete, driving the best and fastest competition cars
of the time. Ralph DePalma took the 299-mile road course Vanderbilt
Cup in his 90hp Mercedes, on October 2, 1912. Celeb Bragg, with his
Grand Prix Fiat S74, won the 409-mile Grand Prize race on October 5,
However, organizers were plagued by a weather disaster
that forced a two-week delay in the race, and greatly increased the
expense of the events. Had it not been for bad luck, the Milwaukee
races surely would have taken their place in the history of the
sport as a wildly successful event, and would most certainly have
been repeated. As it was, there would be no second chance for road
racing in Milwaukee.
Beautifully presented hard cover, 213
pages, 200+ color and B&W images with results charts.
Park Motor Races, 1908-1911
by Michael J. Seneca
For four years in the early 1900s, the Fairmount Park Motor
Races were run on an eight-mile course in Philadelphia’s West
Fairmount Park. They drew half a million spectators the first year
but surprisingly have largely been overlooked as part of automobile
There were never any serious injuries and
not a single death but after four years the event was banned, with
safety concerns cited.
Both the on-track action and the
off-track events that affected the races are described, as are the
successful crusade to stop the races and the attempts to revive it
in the years following.
Soft cover, 238 pages, 68 photos,
tables, notes, bibliography, and index.
by Chris Holaday with Nick England & Phil Allen
From the August 1957 VIR race program: "The rolling Virginia
hills have been painstakingly clad with an ultra-smooth skin of
macadam to provide a course of great natural beauty. The superb
spectator visibility is nicely equated to a road layout that will
test the best in racing machines and men."
In the late
1950s, a group of sports car enthusiasts dreamed of creating a
first-class racing facility. The result was Virginia International
Raceway, a challenging 3.2-mile course with 12 turns, 2
straightaways, and over 100 feet of elevation change. Located in
southern Virginia, east of Danville and just across the North
Carolina border, the track opened in 1957. During VIR's first 18
years of existence, races featured some of the top names in American
motorsports including Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske, Walt Hansgen,
and Richard Petty.
The track also hosted numerous important
events including SCCA Nationals, the President's Cup, a Trans-Am
race in the first season of that circuit, as well as IMSA races in
the early 1970s. Facing financial difficulties, the track shut down
in 1974, and for the next 25 years VIR was a cow pasture. It was
reopened in 2000 and the outstanding new facility is again one of
the top racing venues in the country.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
Vanderbilt Cup Races
of Long Island
by Howard Kroplick
your dogs and lock up your fowls!” heralded posters announcing the
first international road race in the United States and the first of
the six William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Cup Races held on Long Island from
1904 to 1910. These races were the most prestigious sporting events
of their day, drawing huge crowds from 25,000 to over 250,000
The Vanderbilt Cup Races had a far-reaching
impact on the development of American automobiles and parkways and
are a testament to the early racing spirit and drama. The rare
images in this book, many published for the first time, have been
selected from the archives of major museums, libraries, and private
Soft cover, 128 pages.
by Kirk W. House & Charles R. Mitchell
The war was won, the Depression was over, and Americans
were back on the road. From all across the nation, sports car
drivers converged on Watkins Glen to race through the gorges, hills,
and village streets of western New York. Over the years, the course
has evolved from its humble beginnings on streets lined with hay
bales to the modern closed track that plays host to NASCAR today.
Through vintage photographs, primarily from the
International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen,
Watkins Glen Racing chronicles the history of the track with
early drivers, like Cameron Argetsinger, Phil Walters, and Dave
Garroway, vintage cars, hairpin turns, and death-defying races.
Soft cover, 128 pages.
His Life in Photographs
In the stunning follow-up to his award-winning biography
Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed, author Michael
Argetsinger recreates Donohue’s remarkable life through hundreds of
brilliant photographs. Many of these pictures were provided by the
people who were closest to Donohue: his family, friends, and Penske
Racing teammates. The book also offers some of the best work by the
top motorsports photographers of the era, who deliver brilliant
images of Donohue with a dazzling array of race cars, and intimate
shots with his team and fellow drivers.
These photos not only offer a uniquely personal view of a
champion, but also reveal details of the cars that he drove and the
preparation that went into racing each of them. These include
everything from his earliest home-built efforts to the highly
refined Camaros, Javelins, and Porsches that made him a champion and
American icon in the 1960s and 1970s. Each image is accompanied by
Argetsinger’s detailed, insightful captions. And Mark’s
contemporaries—including his Penske teammates and fellow drivers Dan
Gurney, George Follmer, David Hobbs, John Surtees, and Bobby
Unser—also offer their recollections and commentary.
Even readers who are already familiar with the life and
legacy of Mark Donohue will be dazzled by this stunning collection
of images and memories. Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs
vividly presents the life and times of an American racing hero.
Hard cover, 160 pages, 126 B&W and
118 color photographs.
– The Edge of Greatness
by James Allen
Gifted with a rare blend of superior ability and unshakeable
nerves, Michael Schumacher is the outstanding Formula One driver of
his generation. Over the past 15 seasons he has won an unprecedented
seven world drivers’ championships and in the process has captured
the imagination of fans all over the world.
For all his
success, Schumacher is also a controversial figure, feared for his
ruthless tactics and despised for using extreme methods in pursuit
of success. From his first Grand Prix with Jordan to his Benetton
world championships and his attempt to win back Ferrari’s crown,
this is a thorough and engaging look at Schumacher’s entire racing
career. The story behind Schumacher’s record five consecutive world
titles is revealed, and his impact on the racing world as a whole
following his retirement examined. Frank, honest, and adroit, this
is an in-depth look at the life and career of a champion.
Soft cover, 406 pages.
Grand Prix - DVD
with James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves
Montand, and more.
Nine races. One champion. James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian
Bedford and Antonio Sabato portray Formula I drivers competing to be
the best in this slam-you-into-the-driver's seat tale of speed,
spectacle and intertwined personal lives. Eva Marie Saint and
Toshiro Mifune also star.
John Frankenheimer (who 32 years
later would again stomp the pedal to the metal for the car chases of
Ronin) directs this winner of 3 Academy Awards, crafting
split-screen images to capture the overlapping drama and
orchestrating you-are-there POV camerawork to intensify the
Nearly 30 top drivers take part in the
excitement, so buckle up, movie fans. Race with the best to the head
of the pack.
Originally released in 1966, it was re-mastered
in 2006 with many new features:
· New digital transfer from restored 65mm elements with a
soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
· "Pushing the Limit: The Making of Grand Prix" - 40th
Anniversary making-of documentary
· "Flat Out: Formula One in the Sixties" featurette
· "The Style and Sound of Speed" - a look at the style of
Saul Bass and the film's sound design
· "Brands Hatch: Behind the Checkered Flag" - Behind the
scenes tour of the famous raceway used in the movie
· "Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions" - archival 1960s
featurette behind-the-scenes at the Grand Prix Theatrical trailer
Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Special
Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Runtime: 176 minutes
Phil Hill: A Driving Life
by Phil Hill
with photography by John Lamm
Though he’s best remembered as the first American Formula
One champion and a three-time Le Mans winner, Phil Hill (1927-2008)
also enjoyed a long career as an automotive writer. Hill was a
regular contributor to Road & Track magazine, writing vivid,
first-person accounts of his experiences driving everything from the
earliest horseless carriages to the most modern road and race cars.
Phil Hill: A Driving Life gathers the best of these stories, each of
them accompanied by dazzling photographs from Hill’s friend and
colleague John Lamm.
The book starts with the
very first car, a three-wheeler built by Karl Benz in 1886. From
there it’s on to a classic Packard touring car from 1915, the
first-ever MG, the revolutionary rear-engined Auto-Union D-Type, and
many others. Several chapters find Hill reunited with cars that
played a significant role in his racing career. From the 1950s
there’s the Jaguar XK120 that gave him an early win at Pebble Beach
in 1950 and the Maserati 250F that he drove in his first Grand Prix
at Reims in 1958. A decade later there are the Ford GT40s he helped
develop, 1963’s ill-fated ATS 100 Grand Prix car, and the unique,
high-winged Chaparral 2F that yielded his last professional victory
at Brands Hatch in 1967. And there are also Phil’s recollections of
other great drivers he drove with and against, including Juan Manuel
Fangio, Stirling Moss, Olivier Gendebien, and Dan Gurney.
Whether he’s writing about a rare vintage race car, a
hard-fought victory, or an old friend, Phil’s essential qualities of
intelligence, curiosity, and integrity always come through. Phil
Hill: A Driving Life provides a unique perspective on automotive
history from a true champion.
A gorgeous, hard-cover
coffee-table book, 192 pages with 173 black & white and full-color
Speedway – Auto Racing’s
by S.S. Collins and Gavin
Around the world lie a number of long-forgotten raceways; windswept
and abandoned, the derelict pit roads and crumbling concrete are all
that remains of once great race tracks. From the NASCAR heartland of
North Wilkesboro and Middle Georgia to the great European super
speedways at Monza and Brooklands.
All photographed as they are now, but remembered in their prime.
Gorgeous full-page color and black and white photos.
Hardbound coffee table book, 176 pages.
Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at
by A.J. Baime
Go Like Hell tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with
the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing
champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to
reinvent the Ford company.
They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where
an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would
design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own
game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something
no American car had ever done.
Go Like Hell transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in
this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the
cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory,
Soft cover, 336 pages, one insert of B&W
and color photos.
Cup Race - 1936 and 1937
by Brock Yates
Americas highly-regarded auto-journalist Brock Yates profiles one of
the last international motor races held in America prior to World
This nostalgic collection features an outstanding array of American
and European classics involved in this legendary series of races,
including Audi, Alfa Romeo, Duesenberg, Miller, Offenhauser,
Mercedes, and Auto Union.
Soft cover, 128 pgs., 120 black & white photos.
The Eye of Klemantaski
photographs by Louis Klemantaski
The Eye of
Klemantaski is a very high quality softbound booklet of 32 pages,
measuring about 5.5 x 8 inches. It illustrates the 25 favorite
photographic images of Louis Klemantaski, who was one of the
greatest automobile racing photographers of all time.
The Eye of Klemantaski begins in the 1930s and continues into the
1960s, covering four decades of motorsports at the highest level.
Selected from over 55,000 images, these remarkable photographs
illustrate racing during another epoch… Tazio Nuvolari’s gentle
victory smile at Donington in 1938, Peter Collins winning a tune-up
for the Mille Miglia, or Juan Manuel Fangio as he slips through the
early morning light of Monte Carlo.
Soft cover, 32 pages, black and white photographs, captions by Peter
The Golden Age - Images from
The Golden Age is a very
high quality softbound booklet of 32 pages, measuring about 5.5 x 8
inches. It illustrates 27 superb motor racing images from The
Klemantaski Collection, one of the world’s largest archives of motor
racing photography. The text and captions for the photographs in The
Golden Age were created by Peter G. Sachs of The Klemantaski
The Golden Age is
a companion volume to The Eye of Klemantaski which has achieved wide
popularity among enthusiasts of both photography and motor racing.
The Golden Age
includes photographs by Robert Daley, Edward Eves, Alan R. Smith,
Nigel Snowdon and Colin Waldeck, images of auto racing in the 1940s,
1950s, and 1960s.
Soft cover, 32 pages, black and white photographs.
GRAND PRIX RACERS -
Portraits of Speed
text by Xavier Chimits
with photographs by Bernard and
Originally published in France and just reissued in the US, this
gorgeous edition includes some of the best photography we’ve seen in
a long time. The book gives readers a look at Grand Prix racing's
top drivers by way of its top photographers, the father and son team
of Bernard and Paul-Henri Cahier.
Bernard Cahier began shooting Formula 1 in 1952. In the late 1960s,
he was joined by his son. Their images, reproduced here in all their
brilliance, capture some of the most memorable moments in the
history of Grand Prix racing.
The photographs comprise intimate portraits of 72 of the sport’s
greatest drivers from the 1950s through today – Juan Manuel Fangio,
Jim Clark, Phil Hill, Bruce McLaren, Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti,
Nigel Mansell, and Michael Schumacher, to name but a few.
Beautifully printed in rich black and white, the pictures treat
readers to an encounter with the legendary racers of the Grand Prix
that is at once remarkably fresh and historically rich.
Hard cover, 224
pages, black and white photography.