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Formula 5000
in North America

The Men and Machines
that Revolutionized
Formula 1 Racing

Ken Miles

50/50: John Paul Jr.
and His Battle with
Huntington’s Disease

The Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery:  Can-Am - Formula 1 - F500

The Cars of Trans-Am Racing 1966-1972

Chris Pook & the
History of the
Long Beach GP

Ford vs Ferrari -
The Battle for Supremacy
at Le Mans 1966

Ford GT: How Ford
Silenced the Critics,
Humbled Ferrari and
Conquered Le Mans

Second Edition

Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics, and the
Making of an Automotive Empire

Kar-Kraft: Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Activity Program

The American Legacy
in Formula 1

The 1912 Milwaukee
Races: Vanderbilt Cup
and Grand Prize

Grand Prix

Le Mans

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LOST IN TIME: Formula 5000 in
North America

 by John Zimmermann

During the 1960s and 1970s, American road racing flourished, with hard-fought championships for the Can-Am, the Trans-Am and last but not least the Formula 5000 series.

 Built around the idea of a standard engine size for American V-8s, Formula 5000 attracted excellent entries from well-known teams such as Dan Gurney, Jim Hall, Carl Haas, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske and Carl Hogan. The series led manufacturers to develop relatively affordable chassis designed to compete on the numerous North American road courses spread across the U. S. and Canada.

In this volume John Zimmermann’s excellent round-up of Formula 5000 provides the first comprehensive overview of all the elements of this great racing series. Fully researched and extensively illustrated, the book provides an essential history for students of racing history and fans alike, a must for the true enthusiast. 

Hard cover coffee-table book, 224 pages heavily illustrated with color & B&W photos.

Price: $50.00

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F1 MAVERICKS: The Men and Machines that Revolutionized Formula 1 Racing

by Pete Biro & George Levy

Foreword by Mario Andretti
Afterword by Niki Lauda

F1 Mavericks is the story of the grandest, most influential, and most fondly remembered era in Formula 1 racing as seen through the lens of master motorsports photographer, Pete Biro.

The period from 1960 to 1982 saw the greatest technological changes in the history of Formula 1 racing: the transition from front engines to rear engines, narrow, treaded tires to massive racing slicks, zero downforce to neck-wrenching ground effects--and, of course, a staggering increase in performance and reduction in lap times. In short, the Maverick Era saw the creation of the modern Formula 1 car.

This is also the time when legendary names who defined F1 were out in full force: Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Sir Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Bruce McLaren, Jody Scheckter. We'll see and meet all of them. But F1 Mavericks also focuses on the maverick designers and engineers behind the cars--men like Colin Chapman, Mauro Forghieri, Sir Patrick Head, Maurice Philippe, Gordon Murray, Robin Herd and many others. We'll hear directly from many of them, including a foreword from 1978 F1 World Champion, Mario Andretti and afterword from the late three-time champion Niki Lauda.

Every chapter is a photographic account of important races throughout the period, supplemented with sidebars featuring key designers and technologies, like wings, ground effect, slick tires, turbochargers, and the Brabham "fan" suction car. F1 Mavericks is an international story, and includes designs from Japan (Honda), Britain (McLaren, Tyrrell, Cooper, BRM) Italy (Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo), France (Matra, Ligier, Renault), Germany (Porsche, BMW) and the United States (Eagle, Shadow, Penske, Parnelli).

Hard cover, loaded with B&W and color photos, 240 pages.

Price: $34.95

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Ken Miles

by Art Evans

Ken Miles follows the racer's life from the early days in England to his tragic death at Riverside Raceway in 1966. The book format is somewhat different from others. It is essentially a scrapbook.

More than 130 photographs are included. Many are from private collections and have never before been published. A fascinating feature is remembrances written by some who knew Miles best, like Carroll Shelby, Augie Pabst, John Morton, Bill Pollack and Ken's son, Peter. Miles himself was an accomplished writer and a few articles he wrote are reprinted. 

The book starts off with a complete chronology from birth to death and ends with the eulogy delivered by the author's father and a never-before assembled race record.

Miles second-place finish at the 1966 Le Mans was mired in controversy. This book goes some distance toward clarification.

Interspersed throughout are articles from period publications. The scrapbook is held together with text by the author, a close friend of Miles and his family.

Soft cover, 126 pages.

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50/50: John Paul Jr. and His Battle
with Huntington’s Disease

by Sylvia Wilkinson


His driving initially described as “hopeless” by a professional driving instructor, John Paul Jr. began his career in 1979 driving Formula Fords. The following year he joined his controversial father’s racing team as co-driver in the IMSA series. After only two years of competing, John Paul Jr. started the 1982 season with back-to-back wins at Daytona and Sebring, clinching the ’82 championship at the age of 22 and becoming IMSA’s youngest champion.

He won the Michigan 500 CART race in 1983, followed by a second-place finish at Le Mans in 1984 and competed in the Indianapolis 500 seven times.

Symptoms of the neurodegenerative disorder Huntington’s disease began to appear at age 39, and John Paul Jr. began his fight against that deadly disease.

This book chronicles John Paul Jr.’s complex life story and his battle with Huntington’s, which ended with his death on December 29, 2020. The book is unconventional in every way and well worth working through the unusual layout to uncover a fascinating story. 

Hard cover, 148 pages, 88 color & 30 B&W images.

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The Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery:
Can-Am - Formula 1 - F500

by Pete Lyons

Enigmatic American Don Nichols - D-Day paratrooper, Army counter-intelligence officer and controversial entrepreneur - went on to create a racing marque as unusual as the man himself.

Shadow was the only US-based team to win a Can-Am championship, and one of only three to score a victory in Formula 1.

History lavishly celebrates his nominal rivals Dan Gurney and Roger Penske, while Nichols has long remained, yes, a shadowy figure - despite staying the difficult international course for 11 racing seasons, 1970 to 1980.

Pete Lyons, who was there in the day, at last lifts the veil from this secretive man and the innovative, magnificent racing cars and world-class team he created.

Hard cover, coffee-table quality, 468 pp., 600+ color/B&W photos.

Price: $39.95

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The Cars of Trans-Am Racing 1966-1972
Road Racing Muscle from GM, Ford, Chrysler
and AMC

by David Tom

Foreword by Bud Moore

The legendary history of the pony car wars comes to life in The Cars of Trans-Am Racing, just brought back in a soft-cover edition. The SCCA Trans-Am Racing Series launched in 1966 and was designed to showcase a new class of sporty domestic cars racing on road courses.

Each major automotive manufacturer participated heavily in the Trans-Am Series, and in a few short years, it became the ultimate American automobile showdown. When the modified muscle cars of the series were seen performing well on the country's finest tracks, fans wanted a model of their own in the driveway.

These "pony cars" boasted a new look and style not seen before, and their all-around performance eclipsed anything accomplished by production-based American GT cars up to that point. Many of these historic cars have been restored to race-ready condition. Additional insight and interviews from the original builders and the teams that maintained the cars provide an insider's viewpoint never before seen in print.

Soft cover, 192 pages, 485 color images.

Price: $80.00
Special: $69.95

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Chris Pook & the History of the Long Beach GP

by Gordon Kirby

Foreword by Mario Andretti

When Chris Pook declared his intention to run a Grand Prix race through the streets of Long Beach, many people thought he was out of his mind. But with the powerful support of racing legend Dan Gurney, and many other enthusiasts, Pook proved his doubters wrong: He built the most successful street race in American motor racing history.

The race spawned extensive redevelopment of the city’s coastal downtown area, as Pook’s crazy idea turned into a model for bringing racing to the people and using the surrounding event to rebuild a flagging community.

Hard cover, B&W and color photos 320 pages.

Price: $19.95

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Ford vs Ferrari - The Battle for
Supremacy at Le Mans 1966

by John Starkey

What happened when America's richest car company, producing many thousands of cars per year, went head to head with Ferrari of Italy in the mid ’60s?

This is the story of an immovable force coming up against the stubbornness of an unmovable object—that is, Ford against Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari, whose company produced less than four hundred cars per year in 1963, wasn’t going to bow to Ford after he had turned down its offer to buy his company.

The only place left to duke it out was on the racetracks of the world … and one in particular: Le Mans ’66. 

Soft cover, 128 pages, heavily illustrated with color and B&W photos.

Price: $59.95

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Ford GT: 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.

The 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 history!

Hard cover, 224 pages, heavily illustrated with B&W and color photos.

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Second Edition

by David Hayhoe

The first edition of Formula 1: The Knowledge was groundbreaking: an entire book dedicated to F1 records and trivia, which proved hugely popular with F1 enthusiasts and fans of racing statistics.

This new edition is fully updated, with up-to-date stats and an extended narrative including many amusing, and some serious, stories from the history of F1.

There are performance records of every driver, car constructor, and engine make to have taken part; a detailed insight into the variety of qualifying procedures throughout the years; a summary of regulation changes since 1950; and a quick reference guide to every Grand Prix result.

Performances are analyzed by nationality, youngest/oldest, fastest/slowest, consecutive wins, poles, most wins at different circuits, and more.

A comprehensive photographic section depicts the changing scene of Formula 1 since its inception in 1950.

An invaluable reference that will both entertain and provide definitive data.

Hard cover, 540 pp., 90 color & b-w photos.

Price: $49.95

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Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics, and the
Making of an Automotive Empire

by Luca Dal Monte

This is truly the definitive biography of Enzo Ferrari, one that makes previous accounts obsolete. Its depth, scale, and detail make it essential reading for automotive and motorsport enthusiasts. But other readers will be drawn to a sweeping story of Italian life, business, and culture during the 20th century.

Drawing on years of original research conducted in Italy and abroad, author and Ferrari insider, Luca Dal Monte, uncovers a wealth of new facts about Enzo's origins, ambitions, business practices, and private life. The book revisits all the highlights of Ferrari's rise to greatness: his driving career in the 1920s; his management of racing teams for Alfa Romeo in the 1930s; the launch of his own company and team in the late 1940s, and his unprecedented successes building cars for the road and race track in the following decades.

But the book also examines lesser-known and sometimes hidden aspects of Ferrari's career, from his earliest failed business ventures to his political dealings with Italy's Fascist government, Allied occupiers, and even Communist leaders. And it lays bare the internal politics of the Ferrari company and team, whose leader manipulated employees, drivers, competitors and the media with a volatile mixture of brute force, paranoia, and guile.

Hard cover, 968 pages,100 B&W and 33 color photos.

Price: $39.95

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Kar-Kraft: 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.

Originally: $99.00

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The American Legacy in Formula 1

by Philip van Osten

The 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 involved.

The book is illustrated with the superb photographic work of the Cahier family (Bernard and son Paul-Henri), and others.

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,

196 pages, loaded with color and B&W photos.

Price: $95.00

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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, 1912.

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.

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Grand Prix - DVD

with James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, and more.

Two-Disc Special Edition

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 hard-driving thrills.

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

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Le Mans - DVD

with Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch,
and Elga Andersen

Steve McQueen is ideally cast as a champion race car driver, participating in the famed 24-hour race headquartered in Le Mans, France. Though dedicated to Going for the Gold, McQueen finds time to romance widowed Elga Andersen. The dramatic angle to this plot wrinkle is that McQueen may well have been responsible for the death of Andersen's husband during a previous car pile-up. Director John Sturges, who'd previously helmed Steve McQueen's legendary motorcycle chase scenes in The Great Escape, was originally slated to direct Le Mans, but withdrew from the project; it was then taken over by Lee H. Katzin of The Phynx. (Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide)

(1971) Color, 106 min.

Remastered May 2011

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