LOST IN TIME: Formula
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.
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.
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.
cover coffee-table book, 224 pages heavily illustrated with color &
MAVERICKS: The Men and Machines that
Revolutionized Formula 1 Racing
by Pete Biro & George Levy
Foreword by Mario Andretti
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.
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
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.
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.
by Art Evans
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.
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
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.
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.
cover, 126 pages.
Helen V Hutchings
50/50: John Paul Jr. and His Battle
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
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
Hard cover, 148 pages, 88 color & 30 B&W images.
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.
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.
Back in Print!
The Cars of Trans-Am
Road Racing Muscle from GM, Ford, Chrysler
by David Tom
Foreword by Bud Moore
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.
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
cover, 192 pages, 485 color images.
Pook & the History of the Long Beach GP
by Mario Andretti
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
Hard cover, B&W and color photos 320
Ford vs Ferrari - The Battle for
Supremacy at Le Mans 1966
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.
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.
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.
FORMULA 1: THE
by David Hayhoe
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
Hard cover, 540 pp., 90 color & b-w photos.
Enzo Ferrari: Power,
Politics, and the
Making of an Automotive Empire
by Luca Dal Monte
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
with Steve McQueen,
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