The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka
In the 1920s the Czech car manufacturer Tatra was producing some of the most innovative vehicles in the world and its streamlined models of the 1930s were a major influence on Ferdinand Porsche and the design of the Volkswagen Beetle. This history follows the changing fortunes of the company, which is still manufacturing trucks now, and assesses the contribution of its pre-war chief designer, Hans Ledwinka, to the development of car design.
1979 to 2015
This review of the premium off-roader traces its roots to the collaboration between Mercedes and Steyr-Puch, who brought decades of experience in all-terrain vehicles to the original project in the 1970s. Illustrated with publicity images, period brochures and photographs of all models in action, the book outlines the developments and adaptations that have transformed the model from a practical workhorse to the super-luxury 4x4 of today.
Velocette 350 & 500 Singles: 1946 to 1970
The Essential Buyer's Guide
With a reputation for high build quality, an impressive racing pedigree and a tricky clutch, the Velocette Single attracts a dedicated following among classic bike owners. This volume's comprehensive inspection section identifies all the bike's foibles.
To Boldly Go
Twenty-Six Vehicle Designs That Dared to Be Different
In this celebratory review of automotive design, former Rolls Royce and Bentley designer Graham Hull highlights clever styling and novel engineering solutions. Illustrated with his own sketches, the profiles include recognized motoring milestones such as the Willys Jeep, Fiat 500 and Citroën 2CV, quirky three-wheelers and micro cars, and outside-the-box engineering solutions such as Tyrrell's P34 six-wheel Formula 1 car.
The Definitive History 1997 to 2005
The Porsche 911 has been in continual development since its launch in 1963, the 1997 revamp introducing a water-cooled engine for the first time. This fifth volume in Brian Long’s history of the car reviews the design, specifications, marketing and racing performance of the 996 version.
Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport: Volume 3
Recalling the heyday of motorcycle trialling and motocross (then better known as scrambling), this book contains interviews and over 100 photographs of leading riders competing between the mid 1950s and early 1970s, when popular events at a variety of now-defunct British venues were regularly televised.
Mercedes-Benz SLK R170 Series
The challenge with the R170 was to achieve a competitive price and sporty performance while retaining high safety and build standards, and including expensive features, such as the ‘Variodach’ folding roof. This book charts the design process and changes made to the specifications, year by year.
The Search for Power, Sixth Edition
Best known for its DFV Formula 1 engine of the 1960s and 1970s – the longest lived and most successful in the sport's history – Cosworth has produced a host of high-performance power units since its foundation in 1958. This history of the company describes the engineering innovations and partnerships with leading motor manufacturers that led to racing legends such as the Lotus 79 and performance road cars including the Ford RS Cosworths.
British Café Racers
With its origins in the coffee bar culture of the 1950s, the stripped-down and customized motorcycles used by rockers and 'ton-up boys' to dash between hangouts, such as the Ace Café, became known as café racers. This well-illustrated celebration of the culture explores some of the best existing 'café'd' bikes, based on classic makes including BSA, Norton, Triumph and Velocette, as well as examples of the racing bikes that inspired them.
André Lefebvre and the Cars He Created for Voisin and Citroën
The Life Story of a Passionate Automotive Pioneer
The Citroën 2CV and DS , quintessential French cars of the post-war era, introduced radical new concepts in automotive design. Before the war, their designer had already proved himself an innovator, pioneering front-wheel drive and independent suspension with the Traction Avant. This automotive history follows the career of André Lefebvre from this early work on sports cars for Voisin to his futuristic concept car of the 1950s.
Preston Tucker & Others
Tales of Brilliant Automotive Innovators & Innovations
Financial difficulties saw Preston Tucker's company fold in 1950 before more than 50 of his revolutionary Tucker 'Torpedo' cars could be built. This book tells the story of some of the lesser-known pioneers of automotive history, including Carl Borgward, Felix Wankel and John DeLorean.
The Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Racing Car
Juan Manuel Fangio dominated Grand Prix racing in the 1950s and, driving the iconic Mercedes-Benz W196 in the 1954 and 1955 seasons, won eight of his twelve races. With archive photographs, statistics and historical background, this volume describes individually the twelve races of those two summers in which the W196R competed – the last appearances of a Mercedes car in Formula 1 until the 21st century.
Return to Glory!
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Racing Car
Returning to sports-car racing in the early 1950s, Mercedes produced a car that was notably less powerful than its rivals, but was nevertheless competitive due to its low weight and streamlined profile. This book traces the development of the 300SL and reviews its remarkable performances in the most important endurance races of 1952, from the Mille Miglia, where it finished second, to winning at the Nürburgring, Le Mans and the Carrera Panamerica.
In this ‘unique record by a genuine enthusiast’, the well-known painter of motor-racing subjects Bryan Apps celebrates Raymond Mays's career at the helm of British Racing Motors (BRM) and the pre-war ERA (English Racing Automobiles). Illustrated with Apps's paintings, the book traces Mays's influence on British racing from Brooklands in the 1930s to Formula 1 in the 1960s and 1970s, running cars for champion drivers such as Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda.
A Darracq Called Genevieve
The Story of Veteran Motoring's Most Famous Car
To qualify for the London to Brighton veteran car run, vehicles must have been built before 1905, and the most famous entrant is the 1904 French Darracq that starred in Genevieve, the 1953 film about the event. This book explores all aspects of the film and the car itself, including stills, behind-the-scenes photos and memorabilia, and tracing the history of the Darracq from manufacture to a globe-trotting career as a museum attraction.
The Argentine Temporada Motor Races: 1950 to 1960
In 220 Contemporary Photos
During the 1950s, Argentina boasted the world's top racing driver in Juan Fangio and hosted Formula 1 and sports car events that attracted star drivers and teams from Europe. This book recounts the key motorsport events of the period with contemporary photographs and race statistics.
Russian Motor Vehicles
The CZARIST Period 1784 to 1917
The Russo-Baltic Waggon Works of Riga in Latvia was the most prominent manufacturer of motors in the Russian Empire before the Revolution, producing vehicles to rival the best German or American designs. This analysis of the industry in Russia places it in the context of engineering innovation in the Czarist period and, with 90 illustrations and archive photographs, assesses the vehicles produced before 1917, from early steam and electric experiments to motorcycles, cars, trucks and military vehicles.
Dorset from the Sea
The Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks Photographed from its Best Viewpoint
From Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks, the photographer Steve Belasco has cruised the Dorset coastline in small boats in all seasons and all weathers. His offshore photographs afford the best view of the natural Jurassic Coast with its spectacular rock formations and sandstone cliffs such as East Cliff (of Broadchurch fame), rocky bays such as Warbarrow and Brandy Bay; the seafronts of towns such as Weymouth and Swanage; and Chesil Beach. Foreword by Ellen MacArthur.