This Day in Automotive History
Landmarks in the development of the car are organized into a day-by-day calendar in this automotive history. Hundreds of illustrations of historic models and influential figures accompany entries commemorating such events as the first Ford Model T (1 October 1908), the foundation of Volkswagen (28 May 1937) and Tesla's first electric prototype (19 July 2006).
The Moto Guzzi Story
Established in 1921, Moto Guzzi remains the oldest working European motorcycle manufacturer. This comprehensive history, illustrated with hundreds of photographs of its motorcycles, takes readers from its rise to success in the 1930s to its domination of the Grand Prix circuit in the 1950s, through to its shift to a focus on touring and custom vehicles in the 21st century.
Mercedes-Benz SL R230 Series
2001 to 2011
An instant collector's classic, not least because of its prestigious SL designation, the R230 prioritized sports looks and performance while retaining Mercedes' reputation for refinement. With chapters outlining the marque's history and the heritage of the SL models, this detailed illustrated analysis explores the development of the R230 through various revisions and facelifts during its decade in production.
How to Restore Classic Car Interiors
Repair, Restoration, Maintenance
From carpets and upholstery to seat springs and steering wheels, this guide based on Europe’s leading classic car magazine Oldtimer Markt provides detailed methods for restoring every part of a classic car interior with love and care. Clear instructions are accompanied by step-by-step photographs, guidance on installing new equipment, and advice on when to go to the professionals.
How to Restore and Improve Classic Car Suspension, Steering and Wheels
Repair, Restoration, Maintenance
Based on articles from leading classic car magazine Oldtimer Markt, this guide provides step-by-step methods for restoring and maintaining a classic car’s suspension, steering and wheels. Whether you are refurbishing ageing parts, re-tooling your car for sportier handling or simply learning how its systems work, every relevant component and technique is explained here and illustrated in full.
How to Build Your Own Engine Coffee table
When Gergely Bajzáth advertised his Alfa Romeo GTV V6 for sale and included the coffee table he had made from its old engine, the table proved more popular than the car and he was inspired to create more. In this illustrated guide he explains the process for those wishing to make their own, from choosing an engine to cleaning it, adding feet and a top, and producing a good finish.
Ford Focus WRC
The Auto-Biography of a Rally Champion
A new formula was introduced for the World Rally Championship in 1997 and the four-wheel drive, turbocharged Ford Focus WRC was developed for it, running from 1999 to 2010. This evaluation of the successful model describes how it was designed and built and chronicles its performance history in the hands of champion drivers such as Colin McCrae and Carlos Sainz.
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.
The Biography of a Race Mechanic
Tony Robinson became a mechanic for Stirling Moss in 1954, and also worked for Bruce Halford, before joining BRP, a Formula One and Two team part-owned by Moss’s father. This biography describes his path to this crucial role, and gives backstage glimpses of motor racing in the golden age, including encounters with Fangio, Mike Hawthorn and Ron Dennis.
The Pursuit of Victory 1963–1972
In the 1960s, motor racing fans could gain entry to the paddock at any event, and the relatively primitive facilities and relaxed attitude of the teams made it possible to get close to both the cars and their drivers. This photographic memoir of a golden age of the sport comprises over 400 previously unpublished images from a private archive, recording the cars, drivers, teams and action at Formula 1, 2 and 3, sports car, GT and saloon races.
Grand Prix Ferrari
The Years of Enzo Ferrari's Power, 1948–1980
The greatest team in Grand Prix racing in the 20th century was strongly controlled by its founder, Enzo, who presided over periods of dominance in the sport in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. This detailed history of the team during his stewardship includes a season-by-season account of its changing fortunes, analyses of the Formula 1 cars and the specifications of each model, profiles of drivers, race results and photographs from throughout the period.
Type 57 Grand Prix – A Celebration
Winner of the French Grand Prix in 1936 and Le Mans in 1937, the Bugatti Type 57G Tank remains one of the most glamorous and recognizable vintage racing cars. With design diagrams and archive photographs, this analysis of Jean Bugatti’s classic car describes its racing career and evolution through the Types 57, 57S and 59 as well as identifying the race-to-race body and chassis differences of the competition models.
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.
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 R171 Series
The R171 was more than a face-lift version of its predecessor, with a new drivetrain, a sportier chassis set-up and a larger body to improve safety and comfort. This review of the model covers all versions built for the German, US, UK, Australian and Japanese markets.
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.
A Chequered Life
Graham Warner and the Chequered Flag
A behind-the-scenes look at motor racing in the 1960s and 1970s, this illustrated history tells the story of the influential team owner who competed in single seaters, sports cars and rallies and gave early drives to greats such as Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart.
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.
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.
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.