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Motor cars: general interest

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The History of Speed

The History of Speed

Author: Martin Roach Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Ever since we built machines that could transport us, there has been a desire to find ways to make them go faster. For some, going faster isn't enough - they want to be the fastest. This book celebrates those who have built the machines and driven them at ever greater speeds. This is The History of Speed. Bestselling motorsport writer Martin Roach tells the extraordinary story of those who have come to be obsessed by speed. From Camille Jenatzy, 'the Red Devil', who became the first man to drive at over 100kmh in 1899, through the golden age of Malcolm Campbell and his Bluebird, and on to the modern era of jet- and rocket-propelled cars, we have gone faster and faster. But this book is not just about these record-breakers, Roach also looks at the technology, the engines and the inventors who helped progress in speed at all levels, from Formula One to the supercars from the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes that are eagerly snapped up by collectors, rarely to be seen on the road. Accompanied by some of the most stunning images of the cars and those who made and drove them, Roach tells a wonderful story of innovation and invention. He talks to some of the great drivers to find out what inspires them to risk their lives, and finds out from engineers how they developed their ideas. Along the way, we hear some remarkable tales and anecdotes, but also find out how the pursuit of speed can also have its costs, with many tragic heroes and heroines falling along the way. If you've ever thrilled to the roar of a sports car engine, or loved the feel of the g-force as you accelerate away, or even looked on in wonder at a powerful engine, The History of Speed is a book that you will not want to miss out on.

Pininfarina 90 Years

Pininfarina 90 Years

Author: Various Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2020

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Pininfarina, a marque synonymous with style and elegance applied to car design, a book that surveys, for the first time, the entire output of the Turin coachbuilder, model by model. Produced in close collaboration with the company, it draws on invaluable photographic material accompanying brief contextualising texts. Tracing the history of Pininfarina from its origins to the present day entails reviewing some of the most iconic models in automotive history: from the numerous Ferraris bodied by the historic partner of the Maranello firm to cars such as the Cisitalia 202, the Lancia Aurelia, the Alfa Romeo Duetto and 164, the Maserati Gran Turismo through to the current models born under the aegis of the Indian firm Mahindra. The book also covers the numerous Pininfarina concept cars that have written glorious pages in the history of design, raising the bar every time in terms of the excellence of the car product.

Allard

Allard

Author: Alan Allard, Lance Cole Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2020

The remarkable story of everything Sydney Herbert Allard achieved in motor sport and motor car manufacture is framed in an up-to-date commentary co-authored by his own son. This is a tribute unswayed by legend, but based on the facts and achievements of his eponymous company. With contributions from the Allard Owners' Club and Allard Register, this book contains painstaking research of Allard history from 1929 to the present day, including previously unpublished material. Just under 2,000 Allards were built, and approximately 510 are believed to remain on the road or known to be under -restoration. More await discovery - even as this book was being written, one of Sydney's long-lost 1930s 'Allard Specials' has been found after years being forgotten. Other topics covered in this remarkable book include: car-by-car engineering and design details; unseen ideas and projects; the history of the Allard marque in motor sport and the Allard story in the USA. Finally, it features the Allard Owner's Club, Allard Register, members and their cars.

Porsche Model by Model

Porsche Model by Model

Author: Lance Cole Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2020

Taking a fresh approach, this book delivers an up-to-date review by investigating the essential characteristics, design and driving experience that defines the Porsche legend and its cars. From icons like the 356 and 911, through to the transaxle Porsches and recent models of Boxster, Cayman, Panamera, Macan, Tycan and more, Porsche Model by Model offers a detailed yet engaging commentary upon the marque. With over 275 archive and specially commissioned photographs, this book presents the full marque history from Ferdinand Porsche's defining Bohemian effect to the brand and design language today. It covers the 356 to the Taycan in concise yet detailed discussions; explores historical and technical details including specification tables and includes driving descriptions and owners' views.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Making a Legend

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Making a Legend

Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

The most prestigious motor car in the world. The true definition of luxuryA tour of the Rolls-Royce facility and a unique insight into the manufacturing processA stunning collection of cars from the earliest models to those of the modern dayA compendium of historical Rolls-Royce pictures, many unseenA luxurious book, beautifully designed and impeccably produced to the highest standardsThe ultimate Rolls Royce volume Step inside a world of engineering excellence with this collection, dedicated to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and officially endorsed by the Rolls-Royce company. Detailed descriptions of the manufacturing process are set against a backdrop of heritage and prestige, including an exclusive showcase of the company's manufacturing facility and a splendid gallery of Rolls-Royce cars dating back to sketches of work from the 1930s. This collection includes numerous unseen photos of Sir Henry Royce driving early versions of his iconic cars.A true behind-the-scenes experience, this book introduces the reader to the Rolls-Royce master craftsmen at work. High-quality images and detailed insights reveal the process by which each car is constructed, from the 2019 Ghost Zenith back in time to the 1904 Original. Rolls-Royce opens their archive to reveal a spectacular timeline of design, providing readers with an insight into the world of those who still uphold the words of Sir Henry Royce: Strive for perfection in everything you do .The contents list guides the reader through the complete construction of a car: Design and Customisation, Paint and Finish, Chassis Assembly, Woodwork, Leather, Testing, The Spirit of Ecstasy Hood Ornament, and more. With a glimpse at the Rolls- Royce Training Academy and a plethora of featured cars from last year to the start of the last century, this is the ultimate Rolls-Royce collectors' volume. Featured cars include the Silver Ghost (2018), the Phantom Aviator Coupe (2012), the Phantom Tranquillity (2019) the AX201 Silver Ghost (1907), the Phantom II Continental (1934) and many more.Simon Van Booy is a celebrated Anglo-American author, who has won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. His essays have been published in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and more.Harvey Briggs is the Editor/Publisher of Rides & Drives, a website dedicated to motoring journeys across the world.

MG Z Cars

MG Z Cars

Author: Craig Cheetham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

The MG Z cars were produced at a pivotal time when MG Rover Group separated from their previous owners BMW and stood alone in a the highly competitive mass car market. In this readable book, motoring journalist and Austin Rover expert Craig Cheetham reveals the inside story of the development of the range of MG Z cars that were designed to save the company. The book explores the formation of the Phoenix Corporation, the holding company for the MG Rover Group, and the design and engineering initiatives that would make the MG Z cars more than just a clever re-branding exercise and produce cars with lasting appeal. The book describes the MG Z versions of the Rover 25, the Rover 45 and the Rover 75, providing insights into how each of the models was re-engineered to meet the demanding standards of the MG heritage. It also describes the fortunes of the Z cars in motorsport and in particular the British Touring Car Championship. The book reveals how, despite all these efforts, MG Rover eventually ran out of money bringing to an end the British-owned mass car industry. Complete with tips for owners and prospective buyers on what to look out for, this book is an essential guide to the MG Z cars.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Author: Ben Collins Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

An extraordinary story of spies, lies and hard-driving genius, by the man who was The Stig Aston Martin's story is one of Survival, Ingenuity and Style. Beloved of engineers, speed freaks and spooks - both real and imagined - the car with the double-o prefix has blazed a trail to become one of the world's best-loved machines. Bestselling author, racer and stunt driver Ben Collins explores this magnificent machine from a unique perspective behind the wheel, carving through country lanes in his father's V8 Vantage, driving Aston Martins in four James Bond movies and competing against them in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race. The company's first, wickedly fast models were forged at a time when Ferrari's premises at Maranello was nothing but a ploughed field - but this book celebrates a century of characters who created a legend: from the visionary pioneers Martin and Bamford to modern-day genius Adrian Newey; from a glamorous web of pre- and post-war spies and racing drivers, to the achingly beautiful David Brown models beloved of Bonds past and present. Aston Martin is the story of a triumph of innovation and design that has burned brightly from the Roaring 20s to the 2020s, a driver's love letter to the cars that never say die.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Author: Ben Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

An extraordinary story of spies, lies and hard-driving genius, by the man who was The Stig Aston Martin's story is one of Survival, Ingenuity and Style. Beloved of engineers, speed freaks and spooks - both real and imagined - the car with the double-o prefix has blazed a trail to become one of the world's best-loved machines. Bestselling author, racer and stunt driver Ben Collins explores this magnificent machine from a unique perspective behind the wheel, carving through country lanes in his father's V8 Vantage, driving Aston Martins in four James Bond movies and competing against them in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race. The company's first, wickedly fast models were forged at a time when Ferrari's premises at Maranello was nothing but a ploughed field - but this book celebrates a century of characters who created a legend: from the visionary pioneers Martin and Bamford to modern-day genius Adrian Newey; from a glamorous web of pre- and post-war spies and racing drivers, to the achingly beautiful David Brown models beloved of Bonds past and present. Aston Martin is the story of a triumph of innovation and design that has burned brightly from the Roaring 20s to the 2020s, a driver's love letter to the cars that never say die.

Ford Tough

Ford Tough

Author: Patrick R. Foster Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2020

111 More Porsche Stories That You Should Know

111 More Porsche Stories That You Should Know

Author: Wilfried Muller Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2020

Here are 111 more gripping Porsche Stories that afficionados of the Stuttgart brand and sports car enthusiasts should know. Wilfried Muller tells the stories of very individual characters - no matter if in the race car cockpit or on the executive floors of the Stuttgart factory, the New York showroom or the Santa Ana racing headquarters in California. Meet Mark Donohue, Dan Gurney, Alwin Springer, Max Hoffman, Jackie Oliver, Brian Redman, Stefan Bellof, Bjoern Waldegard, Valentin Schaffer and many more. Enjoy the anecdotes of race cars dubbed Mickey Mouse or Kangaroo, Earl Rossi's 917 on the French Autoroute, tales from 10,000 mile rallies, Porsches that handled best when going 1.5 mph, and Porsches that were never built. Learn about the background to America's very own version of the legendary 962 racer, the story of the 356C SC Cabriolet, and the elusive America Roadster. Not to forget the chapter about magic Porsche words, which tell the stories of Porsche Design, RS or the Schuttgut , the Porsche family's home base and retreat in the Austrian mountains. Also available: 111 Porsche Stories That You Should know ISBN: 9783740800352

Volkswagen Beetles and Buses

Volkswagen Beetles and Buses

Author: Russell Hayes Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2020

Cars on Film

Cars on Film

Author: Giles Chapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

This book celebrates the car at the movies... but not always as you might be expecting. Cars have been an integral aspect of on-screen storytelling ever since the earliest cameras first rolled, highlighting suspense or humour as they transport characters from scene to scene. Car chases and car crashes have been staples in films from Hollywood to Pinewood, while several cars - the Alfa Romeo Spider in The Graduate, the Dodge Challenger in Vanishing Point, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang itself - have come to global attention after silver screen exposure. Award-winning car culture writer Giles Chapman has collected and conserved these rare images over many decades. Packed with pictorial gems, and many forgotten, bizarre or astonishing cinematic moments, this is the book film and car fanatics everywhere have been waiting for.