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See below for a selection of the latest books from Motor sports category. Presented with a red border are the Motor sports books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Motor sports books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

John, George and the HWMs The First Racing Team to Fly the Flag for Britain

John, George and the HWMs The First Racing Team to Fly the Flag for Britain

Author: Simon Taylor, Sir Stirling Moss Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Founded by John Heath and George Abecassis, the HWM racing team set out in 1950, the year of the Formula 1 World Championship's inauguration, to race its Formula 2 cars all over Europe in a unique British endeavour. Always run on a shoestring, HWM's single-seaters achieved great results in flying the flag with mainly British drivers, most notably young Stirling Moss. In 1954 the team turned to sports cars, sometimes beating its Jaguar and Aston Martin works competitors, but Heath's death in the 1956 Mille Miglia was a tragic setback and the following year the team was wound up. Through the focus of HWM, this book paints an evocative picture of a period of motor racing that marked the beginnings of Britain's prowess in the sport.

Niki Lauda: His Competition History

Niki Lauda: His Competition History

Author: Jon Saltinstall, Doug Nye, John Watson, Kurt Bergmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

When, during the tumultuous 1976 Formula 1 season, Niki Lauda nearly perished in a conflagration at the Nurburgring and then, severely scarred, courageously fought back to race again only six weeks later, the Austrian earned admiration and adulation world-wide. While the saga of that year, and the battle with James Hunt for the World Championship, has been told many times, the rest of Lauda's racing has received less attention. This new book redresses that by documenting, race by race, his diverse driving career from 1968 to 1985. Through detailed dissection of each of his 328 races, in an eclectic mix of cars, a vivid picture emerges of a hugely determined and vastly talented racer who, despite many setbacks, left a remarkable legacy. All enthusiasts will treasure this comprehensive and richly illustrated examination of Niki Lauda's entire competition history.

Hands-On Race Car Engineer

Hands-On Race Car Engineer

Author: John H. Glimmerveen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Hands-On Race Car Engineer looks at every part of the process required to make a car better than its competitors. Drivers will gain a better understanding of the dynamics of the vehicle. Race engineers will better understand the practical implications of set-up. Design engineers will gain insight into practical applications of their designs. Mechanics will better understand why engineers design things a certain way. In short, this book will help racing professionals and enthusiasts learn to recognize why they won, or lost a race - key information to continually improving and reaching the winner's circle.

We Were the Ramchargers Inside Drag Racing's Legendary Team

We Were the Ramchargers Inside Drag Racing's Legendary Team

Author: David Rockwell Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Reveals the personalities and achievements of the Chrysler engineers who, from the 1950s through the 1970s, became one of the most successful and influential drag racing teams of all time.

Lowriders

Lowriders

Author: Ann Parr Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Filled with action photographs. These customized vehicles have spawned a whole new avenue for members of the racing industry.

Real NASCAR White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France

Real NASCAR White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France

Author: Daniel S. Pierce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2019

In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel Pierce offers a revealing new look at the sport from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks through the early 1970s when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition. Following NASCAR founder Big Bill France from his start as a mechanic, Real NASCAR details the sport's genesis as it has never been shown before. Pierce not only confirms the popular notion of NASCAR's origins in bootlegging, but also establishes beyond a doubt the close ties between organized racing and the illegal liquor industry, a story that readers will find both fascinating and controversial. Drawing on the memories of a variety of participants--including highly colorful characters like Lloyd Seay, Roy Hall, Gober Sosebee, Smokey Yunick, Bunky Knudsen, Humpy Wheeler, Bobby Isaac, Junior Johnson, and Big Bill France himself-- Real NASCAR shows how the reputation for wildness of these racers-by-day and bootleggers-by-night drew throngs of spectators to the tracks in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. They came to watch their heroes maneuver ordinary automobiles at incredible speed, beating and banging on each other, wrecking spectacularly, and fighting out their differences in the infield. Although France faced many challenges--including a fickle Detroit that often seemed unsure of its support for the sport, safety issues that killed star drivers and threatened its very existence, and drivers who twice tried to unionize to gain a bigger piece of the NASCAR pie--by the early 1970s France and his allies had laid a firm foundation for what has become today a billion-dollar industry and arguably the largest spectator sport in America. |In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Pierce offers a revealing new look at the sport from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks through the early 1970s when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition. The book not only confirms the popular notion of NASCAR's origins in bootlegging, but also establishes beyond a doubt the close ties between organized racing and the illegal liquor industry, a story that readers will find both fascinating and controversial.

Homes On Wheels

Homes On Wheels

Author: M. Rockland Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Motorcross (Action Sports)

Motorcross (Action Sports)

Author: Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Motocross races are fast, exciting events held on off-road tracks. Thrilling photos capture the action as riders take on whoops, jumps, and gullies.

Neil Soapy Castles Memoir of a Life in NASCAR and the Movies

Neil Soapy Castles Memoir of a Life in NASCAR and the Movies

Author: Henry Neil Soapy Castles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Henry Neil Soapy Castles grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and became involved in its pioneering auto racing scene at an early age. Graduating from soapbox derby cars to midgets and sprints and finally to stock cars, he sometimes crashed, sometimes won, saw friends die horribly, and became a champion. Eventually he left the racetrack for Hollywood where he became a stuntman working alongside such stars as Rory Calhoun, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rodgers, Richard Pryor and Andy Griffith. In the 1990s, groundwater contamination at Castle's truck repair business from an Exxon oil storage facility cost him an eye and most of his lungs. His decade-long class action lawsuit won him millions in compensation. Now in his mid-eighties, Castles is still going strong, procuring vehicles for movie and television projects.

Meister Brauser Harry Heuer's Championship Racing Team

Meister Brauser Harry Heuer's Championship Racing Team

Author: Tom Schultz Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2019

Between 1959 and 1964, the Meister Brauser racing team was a leader in US road racing. With Harry Heuer and ace Augie Pabst driving Scarabs, all-American race cars, the team chalked up an unprecedented run of championships. Besides its on-track successes, Meister Brauser was a leader in promoting team identity. It was one of the first to utilize an enclosed tractor trailer rig to transport the cars and as a rolling at-track machine shop. All the vehicles were painted in the team colours of dark metallic blue trimmed with white and accented by red pin stripes. The team members were outfitted in matching uniforms. The Team ran for only five years, but in that time set a mark for professionalism, wins and championships. This book recounts the history of the team with their triumphs and their failures, is a valuable addition to US racing history.

Alex Zenardi Immagini Di Una Vita/A Life in Pictures

Alex Zenardi Immagini Di Una Vita/A Life in Pictures

Author: Mario Donnini Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2019

A champion on the track and an exceptional man, capable of reinventing himself when anyone else would have given in, Alex Zanardi needs no introductions. The minor formulas, Formula 1, two titles in Formula Cart, the accident and the new life that has seen him conquer 12 gold medals in the Paralympic Games and Road World Championship are all included in the first fully illustrated interview-cum-book by a leading name in sports journalism, Mario Donnini. Alessandro Zanardi has had more than one life. The first began with go karts and the minor training formulas, the Italian F3 series, then Formula 3000. His performances were convincing and in 1991 the doors of Formula 1 opened: firstly with Jordan, then Minardi and then Lotus, but success was hard to come by and in 1995 it was time to look to the other side of the Atlantic and the Cart series. In the second half of his career, Alex quickly got to grips with racing in the USA and conquered his first title in 1997, a feat he repeated in 1998. The call of Europe and Formula 1 was irresistible, and in 1999 Zanardi raced for Williams, without success. He crossed the ocean once again, returning to the USA. On the 15th of September, 2001, he suffered the terrible accident in the Lausitzring circuit that changed his life forever. The loss of his lower limbs meant he had to rethink his very existence. After a long convalescence he returned to motorsport in Touring Car races, but this was not his destiny and after having become a popular television presenter, Alex found his new path in paracycling where he collected another stunning series of victories. Tracing, moment by moment, through a series of interviews with the protagonist, this authentic film of a life is Mario Donnini, a leading sports journalist and friend of Alex Zanardi. What emerges is a unique portrait, a story of sport, sacrifice and remarkable determination.

Women Who Ride the Hoka Hey Enduring America's Toughest Motorcycle Challenge

Women Who Ride the Hoka Hey Enduring America's Toughest Motorcycle Challenge

Author: Abagail Van Vlerah Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2019

The Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is an endurance ride that takes participants across the United States. Riding 20 hours a day or more for 7-12 days straight, they traverse back roads, brave dangerous conditions and battle mental and physical exhaustion. Fewer than 10 percent of participants are women. They take on the challenge and they excel! Chronicling the journeys of 14 women who participated in the Hoka Hey (Lakota for Let's do it! ) from 2010 to 2013, this feminist cultural analysis relates their often harrowing stories of life on the road and draws comparisons to women in other sports.