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Motor sports

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!

Quattro

Quattro

Author: Jeremy Walton Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2020

The word 'Quattro', chosen by Audi for its pioneering high-performance four-wheel-drive cars, immediately captures glamour and excitement in the minds of all motorsport enthusiasts. This book, written by a leading journalist and Quattro devotee, explores 24 years of factory-prepared and factory-supported Quattros in motorsport, from 1980 to 2004. It is a tale that extends from rough rally stages to race tracks, from pine-fringed ice trails in the depths of European winters to the shimmering heat haze and melting asphalt of Texas street racing. Along the way, it explains how Quattros collected four world rally championships, five American driver/manufacturer crowns and a single-year haul of seven international touring car titles, plus numerous other honours. With the five-cylinder turbocharged Quattro in its original form, rallying in the early years yielded numerous wins, most of all in 1982, when seven victories in 11 world championship rallies brought the first title. With the short-wheelbase Sport added to Audi's armoury, 1984 became an all-action, all-conquering rallying season with two more world titles won, for drivers (Stig Blomqvist) and manufacturers. Three stunning Pike's Peak wins were achieved in America in successive years, for Michele Mouton (1985), Bobby Unser (1986) and Walter Roehrl (1987). Starting with double championships for the 200 quattro in TransAm (1988) and the 90 Quattro in IMSA (1989), racing success unfolded in America. Exuberant Hans Stuck was the star driver, but consistent team-mate Hurley Haywood captured that 1988 title. Touring car campaigns during the 1990s brought huge success, starting with fearsome V8 Quattro 'racing limos' in Germany. Global achievements followed with A4 Quattros in many national Super Touring series throughout Europe and in Australia, including Frank Biela's 1996 title-winning campaign in Britain. Audi continued to win on track in the new millennium as race versions of the S4 and RS6 captured five SCCA GT Championship titles in America.

Shadow

Shadow

Author: Pete Lyons Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

First-ever book revealing the whole story of the iconic 'black' Shadows and the Shadowman who made it all happen. Coverage of the Can-Am years occupies the book's first half, starting with the jaw-droppingly radical, low-line car of 1970 and culminating in the championship winner of 1974. Formula 1, 1973-80, fills the book's second half, highlighted by Alan Jones's 1977 Austrian Grand Prix victory. Also included are sections on Shadow's Formula 5000 and second-generation Can-Am efforts.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

Author: Marshall Terrill Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2020

The star of some of the most beloved films of Hollywood's golden age--including Bullitt, The Great Escape, and The Magnificent Seven--Steve McQueen's unflappably roguish persona earned him the nickname The King of Cool and the highest salary of any movie star of his time. Marshall Terrill's new book draws on more than five decades of media coverage, memorabilia, and research to serve up a slew of quotations straight from the mouth of the man himself. Steve McQueen in His Own Words lets us hear directly from this iconoclastic actor through a wide array of sources: interviews, published articles, personal letters and audiotapes, providing an intimate view of McQueen as an actor, filmmaker, racer, pilot, husband, and family man. Accompanying the hundreds of quotes are an equally impressive number of photos, illustrations, personal documents, and memorabilia, many of which are published here for the first time. Steve McQueen in His Own Words paints a portrait of a complex, contradictory man who managed to become one of the greatest icons in cinema history while never sacrificing the passions and beliefs that drove him.

Hard Driving

Hard Driving

Author: Dermot Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2020

In the winter of 1908, six cars left Times Square bound for Paris. They were embarking on a remarkable motor race across the world that would capture everyone's imagination. In this book, Dermot Cole weaves a thrilling account of the improbable journey west from New York to Paris, the varied characters, and the nascent automobile industry. Drawing from the drivers' journals and extensive newspaper reports, Cole details the many hardships, triangulations, and physical extremes encountered along the route as the drivers attempted to race from coast to coast, cross the Bering Strait to Russia, traverse Siberia, and onward. Hard Driving delves beyond the riveting headlines to explore the race's implications for global politics and diplomacy and how the automobile became a viable mode of transportation.

Motorcross (Action Sports)

Motorcross (Action Sports)

Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2020

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

The Early Laps of Stock Car Racing

The Early Laps of Stock Car Racing

Author: Betty Boles Ellison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2020

The book begins with the nation's first organised, sanctioned stock car road race over the Briarcliff, New York, course - staged in 1908 by one of America's early speed mavens, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. A veteran of the early Ormond-Daytona Beach speed trials, Vanderbilt brought the Grand Prize races to Savannah, Georgia, in 1910. What began as a rich man's sport eventually became the working man's sport, finding a home in the South with the infusion of the rum-runners and moonshiners and their souped-up cars. The book is based, for the most part, on statements of drivers, car owners and others garnered from archived newspaper articles. Readers are given an expanded look at the National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing's 1948 incorporation documents; how they clash with the agreements adopted at NASCAR's organisation meeting two months earlier in December 1947. The meeting's participants soon realised that their sport was actually owned by William H. G. Bill France, and its consequential growth turned his family into millionaires. In addition to the sport's earlier races, the book covers NASCAR's first decades of stock car racing, through 1974 - with an astonishing lack of safety requirements and minuscule race purses paid France by Bill compared to his gate receipts.

Stunt Driving

Stunt Driving

Author: Tara Baukus Mello Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2020

The incredible stunts featured in blockbuster movies and popular TV adventure shows are exciting to watch but extremely hard to pull off. Trained professionals perform elaborate routines that require much planning for them to look effortless on screen. Stunt Driving is a compelling new book that takes readers behind the scenes of television shows and films to investigate what it really takes to execute these jaw-dropping stunts.

Hands-On Race Car Engineer

Hands-On Race Car Engineer

Author: John H. Glimmerveen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

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.

Lowriders

Lowriders

Author: Ann Parr Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2020

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

Homes On Wheels

Homes On Wheels

Author: M. Rockland Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2020

Bud Moore

Bud Moore

Author: Bud Moore, Perry Allen Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2020

Storming the beach at Normandy 70 years ago, little did a 19-year old farm boy Spartanburg, South Carolina, know the incredible times that were in store for him. Fighting for his country at war, Bud Moore earned five Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, captured with his jeep driver in enemy headquarters of more than 30 German officers and soldiers, and survived to return home and launch a career of enormous fame and wealth. Beginning as one of NASCAR stock car racing's true pioneers, Bud Moore won countless races in the rough and tumble days of the sport and continued on to win three Grand National Championships, a Grand American Championship, and the Sports Car Club of America Trans Am Championship. He won all those while victorious in three Southern 500s, the Daytona 500, and dozens of other major NASCAR events. A Who's Who of America's best drivers have chauffeured Bud Moore machines such as Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, Joe Weatherly, Joe Eubanks, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Lloyd Ruby, Tiny Lund, Darel Dieringer, Billy Wade, Peter Revson, Geoff Bodine, Jack Smith, Speedy Thompson, Fireball Roberts, and many many more. But racing also had a very high price as in less than a year his drivers Joe Weatherly and Billy Wade made the ultimate sacrifice of being killed in their primes piloting Bud Moore racecars. So ever since he entered the sport, Bud Moore continued to find ways to improve the cars making them not only faster, but safer. His innovations were immediately adopted by NASCAR and the automobile manufacturers and many are still in use today. Bud Moore did it all while providing for his wife of 63 years and helping raise three wonderful boys. Very few men or women have had the opportunity to serve their country and excel in their chosen field as did Bud Moore has. Now a gentleman farmer, he tells it all here; the danger and the daring, the heartbreak and the triumph, and the winning the ultimate honor that his sport can bestow.

Motorrad-Fahrtechnik

Motorrad-Fahrtechnik

Author: Michael Kessler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2020