Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty
Vehicle Activity Program
by Charlie Henry
story of Kar-Kraft began, as did many others in the automotive
industry, with an axe to grind. In 1963, Ford was seriously
interested in purchasing Ferrari. Ferrari was a legendary brand with
considerable success in racing, and Ford saw the acquisition as a
great way to be instantly successful in the racing arena. When Enzo
Ferrari realized that Ford would not give him complete control of
the racing program, he backed out of the deal late in the process.
Ford had spent millions in vetting and audits, which then set in
motion a vengeful response against Ferrari. The result was the
unthinkable: Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans.
story doesn’t begin and end with the GT 40 that took the win away
from Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford expanded upon the program and
organized an all-out assault on racing in general. Cars were
prepared for Trans-Am, NASCAR, NHRA, and Can-Am competition. Street
versions of the Boss 429 were assembled under its roof. And fabled
prototypes including the LID Mustang, Boss 302 Maverick, and Mach 2C
were all assembled in Ford’s contracted race shop. And then, out of
the blue, its doors closed for good on a cold day in 1970. Author
Charlie Henry (a former Kar-Kraft employee) has enlisted the help of
many of his former co-workers to bring you the very first book ever
published on Ford’s all-encompassing special projects facility,
Hard cover, 192 pages, 332
color and B&W photos.
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WRITER MEETS THE ROAD:
A Collection of Articles, Broadcast
Intros, and Profiles
For more than 40 years,
racing fans all over the world have followed Sam Posey's unique
career as a driver, writer, and broadcaster. Posey wrote his first
article for Road & Track in 1968, the same year he drove a Chevrolet
Camaro for Roger Penske's team in the Trans-Am series. In the 1970s
he not only won at Sebring and finished on the podium at Le Mans,
but also published a highly regarded autobiography, The Mudge
Posey retired from driving in 1982, but in the
years since then his public profile has grown through his articles
for Road & Track, Sports Illustrated, and other
publications, as well as his work as a television commentator. In
Where the Writer Meets the Road, Posey has selected the
best of his work in both fields. The result is a remarkably varied
mix of short and long pieces on subjects ranging from racing in the
rain at Le Mans to test-driving the propeller-driven Wind Wagon
created by his uncle Teddy in the 1920s. There are also examples of
the shorter broadcast introductions he produced for Formula One
grands prix at Spa and Monaco, and even non-automotive events like
the Iditarod sled race.
No matter what the venue
or circumstances, Posey's writing captures the excitement of racing
as well as an insider's understanding of how the sport really works,
both on and off the track. It also reflects his innate curiosity and
enthusiasm for a wide range of non-automotive interests such as
painting, art, design and architecture.
Hard cover, 208
pages, B&W & color photos.
- A Collection of my Favorite Racing Photos
by Art Evans with
Art Evans was a sports car racer in the
1950s on the West Coast who raced against, and became close friends
with, Carroll Shelby. Their intense competition on the track became
a lifelong friendship off the track. He and Shelby collaborated on
many business projects over the years, including books, marketing
projects, projects for the Shelby Foundation, and so on. In his
later years, Shelby loved the books about his cars and similar
topics, but his eyesight was failing to the point where he had
difficulty reading, and really preferred the books that were heavy
It was from that realization that Shelby and
Evans decided to work on one last book together. They both combed
through the Shelby archives and selected Shelby’s favorite images
from his racing career. That is almost the entirety of this book. It
is packed with photos selected by Shelby himself, and the captions
are quotes from Shelby’s commentary on the action in the photo, as
well as his memories.
Unfortunately, Carroll Shelby passed
away before the book was fully completed, but Evans, following
Shelby’s instructions, carried this final project through to
Filled with images that have never been seen in
print, as well as images not published since the 1950s and 1960s,
this final work from Shelby is a personally curated collection by
the legend himself.
Hard cover, 256 pages, 296 color and B&W
The First Lady of Motorsports
by Linda Vaughn with Rob Kinnan
Perhaps the most photographed personality in
automotive and motorsports history, Linda Vaughn has entertained
fans and has been a premier marketer of automotive goods for more
than 55 years.
From her first days as Miss Atlanta Raceway,
coming of age while representing Hurst, through her annual
appearances at America’s top automotive and racing events, Linda
continues to engage fans, drawing long lines whenever she makes an
appearance. At her peak, Linda attended more than 100 events
annually, year after year, and she still attends more than 25 events
For the first time ever, Linda Vaughn allows her
fans a behind-the-scenes look at her career in motorsports and
promotion through her personal photographic archive and other
photos. Through captions, Linda tells the story of individual images
from her amazing memory, with no detail left unshared. She recounts
events with racing personalities and automotive icons from George
Hurst to Richard Petty to Mario Andretti to Don Garlits. Nobody is
left out as Linda tells stories about the photos chronicling her
career in motorsports.
Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of
Motorsports is the most comprehensive gathering of photos ever
assembled on Linda Vaughn. Through her 50-plus years in motorsports,
Linda has lived it all, been everywhere, and met everyone.
Hard cover, 224 pages, 217 color and 191 B&W photos.
Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age
by Lawrence Goldstone
is the most complete account to date of the wild early days of the
Lawrence Goldstone tells the fascinating story of
how the internal combustion engine, a “theory looking for an
application,” evolved into an innovation that would change history.
Debunking many long-held myths along the way,
shows that the creation of the automobile was not the work of one
man, but very much a global effort. Long before anyone had heard of
Henry Ford, men with names like Benz, Peugeot, Renault, and Daimler
were building and marketing the world’s first cars.
breathes life into an extraordinary cast of characters: the
inventors and engineers who crafted engines small enough to use on a
“horseless carriage”; the financiers who risked everything for their
visions; the first racers - daredevils who pushed rickety, untested
vehicles to their limits; and such visionary lawyers as George
Selden, who fought for and won the first patent for the
gasoline-powered automobile. Lurking around every corner is Henry
Ford, a brilliant innovator and an even better marketer, a tireless
promoter of his products - and of himself.
With a narrative
as propulsive as its subject, Drive! plunges us headlong
into a time unlike any in history, when near-manic innovation,
competition, and consumerist zeal coalesced to change the way the
Hard cover, 384 pages.
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Maestro: Karl Kainhofer and the History of
by Gordon Kirby
Karl Kainhofer, an Austrian-born Porsche-trained master
mechanic, was Roger Penske’s personal race mechanic, preparing many
of the cars Penske raced in the late 1950s and early ’60s. When
Penske started the Penske Racing organization in 1966 Kainhofer was
the first man he hired as a full-time employee, and over the
following ten years Kainhofer became chief mechanic for Mark
Donohue’s Can-Am, Formula 5000 cars, Indy cars and Formula 1 cars.
After Donohue’s tragic death at the Austrian GP in 1975,
Kainhofer started a second career as the boss of Penske’s engine
shop. Over the following 22 years he was Penske’s chief engine man,
before retiring at the end of 1997, after 32 years with Penske
Racing. Through a career that spanned 40 years from 1958 through
1997 Kainhofer scored a remarkable 170 wins from 535 races,
including 22 with Donohue in the USRRC, Can-Am and Indy cars, plus
94 wins, nine Indy 500s included, as the chief engine builder for
Penske’s Indy cars from 1977 through 1997.
In researching and
writing Penske’s Maestro, veteran American racing writer
and award-winning author Gordon Kirby interviewed more than 60
people who worked with Kainhofer at Penske Racing over the years.
Hence the book relates not only Karl’s life history but also the
inside story of Penske Racing’s first 32 years. Penske’s Maestro
includes more than 400 photos plus a complete statistical record of
Kainhofer’s amazing career.
Fully Indexed. Hard cover, 360
pages, 400+ photos.
America’s Racing Trinity
by Bones Bourcier
Forewords by John Andretti & Dave Despain
Twenty years after they hung up
their helmets, their names remain synonymous with the sport they
carried to new heights. A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Richard Petty
rose to fame just as the American media – print, radio, and,
crucially, television – began to legitimize auto racing. The timing
was perfect. In Foyt, Andretti, and Petty, the nation found
characters as compelling as any in sports or entertainment.
Foyt was all
Texas, John Wayne in a fireproof suit, stomping into Victory Lanes
from Indianapolis to Le Mans. Andretti, who’d sailed from Italy with
his family at age 15, struck for all outsiders the same yes-you-can
chord sounded by another Italian-American, the great Frank Sinatra.
Petty, the genial North Carolinian who signed autographs until the
last fan went home, put a smiling Andy Griffith face on the American
South, no small feat in the tumultuous ’60s.
They crossed paths
often, on the track and in the headlines. Take 1967, which opened
with Andretti beating NASCAR’s best at Daytona, peaked with Foyt’s
third Indianapolis 500 win, and ended with a record 27 victories for
Petty. Or the three-season stretch from 1977-79, during which Foyt
became the first four-time Indy winner, Andretti earned the World
Driving Championship, and Petty captured a landmark Daytona 500.
throttled back their careers in near-unison, Petty in 1992, Foyt in
’93, Andretti in ’94. Today all three are revered; as they walk
through crowded pit areas, people step back to make way. Charisma
This is no mere three-act biography. Laced with quotes from
first-hand interviews with Foyt, Petty, Andretti, and their peers,
and spiced with period accounts from the motorsports world and the
changing social landscape, this is award-winning author Bones
Bourcier’s history of modern American automobile racing as refracted
through the lives of three extraordinary champions.
cover, 348 pages, 24 pages of B&W photos.
of Harley Earl
by David W. Temple
Over Harley Earl’s 50-year career, he
created as well as collaborated on the most innovative, bold,
technologically advanced cars made by General Motors. As a titan of
American auto design, the cars he helped create are still celebrated
today. And as an enduring legacy, he inspired a generation of
engineers, designers, and stylists.
automotive historian David W. Temple has researched and unearthed
the complete story of Harley Earl's cars, his notable design
achievements, and many accolades. Working as a coachbuilder at his
father's Earl Automotive Works in Hollywood, California, the young
Earl learned his trade. After styling the 1927 LaSalle for GM
president Alfred P. Sloan, Earl rose to prominence and ran the newly
created department of Art and Color. When the jet age hit, he fully
embraced aviation design and infused it into GM cars. He led the
team that created the 1953 Corvette, and this iconic American sports
car is still going strong today.
Earl's drive toward bold and innovative design spurred American car
design during the mid-twentieth century. His work defined the 1950s
finned cars and set American automotive design on the path it has
followed into the modern era. This is the inside story of these
remarkable cars and the man behind them. It's an essential addition
to any automotive library.
cover, 192 pages, heavily illustrated with color and B&W photos.
Sale Price: $12.95
The Best of Gerald
by Gerald Hodges
Hodges, “The Racing Reporter,” has compiled a delightful selection
of stories, culled from the thousands of articles and stories he has
written since 1993 about racing and its people – and some non-racing
folks who just interested him, like Hank Williams and Franklin D.
Soft cover, 240 pages, B&W photos.
The Art of Race Car
by Bob Riley
with Jonathan Ingram
After building his first race
cars out of southern Louisiana junkyards, Bob Riley quickly
established himself as a leading light, if not genius, when it came
to race car design.
His first major suspension design helped
Henry Ford II make good on his vendetta to beat Enzo Ferrari at Le
Mans. Riley's first radical Indy car designs, with its ingenious
center-hub-mounted suspension resulted in A.J. Foyt's landmark
fourth victory at the Indianapolis 500 in 1977.
Riley has continued to be at the heart of the world of motorsports,
working with its most famous drivers at the biggest events,
including the Daytona 500, where his engineering helped Dale
Earnhardt finally win NASCAR's marquee event.
Art of Race Car Design, Riley shares his insights on drawing
cars and later creating them on computers, as well as the experience
of working with some of America’s best known teams and drivers. It’s
a tale told with candor, modesty and humor about what it’s like to
work in racing’s big leagues.
Hard cover with dust jacket,
192 pages, heavily illustrated with color and B&W images, plus a
complete statistical record.
The History of AMC
Motorsports: Trans-Am, Quarter-Mile, NASCAR, Bonneville and More
by Bob McClurg
When manufacturers’ racing involvement are considered, AMC
is not a company that immediately comes to mind. Yet even from the
very beginning of American motorsports, the companies that became
AMC had some serious commitment to motorsports. From the early Nash
and Hudson models all the way through the muscle car era, AMC
directly participated in racing. The success of Nash and Hudson in
early NASCAR racing, AMC Javelins in Trans-Am racing, and AMC's
involvement with Mark Donohue and Roger Penske in both their
Trans-Am and 1970s NASCAR teams prove that AMC was "in it to win
The History of AMC Motorsports
from veteran racing journalist Bob McClurg covers it all, from a
Nash-American Motors corporate history, the first years of NASCAR,
the 1960s efforts that included Trans-Am and drag racing Super Stock
programs, to the Craig Breedlove land speed record efforts when 106
world records were shattered and covered by Hot Rod
magazine. And let's not forget the 1970s Trans-Am championships with
Donohue and Penske, and finally the NASCAR success with Bobby
Allison in the always-curious-looking Matador, which is also covered
Never before has a single volume
chronicled the events that encompass AMC racing history. Whether a
hardcore racing history fan or a casual enthusiast of the AMC street
offerings, The History of AMC Motorsports provides a unique
showcase vital to every enthusiast's library.
color and B&W photos, 204 pages.
RAY CRAWFORD -
by Andrew Layton
Ray Crawford was one of the most versatile race car drivers
of the 1950s.
From P-38 fighter ace to pioneering jet test
pilot, to multi-million-dollar supermarket mogul, Ray's story comes
to life through Andrew Layton's finely crafted text and over 150
rare or never-before-seen images from Dick Wallen’s superb
Hard cover, 206 pp, coffee table.
Shelby Cobra: The
Snake That Conquered
by Colin Comer,
Foreword by Carroll Shelby
2011, Shelby enthusiast Colin Comer wrote Shelby Cobra 50 Years;
the book met with rave reviews, including Esquire magazine naming it
"the greatest car book of all time." Shortly after its publication,
Carroll Shelby and Phil Remington–the two most important men behind
the Shelby Cobra–passed away. In the wake of this loss comes this
special collector's edition of Shelby Cobra 50 Years,
Shelby Cobra: The Snake That Conquered the World.
The book recalls the early 1960s when Carroll Shelby, a
Texas chicken farmer turned champion race driver, had the audacity
to think he could start his own car manufacturing company. To
further emphasize the gargantuan proportions of his confidence,
Shelby decided his company would manufacture nothing but
ultra-high-performance sports cars, beginning with the landmark
Cobra, introduced in 1962. To the amazement of everyone, except Ol'
Shel' himself, Shelby Automobiles succeeded beyond anyone's wildest
expectations, building cars that would provide benchmarks for
performance that stand to this day and winning world championships
in the process.
Shelby Cobra: The Snake
That Conquered the World is a complete history of Shelby's
Cobra sports cars and firsthand accounts from the people who made
the car the legend it is today. It begins with the events that led
up to Shelby's decision to build a high-performance sports car,
continues with the story of the production Cobra street cars and
racecars, and wraps up with Shelby's continuation cars and an all
new chapter with tributes to Carroll Shelby from Chuck Cantwell,
John Morton, Henry Ford III, Kati Remington-Blackledge, and others,
as well as new and updated material.
special collector's edition includes stunning poster-sized gatefolds
featuring artwork by Hector Cadamartori and is an officially
licensed Carroll Shelby product.
Hard cover, coffee table
book, loaded with color and B&W photographs, 272 pages.
Street and Race Cars
by Martyn L. Schorr
early 1960s, Ford Motor Company underwent a dramatic change in
corporate philosophy. Previously, under Ford's young chairman, Henry
Ford II ("the Deuce") safety, not performance, was the goal.
1962, even the chairman realized his philosophy needed to change.
Ford was nearly invisible to car-crazy baby boomers. Lee Iacocca
convinced Ford that he needed to act decisively or risk losing the
emerging youth market to the competition.
began Ford's "Total Performance" program.
Ford Total Performance
is all about Ford's prime racing era from 1961 through 1971. In
addition to purpose-built race cars, it also covers production
performance cars, specialty models, and unique concepts such as
lightweight drag race cars. The book explores the 427 Fairlane
Thunderbolt; Mercury Comet; unique V-8 Falcons that competed in the
1963 and 1964 Monte Carlo Rallies; Dick Brannan's 427 A/FX drag car;
Ford Indy 500 winning race cars; 427 Overhead Cam SOHC 427 engines
as used in A/FX and fuel race cars; Boss 302 and 429 Mustangs for
street, drag racing, and Trans-Am; and many more.
Ford-Ferrari war that led to the creation of the legendary GT40 Le
Mans race cars isn't forgotten. Featuring unpublished period
photographs, plus photos and artwork from Ford designers,
Ford Total Performance
covers all of Ford's classic race and street cars, including Cobras
and Shelby Mustangs. It's a must-have book for any fan of classic
American performance cars!
cover, 208 pages, loads of color and black and white photos.
How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled
Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans
by Preston Lerner
Henry Ford II, "the Deuce,"
wanted a race car capable of winning top-flight sports car events in
Europe. Specifically, he wanted to win Le Mans. Ford learned that
Enzo Ferrari would consider selling his company and negotiations
quickly ensued. But after Ford spent considerable time and money
reviewing Ferrari's operations and negotiating with Enzo, Ferrari
abruptly backed out of the talks.
Deuce took Ferrari's actions as a personal insult. Word was sent
down from on high: beat Ferrari. Ford settled on UK-based Eric
Broadley's Lola GT, a cutting-edge car that featured a mid-engine
chassis and small-block Ford V-8 power. The Lola GT would morph into
the Ford GT. Carroll Shelby helped shape it into the "Mark II" GT40.
The result was one of the most legendary wins in racing history:
Ford's 1-2-3 sweep of Le Mans in 1966.
Ford GT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford's iconic
victory, providing the detailed back story leading to that historic
win, as well as the follow-up win in 1967. The GT40's last two
competitive seasons in 1968 and 1969 are also covered, for a
complete view of this remarkable era in racing. Author Preston
Lerner details the ups and downs of Ford's GT program, accompanied
by Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman's historic images.
Come re-live one of the most exciting stories in all of racing
Hard cover, 224 pages, heavily illustrated with B&W
and color photos.
Techniques and the Stories Behind the
by David Kimble
Renowned artist David Kimble reveals
the secrets, techniques, procedures, and the dedication to craft
that is required to produce these amazing illustrations.
Kimble’s step-by-step process features fresh, original art of a
McLaren Can-Am car and a vintage Harley-Davidson.
gift for any automotive or art fan.
Auto Racing, I Gave You the Best
of My Life
by Joyce Standridge
Award-winning auto-racing columnist Joyce Standridge has spent
nearly 40 years chronicling life as a racing fan, driver’s wife, car
owner and track employee, as well as journalist.
hundreds of columns in national magazines, Joyce takes you on a
rollicking ramble to share many laughs—and a few tears.
cover, 238 pages, 273 B&W photos from the author’s personal
Hemmings Motor News review.
The Story of America’s
Most Unusual Oil Company
Seims and Alan Darr
Can you believe that there
once was an oil company that everyone loved? From the Roaring
Twenties until the end of WWII, the Gilmore Oil Company provided its
3,500 stations in California, Oregon and Washington with much more
than gas and oil. There were clowns, circuses, lions (even an
airborne one), parades, and a host of giveaways and wacky promotions
that gave children and adults alike a smile.
Gilmore story reads like a fairy tale. From its beginnings in the
1890s as a dairy ranch, the family property in West Los Angeles
became an oil field, refinery, sports and entertainment complex and
a currently world-class shopping experience. On “Gilmore Island” as
it was known, Earl Bell Gilmore built a baseball field, Farmers
Market, drive in theater and the first purpose-built stadium ever
constructed for Midget auto racing.
Gilmore advertised his oil
products aggressively in print and radio media, but the bulk of his
advertising dollar was spent sponsoring motor sports–and that meant
backing winners. The famous Gilmore Red Lion logo adorned race cars
at Gilmore Stadium, Legion Ascot Raceway in L.A. and at Indianapolis
(five times a winner) and Bonneville Salt Flats. The company boasted
that 253 automobile and aircraft racing records had been broken with
Gilmore’ sponsorship–and gas in the tank.
Sold to Mobil Oil during WWII, Gilmore
stations faded away, and with them a colorful era. Here is the
complete Gilmore story, with hundreds of vintage photographs, and
many color images of Gilmore collectibles. Authors Charles Seims and
Alan Darr spent ten years compiling this book. In these pages,
Gilmore roars again. Hard cover,
240 pages and over 300
THE LAST DAYS OF HENRY
by Henry Dominguez
Award-winning author and Ford historian Henry Dominguez
delivers a huge amount of new information, and revealing family
detail in The Last Days of Henry Ford.
over 100 images, including the only known color image of Henry Ford
Hard cover with dust jacket, 366 pages.
back cover endorsements
History of Auto Racing in New England
- A Project of the North
Motor Sports Museum
There has never
been a book like this one, a carefully researched and written
biography of automobile racing in New England.
History of Auto Racing in New England celebrates the colorful
past of racing cars in the six states on road courses, up mountains,
along the ocean’s beaches, around dirt and paved ovals, and down
strips of concrete and asphalt.
More than the cars, we
have focused on the people who drove them and those who created the
stages on which the drivers exhibited their courage and their skill.
The early races that make up much of the book were profoundly
dangerous; participation required abnormal courage. As we celebrate
the winners, we mourn with the families and friends of those who
paid racing’s ultimate price.
A few have become wealthy
beyond their wildest dreams through New England racing. The majority
have participated for the love of going fast, the joy of turning
wrenches while looking for more speed or better handling or to hear
the cheers of the crowd following a winning Saturday night or Sunday
Go inside this book’s covers to discover how
racing in New England has made so many lives more thrilling and
fulfilling – and in ways that could never happen again.
Proceeds benefit NEMSM.
Hard cover, 400+ B&W
photos, 304 pages.
Follmer: American Wheel Man
Forewords by Roger Penske & Parnelli Jones
This beautifully produced book covers
the entire career of George Follmer, starting from Gymkhana
competition with a Volkswagen Beetle in parking lots to Formula One.
George won the 1972 Can-Am championship driving a Porsche
917-10 for Roger Penske. He also won the 1972 Trans-Am championship
becoming the only driver to ever win both championships in the same
year. He would win the Trans-Am championship again in 1976 driving a
Porsche 934. This and other drives in legendary Porsche's make him
one of the most successful Porsche drivers ever.
covers Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000, Formula
One, Le Mans, World Championship for Makes, IROC Series and numerous
Hard cover coffee table, 336 pages, many B&W photos
As a matter of fact, I am
by Parnelli Jones with Bones Bourcier
For race fans who know the sport’s history, “Parnelli Jones” is
synonymous with speed. Jones’ journey from California jalopy wars to
victory lane at the Indianapolis 500 is the stuff of American
motorsports legend. Now, at last, Parnelli tells the story of his
incredible racing life. Each chapter is introduced by Bourcier to
set the scene and ends with a personal reminiscence by a racer,
owner, or friend who was there, including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti,
Bobby and Al Unser, Bud Moore, Johnny Rutherford, Tony Stewart, and
Hard cover, 288 pp, B&W and color photos.
Swamp Yankee: The Racing Life
by Walt Scadden
Yankee” is the story of legendary crew chief and engine-builder Jim
Jorgensen’s epic journey from Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam,
Mass., to the National Championship Indy Car Series. From the late
1950s to 1969, Jorgensen and his crew crisscrossed the country,
racing his innovative stock car, sprint, and Indy Car designs with
standout drivers like Gene Bergin, Buddy Krebs, Bill Brown and Denny
Progressing from countless bullrings and county fair tracks to some
of the most revered venues in the country such as Langhorne, Phoenix
and Milwaukee, and on to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jorgensen
made his name and left his mark. His journey had its share of
detours and heartbreaking disappointments, but it provided him the
formidable education needed to compete at the highest level of
racing in the country and earned him induction into the New England
Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
Jorgensen’s was a time of open trailers and pick-up trucks, where a
handshake was the measure of a man. His story is a compelling
account of the ingenuity, passion, triumph and hardship that defined
the legendary competitors of racing’s greatest era.
Soft cover, 152 pages, B&W photos.
Safely, Living Dangerously
By Bill Simpson
The autobiography of Bill Simpson as told to
Bones Bourcier. (Bill and Bones followed this volume up in 2012 with
Through the Fire, S-1224)
Safety equipment pioneer
Bill Simpson has saved the lives of more race drivers than any other
man in history.
Yet, this is more than the story of a creative
genius who achieved extraordinary success; it is also the story of
one of the zaniest characters in a sport full of just over-the-edge
Soft cover, 240 pages.
Through the Fire
by Bill Simpson with Bones Bourcier
a decade ago, motorsports safety pioneer Bill Simpson published
Racing Safely, Living Dangerously, intended to be both a memoir
of sorts and a guided tour into the topsy-turvy world of big-time
automobile racing. The book, which drew widespread acclaim,
chronicled Simpson’s race-driving career – from the streets and drag
strips of Southern California all the way to the Indianapolis 500 –
and took readers along for a raucous ride as both the author and his
beloved sport matured. Well, sort of.
was meant to cap a wonderful career, but it turned out the Bill
Simpson story was still unfolding. Through the Fire, the
recently-released sequel, tracks Simpson’s tumultuous journey since
2001, from the death of his friend Dale Earnhardt and the emotional
storm that resulted, to his battles with sanctioning bodies and
various governing groups, to his thoughts on racing’s old-school
heroes and the new-school kids still on their way up the ladder.
those who know Simpson might expect, from time to time a good
old-fashioned race party breaks out on the book’s pages, and the
readers are invited to pour a drink and pull up a chair.
Through the Fire, Bill Simpson pulls no punches. In fact, he
throws a few. It’s a must-read book for anyone interested in American
Soft Cover, 250 pages, some color and B&W
Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography
by Rinsey Mills
wanted to add some spice to its newly introduced Mustang pony car,
it turned to former racer Carroll Shelby. The resulting cars proved
to be the definitive performance Mustangs of the muscle-car era. The
choice made sense. Shelby had proven himself a force to be reckoned
with on the racetrack, in the tuning shop, and in the auto industry.
By the time Ford hired Shelby to create a racer from its Mustang,
the man was already an automotive legend.
his career, Shelby’s accomplishments as a racecar driver included
breaking land speed records at Bonneville and winning Le Mans in
1959 with teammate Roy Salvadori. As a team manager, Carroll was
part of the FIA World Grand Touring Championship as well as the Ford
GT victories at Le Mans.
health forced him to give up racing in 1960, Carroll turned his
attention to design. He had a vision of a racecar made from a
lightweight European chassis with American V-8 power.
result is what is considered to be perhaps the greatest sports car
and one of the fastest road cars ever constructed: the Shelby Cobra.
legacy continues to impact the world of racing and automobile
design. Even today, Ford’s premier Mustang carries the Shelby name
and iconic snake logo.
is the complete, authorized biography of Carroll Shelby including
images from Shelby's personal collection. It's the story every
enthusiast has always wanted to read.
cover, 464 pages, B&W photos.
Time - A Lifetime at Speed
by Don Miller with
Net proceeds from the sale of this book have been pledged to support
the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the Carolinas.
It takes brains, character and extreme courage to succeed at the
pinnacle of racing. Don Miller has all three qualities in spades.
Roger Penske entrusted him with starting two NASCAR teams,
developing their talent, getting the sponsors and turning their
drivers into superstars. Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman both have Don
Miller to thank for much of their early success at the highest
levels of NASCAR. Along the way, Miller was responsible for key
innovations in racing tires, insulating materials to protect
drivers, and aero packages. He can even take credit for inventing
the souvenir trailer of today.
A professional drag racer in his teens and twenties, Miller has
always been the hardest of hardcore racers, on every kind of track.
That passion has never diminished, even though racing brought him to
the very brink of death.
Don Miller has never before told his full story. Miller's Time, the
memoirs of this hot rodder, racing titan, gifted businessman and car
collector who just plain loves people, is one of the most
compelling, rewarding and harrowing racing books that you will ever
be lucky enough to read.
Hard cover with dust jacket,
200 black & white photos, 304 pages.
American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA)
Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood
by Hal Needham
wrecked hundreds of cars, fell from tall buildings, got blown up,
was dragged by horses, and along the way broke 56 bones, my back
twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth…”.
says Hal Needham, on the flap of his new book. In addition to his
fame as a Hollywood stuntman and director, directing classic like
Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run, Hal Needham set trends
in NASCAR (the first team owner to use telemetry technology) and car
collector. His Skoal-Bandit race team was one of the most popular
NASCAR teams ever. He was the financier and owner of the Budweiser
Rocket Car (now in display in the Smithsonian's National Air and
Space Museum), the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier,
traveling at 739.666 mph. A must for movie and racing fans alike!
Hard cover, 320 pages.
McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes
of a Hollywood Icon
by Matt Stone
He made movies
best remembered for their wild car chases, mad motorcycle dashes,
and hair-raising races, but no one forgets the man at the
wheel--Steve McQueen, the King of Cool. No other Hollywood star has
been so closely linked with cars and bikes. It is this connection
that McQueen’s Machines explores, giving readers a close-up look at
the cars and motorcycles McQueen drove in movies, those he owned,
and others he raced.
From the 1968 Ford
Mustang GT Fastback he drove in Bullitt (in the greatest car chase
of all time) to his Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in "The Thomas Crown
Affair", from the Triumph motorcycle of "The Great Escape" to the
Gulf-Porsche 917K he actually raced in "Le Mans", the cars and bikes
that McQueen made famous in films make another appearance here.
The book also
features the cars, motorcycles, and even airplanes that McQueen
owned over the years, including two motorcycles that fetched record
prices at a recent auction: a 1937 Crocker "Hemi-head" V-Twin and a
1920 Indian Powerplus Daytona. Among notable cars profiled in the
book are a 1959 Porsche Speedster bought new by McQueen, a 1957
Jaguar XKSS, a 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso, a 1953 Siata 208S, a 1965
Ferrari 275 NART Spyder, and a 1969 "Le Mans" Porsche 911S.
With a foreword by
Steve's son, Chad McQueen, and a wealth of details about the stars
amateur racing career, his movie stunt work, and his car and
motorcycle collecting, McQueen’s Machines draws a fascinating
picture of one outsized man’s driving passion.
Newly released in soft cover on glossy paper, many color and B&W
photos, 184 pages.
His Life in Photographs
In the stunning follow-up to his award-winning biography
Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed, author Michael
Argetsinger recreates Donohue’s remarkable life through hundreds of
brilliant photographs. Many of these pictures were provided by the
people who were closest to Donohue: his family, friends, and Penske
Racing teammates. The book also offers some of the best work by the
top motorsports photographers of the era, who deliver brilliant
images of Donohue with a dazzling array of race cars, and intimate
shots with his team and fellow drivers.
These photos not only offer a uniquely personal view of a
champion, but also reveal details of the cars that he drove and the
preparation that went into racing each of them. These include
everything from his earliest home-built efforts to the highly
refined Camaros, Javelins, and Porsches that made him a champion and
American icon in the 1960s and 1970s. Each image is accompanied by
Argetsinger’s detailed, insightful captions. And Mark’s
contemporaries—including his Penske teammates and fellow drivers Dan
Gurney, George Follmer, David Hobbs, John Surtees, and Bobby
Unser—also offer their recollections and commentary.
Even readers who are already familiar with the life and
legacy of Mark Donohue will be dazzled by this stunning collection
of images and memories. Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs
vividly presents the life and times of an American racing hero.
Hard cover, 160 pages, 126 B&W and
118 color photographs.
Phil Hill: A Driving Life
by Phil Hill
with photography by John Lamm
Though he’s best remembered as the first American Formula
One champion and a three-time Le Mans winner, Phil Hill (1927-2008)
also enjoyed a long career as an automotive writer. Hill was a
regular contributor to Road & Track magazine, writing vivid,
first-person accounts of his experiences driving everything from the
earliest horseless carriages to the most modern road and race cars.
Phil Hill: A Driving Life gathers the best of these stories, each of
them accompanied by dazzling photographs from Hill’s friend and
colleague John Lamm.
The book starts with the
very first car, a three-wheeler built by Karl Benz in 1886. From
there it’s on to a classic Packard touring car from 1915, the
first-ever MG, the revolutionary rear-engined Auto-Union D-Type, and
many others. Several chapters find Hill reunited with cars that
played a significant role in his racing career. From the 1950s
there’s the Jaguar XK120 that gave him an early win at Pebble Beach
in 1950 and the Maserati 250F that he drove in his first Grand Prix
at Reims in 1958. A decade later there are the Ford GT40s he helped
develop, 1963’s ill-fated ATS 100 Grand Prix car, and the unique,
high-winged Chaparral 2F that yielded his last professional victory
at Brands Hatch in 1967. And there are also Phil’s recollections of
other great drivers he drove with and against, including Juan Manuel
Fangio, Stirling Moss, Olivier Gendebien, and Dan Gurney.
Whether he’s writing about a rare vintage race car, a
hard-fought victory, or an old friend, Phil’s essential qualities of
intelligence, curiosity, and integrity always come through. Phil
Hill: A Driving Life provides a unique perspective on automotive
history from a true champion.
A gorgeous, hard-cover
coffee-table book, 192 pages with 173 black & white and full-color
To Indy and Beyond -
The Life of Racing
Legend Jack Zink
by Dr. Bob L.
Jack Zink is a legend in the world of car racing. As a driver for
more than twenty years, he won stock car races on dirt tracks,
accumulated trophies in off-road dune buggies, and even set a flying
mile speed record in a 1957 Pontiac he designed and built for the
early NASCAR circuit. As a team leader, mechanic, and engineer, he
pushed the limits of technology with his innovative designs for cars
that were lighter, lower, and more powerful. Even his failures, such
as the attempted use of a turbine engine in a car, opened new doors
that others rushed through in the pursuit of speed and durability.
Perhaps he is best remembered for his victories at the greatest
track in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the
greatest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500. From 1950 to 1967,
Jack walked shoulder to shoulder with the greatest team owners,
mechanics, and drivers in racing history. Twice, his team won the
coveted Borg Warner Trophy, in back-to-back Indy victories (1955 and
But Jack was much more than a pioneer in car racing. He raced
sailboats. He raced motorcycles. He also was a skilled engineer and
businessman, ultimately building not one but two companies into
international giants that still dominate the combustion industry
with burners, flares, and incinerators that greatly reduce
pollution. Even with all these accomplishments, Jack was most proud
of his service to his community, especially the Zink Ranch, a
33,000-acre nature preserve in the Osage Hills of Oklahoma that will
perpetually provide open space in an increasingly crowded and urban
This biography weaves all of these stories into a portrait of Jack
Zink. Along the way are the friends and family members who were part
of the adventure, as well as the challenges and opportunities that
drove him forward. Here is the story of one amazing man who lived by
a simple code: "The man who wins is the man who tries."
Hard cover, 206 pages.
SHELBY: The Man.
by Wallace A.
A thorough study of the great road racer
and developer of the Cobra, Shelby Dodges, and the Viper.
Carroll Hall Shelby also happened to be a chicken farmer, chili
cook, dog breeder, safari guide, flying instructor, oil well
roustabout, and friend to politicians and kings.
Soft cover, 204 pages, B&W photos.
FAST COMPANY - Six Decades of Racers,
Rascals, and Rods
By “Speedy” Bill Smith
with Dave Argabright
Bill Smith rose from humble beginnings to reach the Hall of Fame as
a racer and rodder, building a powerhouse company—Speedway Motors—in
Jan Opperman and Doug Wolfgang…’40 Fords and Smitty mufflers…Lloyd
Beckman and Tiny Lund…McCullough Superchargers and fast, fast
rides…Speedy teams up with acclaimed author Dave Argabright to bring
to life the compelling characters and events that shaped racing and
all corners of automotive performance.
Hard cover, 352 pp, 32 pp of B&W photos.
Foreword by Ken Schrader, introduction by Dick Berggren.
THE LAST LAP:
- 60 Years
of Precious Memories
by Gerald Hodges
The biography of "The Voice of Dixie," who for 60-plus years has
announced at short tracks across Georgia.
From his earliest years as a cigar peddler, he rose to Senior Vice
President of Hav-A-Tampa and was ultimately responsible for the
company’s sponsorship of the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series.
A member of the National Dirt Racing Hall of Fame and a Living
Legends of Auto Racing Award winner, Mosteller is a true American
256 pp, 140 B&W photos.
The Man Who Would Not Die:
The Remarkable Story of
“Lucky” Herschel McKee
by Stephen Olvey
Herschel McKee’s remarkable life story reads like that of a
comic-book hero. A daredevil, a leader of men and, above all, a
survivor, McKee fought in both World Wars, suffering numerous
skirmishes with death. His colorful life included spells as a
Foreign Legion soldier, fighter-pilot ace with the elite Lafayette
Flying Corps, prisoner-of-war escapee, race car driver, WWII
bomber-wing commander and test pilot.
resilience led to him being nicknamed ‘The Man Who Would Not Die’
while he was still alive. Written in a lively, engaging style, here
is the true story of an extraordinary man.
Hard cover, 272 pages.
Mickey Thompson: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of a Racing Legend
by Erik Arneson
adventures in the Carrera Panamericana, through making a run of
406.60 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in his famed Challenger,
through multiple trend-setting entries in the Indianapolis 500 and
into the creation of some of the most popular off-road racing
series, Mickey’s life was full of “firsts.”
he and his wife Trudy were assassinated in their driveway in 1988.
This is the full
story of Mickey’s life at speed and the slow path to justice.
Soft cover only, 304
The Unfair Advantage
by Mark Donohue
In 1974, Mark Donohue took a year off from driving at the height of
his racing career to write "The Unfair Advantage," a candid and
revealing book about his journey through the world of auto racing –
from amateur SCCA races in his own 57 Corvette to winning the Indy
500 in Roger Penske’s McLaren M16.
Considered a classic, the book was reissued in 2000; this edition
contains over 60 additional photographs and comments from people who
worked and raced with Donohue during the 1960s and early 1970s.
Soft cover, 350 pages, 100+ black and white & color photos.
American Auto Racing:
The Milestones and Personalities
of a Century of Speed
Martin and Thomas F. Saal
This work traces American auto racing through the 20th century,
covering its significant milestones, developments and personalities.
Subjects included are: Bill Elliott, dirt track racing, board track
racing, Henry Ford, Grand Prix races, Dale Earnhardt, the Vanderbilt
Cup, Bill France, Gordon Bennett, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
the Mercer, the Stutz, Duesenberg, Frank Lockhart, drag racing, the
Trans Am, Paul Newman, vintage racing, land speed records, Al Unser,
Wilbur Shaw, the Corvette, the Cobra, Richard Petty, NASCAR, Can Am,
Mickey Thompson, Roger Penske, Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, and
Through interviews with participants and track records, this text
shows where, when and how racing changed. It describes the growth of
each different form of auto racing as well as the people and
technologies that made it ever faster.
Soft cover, 231 pages, 232 photos.
Ab & Marvin Jenkins: The Studebaker Connection and the Mormon
by Gordon White
The story of Ab Jenkins, who, with Studebaker, set transcontinental
highway and hill climb records, raced on the board tracks of the
twenties, then, with the help of his son, Marvin, put the Bonneville
Salt Flats on the world scene, setting records there for 24 years;
Ab's career as Mayor of Salt Lake City and, in the 1990s, Marvin's
rescue of his dad's Mormon Meteor III from the un-caring hands of
the State of Utah.
Soft cover, 160 pages,
200 black & white photos.
Let 'Em All Go!
by Chris Economaki
with Dave Argabright
Chris Economaki is the world’s
best-known reporter of the auto racing scene. No man, with either the
written or electronic word, has had an effect on auto racing like Economaki.
The most powerful leaders of the sport take great care to cultivate
a favorable relationship; drivers and mechanics listen carefully to
his honest, revealing, direct questions; and the everyman hurries to
read Chris’s take on what’s happening in the sport of Auto racing.
Now, with award winning author and columnist Dave Argabright, Economaki tells the story of the sport from the perspective of the
man who was there for all to see.
Hard cover, 8 5/8” x 5 1/2 “, 352 pages,
32 pages of black & white and color photos.
By Earl Baltes with Dave Argabright
For 50 years Earl Baltes has influenced nearly every form of American motorsports.
Now Earl has spoken, in a delightful new autobiography! Earl, one of the most successful short-track
promoters in American history, has finally told the story of his life, his dreams, and his experiences.
It's been a rough, tough, daring journey, and now you can ride along. With his colorful, straightforward
style "the Earl of Eldora" tells of the many deals and promotions that changed the course of American
Read about his hilarious and very brief-driving career, his involvement in other tracks,
his hardscrabble youth during the Great Depression, his early success in the music business, and the
intriguing story of how he happened across a parcel of ground near Rossburg, Ohio and turned it into
Eldora Speedway, arguably the most beloved short track in the world. Hang out after the races with the
stars of the sport, sharing a beer and many memorable stories. "Earl!" is a one-of-a-kind book, about
a one-of-a-kind character, and this is a must-read for race fans everywhere.
Quality hardbound, 240 pages, 9” x 6”
32 pages of color and black & white photos.