The Tourist Trophy meeting represents perhaps the greatest challenge that the sport of motorcycle racing can offer. The top names in road racing - Collier, Wood, Duke, Hailwood, Agostini, Hislop, Jefferies, McGuinness, Hutchinson and the Dunlop dynasty - have all considered the pursuit of a Tourist Trophy to be the ultimate goal.
This book examines the three generations of Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI from 1992 - 2012, including how the roadgoing cars were developed from the successful rally models, production history and specification details.
The Rover 800 grew out of a pioneering collaboration between Rover in Britain and Honda in Japan during the 1980s. This book tells the story of how the two companies worked together to produce the Rover 800 and its cousin, the Honda Legend. For those who remember the big front-wheel-driver Rover with affection, this book sets out the full history looking at the design and development of all models: saloons, Fastbacks and Coupes; the Sterling in North America; comtemporary aftermarket modifications; Police usage and export variants. There is a helpful chapter on buying and owning a Rover 800 and the book is illustrated with 250 colour and black & white photographs.
There have been other generations of Jaguar XK since, but the definitive incarnation is the family of 6-cylinder sports cars that stretch from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s, from XK120 to the E-Type. On road, on track and on rally stage, they built the foundations of Jaguar's sporty image and giant-killing reputation, not to mention its commercial roots - especially in America. By any definition, the 6-cylinder XKs are at the heart of everything that Jaguar grew into. This is the complete story of the whole 6-cylinder XK generation, the circumstances, the people and the events that created it and made it a sports car legend - and guaranteed that forever after, in Jaguar's vocabulary, XK would always mean 'sports car'.
The book follows the design and development of this mid-engined sports car and coupe family, from their origins in the company's concerted racing activities in the 1950s and 1960s, to the drawing board, launch and systematic evolution through successive model ranges from 1996 to 2016. Included detailed profiles and evaluation of all Boxster and Cayman derivatives, including 986, 987, 981 and 718, in-depth investigations into the construction, assembly and specification of the various models, the special Limited Editions, such as the 550 Spyder 40th Anniversary model.
The Citroen 2CV was designed as an inexpensive car for rural France in the early post-war years. With its twin-cylinder engine and basic interior it was ideal for taking produce to the market, and its high ground clearance enabled it to cross rough country roads with ease. Later developments added a level of refinement but the car never lost its immense appeal. Here Matt White tells the full story, and includes details of the 2CV racing class that has a following all its own.
Introduced in 1955 as a replacement for the TF Midget, the MGA, hailed as the ‘first of a new line’, marked the beginning of MG’s most successful era. It was available in both roadster and coupé forms, and the MGA Twin-Cam, introduced in 1958, set new standards for affordable ohc-engined sports cars. The book relates the full history of this enduringly popular car, with full technical specifications for each model and details of the cars’ racing fortunes.
The diminutive BSA Bantam is one of the icons of British motoring in the twentieth century. It was not fast, or glamorous, or particularly well built; but it was cheap, easy to ride and reasonably reliable. This book charts the huge success of the little bike from Birmingham that started its life in pre-war Germany and went on to conquer the world.
Since its introduction in 1950 the Volkswagen Transporter has become legendary for its versality and adaptability to many commercial uses. Known originally as Sonderausfuhrungen, abbreviated to SO, these Special Models were usually converted by specialists, companies and coachbuilders approved by VW.
Using archive, promotional materials and period and contemporary photographs, this book traces the development and variety of these SO and other Special Body conversions from 1950 - 2010, across the five generations from T1 to T5. As well as all the officially SO-designated models, many rare and unusual conversions are profiled, some with full photo-features.
A fascinating portrayal of the era, the machines and the events that shaped the birth of the modern scooter, via Piaggio’s innovative Vespa design, which burst onto the scene just after the Second World War. Well over 200 scooter marques are to be found within the pages of this book, which embraced not only all the famous Italian brand names, but also scooter from all around the globe.
Velocette is one of the most respected names in the history of the motorcycle. Though not as numerous or as successful, as some machines, the motorbikes produced by the Veloce company in Birmingham command a special respect and an extremely loyal following, and machines such as the KTT and Thruxton are among the most desirable classic bikes you can buy today. In this book motorcycle historian, Mick Walker, chronicles the history of the Veloce company and the bikes they produced between 1905 and the winding up of the company in 1971.
Subtitle:The definitive guide to setting-up and running Scalextric style 1/32 scale ready-to-race slot cars.
1/32 scale slot racing, made popular by Scalextric, is enjoyed by all ages. Half the fun of the hobby is taking apart, tuning, upgrading and reassembling the cars, but until now this has been a black art. For the first time, this complete guide to tuning and racing gives step-by-step instructions on how to set up the cars and the track to give the best performance.
In its ninety-year history Aston Martin has only built around 20,000 cars, and a third of them are DB7s. Hailed as one of the most beautiful cars in the world on its launch in 1993, it became a huge success. The book covers the development of the DB7 from its Jaguar roots to the final V12 cars, together with the special editions and Zagato models. This volume includes dozens of archive photographs.
The Honda Gold Wing is one of the world’s most recognizable and successful bikes: a grand tourer on a grand scale. Designed to bring car-like ride and comfort to the motorcycle world, the Gold Wing has a dedicated following that few other bikes can match.Phil West’s history of this iconic machine tells the full story, from the launch of the GL1000 in 1975 to the low-down on the latest model.