Volume 3 of the “Photograph Collection” series created as a reference item for scale modeling or a historical profile of the motorcycles covered. In this number the Honda RA300 in details through the colour photos by Joe Honda.
Volume 2 of the “Photograph Collection” series created as a reference item for scale modeling or a historical profile of the cars covered. In this number the McLaren MP4/6 in details through the colour photos by Joe Honda.
Volume 1 of the “Photograph Collection” series created as a reference item for scale modeling or a historical profile of the cars covered. In this number the McLaren MP4/4 in details through the colour photos by Joe Honda.
When Charles Cooper and his son John built their first racing car in 1946 little did they realize they were embarking on one of motor racing's greatest design revolutions. Two of their first customers were to be amongst Britain's greatest drivers, the young Stirling Moss and the even younger Peter Collins. Cooper cars gave them an affordable start when they were barely old enough to have a licence. Then the world motorcycle speed record JAP 8/80 V-twin engine was put in the back of the Cooper. With this brilliant combination of power and lightness, Moss, Collins and others set out to do battle against the front-engined might of ERA, Ferrari, Maserati, Cisitalia, Simca-Gordini, HWM and others. The big-twin Cooper went on to dominate British hillclimbing during the 1950's. The 1954 chassis was the prototype of the mid-engined design which swept Coopers to Formula 1 championship wins in 1959 and 1960. This book is a new look at the early history of the modern racing car. It explores the influences behind the first Coopers, looking back through the history of world record motorcycles, hillclimb and sprint specials and dirt-track speedway cars. The Cooper's mating with the V-twin JAP, and how the engine and the chassis developed, are illustrated by never before published factory drawings and hundreds of photographs. The racing and hillclimbing of the early post-war years are covered in depth. Cooper cars played a major part in propelling Britain into a leading position in world motorsport. Power Without Glory tells the story of how it all began.
The return of FIAT Abarth 124 Spider has certainly made a mark in many fans of the brand and in some racing drivers who helped to create the myth of the Scorpio’s home. Maurizio Verini is one of them, from start to growth especially in the rally racing terms of Abarth 124, he found the motivation to write a captivating book, not only of memories, but also to scenarios. It’s not about nostalgia, but a link from past to future. When a champion is struck by novelty, that can bring interesting stories, with the adventure testimony of fellow race drivers that Verini lived a protagonist. His racing career is actually heavily marked by Abarth, in a time when racing and especially rallies were strongly developing. With the Fiat Abarth 124 Rally won a European Championship, in a period in which he lived a moment dream, confronting and exceeding his ability at the same level of the best racing drivers in the world. Verini spent many years with Abarth, contributing substantially to the developments that made the car a winning car with three world titles also with other Fiat models. Therefore it’s logical that the pilot, author of this book, welcomed the return to competition with favourable enthusiasm of a car very close to his heart. Since its introduction, the rally Abarth 124 was able to take an innovative passion. In a racing car world often cars are very similar to each other, the modern interpretation of such an icon of the past represents a new way to offer itself in the field in search of a more spectacular dimension.
Cheating is the most explosive subject in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, now more than ever. The book explains how cheating has been a factor in NASCAR racing since its birth in 1949, when the winner of the first race was disqualified for using illegal springs. Since then the technology and tricks used to win have grown steadily more sophisticated, with such legendary figures as Junior Johnson, Smokey Yunick, and Gary Nelson constantly pushing the rules. And although the measures taken to prevent cheating are more stringent and sophisticated than ever before, the controversy and politics over who cheats, how they do it, and how they are punished continues to this day.
In 1967 the English division of the Ford commissioned to the Cosworth the construction of a new V8 engine for Formula 1, the Ford Cosworth DFV 2.993. The book tells the story of this remarkable engine that revolutionized the world of racing.
The book captures the power, the exhilaration and the feel of the actual cars driven by the world’s greatest racing drivers, including Enzo Ferrari, Stirling Moss, Jacky Icks and Mario Andretti. It details the distinctive sensations, sounds and vibrations of each car’s handling ability, down to the feel of the gears and the response of the brakes. You’ll find: Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, Aston Martin Ulster, Lotus 18, Ferrari 250GTO, 512S, 365 GTB/D Daytona, F40, 512 BBLM…Porsche 962, 935 K3, Maserati 250F, T61, Bugatti T35B…
In 1964 Count Rodolphe van de Straten Ponthoz began the VDS team. This young, family-run team would slowly garner success in all 4 corners of the world. With Mini Cooper at the beginning, then with Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Chevron, Lola and Penske. Many talented drivers drove for VDS Team enabling it to win 2 F5000 British titles and one F5000 Tasman title on its way to the pinnacle of its success, the CanAm title with a car of its own design, the VDS001.
These include Teddy Pilette, ‘Taf’ Gosselin, Peter Gethin, Warwick Brown, Geoff Brabham, Al Holbert and John Andretti + many others.
The history of this surprisingly long established Belgian team is told in its entirety in this exceptional work. It contains stories from drivers, mechanics and engineers of the time and none of the victories or the struggles has been left out.
The illustrated chronicle of the 2004 Italian Ferrari Challenge season. The volume is completed with the profiles of the “Gentleman Drivers”, many interviews to the key personalities of the event and all the classifics.