The film, The friendship, The facts


BOOK REVIEW—More a wonderful extended diary than a hardcore racing book, this one is all about the sort of kinship that motorsports once enjoyed. A movie actor picked to play a part in a film about racing simply because he looked like a racing driver to the producer, who comes under the spell of motor racing. Some forty-five years after the film debuted, Siegfried Rauch, the dashing, recruiting-poster handsome-Teutonic actor, (here with the help of writer Hans Hamer) relates a string of personal stories that seem to have happened only weeks ago… hang on while Doug Stokes takes us on a fast lap of Le Sarthe.

100 Years of Ford Trucks

BOOK REVIEW—Self-confessed Chevy man Tom Gomez reviews the new book, “Ford Tough: 100 Years of Ford Trucks”, by renown automotive author Patrick Foster, and gives it two thumbs up. “Patrick has painstakingly researched the history of Henry Ford and his incredible accomplishments, pioneering not just the American automobile but the assembly line of manufacturing that is still in use today throughout the world.”

Book Review: “Porsche 959″
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Porsche 959, by Jürgen Lewandowski

BOOK REVIEW: This handsome three-volume set by author Jürgen Lewandowski documents the development of the legendary 959 from concept to production in fascinating detail. The eyewitness accounts from the team members who gave birth to the 959 are augmented by beautiful large-format photos of the 959. Lewandowski takes us through the 959’s evolution from the C92 aerodynamic model (replete with engineer’s notes) to the Frankfurt Auto Show prototype to the production models.

STROKER – The Artistic Works of Tom Medley

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Stroker McGurk, the cartoon character who drag raced through the pages of Hot Rod Magazine beginning in issue #2 in 1948, is the speed-crazed, wise-cracking namesake of this amazing and beautiful archive of the drawings of his creator (and who most think was his alter-ego) Tom Medley. Medley’s talent with pen, paper, paintbrush, camera and his kind and enthusiastic editorial work made a significant and lasting contribution to the success of Hot Rod Magazine and the movement in general … Here’s some of the best of his work, his legacy.

Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding

Many of those who are steeped in the knowledge of fast cars from the post-war west coast (and primarily the LA area) probably would want to rewrite this book’s title as: “Ed Iskenderian IS the History of Hot Rod”. And they’d be very, very close. Doug Stokes reports.

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