Book Reviews

The Racer’s Why-To Guide to Winning

strong>BOOK REVIEW—This is a book about what it really takes to be a successful racing driver in the era of modern technology. A firm right foot and and a disregard for consequences are evidently not not enough anymore. Author Neil Roberts is a racing design engineer and (by all accounts) a pretty damn fair SCCA open wheel racer. Doug Stokes reviews the book.

Art Garner and Marc Spiegel’s new book on the Indy 500


BOOK REVIEW—Here, and just in time for the 100th running of the 500-mile race on Memorial Day, is a wide, deep, funny, sad, trivial, triumphant and altogether absorbing collection of personal memories of the Indy 500. There are over 150 first-person reminiscences in this book, all different, but all connected by that iconic institution at the corner of 16th and Crawfordsville Road that the regulars simply refer to as, “The Speedway”. Doug Stokes reports.

When Over The Top Is Just The Starting Point

There are books about Porsches, lots of them, I even have a few of them myself even though (luckily) I’m not a Porscheholic. Otherwise I would have to grind this book up in a Cusinart, soak it in some sort of Teutonic solvent like Schnapps, and mainline it like a skid row junkie. This book is all about a small company that takes Porsche AG’s most iconic model (the timeless 911) and then reimagines the spirit of this air-cooled classic.

Steering with Your Knees: Life Lessons & Cars

BOOK REVIEW – About six pages into this book, this reviewer felt an abiding, over-arching, almost un-controllable urge to cleverly rewrite the lyrics to the Rogers and Hammerstein classic: “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” from “The Sound of Music”. I’m here to report that I’ve so far resisted that (what must be a rather horrifying thought for anyone reading this far) and will simply quote the last line of the song here: “…How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?” How, indeed?

How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans

Ford’s GT40 is hardly without its chroniclers. Any racing vehicle this iconic, this successful, this recognizable, all but demands multiple views from a wide range of angles; and this beautiful new book, “FORD GT” for short, is surely one of the best of them. Here, the talented teaming of Preston Lerner (words) and Dave Friedman (photos and first person recollections) have joined forces to delve deeply into the saga of Ford’s most famous racing car. Doug Stokes reviews the book.

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