Book Reviews

An LA Car dual book review

We review two books: “Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems” and “Physics for Gearheads – An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power”. Okay, on the surface, these two books look alike, both are large-format, soft cover, technical textbook-style books, both are published by one of the best technical book publishers in the business, and both, in one way and another, relate to cars. And both are good reads for the right reader. Doug Stokes gives you two book reviews for the price of one.


… Of course his first all-out insider: “What Did Jesus Drive? Crisis PR in Cars, Computers, and Christianity” did a great job of opening up on Ford and Chrysler, along with the bible industry. So why would former top Chrysler PR monster shot-caller Jason Vines not want to solidify his tell-all/bad boy status with one more book about the earlier byzantine inner workings of those companies and a couple of others at home and abroad? Doug Stokes 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.

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