Book Reviews


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

LA CAR BOOK REVIEW: FORD GT How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans By Preston Lerner Photography by Dave Friedman 225 pages 10” x 12.5” hardcover Illustrations: 77 color, 223 black and white photos Motorbooks, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. ISBN 978-0-7603-4787-4 U.S. $60 Ford’s GT40 is hardly [...]

PORSCHE THE CLASSIC ERA
Reviewing Dennis Adler’s new book

“I’m not enough of a expert on Porsche books (I only own maybe 18 or 20) to be dead certain about how many of the thousands of aforementioned publications are as cleanly written about the subject, but I can sure recommend this one as giving very full value for money.” Doug Stokes reports.

SPARK AND SPEED
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.

MORE OF VINES’ TALES OF DETROIT

… 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.

THINK FAST
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.

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