Book Reviews

Art of the Classic Car and
Art of the Le Mans Race Car

BOOK REVIEW— These two new offerings from Quayside/Autobooks are an argument that books are still viable and that printed pages still work—particularly when it comes to enjoying great automobiles. In each of these works the pages load up with details that demand the reader’s attention. They make review and comparison a matter of easily flipping a few pages forward or back. Best of all, they are fully portable and eminently shareable. In both books the word “art” means the whole picture, the tech underneath as well as the indelible looks.

Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby

BOOK REVIEW—With “Inside Shelby American – Racing and Wrenching with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s,” legendary race car driver John Morton has written a most personal memoir that centers on his years working for the redoubtable Carroll Shelby. This is a story of a young guy from Waukegan who wanted to be a racing driver more than anything, and who went on to do just that in spite of all the obstacles. Morton’s path revolves around Shelby, the man, the cars, and the people. Doug Stokes reviews the book.

Memorable Moments in Motorsports

BOOK REVIEW—”If you live, breathe, eat, and sleep motorsports, and you have a desire to know just a little bit more about the recent history of the sport, may I here suggest that you let the great Pete Lyons take you on a series of brief, but deeply personal visits with some of the most interesting and influential motorsports people, events, and machines from the latter days of the twentieth century.” – Doug Stokes

Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication

BOOK REVIEW—Metal. It’s all around us. It’s shaped, stretched, shrunk, slapped, folded, welded, braised, blasted, bolted, bonded, bent, hammered, riveted, and, if you’re something of a car, or motorcycle, or airplane person, you quite likely have a weird attraction to it…And that may well be why we need this book.

The Cars of Vel Miletich and Parnelli Jones

BOOK REVIEW—”If had a dollar for every time that I’ve heard, ‘Hey, I had a Johnny Lightning Slot Car!’ in the few days since I received this book, I’d have quite a few extra dollars right now. The term ‘iconic’ has been overused so egregiously until it has almost the same impact as the word ‘awesome’ does these days. I wish that both words still had full cred, as they’d easily be applied here.” Review by Doug Stokes.

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