Book Reviews

The complete history, 1953-1982

BOOK REVIEW— 784 pages—and this book only covers the first 29 years of the Chevrolet Corvette. This is a brand new edition of Karl Ludvigsen’s seminal 1973 book that first explained and delineated the iconic All-American automotive phenomena. Ludvigsen has added 364 pages, 489 photos and/or illustrations, 33 new chapters, and 12 pages of valuable appendices beyond the original ’73 book—and a book mark ribbon. It’s an obvious help in saving one’s place in the book. Its inclusion signals that this is meant to be a serious reference book. It is.

The Rod Campbell Story

BOOK REVIEW— Horatio Alger, meet Rod Campbell. From the never-ending hardscrabble prairies of Canada to the loftiest of board rooms, he established one of the most widely-respected motorsports PR companies, making a fortune along the way, and writing the source code book for modern motorsports marketing and PR. “I’m Rod, An Incorrigible Optimist” is a 354-page selfie of a man who just kept moving ahead, answering his own doubts with action, and sweeping great crowds of people along to success with him as he won exactly on HIS terms.

The year they stopped the INDY 500

BOOK REVIEW—This is a remarkably thorough and well-researched book that’s centered on a single very dark day in American racing history. It’s a subject that could have easily been sensationalized even now some 50 years downstream. It has all the players, all the motives, all the hopes and the fears, all of the elements right in hand for a lurid retelling of the day that they stopped the Indy 500 race. Instead, first time author Art Garner faithfully unfolds a measured, detailed retracing of the events leading up to May 30, 1964 and the things that followed that awful day.

Tales from the Endless Search for Speed

Making it Faster: Tales from the Endless Search for Speed

BOOK REVIEW—One of the most densely-packed, frenetically-paced books of technical tidbits, first-person stories, rumors, theories, scenes, secrets, scenarios, dreams, drama, and odd-ball racing vignettes ever. Not-so-subtly-subtitled: “Tales from the endless search for speed”, the dual authors of this hefty volume are just unrelenting in piling on layer after layer after layer of information about the people and the pieces of the world automobile (and motorcycle) racing. Technical history on the half-shell, this book jumps “on the cam” from page one and rides the rev-limiter until the very last page.

The Rarest Cars From America’s Fastest Decade

BOOK REVIEW— Sometimes, you CAN tell a book by its cover. In this case, you can judge its quality by just looking at the spine. This book, very accurately entitled Top Muscle, has its one-two punch spelled out on the cover—writer Darwin Holmstrom and photographer Randy Leffingwell. Between them, they bring some of the very coolest of the cool cars from the classic era of big American muscle to life. As with many of the best from Motorbooks, the visuals simply explode.

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