Books

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Current page

149

Current page

150

Current page

151

Current page

152

Current page

153

Current page

154

Current page

155

Current page

156

Current page

157

Current page

158

Current page

159

Current page

160

Current page

161

Current page

162

Current page

163

Current page

164

Current page

165

Current page

166

Current page

167

Current page

168

Current page

169

Current page

170

Current page

171

Current page

172

Current page

173

Current page

174

Current page

175

Current page

176

Current page

177

Current page

178

Current page

179

Current page

180

Motor Racing
The Pursuit of Victory 1963-1972
Steve Wyatt

The second in Veloce’s unpretentious Pursuit of Victory series picks up where the previous volume left off, with contributions from Lotus mechanic Bob Dance accompanying the author’s snaps and memories.

Wyatt’s recollections jump here, there and everywhere, but the concept works since his time as a marshal gave him close-up views.

The best moments are often the surprises, such as when Wyatt turned up at Snetterton to be greeted by the day’s top stars racing GTs. That wouldn’t happen at any circuit in the 21st century. ACH

Published by Veloce, ISBN 978-1-904788-10-2, £45

Maserati 250F
In Focus
Anthony Pritchard

Respected author Pritchard had only just delivered the manuscript for this limited-edition book when he passed away last autumn, a few days after being involved in a road accident. This useful reference work thus stands as an epitaph to one of our sport’s most dependable historians, although publisher Veloce eventually hopes to publish other, unfinished Pritchard books.

In Focus commences with a brief but detailed 250F development history, switches to a thumbnail, race-by-race account of the car’s competition career (covering everything from grandes épreuves to Formula Libre events at Crystal Palace) and concludes with individual chassis histories and technical specifications. Some suitably atmospheric images bind the whole together and there are first-hand reminiscences from various 250F alumni, including Moss and Fangio.

There are alternative 250F books – including David McKinney’s acclaimed history and another that Anthony wrote during the 1980s – but this contains all the useful bits in user-friendly format. It’s relatively expensive, with the initial print run limited to 1500 copies, but online retailers were offering generous discounts long before it was officially available. SA

Published by Veloce, ISBN 978-1-845845-63-6, £60

Beast
Jade Gurss

This is a book dedicated to an engine built for a single race, which was then promptly retired with a 100 per cent win rate. As subjects go, a bit thin perhaps? Absolutely not. Beast is a fascinating story inspired by great characters, and it’s beautifully told, too.

In 1993 Paul Morgan and his partner Mario Illien spotted an opportunity in USAC’s rulebook for an audacious new assault on the Indianapolis 500. Roger Penske needed little convincing to accept the challenge, as Ilmor embarked on designing and building a top-secret pushrod engine for the 1994 500. Badged relatively late in the day by Mercedes-Benz, Penske sprung its latest ‘unfair advantage’ on an Indycar world that never saw it coming, and Al Unser Jr delivered one of the great Indy victories.

The technical detail here is consummate, accompanied by crisp line drawings by Patrick Morgan, son of the late (and much-missed) Ilmor co-founder. But it’s the human-interest angle that raises this story to the highest levels.

A good motor racing book? No, simply a great book, full stop.

We urge you to read it. DS

Published by Octane Press, ISBN 978-1-937747-33-6, $29.95

John Surtees
My incredible life on two and four wheels
John Surtees with Mike Nicks

On page 100 you can judge for yourself the style of Surtees’ autobiography, in our exclusive extract. Although it’s co-authored, you can hear John’s voice: “I always pushed the bike, but I pushed myself more.” What’s unusual is the structure – concise two-page summaries of each few years, with highlights, events and trends, plus generous picture sections with explanatory captions. It works brilliantly: for his career, read the ‘chapterettes’; for colour and atmosphere, soak up the large pictures and John’s informative notes. How else would you learn that “I rode with the MV in the guard’s van and then wheeled the bike to the dockside”?

More painful is the section about Henry, where John talks about his late son and the Foundation set up in his memory. There is an Epilogue in which Surtees sums up his career and the people who counted, while forewords from both Rossi and Vettel reinforce his unique standing. This is a very personal work, frank and straightforward, and unexpectedly engaging. GC

Published by Evro, ISBN 978 0 9928209 2 3, £50