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Goldenrod

December 23, 2018 @ 10:39 am
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This acclaimed work has been praised far and wide as the best book ever written about Bonneville…

ISKY, The History of Hot Rodding

December 11, 2016 @ 3:01 pm
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Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding, tells the whole story, from Ed's pre-war Lake…

The Unobtainable: A Story of Blue

September 6, 2016 @ 1:27 am
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By its very nature, the ultimate speed record on land or water is "Unobtainable" or men would no…

Performance Automotive Engine Math

September 4, 2016 @ 9:53 pm
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All the parts within any engine are designed and engineered using the appropriate mathematics to…

New Competition Engine Building Book

September 3, 2016 @ 11:20 pm
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CarTech Books has announced the release of their new Pro Series book Competition Engine Building…

Practical Engine Airflow

September 3, 2016 @ 7:28 pm
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The all new Practical Engine Airflow book by John Baechtel seeks to demystify this complex subject…

New Chevy Big Block Parts Interchange

September 2, 2016 @ 10:28 pm
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In the all new edition of Chevy Big-Block Engine Parts Interchange, hundreds of factory part numbers,…
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Leo Villa’s Bluebird Album

September 2, 2016 @ 5:22 pm
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David de Lara's extraordinary photographic documentary of Donald Campbell’s Bluebirds brilliantly…

Ford Flathead Engines: How to Rebuild & Modify

September 2, 2016 @ 5:04 pm
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Although not the first V-8 engine ever produced, Henry Ford’s side-valve V-8, launched in 1932,…

Smokey’s Best Damn Garage in Town

September 2, 2016 @ 3:09 pm
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Few iconic figures in motorsports are more recognizable than Henry “Smokey” Yunick. Among the…

Reid Railton: Man of Speed

September 1, 2016 @ 3:39 pm
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Engineering proficiency reveals itself in many forms, but rarely does it articulate itself so profoundly…

Ford Drag Team

March 29, 2016 @ 8:47 pm
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Charlie Morris is quite the prolific drag racing author and his book on the Ford Drag Team brings…

Bonneville SCTA Program Books: The First Thirty Years

February 13, 2016 @ 9:45 pm
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With the overwhelming interest in Bonneville and land speed racing its great to see so many efforts…

Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques

January 10, 2016 @ 6:38 pm
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Any engine’s performance can be improved through balancing and blueprinting procedures to reduce…

Souping the Stock Engine

January 4, 2016 @ 3:17 am
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Written by veteran automotive authority Roger Huntington, Souping the Stock Engine still ranks…

Bosch Automotive Handbook, 9th ed.

December 2, 2015 @ 7:35 am
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The Bosch Automotive Handbook has been serving engineers and enthusiasts alike for decades. The…

Physics for Gearheads

June 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
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Physics for Gearheads by Randy Beikmann PhD. provides the detailed explanations you need to fully…

Supercharged! Design, Testing and Installation of Supercharger Systems

May 28, 2015 @ 8:12 am
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Corky Bell is widely acknowledged for his expertise in turbocharging and supercharging. His new…

The Crew Chief’s Son

May 21, 2015 @ 2:10 pm
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From 1957 through 1965 car owner and racing mechanic Louie Clements traveled NASCAR's emerging…

French Flathead V8 Block Prep Handbook

January 24, 2015 @ 4:50 pm
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Vern Tardel's French Flathead V8 Block Prep Manual is a valuable reservoir of tips and knowledge…

New Ford Y-Block Build Book

May 12, 2014 @ 7:59 pm
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There hasn't been a good Y-block book since well, since Ford Y-block V8s were in vogue more than…

Frank Lockhart, American Speed King

April 2, 2014 @ 9:36 pm
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Racing icons sometimes achieve immortality under the cruelest of circumstances, particularly in…

BONNEVILLE A Century of Speed

April 2, 2014 @ 2:07 am
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The 100th anniversary of land speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwest Utah is fittingly…

David Kimble’s Cutaways

March 30, 2014 @ 11:20 pm
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David Kimble's incredibly detailed full color cutaway art is in a class all by itself. It has anchored…

The Dawn of Pro Stock

March 30, 2014 @ 1:45 am
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As spawned in the early seventies, the Pro Stock class introduced a powerful new force in drag…

How to Build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8s

December 18, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
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We review a lot of engine tech books and find this iteration of CarTech's max power Pontiac book…

The Cars of Trans Am Racing, 1966-1972

December 16, 2013 @ 1:31 am
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Some of the best hardcore sedan racing ever seen occurred in the sixties when thinly disguised…

Sensory Overload

July 27, 2013 @ 7:49 pm
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Toby Brooks book about the history of the Street Machine Nationals reveals the intimate background…

Grumpy’s Toys

July 10, 2013 @ 12:47 am
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Grumpy's Toys offers a long overdue examination of drag racing legend Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins and…

The V12 Engine

February 20, 2013 @ 4:44 pm
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V12 engines from a broad range of manufacturers are examined in detail. Readers learn the purpose…

A Man and His Dream

February 17, 2013 @ 5:31 pm
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Athol Graham was the second American ever to record a 300 mph run; clocking a down run of 305.84…

Doomsday Impala: How do You Like Your

February 7, 2013 @ 4:46 pm
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Those who enjoyed out story on the Doomsday Impala may also be interested in two books that the…

Raceman, Jim Travers and the TRACO Dynasty

January 13, 2013 @ 6:26 pm
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Anyone familiar with postwar racing activity in America will recognize Jim Travers as the “TRA”…

Coventry Climax Racing Engines

October 24, 2012 @ 5:55 pm
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Coventry Climax racing engines were the first British racing engines to power world championship…

Bluebird CN7

October 24, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
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The CN7 story represents the emergence of modern industrial technology in record breaking activities;…
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The Marvelous Mechanical Designs of Harry A. Miller

September 25, 2012 @ 12:39 pm
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A veritable gold mine of prewar racing and engineering design genius, the archives represent a…

Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets New Edition

September 22, 2012 @ 11:35 am
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The latest version of Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets reviewed here is unchanged in any way except…

Fast Chevys

September 8, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
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Some books are destined to preserve the historical record, particularly those with first-hand accounts…

Ab & Marvin Jenkins: the Studebaker Connection and the Mormon Meteors

September 8, 2012 @ 11:06 am
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Ab Jenkins was hands down the best automotive endurance racer who ever lived. His son Marvin was…

Bonneville Salt Flats, Speed Limit 1,000 MPH

August 17, 2012 @ 8:42 pm
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A powerful aerial view of the course and pits provides a unique perspective of the enormous challenge…

Bonneville: The Fastest Place on Earth

August 11, 2012 @ 6:43 pm
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"Landspeed' Louise unveils the story of Bonneville in perfect chronological order with a keen understanding…

Turbo

August 4, 2012 @ 10:01 pm
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Most engine builders know their engines inside and out, but many tread on shaky ground when it…

Stock Car Racing Engine Technology

August 1, 2012 @ 8:39 pm
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This excellent engine theory book was done in 2007, but it still contains some of best information…

The Complete Chrysler Hemi

August 1, 2012 @ 7:36 pm
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The Chrysler Hemi engine achieved legendary stature early thanks to the intensity of hot rodders…

The Boys of Bonneville DVD

July 28, 2012 @ 7:45 pm
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For the uninitiated it’s almost impossible to comprehend the enduring significance of Ab Jenkins…

Chevy Small Block V8 Interchange Manual

July 26, 2012 @ 11:05 pm
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Interchange manuals are notoriously difficult to research and write, particularly when they cover…

Nitrous Oxide Performance Handbook

July 26, 2012 @ 10:47 pm
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This book delivers the most thorough and well presented explanation of the chemistry and combustion…

Engine Blueprinting

July 26, 2012 @ 10:26 pm
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This book has been the blueprinting bible for nearly thirty years. It is the engine builder’s…

Chevy Small Block Circle Track Racing Engines

July 26, 2012 @ 9:02 pm
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Some of the best engine mods around are found in circle track racing engines that are required…

The Fastest Men on Earth, 100 Years of the Land Speed Record

July 26, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
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Author and acknowledged land speed historian Peter Holthusen presents an absorbing and meticulously…

GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual

July 9, 2012 @ 7:25 pm
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This is a follow-on book to author Joseph Potak’s How to Build and Modify GM LS Series Engines…

Fast Company by Speedy Bill Smith with Dave Argabright

July 5, 2012 @ 9:55 pm
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Those in the know recognize Speedy Bill Smith as a tough racer, a dedicated hot rodder, proficient…

Supercharging Performance Handbook

July 5, 2012 @ 8:16 pm
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Supercharging is hot. Many of today’s top performance cars are supercharged right from the factory…

Ford Y-Block

July 5, 2012 @ 7:47 pm
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The Ford Y-block V8 never achieved the popularity of the Ford flathead or the small block Chevy,…

Ralph De Palma, Gentleman Champion

July 5, 2012 @ 6:50 pm
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Hot rodders and hardcore engine guys have a propensity to fixate on what they love and it’s often…

Motorsports Standard Atmosphere and Weather Conditions Methods

July 3, 2012 @ 10:42 pm
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The Motorsports Standard Atmosphere was conceived by author Patrick Hale who gained considerable…

How to Build Classic Hot Rod V8 Engines

July 3, 2012 @ 10:03 pm
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Engine guys love to read about engines particularly classic hot rod engines of the V8 flavor. And…

How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines

June 29, 2012 @ 5:57 pm
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There’s much to digest in this well assembled look at building and modifying LS engines. Novice…

Engine Airflow

June 29, 2012 @ 1:27 am
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Harold Bettes is a widely respected engineer who spent the better part of his career making SuperFlow…

V8 Horsepower Performance Handbook

June 27, 2012 @ 10:51 pm
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The best thing about this book is the down-to-earth presentation geared to novice and first time…

Master Motor Builders

June 27, 2012 @ 1:00 am
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Noted automotive historian Robert J. Neal brings a wealth of knowledge to this meticulously researched…

The Great FE Intake Comparo

June 23, 2012 @ 12:43 am
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The Great FE Intake Comparo is the perfect title for Jay Brown’s exhaustingly detailed evaluation…

The Ford-Cosworth DFV, The Inside Story of F1’s Greatest Engine

June 22, 2012 @ 8:51 pm
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Students and fans of race engine technology will find Andrew Noakes account of the Ford-Cosworth…

Offy, America’s Greatest Racing Engine

June 22, 2012 @ 8:10 pm
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Any self respecting engine guy knows a thing or two about Offys; most likely they have heard of…

Packards at Speed

June 12, 2012 @ 11:02 pm
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Another superb read from the talented pen of Robert J. Neal, automotive historian and suffice to…

Small-Block Chevy Performance: 1955-1996

June 7, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
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The small-block Chevy is widely known as the most popular engine of all time. Produced in staggering…

A Technical and Operational History of the Liberty Engine

May 30, 2012 @ 6:04 pm
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In the early days of the twentieth century aircraft engines were regularly employed in racing cars…

Championship Engine Assembly

May 26, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
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Find out what really makes horsepower in a racing engine with Reher-Morrison's comprehensive racing…

Classic Racing Engines

May 26, 2012 @ 5:41 pm
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Esteemed automotive author Karl Karl Ludvigsen’s Classic Racing Engines provides a detailed look…

How to Build Big–Inch Chevy Small Blocks

May 13, 2012 @ 12:03 am
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Small block V8s are the ideal engine combination for most high performance applications and nothing…

How to Build Killer Big Block Chevy Engines

April 8, 2012 @ 6:12 am
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Despite an abundance of “How to Build Big Block Chevy” books populating the internet and local…