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How to Build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8s

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We review a lot of engine tech books and find this iteration of CarTech's max power Pontiac book an informative look at what's currently out there in the world of high performance Pontiac hardware. And it provides the reader with six great sample engine builds from four top Pontiac engines builders. These builds range from 500 HP to 1200 HP and include hardware that many...

The Cars of Trans Am Racing, 1966-1972

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Some of the best hardcore sedan racing ever seen occurred in the sixties when thinly disguised factory racing teams battled tooth and nail for on track supremacy with newly minted factory muscle cars in the wild SCCA Trans Am series. Effectively the road racing equivalent of factory stock car racing the Trans Am was hotly contested with the nimble pony cars of the day; Camaros, Mustangs, Firebirds....

Sensory Overload

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Toby Brooks book about the history of the Street Machine Nationals reveals the intimate background of a simple car show that blossomed into a full blown cultural phenomenon; spawning the still popular Pro Street movement and multiple generations of dedicated gearhead followers. With endless research and considerable insight Brooks investigative skills probe the inner workings of America's favorite car show...

Grumpy’s Toys

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Grumpy's Toys offers a long overdue examination of drag racing legend Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins and the 17 Chevrolet race cars that bear one of the most famous names in drag racing. Author Doug Boyce delivers a fascinating and surprisingly personal look at “da Grump’s” extraordinary career and the legendary cars that represent one of drag racing’s most influential...

The V12 Engine

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V12 engines from a broad range of manufacturers are examined in detail. Readers learn the purpose behind each engine’s design philosophy, design features, performance, applications, problems and a few failures. What ultimately emerges is essentially the “Last Word” on V12 engine, development and usage from an extraordinarily well qualified authority...

A Man and His Dream

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Athol Graham was the second American ever to record a 300 mph run; clocking a down run of 305.84 mph and a return run of308.608 to average 307.254 mph in his home built Allison powered streamliner City of Salt Lake in November of 1959. This amazing accomplishment made him one of the fastest men in history at that time with only four drivers running faster, George Eyston, John Cobb and...

Doomsday Impala: How do You Like Your

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Those who enjoyed out story on the Doomsday Impala may also be interested in two books that the owners have generated about the car and their experiences building it. Andy Bennett used the online publishing services at blurb.com to create his own books that can be purchased electronically, or as printed versions. These books show the car's construction and subsequent....

Raceman, Jim Travers and the TRACO Dynasty

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Anyone familiar with postwar racing activity in America will recognize Jim Travers as the “TRA” half of TRACO−the largest, most prolific and respected race engine supplier to elite competitors of the USRRC, Trans Am, Can Am, Formula 5000 series, Pikes Peak and other ...

Coventry Climax Racing Engines

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Coventry Climax racing engines were the first British racing engines to power world championship winning Formula 1 cars. They won four Formula 1 world championships under the direction and engineering influence of Chief Engineer and Technical Director Walter Hassen. Hassen had been Chief Development Engineer at Jaguar and he possessed a...

Bluebird CN7

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The CN7 story represents the emergence of modern industrial technology in record breaking activities; a multi-million dollar effort supported by top British manufacturing companies. Campbell’s CN7 was designed by the highly respected Norris Brothers Ltd. engineering firm specialists in LSR car construction and assembled to aircraft standards by Motor Panels Ltd. in Coventry...
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The Marvelous Mechanical Designs of Harry A. Miller

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A veritable gold mine of prewar racing and engineering design genius, the archives represent a historical treasure of immeasurable value. To help preserve the record of these important racing artifacts and present Miller’s work to engine enthusiasts everywhere White has assembled this 126 page pictorial collection illustrating some of Miller’s best known work...

Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets New Edition

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The latest version of Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets reviewed here is unchanged in any way except for a few photos substituted for those that no longer reproduced well. What has changed is the format. The new version features larger type for easier reading and it has extra space for readers to make notes. And for the first time it is now coil bound so the pages lay flat when you want to lay it out...

Fast Chevys

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Some books are destined to preserve the historical record, particularly those with first-hand accounts from original sources such as the specific Chevy engineers and racers who designed and raced legendary Chevy engines back in the day. Through extensive interviews with designers like Dick Keinath, father of the modern big block and the test engineers and designers like Zora Duntov...

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

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Ab Jenkins was hands down the best automotive endurance racer who ever lived. His son Marvin was a close second. For decades Ab single handedly promoted the Bonneville Salt Flats as the greatest natural race course in the world. He set more high speed endurance records than anyone many of which still stand more than eighty years later. Jenkins was and remains on of the most...

Bonneville Salt Flats, Speed Limit 1,000 MPH

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A powerful aerial view of the course and pits provides a unique perspective of the enormous challenge the racers face. This is a five mile drag race and the finish line is lost somewhere beyond an indistinct horizon. You’re hard on the gas long after you disappear from sight, but breaking a record is hard to do and the evidence of failure is evident among the broken shattered parts...

Bonneville: The Fastest Place on Earth

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"Landspeed' Louise unveils the story of Bonneville in perfect chronological order with a keen understanding of the men and women who devote their lives to the singular pursuit of impossibly high speeds. It chronicles monumental effort as Malcolm Campbell broke the 300 mph barrier and epic battles between John Cobb and George Eyston which ultimately pushed the land speed record ever closer...

Turbo

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Most engine builders know their engines inside and out, but many tread on shaky ground when it comes to selecting and applying chargers effectively. Fortunately for all of us there are still experts like author Jay K. Miller willing to share their intimate knowledge of turbocharger science. Miller’s performance credentials are solid and he shares a wealth of turbocharger knowledge with...

Stock Car Racing Engine Technology

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This excellent engine theory book was done in 2007, but it still contains some of best information available on advanced theory and design for racing engines. It was produced by Circle Track Magazine with contributions from noted racing authorities like Smokey Yunick, Jim McFarland, Chuck Jenckes and Dick Wells. There’s no regurgitated filler between the covers of this book; just solid racing engine facts and recommendations. It covers all the major topics of racing engine preparation and a full complement of engine theory topics that will change the way you think about race engine design and assembly.   The book […]

The Complete Chrysler Hemi

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The Chrysler Hemi engine achieved legendary stature early thanks to the intensity of hot rodders and drag racers that quickly recognized its performance potential and adopted it for both street and strip in record numbers. Anyone seeking to understand the remarkable history and technical intricacies of the Chrysler Hemi will discover a wealth of information in Tex Smith’s The Complete...

The Boys of Bonneville DVD

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For the uninitiated it’s almost impossible to comprehend the enduring significance of Ab Jenkins to the greatest of all race tracks, the Bonneville Salt Flats. Almost single-handedly, Ab Jenkins established the remote salt flats as the most desirable surface on earth for land speed record and endurance record racing. Narrated by veteran actor and sports car racer Patrick Dempsey,

Chevy Small Block V8 Interchange Manual

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Interchange manuals are notoriously difficult to research and write, particularly when they cover a very popular engine that has been manufactured in more than a dozen different sizes and even more configurations. Still basic interchangeable components should be cataloged with little difficulty because so much previously published material is already available. In this regard the book falls short...

Nitrous Oxide Performance Handbook

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This book delivers the most thorough and well presented explanation of the chemistry and combustion process that occurs with the use of nitrous oxide and paves the way for novice users to advance quickly and easily to top end systems that deliver incredible performance compared to normally aspirated applications that can't compete with the kick that nitrous adds...

Engine Blueprinting

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This book has been the blueprinting bible for nearly thirty years. It is the engine builder’s most comprehensive guide to building more horsepower and reliability into every engine you build. Its longevity speaks volumes about its quality and readers will no doubt agree once they absorb all the engine building details packed into every page...

Chevy Small Block Circle Track Racing Engines

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Some of the best engine mods around are found in circle track racing engines that are required to build strong mid-range and top end power teamed with exceptional durability and in many cases a conscientious budget. Circle Track Magazine technical editor Jeff Huneycutt has got all the particulars and he presents them here in three complete engine builds plus a detailed analysis of..

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

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Author and acknowledged land speed historian Peter Holthusen presents an absorbing and meticulously researched record of land speed racing in the twentieth century. From the very first 39 mph-plus speed record of Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat’s electric car in 1898 to Thrust SSC’s convincing sonic boom in 1997 Holthusen delivers a thoroughly riveting narrative...