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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 ...

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...

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...

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,

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...

Fast Company by Speedy Bill Smith with Dave Argabright

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Those in the know recognize Speedy Bill Smith as a tough racer, a dedicated hot rodder, proficient businessman and the founder of America’s oldest and most prestigious speed shop, Speedway Motors. You’d be hard pressed to find a rodder or a racer anywhere who hasn’t bought a piece of speed equipment from Speedway Motors over the last six decades.

Ralph De Palma, Gentleman Champion

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Hot rodders and hardcore engine guys have a propensity to fixate on what they love and it’s often surprising how narrowly focused they become. Some might acknowledge a fleeting interest in pre-war motor racing activities, but few accept any notion that some form of hot rodding transpired prior to the close of World War II. Can anyone really deny that these early pioneers were anything less than...

Master Motor Builders

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Noted automotive historian Robert J. Neal brings a wealth of knowledge to this meticulously researched examination of Packard’s engine building proficiency. For present day engine buffs it provides essential historical perspective to match the technical revelation of Packard’s extraordinary engine design philosophy. The book is packed with large detail-rich original photographs that reveal the...

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

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Students and fans of race engine technology will find Andrew Noakes account of the Ford-Cosworth DFV engine’s design, development and performance record a captivating observation of one of the greatest racing engines in motorsport history. Ford DFV Cover ImageThe Ford-Cosworth DFV won more than 150 Formula 1 races during its 17-year heyday which spanned the 1970’s and...

Offy, America’s Greatest Racing Engine

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Any self respecting engine guy knows a thing or two about Offys; most likely they have heard of them and they know that Offys used to be bad ass racing engines back in the day. What they don’t know is that “back in the day” started in 1930 and spanned five roaring decades through 1980 and beyond with some of the most competitive racing ever seen. America’s greatest racing engine challenged and dominated...

Packards at Speed

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Another superb read from the talented pen of Robert J. Neal, automotive historian and suffice to say Packard enthusiast. Packards at Speed delivers an in-depth examination of the Packard Motor Car Company from the viewpoint of the firm's high performance and racing participation. Neal states that this book represents the first volume of his comprehensive effort to study...

A Technical and Operational History of the Liberty Engine

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In the early days of the twentieth century aircraft engines were regularly employed in racing cars and speed record attempts, both on land and sea. One such engine is the focus of Robert J. Neal’s extraordinary 615 page treatise on the widely regarded Liberty aircraft engine, an aviation workhorse that also excels as a multiple land speed record holder and a marine racing powerhouse of considerable note.

Classic Racing Engines

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Esteemed automotive author Karl Karl Ludvigsen’s Classic Racing Engines provides a detailed look at fifty classic racing engines spanning an eighty-year period since 1914 when racing engines emerged as a separate and distinct type of automotive power source. This authoritative book details famous engines and many lesser known engines, providing exceptional depth of detail about