Quest For Speed

Barry John's "Quest For Speed" is unarguably, the most comprehensive "deep dive" examination of man's insatiable pursuit of speed to date. With very high production values, it accurately portrays the progression of speed, its parallelism with emerging technologies, and the larger-than-life figures that drove it relentlessly forward. It brilliantly celebrates the ever surging velocity of man's lust for speed with beautiful illustrations and insightful commentary about strong, driven men and women who bent the narrative of speed to their will despite persistent resistance from the laws of physics, particularly as they relate to the three legs of the triangle of speed, power, aerodynamics, and traction. John's offers a thoroughly researched glimpse of the drivers and machines that drove speed records from the original spark of speed to the speed of sound.
The author sets the stage and the players with an opening explanation of the motivation and technologies that drove the pace of speed, the courage and financial burdens, the influence of regulating organizations, the difficulties of venues and weather conditions, transportation issues, and the sad situation that some of the cars, monuments of speed if you will, have not survived the years. It all began with an electric vehicle and current;y stands with jet power, but it has been in large measure dominated by fossil-fueled vehicles that keep finding more efficient ways of converting petroleum into speeds that have captivated the imagination of people for more than a century.  It is a high-quality collector's piece and a must-read by any standard of speed as we know it. Aficionados of speed will no doubt treasure this book as a centerpiece of their land speed racing library.
Sample pages from the book show how each record holder is presented with a color illustration, relevant commentary, and, where appropriate, additional illustrations to show important factors such as engine placement, comparisons to previous record-holders, or technical innovations that helped advance the quest for speed.
  • Publisher : Evro Publishing Limited (December 15, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 184 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1910505595
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1910505595
  • Dimensions : 11.75 x 0.63 x 8.88 inches
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