Vintage Motorsport Library

Vintage Racing Book Review by D. Randy Riggs

THE WINNERS BOOK

A Comprehensive Listing of Motor Racing Events 1895-2009
by James O’Keefe

Hardcover • 576pp • 7.75 " x 10" • $65 www.racemaker.com

For a racing historian, this book is one of those must-haves. The author has compiled 40 years of careful and exhaustive research in documenting motorsport history in easy-to-read charts. While there are a few photos scattered throughout, what we have here are listings of major events and their dates, location, distances, speeds, winners, cars, winning times and championship status. Yes, even an index, so you can find esoteric info like Frank Applebee as the winner of the Isle of Man TT on July 1, 1912.

GRUMPY'S TOYS

The Authorized History of Grumpy Jenkins’ Cars
by Doug Boyce

Softcover • 8.5” X 11” • 176pp • 86 b&w and 218 color photos • $34.95 www.veloce.co.uk

One of the great names in the history of Chevrolet high performance is Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins. His impact on the sport of drag racing is legendary, and this excellent work tells the “Grumpy” story through all the cars his career touched, beginning with his ’55 Chevy. Jenkins became nationally known when he teamed up with Dave Strickler and his “Old Reliable” Chevys, but eventually “Grumpy” got behind the wheel himself and raced the cars that carried the Jenkins Competition logo to national wins and records. This is the most complete record of Jenkins’ cars ever published, an essential read for any drag racing fan.

CARIBBEAN CAPERS

The Cuban Grand Prix Races of 1957, 1958 & 1960
by Joel E. Finn

Hardcover w/dust jacket • 12 ” X 9” • 360pp • 500 photos • $199.95 www.racemaker.com

Even though there were just three GP races held in Cuba, the glamorous location attracted the best cars and top sports car drivers of the era. The author’s authoritative account is supported by interviews with participants and more than 500 excellent images that include memorabilia such as program covers and course maps. Race results and entries are here as well, all-in-all a superb effort that is both graphically compelling and a book that is sure to fascinate.

SPEED DUEL

The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties
by Samuel Hawley

Softcover • 6 " x 9" • 360pp • 92 photos • $24.95 www.fireflybooks.com

This is without a doubt the best story ever written about the battle for the Land Speed Record in the 1960s. The author’s up close account brings in all the players—drivers, sponsors, family members and support crews, highlighting the incredible danger faced each time one of these land missles headed out on the salt. It’s one of my favorite reads in quite some time, and I know anyone interested in the Land Speed Record battles will love it, too.

TAKING IT TO THE LIMIT

20 Years of Making Motorcycle Movies
by Peter Starr

Hardcover w/dust jacket & DVD • 10” X 10” • 262pp • 500 photos • $49.95 www.motodvd.com

Anyone who has witnessed a professional motorcycle flat track, motocross or road race knows how exciting it can be. Capturing that drama before the advent of lipstick-sized cameras was a major challenge, although award-winning filmmaker Peter Starr did just that with his pioneering “on-board” equipment. Wonderful stories fill this volume about the hero riders in one of motorcycle sport’s best eras, greatness captured by a master of his craft on film. This is the story about how it was done and every chapter is a fun read with many excellent photos adding to the enjoyment.

PORSCHE

A History of Excellence
by Randy Leffingwell

Softcover • 9” X 10” • 348pp • 362 photos • $30 www.motorbooks.com

This is an updated version of the author’s well received 2008 book, “Porsche Sixty Years.” Richly illustrated, each important model of the fabled marque is covered, with interviews of key personnel and racers included. All of it is well-researched and written, with quality photography and archive photos to back it up. Even if you have shelves full of Porsche books, this one offers a unique and informative treatment for old and new Porsche enthusiasts alike.