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Note: For over 25 years Rob Siegel has written a monthly column called "The Hack Mechanic" for the BMW Car Club of America's magazine Roundel. In Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic, Rob Siegel shares his secrets to buying, fixing, and driving cool cars without risking the kids' tuition money or destroying his marriage.

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Dialogue between one of the world's most experienced racing car designers and a technical author-graduate engineer on the theory and technique of racing car design and development.

Maurice Olley, one of the great automotive design, research and development engineers of the 20th century, had a career that spanned two continents. Olley is perhaps best known for his systematic approach to ride and handling. His work was so comprehensive that many of the underlying concepts, test procedures, analysis and evaluation techniques are still used in the auto industry today. Olley's mathematical analyses cover design essentials in a physically understandable way. Thus they remain as useful today as when they were first developed. For example, they are easily programmed for study or routine use and for checking the results of more complex programs. Chassis Design: Principles and Analysis is based on Olley's technical writings, and is the first complete presentation of his life and work. This new book provides insight into the development of chassis technology and its practical application by a master. Many examples are worked out in the text and the analytical developments are grounded by Olley's years of design experience.

There can be no man in motor racing better qualified to write a book upon the art of motor racing than Piero Taruffi, born in Rome, Italy on October 10th, 1906. From his vast wealth of experience, Piero Taruffi has crowned his career with The Technique of Motor Racing, which ranks as a standard work of reference in this most fascinating, exciting and dangerous sport. In his prophetic foreword to The Technique of Motor Racing, Fangio anticipates the importance Piero Taruffi's book would have for a generation of new drivers. Trained as both a racing driver and an industrial engineer, Taruffi provides a unique perspective on the art and science of motor racing. He drove for the works teams of Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, and others, in a career that spanned over 25 years and was crowned by his victory in the 1957 Mille Miglia. First published in 1959, The Technique of Motor Racing has become the standard by which other driving texts are measured.

For more than 25 years, informed BMW owners have relied upon the Roundel, the magazine of the BMW Car Club of America, to make their "Ultimate Driving Machines" more ultimate. Now a selection of articles on driving, performance, service and tech tips have been collected in a single book. No matter what BMW you drive or desire, this book will serve as a valuable maintenance guide, performance handbook and technical reference source, to help you understand and care for your BMW.

Klaus Schnitzer, who is well-known for his exquisite photography both in the art world and on the BMW race circuit, has brought together a selection of five stunning images of classic and current BMW automobiles that is sure to please enthusiasts everywhere. These beautiful cards are folded, with the inside left blank for personal messages, and come with 20 envelopes for mailing. No true BMW fan will want to be without Enthusiast's Favorites, the perfect way to express your devotion to this incredible marque.

Author, racer and Circle Track magazine editor Don Alexander helps you develop powerful mental skills like visualization, anticipation, concentration, and setting priorities. These skills add speed and drop lap times, but can be difficult to master without the right guidance. Think to Win brings new insight to basic but demanding driving activities like accelerating, turning, and braking. Learn how to manage weight transfer, save tenths of seconds in qualifying, take segment times in a corner to identify and correct mistakes, even how to communicate with your crew to fix handling problems. No matter whether you're racing on paved oval tracks, dirt tracks, speedways, or road courses, Think to Win will help you to become a faster, winning driver. If you're a race fan, Think to Win will give you a whole new perspective on what it's like to drive a Winston Cup car. As Mark Martin puts it, "Don helps you understand the challenges we face out there so you can answer your friend when he turns to you and says, 'Man, why doesn't he just pass that guy?' " Whether you're a dedicated enthusiast or a serious engine/chassis designer, in Think to Win you'll find definitive, useful information on the design and building of performance automotive systems.

The racing world held its collective breath in 2001 when Alessandro Zanardi lost both his legs in a horrifying accident at the Lausitzring in Germany. The racing world held its breath again nineteen months later while witnessing his incredible return to racing. Bentley Publishers announces the publication of the North American edition of the Alex Zanardi biography, My Sweetest Victory, a book which has quickly sold over 50,000 copies in his native Italy. Alex Zanardi - My Sweetest Victory recounts his incredible story as only he can tell it. In this very personal book Zanardi takes us from his childhood in Italy through his hard-fought racing success to the moving story of perseverance and love that motivated his recovery. Along the way, Zanardi presents his triumphs and setbacks in kart racing, Formula 3 & 3000, Formula 1, IndyCar and CART racing, culminating in back-to-back CART championships for 1997 and 1998. In riveting detail, Zanardi relates his terrible accident, the long path to recovery and his return to the Lausitz ring in a specially modified 750hp Champ Car to complete the 13 laps he didn't finish in 2001. In addition to the 32 pages of color photos, including many from the Zanardi family albums, Alex Zanardi - My Sweetest Victory also includes the following new features: a foreword by Alex Zanardi's friend and supporter Mario Andretti, a chronology of Alex's racing career, and a new final chapter in which Alex discusses his return to competitive racing in the 2004 European Touring Car Championship driving for BMW Team Italy-Spain. Alex Zanardi - My Sweetest Victory is an inspiring book about how personal strength and passion can triumph over even the most challenging circumstances - an autobiography whose significance extends far beyond the world of motorsports.

This complete racer's reference is the perfect resource for drivers from novice to expert. The fundamentals of fast driving are revealed in this definitive how-to book for racers. You will find the competition-proven methods of instructors and of professional drivers that will give you the know-how to work up the track and stay at the front. Interested in the world of racing? Just think, you can have lessons and insights from Skip Barber instructors and from professional racers compiled in one handbook. This racing reference reveals the secrets of mastering car control, reducing lap times, and takes the reader inside the world of racing. Going Faster! reveals the collective racing wisdom Skip Barber Racing School ( instructors have accumulated over the past 25 years. Going Faster! is more than just a primer covering the basics. The hard-won knowledge of dozens of championship-winning race drivers-invaluable insights collected throughout their own careers-is distilled into a clear, understandable, organized progression. This book is about how the best drivers in the fastest, most sophisticated racecars use advanced race driving techniques-the difference between competence and brilliance. Going Faster! is a book for the active race driver, the racer-to-be and the auto-racing fan who wants to know what driving a racecar is really about.

Grand Prix racing in the late 1920s through the early 1930s was "owned" by the powerful, state-backed Italian teams with drivers like Nuvolari and Varzi, but by the end of the Thirties, the Germans dominated. Driving Forces by Peter Stevenson tells the human story of the men, their women, and their machines that made the German dominance possible. It is the classic story of daring individuals facing the ultimate challenge both physically and morally as these racing drivers drove under the Nazi swastika, but for themselves. Driving Forces focuses on the lives of two of the world's greatest racing drivers: Rudolph "Rudi the Rain Master" Caracciola and Bernd Rosemeyer. The cast of characters reads like the European roll call of the Grand Prix greats: Louis Chiron (France), Achille Varzi (Italy), Giuseppe Campari (Italy), Dick Seaman (Great Britain), Hans Stuck (Germany), and, the greatest of them all, the Maestro Tazio Nuvolari (Italy). Peter Stevenson follows the career of Rudi Caracciola from his youthful "great escape" from the occupying Belgian forces to his first ride with Mercedes and then on to greatness as the top driver for that German team. Caracciola's life is intertwined with that of his greatest rival Bernd Rosemeyer of the Auto Union team. Rosemeyer's story is a tragic one of a youthful, talented, and well-loved racer whose love affair with racing and Germany's outstanding aviatrix, Elly Beinhorn (the Amelia Earhart of Germany), led to his death in 1938. Driving Forces is also the story of the rivalry between Mercedes Benz and Auto Union, led by the brilliant designs of Dr. Porsche, for the Grand Prix championship of Germany and the world. The ultra-sophisticated supercharged machines of Mercedes, Germany's premier automaker, faced Porsche's ingeniously designed rear-engined V-12 and V-16 behemoths. Capable of between 500 and 600 horsepower, the cars easily reached speeds of over 200 miles an hour and in 1938, at speed record attempts on the Autobahn in Germany, the German cars reached speeds of over 270 miles per hour on a regular paved road. But this is not merely a story about race cars. It is primarily a tale of individual courage - the drivers and their wives and lovers who faced death on and off the race course, for this was a time in Europe when fascism was on the rise sweeping up a continent and then the world. These racing drivers and their loved ones dealt with the risks of racing such powerful machines and of dealing with one of history's most terrifying dictators - Adolf Hitler. That they survived either of these challenges is a testament to their courage and fortitude - some, however, did not. Driving Forces is the story of those challenges, those successes, and those losses. It is a human story, brilliantly told against the exciting background of international Grand Prix racing and the growing maelstrom of the Third Reich.

In 1974 Mark Donohue took a year off from driving at the height of his racing career and wrote a candid and revealing book about his journey through the world of auto racing - from amateur races in his own '57 Corvette to winning the Indy 500 in Roger Penske's McLaren M16. Yet there is nothing sensational about Donohue's story. This is not a tale of fame and fortune, nor an expos of the scandalous off-track lives of race-car drivers. Rather Donohue presents a fascinating and focused behind-the-scenes look at how a champion driver - who won virtually every racing class he competed in - prepared himself and his cars to win. With characteristic modesty, Donohue is quick to attribute much of his racing success to the many "unfair advantages" he had over his competitors, such as faster engines, better tires, and a more professional crew. But after reading just a few chapters of his book, it becomes clear that Mark Donohue's greatest unfair advantage was his own relentless determination to build a better car and be a better driver every time he set foot on a race track. The Unfair Advantage captures a uniquely American blend of intellect and scrappiness. A graduate in engineering from Brown University, Donohue integrated creativity, openness to new ideas, humor, and his persistent will to win into every part of his approach to racing. When Donohue puts that formula into words in The Unfair Advantage the result is as much an attitude and perspective as anything else. As such, it has had wide reaching and particularly personal impact for almost 30 years in the world of motorsport participants and enthusiasts. The Unfair Advantage is also a glimpse into a more human, albeit more dangerous, period in racing with raw, high-powered cars, comparatively small budgets and tight time tables. Many of the personalities, competition classes, and engineering principles of the early seventies still dominate the racing scene today. Inside you'll find profiles of many of the mechanics, drivers, and crew chiefs Donohue worked with, and won with during his career. Special attention is given to Walter Hansgen, Peter Revson, Don Cox (Penske team engineer), Karl Kainhofer and John Woodard (Penske team mechanics) and of course Roger Penske. Donohue also shows how studying his major rivals - including Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, and Jackie Stewart - helped him to develop his own competitive edge. Many years after it's original publication, the Donohue sons and Bentley Publishers worked together to release a new edition of The Unfair Advantage. This new edition contains all of the original text. Expanded content includes photographs and separately appended material that fill out the Donohue story in words and pictures and provides historical context.

First published in 1963, Sports Car and Competition Driving sold tens of thousands of copies, establishing it as a standard reference on driving. In this edition, newly revised in 1992, Frère builds on the strengths of the original by explaining how to meet the new challenges posed by radical new developments in automotive technology. What separates Frère's book from other driving texts is his unique blend of theory and practice, based on a career as racer and trained engineer: Memorable, resonant observations on how to go faster combined with sophisticated discussions of the physics that govern a car. With 78 photographs and illustrations, Sports Car and Competition Driving is required reading for all those interested in racing or in becoming a more masterful road driver.

When The Racing Driver was first published in the U.S. in 1959, Road & Track magazine hailed it as an "excellent book . . . the best ever written on contemporary drivers and their racing styles and habits." Now decades later, Denis Jenkinson's book has become a classic, highly valued for its historical perspective and views into the personalities of drivers who today seem larger than life. This release of The Racing Driver contains much new material, including a new preface by the author himself. The new foreword is by Sir Stirling Moss, who won the 1955 Mille Miglia with Jenkinson at his side. Also new are two appendices. The first is a discussion the author had with Ayrton Senna on the psychological attributes of the modern race driver. In the second, Doug Nye, author and close friend, provides a final tribute to Denis Jenkinson. The Racing Driver will appeal to sports car enthusiasts, particularly those interested in vintage and historic racing. It belongs on the bookshelf beside Taruffi's The Technique of Motor Racing, which it supplements without repeating.

The Speed Merchants tells the story of Michael Keyser's racing and film experience, across the U.S. and Europe, from 1969 through 1972. He relives what it was like to watch the great Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s that dominated the world manufacturer's series in 1970; to follow Mark Donohue and Roger Penske as they shook up the Trans-Am through Canada and the United States; to see McLaren's hold on the Can-Am finally ended. The Speed Merchants details the successes and failures of such drivers as Vic Elford, Brian Redman, Jo Siffert, Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Stewart; and racing at such tracks as Daytona, Sebring, Indianapolis, the Targa Florio, the Nrburgring, Monaco and Le Mans. When first published in 1973, The Speed Merchants was hailed among other books on racing as the standard by which other works should be judged. Now, the author has totally revised the book, more than doubling the number of photographs and adding a personal dimension that could only be brought by someone in his unique position as driver, photographer, and filmmaker. With brilliant full color photography and evocative prose, The Speed Merchants brings to vivid life the sights and sounds of a lost era.

In text and photographs A French Kiss With Death - Steve McQueen and the Making of Le Mans examines the life of actor, Steve McQueen, the films in which he appeared and his love affair with the many cars and motorcycles he owned during his lifetime. This book details the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the backgrounds of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lola, Matra and Porsche leading up to the 1970 Manufacturers' Championship Series. You're there when Steve hones his driving skills in his Porsche 908 at Willow Springs, Phoenix and Riverside; and at the 1970 Daytona 24 Hours, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Le Mans, on which the film Le Mans was based. A major portion of the book gives a detailed behind-the-scenes account of the making of Le Mans - from start to finish - with insightful and entertaining stories from some of the key players involved in the making of the film, both from behind the cameras and behind the wheels of the more than 25 cars used during the production: Alfa Romeos, Corvettes, Chevrons, Ferraris, Porsches, Lolas, & Matras. The book is 464 pages in length with over 800 photographs - many taken during the production. The author of A French Kiss With Death is American driver Michael Keyser with additional help from English driver Jonathan Williams, co-driver of the Porsche 908 Solar Productions camera car that raced in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, and an actor and stunt driver on the film. For over four years the authors conducted dozens of interviews and collected hundreds of photographs to produce the definitive book on the making of Le Mans.

The variety of cars, colors and the sense of "history come to life" makes vintage racing one of the most thrilling and popular forms of motorsport competition. As Stirling Moss observed, "It has to be a very blas person who doesn't feel their adrenalin rising when the starter's flag falls." Author Terry Jackson has interviewed racers, tuners, and race organizers and created the most comprehensive, authoritative guide to vintage racing. Vintage Racing British Sports Cars takes you marque-by-marque through the exciting-and still relatively affordable-world of British sports cars. It tells you how to select and buy the right car, how to prepare it for the track, and how to get started if you've never raced before. This book offers race-proven preparation tips and modifications for each specific model: how to get more horsepower, better cornering performance, and increased reliability. These are actual setups that the best racers are running. With 225 photographs, including fascinating historical shots of the cars in competition, this is the essential book for all vintage racers and British car enthusiasts.
For over 25 years Rob Siegel has written a monthly column called "The Hack Mechanic" for the BMW Car Club of America's magazine Roundel. In Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic, Rob Siegel shares his secrets to buying, fixing, and driving cool cars without risking the kids' tuition money or destroying his marriage. And that's something to brag about considering the dozens of cars, including twenty-five BMW 2002s, that have passed through his garage over the past three decades. A geophysicist by day and self-professed car junkie in his free time, Siegel explores his passion for cars with unflinching honesty and offers a unique window into the Car Guy mind. Along the way he reflects on the genesis of his fascination with boxy little German sedans, the miserable Triumph GT6+ he owned in college, rebuilding the engine of his wife's VW bus in the kitchen of their first apartment, how cars affect family dynamics, and why men really love cars. And in showing how cars have repeatedly been the conduit for deep human connections in his life, Siegel reveals his controversial theory that beyond their greasy fingernails, gearheads are actually intimate, caring creatures. Siegel also explains why, in a world over which we have so little control, the act of diagnosing and painstakingly fixing broken cars can be immensely therapeutic. Just don't ask him to fix other people's cars! With a steady dose of irreverent humor, Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic blends car stories, DIY advice, and cautionary tales in a way that will resonate with the car-obsessed (and the people who love them).
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