Author: M. Lawrence
Release Date: 2011-02
288 pages, 63 illustrations, size 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Until now, the man whose racing cars have won more victories than anyone else's, and whose design skills have brought fame to hundreds of drivers and made champions of a good many of them, has remained in the background.Ron Tauranac - British-born, but brought up in Australia - always preferred to let his cars sing his praises where it really mattered - on the race tracks of the world. They have never been known as Tauranacs, but the names Brabham and Ralt will be very familiar to anyone who has followed motor racing since the Sixties. And so, of course, is Honda, the company which supplied the engines for some of Tauranac's most successful Brabham and Ralt racing cars and with which he still retains close links as a design consultant, working behind the scenes on several of their motor racing activities.Sir Jack Brabham, in his foreword to this long overdue biography, pays generous tribute to his former business partner into whose hands he entrusted the design and construction of all his own racing cars from 1962 until his retirement from driving in 1970, plus all the production Brabhams which brought so much success to many other top drivers during their formative years. Many of Ron Tauranac's former colleagues and customers - amongst them the most powerful people in motor racing today - speak candidly about the man they have known and worked with, someone who has never courted popularity, but whose talents have been such that his contribution to the motor racing scene is possibly beyond measure. Anyone who is either involved in the sport or fascinated by it will be delighted that through this book The Ron Tauranac Story has finally been told.
Author: Jack Brabham
Release Date: 2004-02-26
Genre: Automobile racing drivers
This title covers the career of Jack Brabham, which saw him win three Formula 1 Driver's World Championship titles, multiple F2 Championships, become the world's first dominant manufacturer of single-seater racing cars and the first driver to win a World Title in a car bearing his own name.
Author: Mike Lawrence
Publisher: Brooklands Books Limited
Release Date: 2012-07-01
Mike Lawrence shows how Chapman operated in a fast-moving, highly pressurized world of international racing and car making that generated huge rewards and temptations. The crunch came when he became involved with the ill-fated Delorean car company.
Release Date: 2005
Genre: American literature
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Author: Malcolm Folley
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2009-05-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
In the late eighties and early nineties, Formula One was at its most explosive, with thrilling races, charismatic drivers, nail-biting climaxes - and the most deadly rivalry ever witnessed in sport. Two of Formula One's most honoured champions and iconic figures drove together for McLaren for two seasons, and their acrimonious and hostile relationship extended even after one of them had left the team. ALAIN PROST, France's only F1 world champion, the intelligent, smooth driver with the epithet 'Le Professeur'. AYRTON SENNA, the mercurial kid from a privileged background in Sao Paolo who would become the most intense and ruthless racing driver the world has ever seen. It was a story that would have a tragic ending. As the great rivals raced to victory, their relationship deteriorated badly, beginning with the breaking of a gentleman's agreement, and public spats followed, culminating in Prost accusing Senna of deliberately trying to ride him off the circuit, and fearful that the Brazilian would get someone killed with his daring overtaking feats. And the final, sad act of this drama happened at the San Marino Grand prix at Imola in May 1994, when Senna was killed. Featuring a rare interview with Prost, and insight from Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Sir Frank Williams, Bernie Ecclestone, Derek Warrick, Johnny Herbert, Gerhard Berger, plus McLaren insiders and other F1 figures, Malcolm Folley provides us with a breath-taking account of one of the all-time classic sporting rivalries.
A history of the British influence on the Indianapolis 500, including not only the drivers and cars, but the many others – mechanics, designers, and officials – who have been involved. The story is set out in a series of stand-alone chapters, with a wide variety of informative sidebars, and goes back 100 years to the early days of the race, through the British-led, rear-engined revolution of the 1960s to the present day.
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Automobile racing
For fifty years, the name McLaren has been synonymous with winning. Founded by driver Bruce McLaren, the team scored its first Grand Prix win in 1968 and dominated the Can-Am sports-car series from 1967 to 1971. In the 1970s McLaren captured two Formula One titles and two victories at the Indianapolis 500. Even greater success followed in the ensuing decades as McLaren International. Today McLaren is one of the defining teams in Formula One, with a record of victories and championships rivaled only by Ferrari. Tyler Alexander was there from the very beginning. He was a founding member of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd. in 1964, and was eventually named chief engineer and a team director. While Tyler played a critical role in creating its earliest cars, he was also recording the team's progress through hundreds of vivid photographs taken during spare moments at the track and behind the scenes in the McLaren factory. McLaren From the Inside collects the best of Alexander's behind-the-scenes photographs from two very different eras. Part I covers the team's formative years in the 1960s, through black-and-white shots of Bruce McLaren and company building, testing, and racing cars in England and around the world. Friends and competitors are also included, among them such great drivers as Jim Clark, Dan Gurney, and Jackie Stewart, as well as team leaders John Cooper, Carroll Shelby, and Colin Chapman. In Part II Alexander captures the high-tech, hypercompetitive atmosphere of today's Formula One scene, with images taken during the first decade of the 21st century of a new generation of driving talent, including Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Räikkönen, and others. Alexander's images also show the designers, engineers, and mechanics who have made McLaren such a successful motor racing team for so many years.--Publisher's description.
Cosworth Racing goes from strength to strength in the new century. Now controlled by Ford, it continues to build the finest racing engines in the world. Cosworth engines are being used by three Formula 1 teams - Jaguar, Jordan and Minardi - in 2003. The latest turbocharged V8 is used by every runner in the USA-based CART series. Cosworth Racing also builds winning engines for Ford's Focus WRC cars, and for the ambitious Aprilia racing motorcycle team. The fully updated fifth edition of this best-selling book tells the inside story.
Author: Bruce Jones
Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group
Release Date: 2012-10-01
Genre: Formula One automobiles
An illustrated story of Formula one, from the first motor race in France back in 1894 to today's super-powerful vehicles driven by world superstars such as Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, men who exchange paint with one another at incredible speeds on circuits all round the world.
Biography of Al Bartz, renowned racing engines builder. Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1938. At a very early age he showed a keen appetite for dismantling anything mechanical to find out how it was made and how he could improve it. After an apprenticeship at Hilborn Injection, he worked for famed engine builder" TRACO." Al opened his own racing engine shop in Van Nuys, California in 1966. He was very innovative, always exploring new concepts with the dry sump and injection systems. Al Bartz built some of the best racing engines to power Formula 5000, NASCAR, INDY cars, CanAm, TransAm. These were driven by the best drivers in the world. Al Bartz died in 1981, he was 43 years old. Strongly recommended. A hard-to-find book not generally available in the conventional book trade.