MOTOR BOOKS NEWSLETTER 11th AUGUST

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PICK OF THE WEEK

Jaguar C-type – The Autobiography of XKC 051 (Great Cars 9)

This glorious book tells the story of the celebrated lightweight Jaguar C-type, chassis number XKC 051, that Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt drove to victory in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours. The car went on to have a busy post-works racing career, first with Ecurie Ecosse, then with privateer drivers Bill Smith and Geoffrey Allison. Among its small number of collector custodians in later years, the names of Briggs Cunningham and Adrian Hamilton (son of Duncan) stand out. All this is covered in fascinating detail, supported by a fine collection of period photographs. Any Jaguar enthusiast will enjoy this addition to the ‘Great Cars’ series

Other titles in the Great Cars series:

  1. Jaguar Lightweight E-type the autobiography of 4 WPD
  2. Porsche 917 : The Autobiography of 917-023
  3. Jaguar D-type : The Autobiography of XKD 504
  4. Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase : The Autobiography of 2119 GT
  5. Maserati 250F : The Autobiography of 2528
  6. ERA : The Autobiography of R4D
  7. Ferrari 250 GTO : The Autobiography of 4153 GT
  8. Jaguar Lightweight E-Type : The Autobiography of 49 FXN

 

MOTOR BOOKS NEWSLETTER 28th JULY

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PICK OF THE WEEK

Autodrome
The Lost Race Circuits of Europe

9781787111295A look at the history of ten of Europe’s great abandoned race circuits, as well as contemporary views, shown in stunning photographs.
Around Europe lie a number of long forgotten monuments, windswept and abandoned, the derelict buildings and crumbling tarmac are all that remain of once great motor racing circuits. From the great speed-bowls of Monza and Brooklands, to the parkland of Crystal Palace, this evocative book features both historical pictures, as well as stunning contemporary photography of the circuits as they are now.

• A beautiful book
• A nostalgic look at Europe’s ‘lost’ motor racing venues in their heydays … and as they are today …
• Stunning original photography of every circuit by new name Gavin D. Ireland
• Track diagrams show the evolution of the circuits
• Many period photographs and period memorabilia illustrations such as programme covers/event posters
• Haunting images capture the spirit of forgotten venues
• Many of the ‘lost’ circuits are under threat: the book includes details of campaigns to save them

BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
The Autobiography of 49 FXN

9781907085208The eighth book in the Great Cars Series
This exhaustive book tells the story of the 1963 Lightweight Jaguar E-type that was famously given an aerodynamic makeover by Dr Samir Klat of Imperial College, London, for the 1964 season. Driven by Peter Lumsden and Peter Sargent, the sleek car proved its high-speed potential by running third in the GT class at Le Mans that year until forced to retire soon after nightfall, but three months later it achieved a prestigious result – best-placed E-type and fifth in the GT class – at the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood. Known by its registration number, 49 FXN, this celebrated Lightweight E-type has remained active for most of its life, and the exploits of a succession of notable owners form a fascinating aspect of the book.

MOTOR BOOKS NEWSLETTER 21st JULY

 

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IN OUR NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK

MOTORING : New titles and reprints include Acura NSX, Jaguar Mk1 & 2, Volvo, Daimler, Citroen SM, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Commer, Healey, Wolseley…
MOTORSPORT : Ford GT then & now reprint plus new edition of Aston Martin project
MOTORCYCLES : New titles and reprints on Norton Commando, Tiger Cub, Vincent Black Shadow…
RAILWAY : New books and DVD include Isle of Man DVD, weathering and ECML modelling, GNR and LSWR signalling…
AVIATION : New titles on Dunkirk, Typhoon, Lockheed C-130, A-7 Corsair…
MILITARY : Dunkirk, Frog missile, new edition of M1A2 SEP Abrams MBT…

PICK OF THE WEEK

9781787110755The Volvo Estate
Design Icon & Faithful Companion

This book chronicles the history of the world’s most iconic estate car (station wagon), with a wonderful variety of images, some of which have never been published before. The first Volvo car went on sale in 1927 and this book tells the story of the much-loved Estate right up to the V90.

At last, a dedicated publication that explains the history of the worlds most versatile station wagon, a global workhorse and comfortable family vehicle. Sweden’s answer to Germany’s people’s car arrived some 20 years earlier, and quickly paved the way for safe and dependable vehicles. This book chronicles the evolution of the Volvo estate car, with every model featured. Whether you are a Volvo lover or just have a general interest in cars, this book offers an informative and interesting look into a car that has had very little media coverage, despite its vast global sales success and the affection with which it is held by so many…

MOTOR BOOKS NEWSLETTER 14th July

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This week’s new titles include long overdue reprint of Ed McDonough’s book on the Alfa Tipo 33 and SS Collin’s Autodrome: The Lost Race Circuits of Europe. There are also new book on Ford design and the Land Rover Freelander.
This year’s official review of the Isle of Man TT will be available on Monday on DVD and Blu-Ray.
For Military enthusiasts there titles on A6 Intruder, Hurricane, Mosquito, Sherman tank, Maus.
In Railway there are reprints of the abc combined volume for Summer 1960 and the LNER handbook.

PICK OF THE WEEK

9781907085208JAGUAR LIGHTWEIGHT E-TYPE : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF 49 FXN
THE EIGHTH BOOK IN THE GREAT CARS SERIES
This exhaustive book tells the story of the 1963 Lightweight Jaguar E-type that was famously given an aerodynamic makeover by Dr Samir Klat of Imperial College, London, for the 1964 season. Driven by Peter Lumsden and Peter Sargent, the sleek car proved its high-speed potential by running third in the GT class at Le Mans that year until forced to retire soon after nightfall, but three months later it achieved a prestigious result – best-placed E-type and fifth in the GT class – at the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood. Known by its registration number, 49 FXN, this celebrated Lightweight E-type has remained active for most of its life, and the exploits of a succession of notable owners form a fascinating aspect of the book…

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MOTOR BOOKS NEWSLETTER 7th July

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9781787110267ROVER V8 – THE STORY OF THE ENGINE
By James Taylor
This book tells the fascinating story of the engine that created a legend in its own lifetime. Starting life as a General Motors design in 1961, but withdrawn three years later in favour of cheaper technology, it reached Rover by chance in the mid-1960s. Few other British companies then had V8 engines in production, and Rover immediately gained a special status when the V8 entered UK production during 1967.
This was an extraordinarily compact design and also extraordinarily light, thanks to its all-aluminium alloy construction. It was not a temperamental high-performance engine, but had a well-proven and simple architecture that made it both reliable and easy to work on…

COMING SOON

9781907085208JAGUAR LIGHTWEIGHT E-TYPE : The Autobiography of 49 FXN
THE EIGHTH BOOK IN THE GREAT CARS SERIES – This exhaustive book tells the story of the 1963 Lightweight Jaguar E-type that was famously given an aerodynamic makeover by Dr Samir Klat of Imperial College, London, for the 1964 season….

OTHER TITLES IN THE GREAT CARS SERIES

  1. Jaguar Lightweight E-type the autobiography of 4 WPD
  2. Porsche 917 : The Autobiography of 917-023
  3. Jaguar D-type : The Autobiography of XKD 504
  4. Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase : The Autobiography of 2119 GT
  5. Maserati 250F : The Autobiography of 2528
  6. ERA : The Autobiography of R4D
  7. Ferrari 250 GTO : The Autobiography of 4153 GT
  8. Jaguar Lightweight E-Type : The Autobiography of 49 FXN

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July Book of the Month

Bentley 4 1/2 Litre 1927 onwards (all models, including ‘Blower’)
An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and ownership of W.O. Bentley’s legendary Le Mans winner…

Pick of the Week

Israeli Shermans (Second Edition)
With 750 photographs, this much expanded and updated edition of the author’s original Israeli Sherman, published in 2001 and long out-of-print, is the most comprehensive study yet of the Sherman tank in IDF service…

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Pick of the Week – Russian Tactical Aviation

Russian Tactical Aviation since 2001

9781902109527By Yefim Gordon, Dmitriy Komissarov
The Tactical Aviation branch (FA – Frontovaya aviatsiya) has always occupied an important place in the structure of the Soviet, and subsequently Russian, Air Force. In the 20-odd post-Soviet years the Russian Air Force has been repeatedly reformed and in the course of the reforms the importance of Tactical Aviation has risen. The brief military conflict with Georgia in August 2008 highlighted poor organisation of operations and in 2009 the customary air armies, air divisions and air regiments were replaced by aviation bases.
Much importance has attached to fleet renewal and upgrading of the Russian Tactical Aviation capability. The Su-35S ‘Generation 4++’ single-seat fighter is entering full-scale production and service. Deliveries of single-seat Su-27SM3 (a mid-life update) and two-seat Su-30SM and Su-30M2 multi-role fighters are also underway. The Beriyev A-50 AWACS aircraft, which supports the Tactical Aviation’s air defence role, are also being updated. Production and deliveries of the Su-34 tactical bomber are continuing and for want of a next-generation attack aircraft, the Russian Air Force is continuing to upgrade its Su-25 fleet – the latest Su-25SM3 is now in service.
Much attention has been paid to combat training. Exercises are being held more frequently than in the 1990s and n-flight refuelling of various aircraft, including tactical bombers, is practiced on a much wider scale than before, as are long-range flights by groups of fighters.
The book, companion to the highly successful Soviet Tactical Aviation, illustrates the current state of the Russian Air Force’s tactical aviation as well as its recent history in various overseas conflicts. Details are given of the aviation bases (units), their locations and the principal types currently in service. Russian Tactical Aviation is illustrated throughout with many previously unpublished photos, including air-to-air shots during recent Russian Force exercises, as well as colour profiles of Russian tactical aircraft and helicopters operated by various aviation bases.

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