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Left: The Locomobile Type 1906, "Old 16", driven by George Robertson on its way to winning the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup on Long Island.

Center: Action during the 1916 Vanderbilt Cup event at Santa Monica with William Bolden (#12) leading Omar Toft.

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Beast Book Beast: The Top Secret Ilmor-Penske Engine that Shocked the Racing World at the Indy 500
by Jade Gurss (2014)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The true story behind the creation of a legendary race engine.
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Auto Racing Comes of Age Book Auto Racing Comes of Age
by Robert Dick (2013)
Review by Russell Jaslow
A transatlantic view of the cars, drivers and speedways, 1900-1925.
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Audi R8 Book Audi R8 (WSC Giants)
by Ian Wagstaff (2012)
Review by Russell Jaslow
One of the most successful and reliable sports cars in endurance racing history.
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Motor Racing - The Pursuit of Victory 1930-1962 Book Motor Racing - The Pursuit of Victory 1930-1962
by Anthony Carter (2012)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The era of grand prix racing before television and sponsors dominated the scene with many photos, most previously unpublished.
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Driven by Desire Book Driven by Desire - The Desiré Wilson Story
by Alan Wilson (2012)
Review by Russell Jaslow
Desiré Wilson's career. A unique inside perspective from the husband who was with her every step of the way.
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The Limit Book The Limit - Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit
by Michael Cannell (2012)
Review by Russell Jaslow
Ferrari's intra-team battle for the 1961 World Driving Championship between Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips.
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Runways & Racers Book Runways & Racers
by Terry O'Neil (2012)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The history of sports car racing on military airfields in America, 1952-1954.
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Blood and Smoke Book Blood and Smoke
by Charles Leerhsen (2011)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The controversy over the first Indianapolis 500.
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The British at Indianapolis Book The British at Indianapolis
by Ian Wagstaff (2011)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The history of all things British at Indianapolis.
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Northeast American Sports Car Races Book Northeast American Sports Car Races 1950-1959
by Terry O'Neil (2010)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The history of sports car racing in the American Northeast during the 1950s.
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Tales from the Toolbox Book Tales from the Toolbox
by Michael Oliver (2010)
Review by Russell Jaslow
A collection of behind the scenes tales from Grand Prix mechanics.
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Speedway: Auto Racing's Ghost Tracks Book Speedway: Auto Racing's Ghost Tracks
by SS Collins and Gavin D. Ireland (2010)
Review by Russell Jaslow
Lost race tracks centered around speedway style competition.
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The Toleman Story Book The Toleman Story - Last Romantics in Formula 1
by Christopher Hilton (2010)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The complete history of Toleman Motorsport.
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Formula 5000 Motor Racing Book Formula 5000 Motor Racing - Back Then ... And Back Now
by Kevin Lawson (2010)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The European F5000 series from 1969-76 and today's F5000 vintage events.
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Fast Ladies Book Fast Ladies
by Jean-François Bouzanquet (2009)
Review by Russell Jaslow
A look at women race drivers in Europe from 1888-1970.
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Forza Minardi Book Forza Minardi!
by Simon Vigar (2008)
Review by Russell Jaslow
Everyone's second favorite F1 team.
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Ghost Tracks Book Ghost Tracks
by Pete Hylton (2007)
Review by Russell Jaslow
Historic look at America's lost road racing tracks.
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Unraced Book Unraced... Formula One's Lost Cars
by Sam Collins (2007)
Review by Russell Jaslow
F1 cars that were built but never raced during the three-liter era.
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Grand Prix Saboteurs Book The Grand Prix Saboteurs
by Joe Saward (2007)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The untold story of the Grand Prix drivers who became British secret agents in World War II.
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BRM - A Mechanic's Tale Book BRM - A Mechanic's Tale
by Dick Salmon (2007)
Review by Russell Jaslow
His days as a mechanic on the BRM Formula 1 team from 1952 to 1965.
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Thunder at Sunrise Book Thunder at Sunrise
by John M. Burns (2007)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The history of the Vanderbilt Cup, the Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500, 1904-1916.
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Montlhéry Book Montlhéry - The Story of the Paris Autodrome
by William 'Bill' Boddy (2007)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The French oval outside of Paris which was the site for numerous record breaking runs.
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BRM V16 Book BRM V16 - How Britain's Auto Makers Built A Grand Prix Car To Beat The World
by Karl Ludvigsen (2007)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The patriotic yet trouble plagued venture of the BRM racing effort.
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1½-litre Grand Prix Racing Book 1½-litre Grand Prix Racing 1961-65 - Low Power, High Tech
by Mark Whitelock (2006)
Review by Russell Jaslow
The often ignored five-year period where F1 scaled back to a 1½-litre formula, yet still produced many historical moments.
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Gold Thunder Book Gold Thunder
by Rex White (2004)
Press Release by Anne B. Jones
The oldest living NASCAR champion has written an autobiography to explain the past and of course why his car was gold.
 
 
Mario Andretti, The Complete Record Book Mario Andretti, The Complete Record
by Mike O'Leary (2003)
Review by Russell Jaslow
Detailing Mario's career in a year-by-year statistical compilation. Every race from 1964 until his retirement is listed.
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Where They Raced - LAP2 Book Where They Raced - LAP2
by Harold Osmer (2000)
Review by Doug Stokes
Detailing all the racing venues that ever existed in the Southern California area.
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Real Road Racing Book Real Road Racing, The Santa Monica Road Races
by Harold Osmer and Phil Harms (1999)
Review by Russell Jaslow
Dealing with the early Santa Monica races between 1909-1919.
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