To ease your Holiday shopping needs, here are our top ten selections for books on the history of racing, listed in alphabetical order by title. Though there are history related books on our other Top Ten Shopping Lists, this selection consists of books that either didn't fall into any of those categories or pertain to defining moments in the history of the sport whether they have to do with drivers, events, series, or technology. If nothing here grabs your fancy, use the search box at the bottom. When you're done here, see our other Top Ten Shopping Lists.
Autocourse 60 Years of World Championship Grand Prix Motor Racing by Alan Henry
Tells the story of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from its roots before the Second World War to the present day. Early chapters cover the growth of motor sport from the first recorded race in 1894 through the 1990s. With more and more countries vying with each other to gain the right to stage a Formula 1 race, Autocourse 60 Years also looks forward to the seventh decade as new teams arrive to take on the established giants.
Hardbound, 9.5 x 12.5 inches, 400 pages.
The Fairmount Park Motor Races, 1908-1911 by Michael J. Seneca
For four years in the early 1900s, the Fairmount Park Motor Races were run on an eight-mile course in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park. They drew half a million spectators the first year but surprisingly have largely been overlooked as part of automobile racing history. Both the on-track action and the off-track events that affected the races are described. Now available in paperback.
Softbound, 7 x 10 inches, 238 pages.
How To Build A Racing Car by Floyd Clymer
Originally published in 1949 by Floyd Clymer, this edition was republished in 2010 by VelocePress. This comprehensive and informative book, written in easy to understand language, puts the capability of designing and building a 1950's era midget racing car or a three-quarter (dirt track) car within reach of the home-based enthusiast. The principles it contains are just as relevant today as they were some 50 years ago when this book was first written. This book would also be a valuable reference for anyone contemplating repairing, refurbishing, or restoring a vintage racing car. This edition also includes a 38 page bonus section featuring a reproduction of an appropriate Offenhauser Speed Equipment catalog.
Softbound, 8.3 x 11 inches, 86 pages.
Imagine That: Over 45 Years of Auto Racing Experiences by Don Fink and Nikki Fink
Don and Nikki celebrated their 50th anniversary. Together, through a unique combination of corporate merger, corporate sponsorships, and their close relationship with persons of influence, they were placed in a position, which afforded them both the timely, once in a lifetime opportunity to witness a period of rapid growth in the auto racing. Their story recounts, "how it was," in realm of activities encircling NASCAR, USAC, NHRA and SCCA.
Softbound, 6 x 9 inches, 432 pages.
Pilotos: Legendarios de la Formula 1 by Xavier Chimits
An homage to the best drivers and events of Formula 1 history, this gorgeous collection boasts work from photographers and reporters specializing in the sport. Organized by driver personality, this comprehensive examination is divided into six sections—technical, reliable, romantic, scientific, acrobatic, and strong.
Hardbound, 10 x 11 inches, 224 pages.
Racing for Mercedes-Benz: A Dictionary of the 240 Fastest Drivers of the Marque by Hartmut Lehbrink
From the vast number of drivers who have competed for Mercedes-Benz and its ancestors in the past 115 years, legends stand out. However, history should not forget all those other works drivers and privateers whose exploits added to the fame of the company at the wheel of formula, sports racing, and touring cars. The 240 fastest of these drivers are presented in this volume, which has been compiled in close co-operation with Mercedes-Benz Classic. This book is the who's who of the four-wheel sport.
Hardbound, 8-1/2 x 11 inches, 250 pages, 300 color and b&w photos.
Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties by Samuel Hawley
In the summer of 1960, eight men contended for the record on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Some men died in horrific crashes, others prudently retired, and by mid-decade only two men were left driving: Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove. By 1965, Arfons and Breedlove had walked away from some of the most spectacular wipeouts in motor sport history and pushed the record up to 400, then 500, then 600 miles per hour. Speed Duel is the fast-paced history of their rivalry.
Softbound, 360 pages.
Speedway: Auto Racing's Ghost Tracks by S.S. Collins and Gavin D. Ireland
"This book has a theme as evidenced in the title. What Collins (the writer) and Ireland (the photographer) wanted to do with this project was to take a North American perspective -- a look at speedways or road circuits that played a prominent role in stock car racing. Therefore, some may be repeats (but presented in a different way) from Autodrome, but they all fit in this book's theme." Read entire AutoRacingHistory.com review.
Hardbound, 10 x 10 inches, 176 pages, 200 color photos.
Stirling Moss: All My Races by Stirling Moss
Published to mark the 80th birthday of Sir Stirling Moss OBE, this important book tells the story of each of the 529 races in which he took part, from the start of his racing life in 1947 to his career-ending crash at Goodwood in 1962. Told in Sir Stirling’s own words, this book is packed with detail and anecdote, supported by a wealth of photographs.
Hardbound, 9 x 11 inches, 352 pages, 75 color and 225 b&w photos.
Tony Southgate From Drawing Board to Chequered Flag: The Autobiography of One of Motorsport's Most Prolific and Versatile Racing Car Designers by Tony Southgate
The author's 38-year career as a racecar designer brought him into contact with many of the most colorful personalities in the sport. He was solely responsible for almost 50 cars, contributed to the design of a further 25, and was able to claim the 'triple crown' of major victories: his cars won the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.
Hardbound, 8-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches, 256 pages.