Whether you're looking for technical instruction, historical documentation, or just a really compelling car story, these are the required texts of the automotive hobby.
Ross Bentley is the most prolific writer currently publishing guides for high-performance driving. He has titles specific to mental preparation, running a racing team, and even the specifics of autocross and karting. This book brings all of Bentley's best advice into a single volume. It's the perfect introduction to the art of high-performance driving.
Not every automotive book has to be a how-to guide. This funny, insightful, and often heart wrenching novel examines the ups and downs of life from a completely unexpected point of view. Whether you're a bona fide gearhead or just someone who loves a good piece of fiction writing, you'll sink your teeth into this book.
Another fine book on how to drive fast, this time from one of the most successful drivers of all time.
This is one of the coolest automotive books to come out this year. It's a beautifully put together look at the life and work of Erich Strenger, Porsche's in-house graphic designer and photographer from the early 1950s to the late 1980s. There's tons of full-color posters and Christophorus covers reprinted here that Porsche geeks will love.
It's a story that's almost too dramatic to be true. In the early 1960s, Ferrari made it known that their sports car company might be for sale. Ford prepared to make an offer, but Ferrari changed its mind. Furious, Henry Ford II set out to beat Ferrari at the greatest race on earth: The 24 Hours of Le Mans. R&T contributor Preston Lerner presents the definitive account of how Ford swept the podium at Le Mans, and changed sports car racing forever.
As a companion to the history of Ford's 1966 Le Mans victory, why not check out Return to Glory, a behind-the-scenes retelling of how Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first Le Mans win by introducing the all-new GT—and taking victory at Le Mans once again.
Sir Jackie Stewart has lived an incredible life. The three-time F1 World Champion is a sportsman, a role model, and a successful businessman, and his autobiography is a thrill-a-minute read for anyone who appreciates the guts it took to be a professional racer in the 1960s.
Richard Porter was Top Gear's script editor for all 22 seasons of the original trio—Clarkson, Hammond and May. So of course, Porter has stories—of gags, stunts and challenges gone horribly awry. If you think Top Gear was fun to watch, just wait til you see what it was like to work on the team that created it.
What automotive library would be complete without Road & Track and Cycle World alum Peter Egan? Side Glances, Volume 1 contains Egan's best monthly R&T columns from 1983 to 1992.
Volume 2 contains every Egan R&T column from 1992 through 1997.
The final paperback Egan collection contains every R&T column from 1998-2002.
To complete your Egan collection, the fourth volume is a hardcover including every column from 2002-2006 and a number of Egan's feature articles and road trip stories.
To complement your Side Glances collection, don't forget about Leanings, Egan's column at Cycle World. Volume 1 covers Egan's 1977 debut at the magazine all the way up to the mid-1990s, including 21 road trip and feature stories and 27 columns.
Leanings 2 has even more features, road trips, and monthly columns from Egan's days at Cycle World.
Complete your collection with Leanings 3, rounding out the final years of Egan's contributions to Cycle World.
Another R&T alum, Paul Frère was a 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Formula 1 competitor. In addition to his journalism career, Frère helped bring about the notion that racing was a skill that could be analyzed, evaluated and taught. This book helped kick off the modern era of driving instruction, and paved the way for any driver's reference book you might utilize today.
If you like Frère's instructions on how to drive a race car, you'll love his autobiography. From a career as a professional racer to his days as a factory test driver and his tenure as one of the world's most respected automotive journalists, he lived a life most of us can only dream of.
The Citroen DS is emblematic of the French car industry: If the conventional automakers did things one way, Citroen did the opposite. Filled with gorgeous photos covering 20- years of DS development, this book gives an up-close look at France's most iconic luxury car.