Land Speed Racing Books

Title Author Description Date
Red Dust Racers Graeme Cocks The Centenary History of Lake Perkolilli and the Emergence of Motorsport in Western Australia 1914–2014
Astuto Pty Limited, 2016, 488 pages, 1000 illustrations, hardcover. ISBN 13: 9780987280817
Bonneville Louise Ann Noeth The fastest place one earth by Louise Ann Noeth. Edition MBI. 1999-2002. In English. 255x255. Flexible Cover 156 pages 1999
Flat Out Rocky Robinson The Race for the Motorcycle World Land Speed Record
Author: Rocky Robinson 2007, in English, hardcover / 256 Pages, color and black and white photos
Thrust Richard Noble

the remarkable story of one man's quest for Speed. By Noble Richard and Andy Green. ED Partidge.

1998. In English. Cover paperboard + jacket. 195x255. 320 pages

World's Fastest E-Type Jaguar Phil Shepard This is the story of Team Shepard and their quest for speed on the dry salt of Lake Gairdner in South Australia. Their desire to push man and machine to the limit. Their journey began in 2005 when Allan Shepard and Boyd Kolozs saw the Dry Lakes Racing Accociation's annual Speed Week in action. This planted the seed and Allen decided his 1962 E-Type was perfect for the job. 248mm x 270mm, 188 pages, full colour, hardcover, french folded dust jacket.
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The Land Speed record
R.M Clarke Compile by R.M Clarke. ED Brooklands books. in English. 200x270. cover flexible. 139 pages
The Land Speed Record
R.M Clarke Portfolio of Brookland motor books. In English. 200x270. Flexible Couv. 140 pages
The Land Speed Record
R.M Clarke Portfolio of Brookland motor books. In English. 200x270. Flexible Couv. 140 pages
The Land Speed Record
R.M Clarke Portfolio of Brookland motor books. In English. 200x270. Flexible Couv. 140 pages
The Land Speed Record
R.M Clarke Portfolio of Brookland motor books. In English. 200x270. Flexible Couv. 140 pages
Land speed record breaker   Single portfolio Motor book. English Ene. 205/290. Flexible Couv. 138 pages
Land speed record breaker   Single portfolio Motor book. English Ene. 205/290. Flexible Couv. 138 pages.
Land Speed Record
  Single portfolio Motor book. English Unique Motor Books. Flexible Couv. 130 Pages
Land Speed Record
  Single portfolio Motor book. English Ene. Unique Motor Books. Flexible Couv. 134 pages.
Land Speed Record
  Single portfolio Motor book. English Unique Motor Books. Flexible Couv. 120 Pages
Skimming the Surface Fred Harris a concise history of the contested world water speed record by Fred Harris
The landspeed record
as chronicled in the UK motoring press.
R.M Clarke Compile by R.M Clarke. ED Brooklands books. in English. 200x270. cover flexible. 139 pages
The Bluebird Years
Donald Campbell & The Pursuit of Speed
Arthur Knowles an up to date book, including 'With Campbell at Coniston', as well as the raising of the Bluebird, by Arthur Knowles with Graham Beech
My Speed King Tonia Bern Campbell life with Donald Campbell by Tonia Bern Campbell
Bluebird & The Dead Lake John Pearson the classic account of how Donald Campbell broke the world land speed record, by John Pearson
Leap Into Legend Steve Donald Campbell and the complete story of the world speed records
The fastest men on earth Pater J.R. Holthusen by Pater J.R. Holthusen. Foreword by Art Arfons. ED Sutton. 1999. In English. 200x270. cover paperboard + jacket. 216 pages. 1999
Malcolm and Donald Campbell
Ladykillers of records
Leo Villa by Leo Villa. Hatier Edition. 1969-1972. 160x225. flexible Couv. 212 pages 1969
Kings Speed Paul Clifton By Paul Clifton. ED Pocket Presses. 1967. 110x180. flexible Couv. 248 pages 1967
My return with death Jos� Meiffret By Jos� Meiffret. Flammarion the lived adventure. 1965. 248 pages. 1965
Unlimited speed
History of the absolute record speed of 1898 to our days
William Huon by William Huon. ED Retroviseur. 1995. 250x310. cover paperboard + jacket. 174 pages. 1995
The fastest men on ground Paul Clifton by Paul Clifton. ED Presses of the City. 1967. 140x210. cover paperboard + jacket. 284 pages. 1967
Book of the Racing Campbells Richard Hough by Richard Hough. ED Stanley Paul. 1960. In English. 140x220. cover paperboard + jacket. 125 pages. 1960
Land speed record
From 39.24 to 600+ mph
Cyril Posthumus By Cyril Posthumus and David Tremayne. ED Osprey. 1985. in English. 245x220. cover paperboard + jacket. 305 pages 1985
Land Speed Racing Steve Hendrickson by Steve Hendrickson
The Fastest Motorcycles On Earth Tom Murphy History of land speed record motorcycles by Tom Murphy
Flat Out Albert Drake California Dry Lake Trials 1930-1950. The definitive history of the sport during the Golden Age. Covers the beginnings, Muroc Racing Association, SCTA, the "bootleg races" during WW II and the postwar period. 300 photos of almost every notable dry lake car. Soft bound, 206 pages, 300 black and white photographs.
When the Hot Rods Ran William Carroll By William Carroll. On May 15, 1938, hot rodding came of age as more than 300 stripped down roadsters and rods roared over California's Muroc Dry Lake in a full day of competition unlike anything ever seen before. Over 100 fantastic photos capture the day and those classic rods of the '30's. A fascinating glimpse at the early days of rodding.
The Birth of Hot Rodding
The Story of the Dry Lakes Era
Robert Genat by Robert Genat, Don Cox, Wally Parks. Motorbooks International July 2003 Hardcover 156 pages 2003
El Mirage: Impressions Mike De Lesseps


Subtitled: Dry Lakes and Land Speed Racing. A photographic essay of an SCTA sponsored dry lakes meet at El Mirage on a weekend in 1995. Superb photographs place you on that dry lakebed to stroll among the hot rods and motorcycles that were competing for new land speed records. El Mirage Impressions captures the atmosphere of dry lakebed speed racing in an unrivaled collection of photographs. Every time you pick up this book you will feel as though you were there that weekend and remember it fondly.

Paperback, 10-14 x 8-1/2, 128 pp, 130 b/w
Format: Softbound
Pages: 128
Length: 10.25w x 8.5h
ISBN: 1583880593


Bluebird CN7   The Inside Story of Donald Campbell's Last Land Speed Record Car

This book records the development, construction and operation of the last wheel-driven land speed record breaking car that the UK produced, and shows how the tragic demise of Donald Campbell prevented it from reaching its full potential. It is also the personal story of one of the design team, how he became involved, and his incredible experiences in doing so. With many previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and illustrations, this is a unique account of a legendary feat of engineering.

Author: Donald Stevens
Format: Hardcover, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781845842802
Publisher: Veloce Publishing

Ab & Marvin Jenkins Gordon White The Studebaker Connection and the Mormon Meteors

Ab Jenkins drove for Studebaker in speedway and road races during the late 1920's and early 30's, then took a Pierce-Arrow roadster to Bonneville, Utah, for the first-ever timed run on the Salt Flats. His 112 mile an hour record for 24 hours made him world-famous. In 1935 the Duesenberg Company converted one of its supercharged luxury cars into "The Mormon Meteor" for him to race at Bonneville against such men as John Cobb, Malcolm Campbell and Captain George Eyston. Repowered in 1936 with a 1,750 cubic inch Curtiss fighter plane engine, the car was re-named "Meteor II" and returned to the Salt Flats to set more records. In 1937, with sponsorship from major oil, tire and spark plug companies, he built Meteor III, a huge aero-engine monster that carried him to more records on the salt. Ab's son, Marvin, was a racer in his own right, driving one of the Studebakers more than 90 miles an hour in 1931. After the war Marvin was tapped to drive the famed Novi Indianapolis car at Bonneville, where he set Class D records in 1947. In Ab's final drive, he and Marvin teamed up in 1956 to drive a Pontiac to a 24 hour stock car record of more than 118 miles an hour.

Author: Gordon White
Format: Paperback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781583881736
Publisher: Iconografix


The World's Fastest Diesel David Tremayne

The inside story of the JCB Dieselmax land speed record success

At the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 23, 2006 the fastest man on earth, Andy Green, sped to 350.092mph in a yellow torpedo-shaped car called JCB Dieselmax, creating a sensational new land speed record for a diesel-powered vehicle.

This was the culmination of one of the most remarkable and adventurous projects in British motorsport history. The endeavor began with JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford’s bold decision to use his company’s JCB444 diesel engine – normally used in diggers – as the basis for a record-breaking car, in order to showcase his products on a world stage. This book tells the whole dramatic story from the inside.

Author: David Tremayne
Format: Hardcover, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781844254200
Publisher: Haynes Publishing


Jet Blast and the Hand of Fate John Ackroyd Adventures with landspeed cars and record balloons

John Ackroyd, design engineer extraordinaire, has been a key man in a mad mix of land speed and long distance balloon record attempts, including the first supersonic land speed record. This book gives a fantastic insight into the frustrations, tragedies and triumphs of record breaking. It describes battles against the odds, the whims of the weather, the constraints of time and money, and the often strange intervention of fate.  Project Thrust, Virgin Atlantic, Pacific and global balloons, Earthwinds, Thrust SSC, Spirit of American, rocket motorcycle, rocket dragster, wheel-driven record breakers and waterspeed attempts are all here.  The story is told by the man who provided solutions, innovations, design and real problem solving which were major contributions to the record breaking achievements on land, sea and air in the last quarter of the 20th Century.

Author: John Ackroyd
Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages
ISBN: 9780954435783
Publisher: Redline Books

Leo Villa's Bluebird Album David De Lara

This is the definitive photographic record of Donald Campbell’s legendary Bluebirds, captured through the twin lenses of Leo Villa’s Stereo Realist Camera, and other images of the time.  An amazing body of photojournalism in color, 3D and black & white, that captures the life-and-death drama that was played out against the barren landscapes of salt beds and the magnificent backdrop of Coniston Water.   It also puts the story in its historic background, showing the fashions and styles of the day.  In 1964 Donald Campbell and his team went to Australia with the intention of breaking the land and water speed records in the same year.  The Double.   An adventure unsurpassed in record breaking history,  complicated by difficulty and obstacles. A constant fight against the elements and the technicalities of high speed vehicles.  For 12 years Donald Campbell dominated the record breaking scene on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout this period he was aided and advised by Leo Villa, his friend and chef d’équipe, who had known him since childhood.  Leo played a unique part in record breaking history and helped break 10 land speed records and 11 water speed records with Donald and Malcolm Campbell and their legendary Bluebirds.

Author: David De Lara
Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780851840710
Publisher: Coterie Press Ltd.




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