Le Roi Tex Smith. This book is a guide, intended solely to give you ideas for your own basic hot rod design, including a few interesting building scenarios. Recently rediscovered by rodders intent on regaining the roots of the hobby, these cars are known as retro-rods, rat rods, nostalgia rods . . . The description that has come to the fore within the ranks of experienced rodders today is to call these cars Scrappers. As in cars that are made up of scrap parts from various vehicles. Contains photographs featuring hot rods from the annual Bonneville Salt Flats Speedweek event.
1903, 4to, 319 pgs + index. First edition. Full bound green cloth with gilt decoration on front and back boards. Text includes numerous illustration and photograph plates illustrating the history of horse and buggy carriages. Title pg printed in black and red. Front and back hinges starting to crack. Light dust soil on front endpaper and first few pgs of text, rest of text clean with the occasional finger smudge. Gilt on top edge block lightly rubbed, as are the boards, otherwise gilt still legible. Corners and spine ends lightly frayed, light edgewear to boards. Otherwise a very good copy of this interesting piece of transportaion history.
Sm4to, 2 volume set. Full bound in red cloth with black stamped titling and emblem on front board. Both volumes are illustrated throughout, several being wiring diagrams. Part II is missing a front free endpaper and perhaps the title page, the rest is complete. Interiors of both volumes are clean, though slightly toned. Wear and fraying to edges of spine ends and light wear to extremities. Light rubbing and spots of discoloring to boards on both volumes.
"CELEBRATION OF THE DAIMLER-BENZ CENTENNIAL 1886-1986. Limited 1596/2000, Signed by Ken Dallison. Folio oblong, 127pgs. Full bound in black leather with the Mercedes-Benz logo blind stamped on front board and beveled board edges. Book is a collection of full color illustrations by Ken Dallison, a handsome pictorial survey of automobile history. Book is solid and interior is clean and bright, only a hint of dust soiling on tail corner edge of text block. Signed and numbered by Dallison on the limitation page.
Professional automobile racing has always been dominated by sanctioning bodies whose main goal was to ensure competition. That has meant seeing that cars are well matched--in body shape or chassis/engine combinations or engine size. But what about an all-out competition, in which one team's idea of the fastest race car could be pitted against another's, regardless of mechanical "parity"? This was what the International Motor Sports Association's (IMSA) Grand Touring Prototypes (GTP) race series was about. The Series ran from 1981 to 1993, and it was one of the most exhilarating racing experiences of all time.
This book is the first to profile the amazing machines that resulted from the GTP's flat-out competition among different--and passionate--ideas about what might be the fastest way around a track: the V-12 with its better ground-effect tunnels but higher center of gravity (CG); the flat six with its low CG but severely-restricted ground-effect tunnels; and others that employed elaborate wings and air dams.
Here are the people behind this engineering free-for-all, the culmination of almost a century of automobile racing experience. And here are eighteen of the most competitive vehicles they designed. Using photography, diagrams, drawings and first-person accounts from the men who built them, Inside IMSA's Legendary GTP Race Cars offers a detailed look at the technology that drove some of the world's most exciting race cars, the likes of which may never be seen again.
"M-2. Sm4to, 88pgs. Instructional booklet is bound in tan wraps. Book includes instructions, diagrams and charts. Book is very good with only minimal use, slight toning with some light finger soiling to interior pages and rubbing to covers as well as light soiling to edges.
"M-3 (WITH HYDRAULIC BRAKES). Sm4to, 88pgs. Instructional booklet is bound in tan wraps with an inserted poster of a Lubrication Chart for a Model M-3 truck. Book includes instructions, diagrams and charts. Book is in excellent condition with only slight toning to interior pages and rubbing to covers.
The Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway was an important part of the commercial life of the upper Midwest during the age of railways. Don L. Hofsommer uses the BC&N as the vehicle for his investigation of the birth, evolution, and disappearance of an important regional carrier, offering an inside look at the struggles of a small railway to stay relevant while railroad empires were being built. More than a bit player, the BC&N might have become even more important had plans gone forward to utilize its rails in a campaign to reach the Pacific. The struggle of the Cedar Rapids road and its corporate ancestors to place Minneapolis-St. Paul and St. Louis in competition with Chicago via a north/south route forms a major part of the book's narrative, and the book also offers a history of the company's three-state service territory (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota) from the dawn of the age of railways into the 20th century. The book includes more than 200 photographs selected from Hofsommer's extensive library of historic photographs documenting the history of the BC&N Railway.