The Fast Times of Albert Champion

The Fast Times Of Albert Champion

The Fast Times of Albert Champion: From Record-Setting Racer to Dashing Tycoon, An Untold Story of Speed, Success, and Betrayal covers the largely untold story of one of the most iconic and important characters in the early history of both cycling and motor racing. His name still graces two of the companies he founded –…

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The Unfair Advantage

The Unfair Advantage Book

The Unfair Advantage is a book steeped in motor racing legend, it was first published in 1975 to critical acclaim but a few years later it was out of print and largely unavailable unless you could track down a secondhand copy. In 2000 a second print run of the book was approved and it suddenly…

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Owner’s Manual

SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Owner’s Manual is one of those books that anyone with even a passing interest in aviation or cold war history should have on their coffee table. The Blackbird was the fastest, highest flying aircraft in the world that could literally outrun surface-to-air missiles that had been launched to intercept it. The…

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Motorcycle Owner’s Manual

Motorcycle Owner's Manual

The Motorcycle Owner’s Manual is exactly the kind of book I like to buy when the mercury drops and regular riding becomes almost impossible, the winter is a perfect time to dust off a bottle of bourbon and settle into an old chair with a book that’ll one day save you from being stuck by…

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Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual

Apollo 13 Owners Workshop Manual

The Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual is one of the most detailed and reader-friendly books about the Apollo 13 mission currently in print. It’s the work of David Baker – a veteran of the Apollo Space Program and a man who was actually in the room working with the other engineers on the consumables calculations…

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Motorcycle Basics Techbook

Motorcycle Basics - Techbook Haynes Manuals

The Motorcycle Basics Techbook by Haynes Manuals is an essential reference designed for all motorcyclists, it covers all major engine, chassis, electrical and suspension systems with human-comprehendible explanations and cutaway illustrations – the latter of which can help turn exceedingly confusing things into relatively simple concepts. I’ve had my copy of this book for a few…

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Absinthe & Flamethrowers

Absinthe and Flamethrowers Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously is a book that’ll appeal to those of you who like spending their weekends doing a little more than barbecuing and raking the yard, the book includes instructions on how to make black powder, how to throw knives, how to crack a bull…

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5 Essential Motorcycle Books: Part 2

Top 5 Motorcycle Books

  This is the second part in our 3 part series, if you’d like to see the five books in part 1 you can click here. I’ve been steering clear of the more mechanical/technical books until the third part in the series – so don’t worry too much! As always, I rely on recommendations from…

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5 Essential Motorcycle Books: Part 1

Top 5 Motorcycle Books List

Defining exactly what a “motorcycle book” is isn’t as easy as it may sound, do you include only books that are about motorcycles? Or do you also include books that encompass the wider community of motorcyclists including adventures, philosophy, history and photography? For me, that latter definition hit the nail on the head – so…

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Driving with the Devil

Driving with the Devil Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR

Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR is the fantastic, true story of the origins of America’s most popular form of automobile racing. The author is Neal Thompson, a well-known and highly respected non-fiction author whose work is characterised by enthralling, fast paced stories, vivid characters and fastidious attention to…

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