Looking for a nice gift for a sophisticated automotive enthusiast that doesn’t require batteries or a Wi-Fi connection? We have found that few things are as good as a traditional book.
These are our three newly released favorites — complementary but unique. One more than 10 is a beautiful coffee table book about Rob Dickinson’s reimagined Porsche 911 models. 100 Things for Every Gearhead to do Before they Die is a well-crafted mix of tasks for those with grease beneath their fingernails. Ford GT is historical, chronicling the automaker’s amazing Le Mans entry.
One More than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911
Each commission represents a unique collaboration between the customer and Singer, combining bespoke carbon fiber body panels, the finest in optimized mechanical and electrical components, superlative materials and finishes, and the spirit of the golden age of the iconic air-cooled 911. Every Singer-restored car is an incomparable work of impeccable craftsmanship. One More than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911 brings the reader as close to these beautiful machines as one can get, excepting the lucky few who own one.
Singer Vehicle Design is driven by the singular vision of Rob Dickinson, an ex-car designer and rock musician who came to be one of the world’s foremost distillers of the essence of air-cooled Porsche. Journalist Michael Harley and Dickinson tell the story, while an all-star cast of automotive writers, journalists, and personalities offer their perspectives on the Singer phenomenon. Throughout the book some of the finest photographers in the automotive world, with unparalleled access to Singer’s operations, reveal the sublime beauty of these Porsche 911s as they are restored, and as they play at the track and run the open road. More than that, the book tells the story of how a life-long obsession with the most important sports car on the planet, which began on an autoroute in France in the ’70s, came to find a home on the concours lawns and racetracks of the world’s most prestigious automotive events.
The writers, photographers, and artists who were enlisted to contribute to this unique book include Guy Allen, Antonio Alvendia, Les Bidrawn, Tom Ford, Marino Franchitti, Robert Genat, Ken Gross, Chris Harris, Evan Klein, Jay Leno, Phil McGovern, Chad McQueen, Holly Martin, Richard “Dickie” Meaden, Tiff Needell, Drew Phillips, Matt Stone, Pete Stout, Peter Vincent, G.F. Williams, Renato Zacchia, and Jeff Zwart.
A special Limited Edition version will be available for $911. It consists of a custom display case, built by the same artisans and craftspeople who work on every Porsche 911 restored by Singer Vehicle Design. Each case incorporates styling elements and actual materials used in these remarkable restorations and will contain exclusive, authenticated Singer artwork. Only 100 of these Limited Edition cases will be produced.
$95 Standard / $911 Limited Edition
12 x 10 inches, Hardcover
100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die
You’re either a gearhead, or you know one.
Cars, trucks, motorcycles, planes, tractors, trains —they all fascinate gearheads. Eventually, even a dedicated gearhead has to get out of the garage and experience the world. This book, written by an unrepentant gearhead, explores and enumerates 100 experiences, journeys and challenges that will feed and nurture every reader’s inner gearhead. From great car museums and collections to stunt driving lessons, from dirt track races to high speed ovals, from factory tours to hands-on wrenching, 100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die will inspire, guide, and delight anyone who believes that machinery can be art. Part travel guide, part inspiration, part meditation, and part fun, this book is for the gearhead and for anyone who wants to understand their local gearhead. Bonus: Includes portraits and interviews with famous gearheads Jay Leno, Alonzo Bodden, Adam Ferrara, Peter Sagal and Derek Jenkins about their favorite destinations and vehicles, and how they became gearheads in the first place.
6 x 9 inches, Softcover
Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans
In 1963, Enzo Ferrari let it be known that he might be willing to sell his firm. Ford Motor Company, looking to upgrade its image, sent emissaries to Italy to arrange a corporate marriage between the two automakers. But after laborious negotiations, Ferrari got cold feet, and Ford was left standing at the altar. Henry Ford II – the autocratic CEO known as the Deuce – took the rebuff as a personal insult. “If that’s the way he wants it, we’ll go out and whip his ass,” he growled. Thus began the biggest and most expensive assault on Le Mans the sport had ever seen. Because support for the program came from the top of the corporate totem pole, Ford lavished unprecedented resources on the groundbreaking Ford GT. Only the best would do – the best drivers, the best designers, the best engineers, the best team managers. The cast of characters included legends such as Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Phil Remington, Ken Miles, John Wyer, A.J. Foyt, John Holman, Bruce McLaren, Eric Broadley and Phil Hill. Ford GTs finished 1-2-3 at Le Mans in 1966 and followed up that win with an even-more-dominant all-American victory the next year. Ford GT40s also won Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. By the time the Deuce retired from sports car racing, he had indeed whipped Ferrari’s ass. In so doing, Ford also established the template that’s been used ever since by just about every manufacturer that’s created a big-time factory racing program.
Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford’s historic sweep of the podium in 1966. Author Preston Lerner details the program’s progress from ground zero to the pinnacle of the motorsports world. The book covers the personalities and the politics as well as the technical nuances of the bad-boy V-8-powered prototypes that changed the face of road racing. Meanwhile, Shelby American and Ford Motor Company photographer Dave Friedman’s iconic images bring the cars and the people who raced them to life.
10 x 12 inches, Hardcover
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