Here is a list of the best Auto Racing books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- 1. You Suck at Racing: A crash course for the novice driver (2016)
- 2. Brick by Brick: The Story of Auto Racing Pioneer Joie Ray (2008)
- 3. Auto Racing in the Shadow of the Great War: Streamlined Specials and a New Generation of Drivers on American Speedways, 1915-1922 (2019)
- 4. Making it FASTER II: The Indianapolis and Grand Prix Cars (2018)
- 5. Williams: A Different Kind of Life (2017)
- 6. Motor Racing in the 70’s: Pivoting from Romantic to Organized (2018)
- 7. God’s Answers for Your Life (1988)
- 8. Crystal Clear (1973)
- 9. Testament of the Weekend Warrior (1997)
- 10. The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel (2018)
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A lot of books on driving are written by professional racers who assume you too want to be a professional racer. Not this book. It’s written by a hobbyist who suggests you keep your day job. Besides, it’s much more fun being an enthusiastic amateur than a jaded professional (just ask someone in the sex industry). This book is designed to help the average driver make the transition from commuter to safe road racer in as few pages as possible. I wrote this book because it’s what I would have wanted to read when I first became interested in track driving: succinct, nerdy, practical, and occasionally diverting. It is not…
Brick by Brick by Patrick Sullivan – Joie Ray was a pioneering racing driver from Louisville, Ky. who in 1948 was the first African American racer to earn a AAA license. Over the next decade Joie raced with MDTRA, IMCA, AAA, MARC (now ARCA), and USAC. Patrick Sullivan brilliantly captures the rough-and-tumble era in which Joie made history. As he tells Joie’s story, with plenty of comments and stories from the man himself, Sullivan introduces us to the many characters and players who were prominent in the day. Forward by Dave Argabright. Softcover, 5-3/8″ x 8-3/8″, 208 pages. Dozens of historic photos throughout the text….
3. Auto Racing in the Shadow of the Great War: Streamlined Specials and a New Generation of Drivers on American Speedways, 1915-1922 (2019)
From 1915 through the early 1920s, American auto racing experienced rapid and exciting change. Competition by European vehicles forced American car manufacturers to incorporate new features, resulting in legendary engineering triumphs (and, essentially, works of art). Some of the greatest drivers in racing history were active during this time–Ralph DePalma, Dario Resta, Eddie Rickenbacker, the Chevrolet brothers, Jimmy Murphy. Presenting dozens of races in detail and a wealth of engineering specs, this history recalls the era’s cigar-shaped speedway specials and monumental board tracks, the heavy-footed drivers, fearless mechanics,…
Making it FASTER II, The Indianapolis and Grand Prix Cars is the sequel to the #1 best selling book, Making it FASTER, Tales from the Endless Search for Speed. These are the stories of discovery by three generations of racers and designers who changed the state of the art forever. Tales of clever tricks and rule book manipulation in the ever-escalating contest between rule makers and loophole seekers, told by those directly involved in Indianapolis and Grand Prix racing. Their innovations dazzled us all….
5. Williams: A Different Kind of Life (2017)
Frank Williams’ team was on the verge of winning the Formula One World Championship for the third time when his life was turned upside down. The racing car constructor was on his way to Nice Airport on a spring afternoon in 1986 when he lost control of his car, suffering horrific injuries in a crash that left him a quadriplegic. For his wife, Ginny, the accident meant taking on new and unwanted roles as head of the household and family decision-maker, while also struggling to overcome the anger and grief she felt after the accident. In A Different Kind of Life, Ginny tells her story with…
Motor Racing in the 70s is a non-pictorial, reference book on global motor racing activities in the 1970’s which strives to provide much obscure information, analysis and data on single seater, touring car, GT and sports car circuit racing and hill climbs during the decade. In addition to Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 5000, NASCAR, Can-Am, Interserie, World Manufacturers Championship, Lower Formulae, European Touring Car Championship, Formula Indy, IMSA and much more is covered, including huge lists of venues, drivers and car manufacturers not…
7. God’s Answers for Your Life (1988)
Paperback Publisher: C & D International (Dallas TX) for Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn (Minneapolis MN) (1988) ASIN: B005Y2L292 Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,880,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
8. Crystal Clear (1973)
Mass Market Paperback: 202 pages Publisher: Bantam Books; Unknown edition (1973) Language: English ASIN: B000NQ1JS8 Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,034,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
9. Testament of the Weekend Warrior (1997)
Champion stock car drivers — Cale Yarborough, Jeff Gordon, John Andretti, the Allisons, Dale Earnhardt and others — relate inspirational moments or acknowledgments that occurred at various times in their careers of living life on the edge. In Testament of the Weekend Warrior, Fr. Grubba’s presentation of these vivid quotes together with related Bible texts reinforces the relativity of the Bible to today’s world, with a question to the reader as to how he may be dealing with similar issues in his own life. Excellent non-denominational role-model…
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel (2018)
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM FOX 2000 STARRING MILO VENTIMIGLIA, AMANDA SEYFRIED, AND KEVIN COSTNER MEET THE DOG WHO WILL SHOW THE WORLD HOW TO BE HUMAN The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein—a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it. “Splendid.” —People “The perfect book for anyone who knows that compassion isn’t only for humans, and that the relationship between two…
Best Auto Racing Books Worth Your Attention
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The Nuts and bolts of NASCAR: the definitive viewers' guide to big-time stock car auto racing
Author(s): Engle, Greg
ID: 2570017, Publisher: Sports Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 9 Mb, Format: epub
The Indy Car wars: the 30-year fight for control of American open-wheel racing
Author(s): Championship Auto Racing Teams (Organization); Whitaker, Sigur E
ID: 2841704, Publisher: McFarland & Company, Year: 2015, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf
Tycoons, Scorchers, and Outlaws: The Class War That Shaped American Auto Racing
Author(s): Timothy Messer-Kruse
ID: 1479131, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2014, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.