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Note: All books reviewed here are promotional copies provide by the publisher for review purposes. They are identical to commercially available copies. Sample photos from each book are copyrighted by the authors and used here by permission.
Bonneville Salt Flats Book

Bonneville Salt Flats, Speed Limit 1,000 MPH

October 19, 2016 @ 4:04 pm
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Out of print and often difficult to locate, George Lepp's Bonneville Salt Flats, Speed Limit 1000…
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Ford Flathead Engines: How to Rebuild & Modify

September 2, 2016 @ 2:23 pm
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Although not the first V-8 engine ever produced, Henry Ford’s side-valve V-8, launched in 1932, certainly qualified as the first mass-produced V-8 sold to the public.
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Practical Engine Airflow

July 4, 2016 @ 7:28 pm
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The all new Practical Engine Airflow book by John Baechtel seeks to demystify this complex subject and present the basics of engine airflow in easy to understand terms for the average hot rodder and engine builder. You will gain a fundamental understanding of how air is processed through an engine and how...
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Ford Drag Team

March 29, 2016 @ 8:47 pm
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Charlie Morris is quite the prolific drag racing author. His book on the Ford Drag Team brings to light all the amazing details of Ford's deep drag racing involvement in the sixties. In this thoroughly researched 200 page book, Morris details the racing exploits of Ford racing legends such as Gas Ronda, Les Ritchey, Dick Brannan, Mickey Thompson, Butch Leal, Phil Bonner and...
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Bonneville SCTA Program Books: The First Thirty Years

February 13, 2016 @ 9:45 pm
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Fetherston Publishing is widely acknowledged for its great books on the history of Bonneville and now it has published a followup with a pair of hardbound volumes comprised of all the original SCTA Bonneville Programs from 1949 through 1968. These high quality book contain a wealth of knowledge and photographs about the early history of Bonneville...
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Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques

January 10, 2016 @ 6:38 pm
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Any engine’s performance can be improved through balancing and blueprinting procedures to reduce friction and parasitic losses. Blueprinting is performed to optimize the performance of every part in the engine while critical balancing matches critical weights to...
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Souping the Stock Engine

January 4, 2016 @ 3:17 am
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Chasing High Speed Performance in the Early Fifties. Written by veteran automotive authority Roger Huntington, Souping the Stock Engine still ranks among the classics of early performance books.
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Bosch Automotive Handbook, 9th ed.

December 2, 2015 @ 7:35 am
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The Bosch Automotive Handbook has been serving engineers and enthusiasts alike for decades. The newly revised 9th edition contains all the latest updates. With every new edition the book has increased in size and reputation and is considered an indispensable engineering reference source on automotive technology...

David Kimble’s Cutaways

November 30, 2015 @ 11:20 pm
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David Kimble's incredibly detailed full color cutaway art is in a class all by itself. It has anchored countless magazine articles, posters, press materials, special showings and innumerable displays of automotive fine art where precision and detail are absolutely necessary to reveal the inner workings of engines...

Physics for Gearheads

June 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
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Physics for Gearheads by Randy Beikmann PhD. provides the detailed explanations you need to fully understand the intricate mechanical functions of high performance automobiles and race cars. Whether your interest is in increasing your engine's horsepower, getting more miles per gallon, or...

Supercharged! Design, Testing and Installation of Supercharger Systems

May 28, 2015 @ 8:12 am
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Corky Bell is widely acknowledged for his expertise in turbocharging and supercharging. His new…

French Flathead V8 Block Prep Handbook

January 24, 2015 @ 4:50 pm
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Vern Tardel's French Flathead V8 Block Prep Manual is a valuable reservoir of tips and knowledge about the coveted Ford/Simca flathead cylinder block. Early Ford hot rodders will enjoy this technical look a prepping the French flathead V8 block for high performance use...
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The Unobtainable a story of blue

October 17, 2014 @ 1:27 am
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By its very nature, the ultimate speed record on land or water is "Unobtainable" or men would no longer pursue it. Two of the most extraordinary speed record hunters comprised a father and son effort that relentlessly sought the ultimate limits of speed with a legendary stable of blue machines named Bluebird.
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Leo Villa’s Bluebird Album

July 19, 2014 @ 2:22 am
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David de Lara's extraordinary photographic documentary of Donald Campbell’s Bluebirds brilliantly captures the complicated essence of Donald Campbell the man and the magnificent record smashing machines that anchored his life and ultimately...
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New Ford Y-Block Build Book

May 12, 2014 @ 7:59 pm
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There hasn't been a good Y-block book since well, since Ford Y-block V8s were in vogue more than 50 years ago. Charlie Morris' new all color rebuild and modify book offers a real shot in the arm for Y-block fans, particularly those who are...
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The Dawn of Pro Stock

April 1, 2014 @ 1:45 am
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As spawned in the early seventies, the Pro Stock class introduced a powerful new force in drag racing. Evolving from the popularity of Super Stock class racing, Pro Stock quickly became a fan favorite. Drag racing fans came to see the Funny Cars, but hardcore racing fans were clearly there to see the Pro Stock cars with hero drivers slamming gears behind...
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New Chevy Big Block Parts Interchange

March 28, 2014 @ 10:28 pm
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In the all new edition of Chevy Big-Block Engine Parts Interchange, hundreds of factory part numbers, RPOs, and detailed color photos covering all generations of the Chevy big-block engine are included. Every component is detailed, from crankshafts and rods to cylinder heads and intakes. You'll learn what works, what doesn't, and how to how to swap...
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BONNEVILLE A Century of Speed

March 7, 2014 @ 2:07 am
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The 100th anniversary of land speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwest Utah is fittingly celebrated in “Bonneville: A Century of Speed” by David Fetherston with Ron Main. Debuting at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show...
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How to Build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8s

December 18, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
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We review a lot of engine tech books and find this iteration of CarTech's max power Pontiac book an informative look at what's currently out there in the world of high performance Pontiac hardware. And it provides the reader with six great sample engine builds from four top Pontiac engines builders. These builds range from 500 HP to 1200 HP and include hardware that many...

The Cars of Trans Am Racing, 1966-1972

December 16, 2013 @ 1:31 am
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Some of the best hardcore sedan racing ever seen occurred in the sixties when thinly disguised factory racing teams battled tooth and nail for on track supremacy with newly minted factory muscle cars in the wild SCCA Trans Am series. Effectively the road racing equivalent of factory stock car racing the Trans Am was hotly contested with the nimble pony cars of the day; Camaros, Mustangs, Firebirds....
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Grumpy’s Toys

July 10, 2013 @ 12:47 am
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Grumpy's Toys offers a long overdue examination of drag racing legend Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins and the 17 Chevrolet race cars that bear one of the most famous names in drag racing. Author Doug Boyce delivers a fascinating and surprisingly personal look at “da Grump’s” extraordinary career and the legendary cars that represent one of drag racing’s most influential...
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The V12 Engine

February 20, 2013 @ 4:44 pm
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V12 engines from a broad range of manufacturers are examined in detail. Readers learn the purpose behind each engine’s design philosophy, design features, performance, applications, problems and a few failures. What ultimately emerges is essentially the “Last Word” on V12 engine, development and usage from an extraordinarily well qualified authority...
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Raceman, Jim Travers and the TRACO Dynasty

January 13, 2013 @ 6:26 pm
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Anyone familiar with postwar racing activity in America will recognize Jim Travers as the “TRA” half of TRACO−the largest, most prolific and respected race engine supplier to elite competitors of the USRRC, Trans Am, Can Am, Formula 5000 series, Pikes Peak and other ...
Smokey Yunick

Smokey’s Best Damn Garage in Town

October 30, 2012 @ 3:09 pm
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Few iconic figures in motorsports are more recognizable than Henry “Smokey” Yunick. Among the colorful individuals of NASCAR’s golden age Smokey was a genuine giant who cast a long and influential shadow. Few have expressed their life and times and indeed revealed their relevancy as well as straight talkin’ Smokey. Smokey thrived on the razor’s edge of creative rule book interpretation with...

Coventry Climax Racing Engines

October 24, 2012 @ 5:55 pm
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Coventry Climax racing engines were the first British racing engines to power world championship winning Formula 1 cars. They won four Formula 1 world championships under the direction and engineering influence of Chief Engineer and Technical Director Walter Hassen. Hassen had been Chief Development Engineer at Jaguar and he possessed a...
Bluebird CN7 land speed record car

Bluebird CN7

October 24, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
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The CN7 story represents the emergence of modern industrial technology in record breaking activities; a multi-million dollar effort supported by top British manufacturing companies. Campbell’s CN7 was designed by the highly respected Norris Brothers Ltd. engineering firm specialists in LSR car construction and assembled to aircraft standards by Motor Panels Ltd. in Coventry...
Smoley Yunick's Power Secrets

Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets New Edition

September 22, 2012 @ 11:35 am
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The latest version of Smokey Yunick’s Power Secrets reviewed here is unchanged in any way except for a few photos substituted for those that no longer reproduced well. What has changed is the format. The new version features larger type for easier reading and it has extra space for readers to make notes. And for the first time it is now coil bound so the pages lay flat when you want to lay it out...

Fast Chevys

September 8, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
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Some books are destined to preserve the historical record, particularly those with first-hand accounts from original sources such as the specific Chevy engineers and racers who designed and raced legendary Chevy engines back in the day. Through extensive interviews with designers like Dick Keinath, father of the modern big block and the test engineers and designers like Zora Duntov...
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Bonneville: The Fastest Place on Earth

August 11, 2012 @ 6:43 pm
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"Landspeed' Louise unveils the story of Bonneville in perfect chronological order with a keen understanding of the men and women who devote their lives to the singular pursuit of impossibly high speeds. It chronicles monumental effort as Malcolm Campbell broke the 300 mph barrier and epic battles between John Cobb and George Eyston which ultimately pushed the land speed record ever closer...

Turbo

August 4, 2012 @ 10:01 pm
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Most engine builders know their engines inside and out, but many tread on shaky ground when it comes to selecting and applying chargers effectively. Fortunately for all of us there are still experts like author Jay K. Miller willing to share their intimate knowledge of turbocharger science. Miller’s performance credentials are solid and he shares a wealth of turbocharger knowledge with...

The Complete Chrysler Hemi

August 1, 2012 @ 7:36 pm
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The Chrysler Hemi engine achieved legendary stature early thanks to the intensity of hot rodders and drag racers that quickly recognized its performance potential and adopted it for both street and strip in record numbers. Anyone seeking to understand the remarkable history and technical intricacies of the Chrysler Hemi will discover a wealth of information in Tex Smith’s The Complete...

The Boys of Bonneville DVD

July 28, 2012 @ 7:45 pm
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For the uninitiated it’s almost impossible to comprehend the enduring significance of Ab Jenkins to the greatest of all race tracks, the Bonneville Salt Flats. Almost single-handedly, Ab Jenkins established the remote salt flats as the most desirable surface on earth for land speed record and endurance record racing. Narrated by veteran actor and sports car racer Patrick Dempsey,

Chevy Small Block V8 Interchange Manual

July 26, 2012 @ 11:05 pm
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Interchange manuals are notoriously difficult to research and write, particularly when they cover a very popular engine that has been manufactured in more than a dozen different sizes and even more configurations. Still basic interchangeable components should be cataloged with little difficulty because so much previously published material is already available. In this regard the book falls short...

Nitrous Oxide Performance Handbook

July 26, 2012 @ 10:47 pm
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This book delivers the most thorough and well presented explanation of the chemistry and combustion process that occurs with the use of nitrous oxide and paves the way for novice users to advance quickly and easily to top end systems that deliver incredible performance compared to normally aspirated applications that can't compete with the kick that nitrous adds...

The Fastest Men on Earth, 100 Years of the Land Speed Record

July 26, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
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Author and acknowledged land speed historian Peter Holthusen presents an absorbing and meticulously researched record of land speed racing in the twentieth century. From the very first 39 mph-plus speed record of Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat’s electric car in 1898 to Thrust SSC’s convincing sonic boom in 1997 Holthusen delivers a thoroughly riveting narrative...
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GM LS-Series Engines: The Complete Swap Manual

July 9, 2012 @ 7:25 pm
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This is a follow-on book to author Joseph Potak’s How to Build and Modify GM LS Series Engines in which he detailed the performance community’s broad embracement of GM’s LS-series engine proving it a worthy successor to the venerable Chevy small block V8. Chevy small block V8. Swapping GM LS EnginesLS engines are configured differently and thus they are not a bolt-in swap for...

Fast Company by Speedy Bill Smith with Dave Argabright

July 5, 2012 @ 9:55 pm
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Those in the know recognize Speedy Bill Smith as a tough racer, a dedicated hot rodder, proficient businessman and the founder of America’s oldest and most prestigious speed shop, Speedway Motors. You’d be hard pressed to find a rodder or a racer anywhere who hasn’t bought a piece of speed equipment from Speedway Motors over the last six decades.

Supercharging Performance Handbook

July 5, 2012 @ 8:16 pm
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Supercharging is hot. Many of today’s top performance cars are supercharged right from the factory and they deliver performance like nobody’s business. OEM manufacturers and aftermarket specialty suppliers have invested heavily in supercharging and times have never been better for showroom shoppers and the do-it-yourself hot rodder...

Ford Y-Block

July 5, 2012 @ 7:47 pm
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The Ford Y-block V8 never achieved the popularity of the Ford flathead or the small block Chevy, but it did set a few performance standards back in the day and is still revered by many Ford enthusiasts. Named for its unique Y-shaped cylinder block with the crankshaft centerline located well above the bottom of the block, the Y-block remains a nostalgic favorite for many Ford enthusiasts...

Ralph De Palma, Gentleman Champion

July 5, 2012 @ 6:50 pm
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Hot rodders and hardcore engine guys have a propensity to fixate on what they love and it’s often surprising how narrowly focused they become. Some might acknowledge a fleeting interest in pre-war motor racing activities, but few accept any notion that some form of hot rodding transpired prior to the close of World War II. Can anyone really deny that these early pioneers were anything less than...

How to Build Classic Hot Rod V8 Engines

July 3, 2012 @ 10:03 pm
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Engine guys love to read about engines particularly classic hot rod engines of the V8 flavor. And some engine guys enjoy writing about their passion and sharing their knowledge with other engine guys. That would be author George McNicholl, a self-confessed hot rodder, drag racing fan and genuine performance engine nut. In this book he deals with some of the perennial early favorites...
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How to Build and Modify GM LS-Series Engines

June 29, 2012 @ 5:57 pm
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There’s much to digest in this well assembled look at building and modifying LS engines. Novice builders get the straight scoop on the best methods for building LS engines and experienced builders gain a thorough understanding of the all new design and the modifications required to make these babies sing. Potak supports his work with large clear photos and a well written narrative...

Engine Airflow

June 29, 2012 @ 1:27 am
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Harold Bettes is a widely respected engineer who spent the better part of his career making SuperFlow Corporation one of the premier engine and chassis dyno testing companies in the United States. Among the many performance books available for engine students and builders, his Engine Airflow remains a cut above in terms of value to the reader...

V8 Horsepower Performance Handbook

June 27, 2012 @ 10:51 pm
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The best thing about this book is the down-to-earth presentation geared to novice and first time engine builders. The author is clearly qualified to provide commentary on the subject. After spending seven years as technical editor of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, he co-founded the Engine Masters Challenge was the founding editor of Engine Masters Quarterly and Street Thunder...
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Master Motor Builders

June 27, 2012 @ 1:00 am
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Noted automotive historian Robert J. Neal brings a wealth of knowledge to this meticulously researched examination of Packard’s engine building proficiency. For present day engine buffs it provides essential historical perspective to match the technical revelation of Packard’s extraordinary engine design philosophy. The book is packed with large detail-rich original photographs that reveal the...

The Great FE Intake Comparo

June 23, 2012 @ 12:43 am
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The Great FE Intake Comparo is the perfect title for Jay Brown’s exhaustingly detailed evaluation of Ford FE engine intake and exhaust manifolds. Once you read it, the “Comparo” is clearly as “great” as the title implies. Few first time authors ever approach the level of detail Brown provides in his refreshingly thorough, , no stone left unturned evaluation of FE V8 induction systems.

The Ford-Cosworth DFV, The Inside Story of F1’s Greatest Engine

June 22, 2012 @ 8:51 pm
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Students and fans of race engine technology will find Andrew Noakes account of the Ford-Cosworth DFV engine’s design, development and performance record a captivating observation of one of the greatest racing engines in motorsport history. Ford DFV Cover ImageThe Ford-Cosworth DFV won more than 150 Formula 1 races during its 17-year heyday which spanned the 1970’s and...
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Offy, America’s Greatest Racing Engine

June 22, 2012 @ 8:10 pm
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Any self respecting engine guy knows a thing or two about Offys; most likely they have heard of them and they know that Offys used to be bad ass racing engines back in the day. What they don’t know is that “back in the day” started in 1930 and spanned five roaring decades through 1980 and beyond with some of the most competitive racing ever seen. America’s greatest racing engine challenged and dominated...

Frank Lockhart, American Speed King

June 20, 2012 @ 9:36 pm
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Racing icons sometimes achieve immortality under the cruelest of circumstances, particularly in the early days of motor racing when perishing tragically in a hurtling mass of twisted angry metal was often the norm. Such was the case of Frank Lockhart (1903-1928). Frank Lockhart bookEjected from his tumbling land speed record car during a violent crash on an unforgiving Florida beach...

Packards at Speed

June 12, 2012 @ 11:02 pm
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Another superb read from the talented pen of Robert J. Neal, automotive historian and suffice to say Packard enthusiast. Packards at Speed delivers an in-depth examination of the Packard Motor Car Company from the viewpoint of the firm's high performance and racing participation. Neal states that this book represents the first volume of his comprehensive effort to study...

Small-Block Chevy Performance: 1955-1996

June 7, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
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The small-block Chevy is widely known as the most popular engine of all time. Produced in staggering numbers and boasting huge aftermarket support, small blocks are the engine of choice for a large segment of the performance community. Originally published as two separate volumes, Small Block Chevy Performance 1955-1996 now covers the latest information on all...

Performance Automotive Engine Math

June 7, 2012 @ 9:53 pm
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All the parts within any engine are designed and engineered using the appropriate mathematics to function efficiently and be durable. When discussing high-performance automotive engines, a specific set of math formulas are used to develop and design powerplants to make more power at higher rpm levels and still survive. The various forms of motorsport and street use all have different requirements...
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Championship Engine Assembly

May 26, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
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Find out what really makes horsepower in a racing engine with Reher-Morrison's comprehensive racing engine assembly book. This book contains the best information and latest technology from Reher-Morrison Racing Engines' expert staff of head porters, machinists and engine assemblers. Over 392 information-packed pages are filled with more than 600 detailed...
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Classic Racing Engines

May 26, 2012 @ 5:41 pm
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Esteemed automotive author Karl Karl Ludvigsen’s Classic Racing Engines provides a detailed look at fifty classic racing engines spanning an eighty-year period since 1914 when racing engines emerged as a separate and distinct type of automotive power source. This authoritative book details famous engines and many lesser known engines, providing exceptional depth of detail about
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How to Build Killer Big Block Chevy Engines

April 8, 2012 @ 6:12 am
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Despite an abundance of “How to Build Big Block Chevy” books populating the internet and local book stores, there are still valuable opportunities to learn something new about extracting power from big block Chevy engines. And who better to learn it from than Tom Dufur, a champion drag racer who has won the K&N Super Eliminator Championship twice with...
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New Competition Engine Building Book

April 2, 2012 @ 11:20 pm
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CarTech Books has announced the release of their new Pro Series book Competition Engine Building by John Baechtel. The book is a comprehensive look at race engine building and the science of planning and building engines