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Small-Block Chevy Performance: 1955-1996

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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

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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...

New Competition Engine Building Book

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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

New Chevy Big Block Parts Interchange

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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...

Bonneville Salt Flats, Speed Limit 1,000 MPH

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Ford Flathead Engines: How to Rebuild & Modify

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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.

Practical Engine Airflow

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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...

Ford Drag Team

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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...

Bonneville SCTA Program Books: The First Thirty Years

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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...

Modern Engine Blueprinting Techniques

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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...

Souping the Stock Engine

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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.

Bosch Automotive Handbook, 9th ed.

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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

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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...

Leo Villa’s Bluebird Album

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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...

BONNEVILLE A Century of Speed

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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...

Physics for Gearheads

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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

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Corky Bell is widely acknowledged for his expertise in turbocharging and supercharging. His new book Supercharged! Design Testing and Installation of Supercharger Systems is the ideal reference book for both novice and experienced forced induction fans. The book primarily covers fuel injected applications with very little mention of carbureted setups. That said, many of the calculations and math still apply and a dedicated effort can still make use of them.  In effect this is a near textbook treatise on fuel injected forced induction and it includes the planning, construction and implementation of an intercooled BMW engine with electronic fuel injection […]

French Flathead V8 Block Prep Handbook

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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...

The Unobtainable a story of blue

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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.

New Ford Y-Block Build Book

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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...

The Dawn of Pro Stock

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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...

How to Build Max-Performance Pontiac V-8s

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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

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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....

Grumpy’s Toys

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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...

Frank Lockhart, American Speed King

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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...