Book Reviews: Two Great New Titles from
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For years, has been one of my favorite places to shop and they have many new books for sale this Holiday season. Two of the more interesting titles that will appeal to a broad range of racing enthusiasts are Legendary Race Cars by Basem Wasef, and Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman by Matt Stone and Preston Lerner.

Legendary Race Cars takes a close look at 25 of the most influential and successful racing cars of the last 100 years across all facets of racing, including Indy car, sports cars and formula cars. Many of the legends are in the group of 25, like the Ford GT40, the Lotus 49, Porsche's 917 and 962C racers, and Carroll Shelby's Cobra Daytona Coupe. There are also some cars that may not come quickly to mind for many of us when thinking of famous race cars, cars like the Greer-Black-Prudhomme Top Fuel Dragster and Parnelli Jones "Big Oly," which competed at Baja.

My racing interests center on sports car endurance racing and F1, but I found every car in this book was pretty interesting to read about. For instance, one of the most fascinating chapters was on the Thomas Flyer, which competed in what was known as the Great Race - a 22,000 journey from New York to Paris that circumnavigated the earth. It was also interesting to read about the Marmon Wasp, which competed in the first Indy 500 in 1911. Of course, the legendary sports and formula cars are always fun to read about - cars like Juan Manuel Fangio's Maserati 250F, Michael Schumacher's Ferrari F1 cars and the Aston Martin DBR1.

Legendary Race Cars is hardbound with dozens of color and black & white photos, and is priced at $35. The photography is excellent, and the book is well-written, informative and entertaining to read (including an introduction by Stirling Moss), with many quotes and recollections from the designers, drivers and team members that drove and were involved with the cars that are profiled. This is a great book to add to your book collection and is one you'll go back to often.

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