Wednesday Afternoon Update:
More importantly, so is the air conditioning.
There’s a big generator parked behind Suite L humming away while they repair whatever exploded out there yesterday. We expect to maintain regular hours for the rest of the week.
Please note, we will be closed the next two Saturdays.
About 1pm Tuesday, we lost most of our electrical power after hearing a BOOM outside the 5120 Belmont Building. Commonwealth Edison says they will have it fixed by 7pm, so we have called it a day. We were unable to ship anything today but I’ll be checking email throughout the afternoon. Sorry for the inconvenience.
by Graham Robson
Not only has Cosworth designed and supplied many race car engines, which won F1, CART, and many other Championship races, but it has also produced many celebrated high-performance road-car engines. In more recent times, its growing expertise in developing electronic data capture components, and in providing ultra-high-tech engine manufacturing facilities, have made it a world leader at many levels. The expansion continues, and in this book the Cosworth story has been brought up-to-the-minute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the legendary DFV F1 engine.
Graham Robson is one of the most experienced, prolific and versatile motoring historians in the world, and is recognized as one of the authorities on anything concerning Ford in motorsport. He watched his first F1 GP – at Aintree – in 1955, and has never lost touch with the cars, the technical trends, and – most importantly – the personalities connected with placing Ford, and Cosworth, at the pinnacle of F1. He was close to Cosworth, both as a working historian, and as a personal friend of the company’s senior personalities, throughout the lengthy period covered by the DFV – and considers it an honour to have been entrusted with the compilation of this amazing story.
Hardbound | 256 pages | 312 color photos
Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
$90.00 – ORDER YOUR COPY HERE!
In addition to the 1/18 scale Gilles Villeneuve Ferrari 312 T3 we told you about a few weeks ago, LookSmart has announced a slate of 1/43 and 1/18 scale historic Ferrari Grand Prix and Sports Cars. Click HERE for the complete list. Please order by Friday, July 21 to guarantee availability.
A quiet week as we prepare for our sole 2017 appearance at Road America the weekend of July 21-23. We will have a large selection of new and estate collection books, programs, models, artwork, DVDs and other ‘stuff’ crammed into our tent on vendor’s row near RA’s spectacular new track store.
We hope you’ll stop by.
Spark’s 2016 Le Mans entries in 1/18 scale are beginning to trickle in. Next week, we will have the LMP2 winning #36 Signatech Alpine, driven by Menezes, Lapierre and Richelmi. The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Bernhard, Webber and Hartley is in stock. Both are priced at $199.00.
Also inbound is TSM’s 1/43 scale Ford GT in ‘Frozen White’ as it appeared in race trim at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
We also expect a restock of Spark’s 1/43 scale 1969 Le Mans winning #6 Gulf Ford GT 40, driven by Ickx and Oliver. $80.00.
Today’s Email Update features a Michael Turner Giclee Print of Jo Siffert and Chris Amon battling in the 1968 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. Siffert’s victory in Rob Walker’s Lotus 49B was the final GP victory by a privateer entrant. Click HERE to order.
Spent my ‘weekend off’ taking a few photos at the Road America Indycar race and posted a few on the Motorsport Collector Facebook Page.
Click HERE to view.
TSM’s 1/43 scale model of the 1972 Can Am Championship winning #7 George Follmer L&M Porsche 917/10 is now in stock. $75.00 – Order HERE!
Today we received a restock of Maurice Hamilton’s McLaren Series book profiling 1976 World Champion James Hunt.
And we were able to knock five bucks off the original price!
$49.95. Order HERE or scroll down for further information.
JAMES HUNT by Maurice Hamilton
Foreword by Emerson Fittipaldi
Celebrate 40 years since James Hunt’s World Championship and the legendary life, endless carouses and career milestones of a true legend of Formula 1. Written by the esteemed motor sport journalist Maurice Hamilton, this is an exclusive and personal insight into one of the world’s most charismatic racing drivers.
After discovering motor racing at 17, Hunt began by building and racing his own Mini. Moving into Formula Ford and Formula 3, his progress was noted for daring and aggressive driving rather than outright successes. Making the step up to Formula 1 with the colourful Hesketh team, Hunt came third in his first race. He finished second in the United States Grand Prix, and rounded off 1973 with the Campbell Trophy for best British driver. Hunt scored his first Grand Prix win in Holland in 1975, finishing fourth in the World Championship. His status as a superstar developed rapidly in 1976 when he joined McLaren, and fought for the title against his great rival, Niki Lauda. James Hunt became World Champion at the final race of a season so dramatic and controversial that it became the subject of a Hollywood feature film.
Hardbound | 352 pages | 300 color images
$49.95 – ORDER HERE
Thursday’s Email Update paid tribute to two great American racers and their victories – six years apart – at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.
On June 18, 1967, 50 years ago this weekend, Dan Gurney and the Eagle won the Belgian GP, becoming the first American car/driver combination to win a Grand Prix since Jimmy Murphy and Duesenberg won the 1921 French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
Six years earlier, also on June 18, Phil Hill led a Ferrari 1-2-3-4 finish in the 1961 Belgian GP on his way to becoming America’s first Formula One World Champion.
Both victories were subjects of Limited Edition prints published by The Motorsport Collector many years ago. Signed copies of both are still available.
Click HERE for further information.
From David Bull Publishing
My Years Designing, Testing and Racing Carroll’s Legendary Mustangs
by Chuck Cantwell with Greg Kolasa
When Shelby hired Chuck from General Motors, he got more than an experienced project engineer. He also got an accomplished driver, a three-time SCCA Division class champion in cars that he prepared himself. That background helped Chuck engineer solutions for the Mustang and accurately evaluate them, even in competition. The Shelby GT350 won the SCCA’s B- Production National Championship three years in a row, and Ford won two consecutive Trans-Am Manufacturers Championships in Mustangs prepared and campaigned by Shelby American.
On a subject as popular as the Shelby Mustang GT350 fresh, definitive information is hard to come by, but that is exactly what Chuck provides. He shares fresh technical details, never-before-heard anecdotes, and corrects popular misconceptions about the GT350’s origins and development. Chuck also covers his work on later cars like the GT500, as well as his critical role with the Shelby racing team in the Trans-Am series. And his month-by-month narrative is supported by scores of photographs (including many rare images from his own collection and those of other Shelby insiders) as well as technical drawings and company memos. Additional background information, data, and details are provided by co-author Greg Kolasa, an automotive historian who has spent decades researching and writing about Carroll Shelby’s cars.
Shelby Mustang GT350 is a vivid, fact-filled account of how the man Carroll Shelby dubbed “Mr. GT350” led the effort to create an American automotive legend. It’s precisely the book that Shelby Mustang owners and other enthusiasts have been waiting for.
Available late June.
$49.95 – Reserve your copy HERE