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SBCC has a variety of books from various shop manuals on British vehicles to books on various British marques. The pdf file with the Club's library collection can be downloaded by clicking on the red link.  LIBRARY LIST


Book Reviews

GRAND PRIX CENTURY:
The first 100 years of the world's most glamorous and dangerous sport

by Christopher Hilton, Haynes Publishing, Sparkford, England, 496pp. $34.25 Can.


"It began at 6am on Tuesday, 26 June 1906, when the first 34 pug-like cars prepared to go onto an immense, stone-stewn circuit outside Le Mans. At the instant Lorraine-Dietrich accelerated away, the great, anstonishing, frightening, heric 100-year dynasty of Grand Prix racing was born."

Christopher Hilton is an ace storyteller and a respected auto historian. He has authored a number of books for Haynes including best selling biographies of Ayrton Senna, Muuray Walker and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Although there are a paucity of photos, the organization of "Grand Prix Century" by section and section titles is intriguing yet stimulating to the mind:" Dusty Road, The Chaps, In Nuolari's time, End of Innocence....In Fangio's time, In Clark's time....Money men...and lastlyThe Centurions." The book concludes with an excellent section on the major records of the first one hundred years of Grand Prix racing.

Hilton offers an interesting series of quotes by drivers through the years not only on their machines but also on the competition and the "race tracks."

One feature which I truly enjoyed, in each section was a small paragraph in italics which gave the speed result of the Monaco Grand Prix, the cost of and length of time the average Briton would need to purchase a car, and the number of cars in the U.K. For example in 1959: The Monaco measure: Trintignant, 100 laps, 2h 52m 27.9s, an average speed of 67.9mph; Fangio, 1957, 64.7mph. Vehicles registered in Britain 8.0 million (1948, 3.7 million). A Ford Popular in 1959 cost 494 UKP and a Briton earned on average 13.55 UPK per week. Saving all his money, the Briton would have taken 26 weeks to buy one (1910, 2 years 42 weeks; 1919 1 year 28 weeks; 1929 41 weeks; 1949, 45 weeks)



THE COMPLETE CATALOGUE OF BRITISH CARS, 1895-1975
by David Culshaw and Peter Horrobin. Veloce Publishing. England. $54.95 US

For British car fans, Culshaw and Horrobin, are an excellent addition to those who own The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars, The Illustrated Directory of Classic Cars, and similar works. Out of print since the mid 1980s Veloce has now released an updated and revised new edition, which still preserves the character of the original.his book provides technical and historical data on approximately 700 manufacturers, with 1000 photos in the 496 pages in a book of unique character and style. The historical approach is not limited to individual marques but includes humorous view of society, the automotive industry and the state of automobile developement. The authors hide not their dislike of certain models while extolling other models! (Available online from www.motorbooks.com)


Scale Models

1965 Lotus 38 #82 Jim Clark 1:18 scale Carousel Models, USA.



The Lotus Type 38 represented a major structural improvement over its predecessors, the 1963 Type 29 and the 1964 Type 34. Colin Champan's Team Lotus and driver Jim Clark returned to the Brickyard for their three attempt in 1965. Clark qualified second fastest at 160.73 mph, beaten to the pole by A.J. Foyt in an updated Lotus Type 34. Foyt led the second lap but Clark had the lead the next time around. Foyt's challenge continued until lap 116 when he piited with a broken axle.At the finish Clark led by two laps to second place finisher Parnelli Jones in an updated Lotus Type 34. Clark's record average speed was 150.69 mph for the 500 laps. In 1965 Clark and Team Lotus won the World Driver's Championship. It was the first time that the 500 and the World Driver's Championship were won by the same driver and same team. It was the first Indianapolis victory for a rear engine car, the first British car and the first for a non American driver since 1916.

This model has absolutely fantastic detail from the decals to the engine and suspension.Although not quite in the class of the GMP or Exoto models Carousel is worthy of the serious collector.

Carousel 1 produces a variety of scale models,primarily racing cars, their offices are in High Point, North Carolina, and they are found on the web at www.carouselone.com. The model illustrated here was purchased on ebay and the photos used were taken by Rich Barre, California, the seller of this scale model.





1962 Triumph TR4, 1:18 scale, Jadi Modelcraft, $24.95 US

Jadi Modelcraft is a Hong Kong based diecast model maker who produce both 1:18 and 1:43 scale model cars. Recently they have been producing more and more "vintage" model cars, if in fact the TR4 falls into this catagoery. For the TR4 they have one model as illustrated above but the also have it as a rally version. The rally version has a removable hardtop with full markings; tri-pack of driving lights; on the dash a Halda Speedpilot; the engine with sidedraft Webers; and aftermarket mag-like wheels -not sure these wheels are correct. You can visit Jadi at www.jadi-modelcraft.com. ( it is available in North America from www.Exoticar.com)