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Jaguar XJR7

“The company is technically bankrupt, and if we don’t do something positive, the banks will shut us down.”

Faced with financial oblivion in the early 1980s, Jaguar  turned to racing—and an American racing team—to turn its image around. Jaguar hired the Group 44 team of Bob Tullius to build and race a new-from-scratch sports racing car in IMSA and LeMans competition, to pursue Jaguar’s belief that a successful racing effort would give the brand a new glow.

The XJR7, the subject of the second installment of the Stance & Speed Monograph Series, was the ultimate evolution of Group 44’s V-12 Jaguar racer. With it, Jaguar and Group 44 not only took the fight to Porsche’s dominant Porsche 956s and 962s; they also created one of the most beautiful and striking race cars of the 1980s.

photography by Peter Harholdt || text by Ted West || foreword by Bob Tullius

hardcover || 11 x 11 || 32 pages

Stance & Speed Monograph No. 2

ISBN 978-0-983060666

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1964 Watson Sheraton Thompson Special

When this car took the checkered flag at the 1964 Indianapolis 500, it was to be the last triumph for a front-engined car in the world’s most famous race. Displayed just as it last raced, graced with lots of patina and pockmarked paint, the Sheraton Thompson Special truly represents the end of a fondly remembered era in American racing.

The fourth installment of the Stance & Speed Monograph series was written by the Speedway’s official historian, Donald Davidson, who interviewed legendary mechanic George Bignotti, chassis-bulding master A.J. Watson, and the man who created the car’s classic paint job, Dean Jeffries, to get the full story of this legendary car. Foyt adds an insightful foreword recalling that day in May and his memories of the car in which he secured the second of his record-setting four Indy 500 victories.

This series is for people who like cars, period. Each book in the Monograph Series examines one significant automobile and the incredible history that surrounds it. We’ll be covering a wide variety of cars, from road racers, to dragsters, to hot rods, to one-off coachbuilt masterpieces, to land speed record cars and more, introducing new books at regular intervals. As you add each new release to your collection you’ll create a shelf full of fascinating automobiles to which you can return again and again.

photographs by Peter Harholdt || text by Donald Davidson || foreword by A.J. Foyt

hardcover || 11 x 11 || 32 pages

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Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile

This book presents the unprecedented collection of racing and performance cars that appeared at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts during the summer of 2012. The exhibit is gone now, but the collection is all here in this beautiful hardcover volume. Written by exhibit curator Ken Gross and photographed by the inimitable Peter Harholdt, these select vehicles embodied the state-of-the-art technology of their era while pioneering advances in metallurgy, streamlining, electronics, and engineering.

Includes:

  • Miller 122 Front-Wheel-Drive
  • Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix
  • The Mormon Meteor I and Mormon Meteor III
  • The Speedomotive Special Streamliner
  • 4 1/2 Litre Blower Bentley
  • The ‘Million-Franc Delahaye’
  • Shelby Daytona Coupe, and many more

These cars exemplify the best in early 20th century industrial art and functional design, in an attractive, full-color hardcover that will surely have a place of honor in your automotive library.

Hardcover | 144 pages | ISBN 978-0983060697

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Bonneville Salt Flats Poster

Released in conjunction with Bonneville Salt Flats: Twenty Years of Photography by Peter Vincent, this exclusive poster features Bonneville’s stark yet beautiful landscape in stunning black & white.

The poster is 24 inches wide by 18 inches tall and is printed on heavy 100# paper stock, suitable for framing if desired. These are sure to go fast, so order yours today!

$25 for U.S. customers, $35 for non-U.S. customers, including S+H. Please select from the drop-down menu below when ordering.

 

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Waiting for the Fall

“With those words came the emphatic end to the best time WVU had ever had playing football. And in typical and tortuous fashion, the curtain fell like a guillotine.”

For the people of West Virginia—a state that is often ridiculed and disregarded—their flagship university’s Mountaineer football team is a source of pride, a shining representative for their state on the national stage. When native son and head coach Rich Rodriguez led the Mountaineers to an unexpected Sugar Bowl victory at the end of the 2005 season, behind a youthful roster that included electrifying freshmen Patrick White and Steve Slaton, West Virginia fans figured the best was yet to come.

Instead, the seasons that followed served up endless, stomach-churning drama, pivoting around one of the most earth-shattering upsets in college football history—to be known forever by its final score, 13-9. Successes came the Mountaineers’ way, including three Bowl Championship Series victories in seven years. But so did turbulent coaching changes that splintered the fan base, looming uncertainty caused by ongoing conference realignment, power struggles that forced some into highly embarrassing acts, and enough backstabbing and subterfuge to fill a Shakespearian tragedy. The Mountaineers emerged from the turmoil to face a bright future in a new conference, but will the old demons still haunt them?

As a sportswriter for the Charleston Daily Mail, Mike Casazza has covered the Mountaineers for more than a decade; he’s lived WVU football from Nehlen to Rodriguez to Stewart to Holgorsen. In Waiting for the Fall: A Decade of Dreams, Drama and West Virginia University Football, Casazza has written the definitive document of this unprecedented period for West Virginia University football. You’ll also read an insightful foreword from ESPN play-by-play announcer and native West Virginian Mike Patrick, who broadcast that infamous loss to Pittsburgh.

Waiting for the Fall is an epic tale that captures the events and emotions that defined an era for West Virginians who experienced it firsthand. It’s also a must-read for football fans who watched with interest as the sport’s most successful team without a national title became a soap opera disguised as a major college football program. And if you’re a sports fan who simply loves a great story told well, Waiting for the Fall is just the sort of page-turner you’ll love.

September 2012: Updated with a new epilogue by the author.

by Mike Casazza || foreword by ESPN announcer Mike Patrick

paperback || now 322 pages

ISBN 978-0985200909

Praise for Waiting for the Fall:

Chris Brown, Smart Football:

“Casazza’s book sheds light into the personalities and figures making up the drama surrounding West Virginia — which really has been as wild as any program I can think of — with humor and clarity. The book isn’t as behind-the-scenes-Rich-Rodriguez-cried-into-his-hands as John Bacon’s book on Michigan, but Casazza has watched the WVU program carefully and leaves no major turn unreported. I enjoyed the book a great deal.”

Aaron Torres, Crystal Ball Run:

“… it isn’t so much a “recommendation” as it is “demand.” If you haven’t read Waiting for the Fall … do it. Right now. Like, if you don’t buy it in the next 10 minutes, I’ll be personally offended.

“Really, it’s impossible for me to tell you how good this book is … I doubt you have any idea how many truly wild things have gone down within the program over the last 10 years … Forget Tennessee, USC, Michigan or anywhere else: It is West Virginia which has been the most volatile and fascinating program of the last decade.”

The Smoking Musket:

“If you live and die by what happens to WVU football like I do, or if you just want an insider’s view of the last decade’”s craziness, then this book is an absolute MUST read.

Brandon Priddy, The Signal Caller:

“It’s a full-color picture of WVU football during those amazing years, from the amazing successes to the underpinnings of impending disaster … [Casazza] has good sources and is thoughtful and fair at a time when both seem to be in short supply. It was comforting to know that the trials and tribulations of my beloved Mountaineers were in capable hands.”

Amber Fillinger, WVU fan:

“I would highly recommend [it] to anyone that loves college sports. My being from WV, I think he certainly captured how myself and many others from WV feel about the state and the team.”

The Solid Verbal podcast: Mike Casazza appears at the 20-minute mark.

Newsmakers television show: Mike interviewed by West Virginia Media Holdings’ Bray Cary

College Football Zealots: Mike appears on the CFBZ podcast, shortly after the death of former coach Bill Stewart.

Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician: Blog of former Big East rival Syracuse blog gives its take.

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Waiting for the Fall–Limited Edition Hardcover

HOLIDAY SPECIAL PRICING!!

Get an autographed copy, personalized for that special someone, for only $17.02 + S&H

Perfect for holiday gift-giving, we have printed a limited run of 250 hardcovers of Waiting for the Fall. Each copy is signed–and can be personalized–by author Mike Casazza. Let Mike know what you’d like the inscription to say via email: dailymailsportsblog@gmail.com

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“With those words came the emphatic end to the best time WVU had ever had playing football. And in typical and tortuous fashion, the curtain fell like a guillotine.”

For the people of West Virginia—a state that is often ridiculed and disregarded—their flagship university’s Mountaineer football team is a source of pride, a shining representative for their state on the national stage. When native son and head coach Rich Rodriguez led the Mountaineers to an unexpected Sugar Bowl victory at the end of the 2005 season, behind a youthful roster that included electrifying freshmen Patrick White and Steve Slaton, West Virginia fans figured the best was yet to come.

Instead, the seasons that followed served up endless, stomach-churning drama, pivoting around one of the most earth-shattering upsets in college football history—to be known forever by its final score, 13-9. Successes came the Mountaineers’ way, including three Bowl Championship Series victories in seven years. But so did turbulent coaching changes that splintered the fan base, looming uncertainty caused by ongoing conference realignment, power struggles that forced some into highly embarrassing acts, and enough backstabbing and subterfuge to fill a Shakespearian tragedy. The Mountaineers emerged from the turmoil to face a bright future in a new conference, but will the old demons still haunt them?

As a sportswriter for the Charleston Daily Mail, Mike Casazza has covered the Mountaineers for more than a decade; he’s lived WVU football from Nehlen to Rodriguez to Stewart to Holgorsen. In Waiting for the Fall: A Decade of Dreams, Drama and West Virginia University Football, Casazza has written the definitive document of this unprecedented period for West Virginia University football. You”ll also read an insightful foreword from ESPN play-by-play announcer and native West Virginian Mike Patrick, who broadcast that infamous loss to Pittsburgh.

Waiting for the Fall is an epic tale that captures the events and emotions that defined an era for West Virginians who experienced it firsthand. It’s also a must-read for football fans who watched with interest as the sport’s most successful team without a national title became a soap opera disguised as a major college football program. And if you’re a sports fan who simply loves a great story told well, Waiting for the Fall is just the sort of page-turner you’ll love.

September 2012: Updated with a new epilogue by the author.

by Mike Casazza || foreword by ESPN announcer Mike Patrick

paperback || now 322 pages

ISBN 978-0985200909

Praise for Waiting for the Fall:

Chris Brown, Smart Football:

“Casazza’s book sheds light into the personalities and figures making up the drama surrounding West Virginia — which really has been as wild as any program I can think of — with humor and clarity. The book isn’t as behind-the-scenes-Rich-Rodriguez-cried-into-his-hands as John Bacon’s book on Michigan, but Casazza has watched the WVU program carefully and leaves no major turn unreported. I enjoyed the book a great deal.”

Aaron Torres, Crystal Ball Run:

“… it isn’t so much a “recommendation” as it is “demand.” If you haven’t read Waiting for the Fall … do it. Right now. Like, if you don’t buy it in the next 10 minutes, I’ll be personally offended.

“Really, it’s impossible for me to tell you how good this book is … I doubt you have any idea how many truly wild things have gone down within the program over the last 10 years … Forget Tennessee, USC, Michigan or anywhere else: It is West Virginia which has been the most volatile and fascinating program of the last decade.”

The Smoking Musket:

“If you live and die by what happens to WVU football like I do, or if you just want an insider”s view of the last decade””s craziness, then this book is an absolute MUST read.

Brandon Priddy, The Signal Caller:

“It”s a full-color picture of WVU football during those amazing years, from the amazing successes to the underpinnings of impending disaster … [Casazza] has good sources and is thoughtful and fair at a time when both seem to be in short supply. It was comforting to know that the trials and tribulations of my beloved Mountaineers were in capable hands.”

Amber Fillinger, WVU fan:

“I would highly recommend [it] to anyone that loves college sports. My being from WV, I think he certainly captured how myself and many others from WV feel about the state and the team.”

The Solid Verbal podcast: Mike Casazza appears at the 20-minute mark.

Newsmakers television show: Mike interviewed by West Virginia Media Holdings” Bray Cary

College Football Zealots: Mike appears on the CFBZ podcast, shortly after the death of former coach Bill Stewart.

Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician: Blog of former Big East rival Syracuse blog gives its take.

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So-Cal Coupe

The So-Cal Speed Shop is legendary in hot-rodding circles, and the So-Cal Coupe is a big reason why. Built to compete in drag racing and top-speed contests, this chopped ‘34 Ford coupe, with its iconic white and red paint job, served as a rolling advertisement for So-Cal.

In the third installment of the Stance & Speed Monograph Series, author Ken Gross tells the multifaceted history of this tremendously influential car. At turns record-setting, tragic, and triumphant, the story of the So-Cal coupe exemplifies the story of hot rodding itself throughout the second half of the 20th century.

photographs by Peter Harholdt || text by Ken Gross || foreword by Alex Xydias

hardcover || 11 x 11 || 32 pages

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Ford Drag Team

In 1962, Ford Motor Company would once again become actively involved in racing, and Dick Brannan would be instrumental in building a winning combination of cars and drivers at Ford.

Ford expert and veteran drag-racing author Charles R. Morris has written the definitive book covering the members of the Ford Drag Council and Drag Team of the 1960s, perhaps the most important decade in Ford performance history. In writing Ford Drag Team, Morris performed candid, one-on-one interviews with Ford drag racing legends like Phil Bonner, Hubert Platt, Ed Terry, Randy Payne, Al Joniec, the late Bill Lawton, Drag Team captain Dick Brannan, and more. Morris also collected factory documents and race reports and scoured the earth for photos and statistics to document the full story of these drag racing pioneers.

Ford Drag Team is your opportunity to get the true story, directly from those who made the history from behind the wheel and behind the scenes. You’ll learn how this talented group of individuals from diverse backgrounds came together to make motorsports history that should never be forgotten.

by Charlie Morris || paperback || 212 pages

ISBN 978-0983060673

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Cunningham C-4RK

In the first lap of its first race, which just happened to be the most important sports car race in the world, the C-4RK was in the lead.

A decade before Carroll Shelby took his Cobras to Europe, Briggs Cunningham brought American horsepower and know-how to the 24 Hours of LeMans, where he challenged the supremacy of the great European marques on their home soil. The C-4RK was a one-of-one streamlined coupe-a LeMans special of sorts-designed with input from one of the most famous automotive aerodynamicists of all time, Dr. Wunibald Kamm. Did the C-4RK live up to the promise embodied in its aggressive bodywork? Pick up this first installment of the Stance & Speed Monograph Series to find out…

The Stance & Speed Monograph Series is for people who like cars, period. Each book in the Monograph Series examines one significant automobile and the incredible history that surrounds it. We’ll be covering a wide variety of cars, from road racers, to dragsters, to hot rods, to one-off coachbuilt masterpieces, to land speed record cars and more, introducing new books at regular intervals. As you add each new release to your collection you’ll create a shelf full of fascinating automobiles to which you can return again and again.

Photography by Peter Harholdt || Text by Peter Bodensteiner || Foreword by Peter Brock, designer of the Shelby Daytona Coupe.

Stance & Speed Monograph No. 1

hardcover || 11 x 11 || 32 pages

ISBN 978-0983060659

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The Bonneville Salt Flats: Two Decades of Photography By Peter Vincent

I have yet to run out of inspiration with the landscape and the people

–Peter Vincent

Peter Vincent is arguably the most experienced photographer of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Every year for more than two decades he has visited this unique American landscape with camera in hand. This book contains the very best of the thousands of images he has captured at Bonneville and its surroundings, delivering an exceptional photographic portrait.

Front and back covers, with Limited Edition slipcase

Front and back covers, with Limited Edition slipcase

Bonneville is a simple but challenging setting. Its flat, white surface and endless arc of sky above allow a photographer to bring a great degree of subtlety to his work. But there is little protection from the elements; high winds, blinding sun, and blistering heat contrast with immense rainstorms that can cover the basin in 6 to 12 inches of water within an hour’s time. All of these conditions create an unusual yet creatively stimulating environment.

Limited Edition, with Slipcase

Limited Edition, with Slipcase

Vincent first came to the salt to photograph the racers who test their machinery upon the planet’s ultimate proving grounds. Somewhere along the way, Vincent began to appreciate the salt flats and its surroundings as something more than just a location. In this book he captures the meaning of Bonneville from every possible angle of speed, culture, landscape, and light.

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The standard hardcover book is $85. Three additional versions are available:

*A limited edition, hand-numbered and -signed, slipcased book, including one numbered and signed limited edition archival print inside the book. 149 copies available, $300

*Limited edition, hand-numbered and -signed, slipcased book including a framed, glazed, and matted 20 x 24 archival pigment ink print, signed & numbered, at an edition of 15 for each image, $1000 including U.S. Shipping.

*Limited edition, hand-numbered and -signed, slipcased book, including a framed, glazed, and mounted 44x 44 archival pigment ink print, signed & numbered, at an edition of 5 for each image, $4000 including U.S. Shipping.

Stance & Speed also has released an exclusive poster in conjunction with the book

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Pontiac: The Performance Years

All parties concerned became heroes. Wangers became close friends with DeLorean and, working together, there came a long string of performance Pontiacs that revolutionized the street scene.

Pontiac: The Performance Years represents a compilation of the best of three volumes covering the peak years of musclecar performance. The books were first published as part of the Quicksilver Supercar Series in the early 1980s. Out of print for decades, original editions of the books are coveted by collectors and rarely come up for sale. Not content to let collectors have all the fun, we’ve brought them back to provide a unique window into musclecar history.

Pontiac is the brand that brought us the GTO in 1964 and created a whole new market segment: Supercars. First an option in 1964-1965 and then a full model line in 1966, the GTO was the first of the Supercar genre and was supported by incredibly creative marketing programs, in-your-face advertising, and almost endless option lists. Today we call vintage GTOs and competitive mid-size models with high-profile trim and large displacement, high-horsepower engines “musclecars.” Back then, though, it was the Supercar Sixties, and Pontiac started it all! Pontiac: The Performance Years is packed with a treasure trove of period photography and information from Pontiac engineering, specialty marketers like Royal Pontiac (Bobcat), and factory and private racecar builders.

by Martyn L. Schorr || paperback || 218 pages

ISBN 978-0983060628

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Mopar: The Performance Years

We created this nostalgic Mopar tribute by working with original factory documents, notes taken at press previews, and during road testing and interviews with engineers and racers.

From the early 1960s through the mid-1970s, Dodge and Plymouth supercars and ponycars defined “ultimate performance” on the street, drag strips, and NASCAR’s high-speed tracks. Mopar: The Performance Years provides detailed specs, driving impressions, technical data, and fantastic period photos of the Chrysler Corporation’s greatest muscle cars. The books were published originally as part of the Quicksilver Supercar Series. Out of print for more than two decades, original editions of the books are coveted by collectors and rarely come up for sale. Not content to let collectors have all the fun, we’ve brought them back to provide a unique window into muscle car history.

For musclecar fans, each page in Mopar: The Performance Years is like finding another present under the Christmas tree. Featured cars include: Challenger, Charger, Barracuda, Road Runner, Daytona, and Dart; you’ll also find coverage of unique cars and racers like the Little Red Wagon, Trans-Am Challenger, the Golden Commandos, the Ramchargers, Richard Petty, Sox & Martin, A.J. Foyt, and Sam Posey. And, of course, there’s wealth of information on Mopar’s famous engines, from the Hemi to the Wedge and beyond. The original Quicksilver Supercar series Mopar books: Volume 1, ISBN 0-940346-09-5 Volume 2, ISBN 0-940346-17-6 Volume 3, ISBN 0-940346-22-2

by Martyn L. Schorr || paperback || 198 pages

ISBN 978-0982173312

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WRX vs. Evo: The Complete History

Although Makinen had scored yet another driver’s crown, the team had finished third in the constructor’s race, behind Toyota and archrival Subaru. On the positive side, in both Group N and the Asia-Pacific Championship, there was absolutely no doubt that the Mitsubishi Evolution was the car to beat.

The intense rivalry between Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution and Subaru’s Impreza WRX is chronicled in the 400+ pages of this book by veteran automotive journalist Huw Evans. These dueling all-wheel-drive, turbocharged four-cylinders have battled each other on rally stages, road courses, drag strips, and the street across two decades and around the globe, attracting millions of rabid fans in the process.

WRX vs. Evo tells the story of these groundbreaking cars from their inception to the present day. Additional coverage includes the most complete compilation of special edition cars to be found anywhere, a full rundown of official factory specs, nearly 200 photos of street and rally cars, and historical information about the two companies and the engineering, design, and race histories of these high-performance machines.

by Huw Evans || paperback || 426 pages

ISBN 978-0-9821733-4-3

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