“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.
hardcover || 11 x 11 || 32 pages
Stance & Speed Monograph No. 2
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.
Available June 2013. Pre-order now!
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
Available June 2013 Pre-order now!
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
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
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