A string of Le Mans victories at the beginning of the 1950s provided an important boost to sales of the XK-engined cars. As a result makers of specialist racing cars created their own racers using the XK engine. Nevertheless the most popular of the XK-engined racers were Jaguar's own, the C-type and D-type. The D-type aroused such interest that Jaguar turned it into a road-going model known as the XK-SS. In later years the D-type was recreated by Lynx Engineering, a testimony to the car's enduring appeal. This is a book of contemporary road tests, new model introductions, technical and specification data, racing, driver's impressions, history. Models covered include: C-Type, D-Type, Cooper-Jaguar, HWM-Jaguar, Tojeiro-Jaguar, XKSS, Lister-Jaguar, Cunningham Le Mans, and Lynx.
This glorious book tells the story of the celebrated lightweight Jaguar C-type, chassis number XKC 051, that Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt drove to victory in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours. The car went on to have a busy post-works racing career, first with Ecurie Ecosse, then with privateer drivers Bill Smith and Geoffrey Allison. Among its small number of collector custodians in later years, the names Briggs Cunningham in America and Adrian Hamilton (son of Duncan) in the UK stand out. The development of the C-type is described, focusing on the three lightweights of 1953 with thinner-gauge aluminum bodies, pioneering disc brakes, and aircraft-style fuel tanks. All this is covered in fascinating detail, supported by interviews with drivers and mechanics, a fine collection of period images and studio photographs.
Sports Car Races Held on Military Airfields in America 1952-1954
Author: Terry O'Neil
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
Category: Sports & Recreation
Runways and Racers focuses on sports car races held at military installations throughout America in the early 1950s. It was a marriage of convenience for the Sports Car Club of America and the Strategic Air Command, with both parties gaining advantages from the arrangement. The thorn in the side turned out to be a Congressman whose own aspirations exceeded his standing, but who found himself in a position to be able to influence the outcome of events ...
This book focuses on the different aspects that contributed to the development of Northeast American sports car racing during the 1950s. The evolution from amateur drivers racing on public roads in 1950, to both professional and amateur drivers racing at private, purpose-built tracks in 1959, demanded huge leaps of faith, trust and understanding. The transition was neither easy nor uneventful for drivers, clubs or track owners, and the tragedy, politics and intrigue that came to characterise the period are covered here in fascinating detail.
In 1935, when a small company in Coventry, England, launched a sporting saloon (i.e., sedan) called the Jaguar SS, it set in motion an inexorable process that would lead to Britain’s most beloved line of high-performance automobiles. The Complete Book of Jaguar covers the SS and all of the Jaguar's subsequent production models, from the original SS Jaguar to today’s F-Type sports cars, F-Pace SUV, X-Type sedans, as well as concept cars. As with other books in the Complete Book Series, author Nigel Thorley organizes the content chronologically with entries for each year. Narratives for each discuss the cars and technology, while spec tables highlight key technical and performance specifications. Originally begun by a couple of motorcycle enthusiasts—William Lyons and William Walmsley—as a firm called the Swallow Sidecar Company, Jaguar would become one of the world's most celebrated automakers. In England’s bleak postwar years, Jaguar became a shining star—first with its XK120, followed by the XK140 and XK150. Sporting sedans like the Mark 2 and Mark X set the bar for luxury four-door transport in the '50s and '60s. Then Jaguar stunned the world with the achingly beautiful E-Type in 1961, a genuine 150 mph super sports car. Along the way, the company competed on road courses around the world, going head to head with greats like Ferrari and Aston Martin. Though Jaguar lost its way periodically in the modern era, it has bounded back stronger than ever in the twenty-first century with a strong lineup, including the new F-Type sports car and F-Pace SUV. The Complete Book of Jaguar is the essential guide to this important chapter in the history of sports and luxury automobiles.
The fascinating story of Porsche's top class racing exploits, and the German-built machines that often dominated the competition world. This book is the definitive record of Porche's racing cars and racing history between 1953 and 1975. Included are 300 excellent photos.
This best-selling book on the Jaguar XK is a comprehensive and detailed guide to restoring the prestigious sports car. With original factory specification data, equipment, and options for all XK models--from the first XK120 Roadster to the ultimate 3.8-liter XK150 S--it describes and illustrates exactly how the cars looked in their original condition. This ultimate information source offers the finest gallery of XK photographs ever published.
An unfolding story from the inception to the demise of a unique series of motor races held on an exotic island during the Golden Age of motor racing. International drivers and Bahamians mingled for two weeks each year during which the social events were as important as the races to those involved.