Back by popular demand! Stunning color photographs, rare archival images and detailed technical specifications superbly recount the epic story of Ferdinand Porsche and the famous automobiles he created. Interviews with Porsche engineers, designers and racers provide first-hand insight into the creation of the 356 Carrera, 911R, RS and RSR, the 930 Turbo, and the 928S, plus racy coverage of the 550 Spyder, the RS60LM and the 908 Langheck.
This fascinating book, illustrated throughout with superb color photographs, not only features these legendary German sports cars but such awesome racing models as the formative 550, the mighty 917 that gave Porsche its first Le Mans victory and the even more successful 962.
For over 40 years, Porsche’s legendary 911 has ruled the realm of sports cars. The Porsche 911 is the benchmark. The 911 recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, making it one of the longest-running models currently in production from any manufacturer. A leader on the race track as well as the street, it posted an outright, overall victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2003, beating Corvettes, Ferraris, and even purpose-built Daytona Prototype race cars. This, despite the fact the 911’s rear-engine configuration was long ago rejected by rivals. Why does it hold such a coveted spot at the pinnacle of the sports car world? In Porsche 911: Perfection by Design, best-selling author/photographer and noted Porsche historian Randy Leffingwell adeptly answers this question, tracing the amazing story of its development and rise to international success, from the 1963 Type 901 through 2005 models. In tandem, he weaves the racing 911’s rich history, where it reigned victorious at Le Mans, Daytona and many more of the world’s most prestigious races. With more than 350 pages and 300 vivid color and black and white photographs, this amazing hard-cover book showcases why the 911 continues to impress enthusiasts and engineers alike. Leffingwell interviewed dozens of former and current Porsche engineers, designers and executives – including Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, the father of the 911 – as well as Porsche competitors (who used the 911 as a benchmark for their own designs) to create a true, hands-on anecdotal history of the 911. Straight from the key players and decision-makers, he explains: “This book is an inside story of how the 911 came to be what it was, what it is now and how it moved through 40-plus years of evolution, growth and improvement.” A jaw-dropping and unprecedented collection of 911s between two covers (Leffingwell and David Newhardt’s stunning, full-page, color photography features more than 80 Porsche 911s) complements the text, enticing readers to an up-close-and-personal view of these exotic, wish-list cars.
This revised edition of the original reference standard for urban legends provides an updated anthology of common myths and stories, and presents expanded coverage of international legends and tales shared and popularized online. • Approximately 300 individual entries for specific urban legends • An introduction provides a brief history of urban legend research • A selected bibliography and reference citations
"If you enjoy these too-good-to-be-true tales, Brunvand's new book will give you hours of pleasure."—Chicago Tribune A fabulously entertaining book from the ultimate authority on those almost believable tales that always happen to a "friend of a friend." Alligators in the sewers? A pet in the microwave? A tragic misunderstanding of the function of cruise control? No, it didn't really happen to your friend's sister's neighbor: it's an urban legend. And no matter how savvy you think you are, you are sure to find in this collection of over 200 tales at least one story you would have sworn was true. Jan Harold Brunvand has been collecting and studying this modern folklore for over twenty years. In Too Good to Be True he captures the best stories in their best retellings, along with their latest variations and examples of how the stories have changed as they move from person to person and place to place. To help you find your favorite, Brunvand has arranged the tales thematically. "Bringing Up Baby" is full of episodes of child-rearing gone wrong, including the grisly tale of the drugged out baby-sitter who mistakes the kid for a turkey. "Funny Business" showcases stories of infamous lapses in customer service, such as the story of the shockingly expensive chocolate chip cookie recipe. And "The Criminal Mind" features both brilliant --if they were real --scams, as well as the purported antics of the less mentally gifted. Whether you want to become an expert debunker or just have plenty of laughs, this book will surprise and entertain you. Illustrated throughout. "Informative and entertaining.... Brunvand has collected more than 200 of the most-repeated and best-known examples of modern folk-myth."—Tampa Tribune "[N]ot only an entertaining anthology, but an excellent introduction to the study of folklore itself."—Publishers Weekly "A fun read... . All the classics are here from the killer upstairs to the Kentucky Fried Rat."—New City "Resonant stories that express our hidden anxieties ... make us laugh, [or] arouse our fascinated horror."—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review "Informative and entertaining... . Brunvand has collected more than 200 of the most-repeated and best-known examples of modern folk-myth."—Tampa Tribune "[N]ot only an entertaining anthology, but an excellent introduction to the study of folklore itself."—Publishers Weekly
Who would have thought that this shy little Austrian, crumbling under financial debts, would become one of the most celebrated drivers in Formula One history. From competing in World Championships to his tragic accident at the Nurburgring, this book on Niki Lauda's Formula 1 racing career is part of the Legends series, which covers the most exciting and popular drivers in the history of the Formula One Championship.
Official Shelby American team photographer, Dave Friedman, presents rare color photos that chronicle the entire unknown story of the development, production, and racing of Carroll Shelby's famous Ford GT40. From Shelby's California shop and early test sessions to the victory stand at Le Mans, it's all here in historical photographs and the words of race legends such as Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Bruce McLa ren, A.J. Foyt, Bob Bondurant, Mario Andretti, Chris Amon, Carroll Smith and more. "You did a hell of a job with this book, Carroll Shelby. I loved it," - Carroll Smith.
This book covers the full history of the Porsche 928, looking at the variants sold on the domestic, American, British, Australian and Japanese markets, from the time the car was launched in 1977 until the last one was built in 1995.
The automobile, an object of art and design and a product of the imagination and creativity of inventors, builders, engineers and designers around the world : it is this machine that inspired the exhibition Moving Beauty.
When the Trans Am series let pony cars loose on the road circuits of America, some of the most exciting road racing in history took place. Until rule changes forced American manufacturer teams to withdraw in 1972, these ground-pounders enjoyed a golden era of dominance. Fans of vintage racing and muscle cars will enjoy this book's great photography and commentary from series participants, as well as comprehensive race results.
Arguably the most recognized sports and racing car in the world, the Porsche 911 has seen more than fifty variants during its 35-plus years of production. This book details the history of this landmark car, which has seen success in endurance racing, rally, hill climbs, Trans Am and GT racing.
- A new book for LEGO(R) enthusiasts on how to build legendary Porsche 911 models from LEGO(R)- The latest addition to the successful LEGO(R) library written by renowned LEGO(R) enthusiast Joachim KlangIn this new book, Build Your Own Porsche 911 Legends, by Joachim (Joe) Klang, LEGO(R) enthusiasts can bring sports cars from the legendary Porsche 911 series to life in their own home using their existing collection of LEGO(R) bricks. With easy to follow step-by-step instructions that illustrate how to build these models from LEGO(R), readers can be assured that no details are missed.
"All of history is mystery," Dale L. Walker says, and he proves his point in this lively, humorous--and rational--approach to the West's greatest puzzles. Did Davy Crockett, for example, go down swinging Ol' Betsy, defending the ramparts of the Alamo--or was he captured? Who is buried in Jesse James's grave? Was the man Pat Garrett shot that night really Billy the Kid? How did Black Bart, "the gentleman bandit," disappear? Did Sacajawea, the famous "Bird Woman" who scouted for Lewis and Clark, die twice? The possibilities unfold as Walker brings together little-known facts and the elusive connections that shed light on the biggest enigmas of the American West. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
The transition from the 356 to the 901 has never before been documented as precisely as this - it is the purpose of this book to shed more light on this exceptional period, to describe the genesis of the 901. It goes to the very heart of the Porsche bran