Interesting Car Reads

This morning I was shown a news article that kind of blew my mind.

It came from news.com.au and was written by Craig Duff. Titled – Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III sets new muscle car mark at $1m-plus, pretty much tells you what is going to be written in the article, but none the less, it is still worth the read.

You can find the article right here:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/motoring-news/ford-falcon-gtho-phase-iii-sets-new-muscle-car-mark-at-1mplus/news-story/bfb6f2fd15a7f47a9fd37fa884c66524

Go and read it. Tell me if it blew your mind too!

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Monaco Grand Prix

Last night, just before midnight Australian time, the Monaco Grand Prix took place.

Drama and controversy once again were part of the highlights of the race, with Aussie Daniel Riccardo taking out the win from pole position, despite what some are saying is the most boring race of the year. Read More »

Motorcycling pioneer

Hey Pitstop followers,

Got some news about one of the authors from Woodslane, one of our partners in bringing you great books.

The wonderful people of Channel 10’s television show RPM, will be taking some time to talk to one of our authors, Sally-Anne Fowles.

Author of the wonderfully unique and ground-breaking book Fast Women: Pioneering Australian MotorcyclistsSally-Anne will be interviewed this Sunday afternoon (April 29th) at 4pm.

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“There is nothing to compare with motor cycling and I’m sorry for those poor people who cannot indulge in it.  It is wonderfully exhilarating and it is impossible to describe the glorious sensation that one gets when travelling on a speedy machine. I’m glad I’ve got a motor cycle and I don’t think I’ll ever give it up” Miss Jane Queain 1910

To stare across the expanse of a dry salt lake with an unseeable finish line, the surface is as hard as concrete and as loose as marbles, and your goal – a land speed record! The machine you ride is known as “The Missile”. This Australian woman’s bravery, skill and determination will leave you spellbound!
Have you dreamt of hitting the open road ? The “Big Lap” perhaps ? In the height of summer 1950, a 21 year old woman set off alone on an unimaginable epic quest from one side of the country to the other and back with no G.P.S, no mobile phone, limited services and bitumen being a rare treat. You will be enchanted by her courageous spirit!
The pursuit of your dreams always comes with the element of fear.  Breaking through this fear always comes with the element of courage.  Read the stories of these extraordinary Australian heroines who have broken the stereotypical mould and they will not only inspire you but will also leave you in awe of their courage and dedication in pursuit of their passion.

Make sure to catch her interview this Sunday afternoon with Matt White at 4pm!

Grab your copy now – https://www.pitstop.net.au/browse/item/9781925403732/Fast-Women

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Total Competition by Ross Brawn

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If you’re a fan of Formula One then listen up because we have a book we think you might be interested in:

Total Competition – Lessons in strategy from Formula One by Ross Brawn and Adam Parr.

Total Competition is the most compelling, comprehensive and revealing insight into what it takes to get to the top in Formula One that has ever been published.

Across four decades, Ross Brawn was one of the most innovative and successful technical directors and then team principals in Formula One. Leading Benetton, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes, he worked with drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to make them world champions. In 2017, he was appointed F1’s managing director, motor sports, by the sport’s new owners Liberty Media.

Now, in this fascinating book written with Adam Parr (who was CEO and then chairman of Williams for five years), he looks back over his career and methods to assess how he did it, and where occasionally he got things wrong.

Total Competition is a definitive portrait of modern motorsport. In the book, Brawn and Parr explore the unique pressures of Formula One, their battles with Bernie Ecclestone, and the cut-throat world they inhabited, where coming second is never good enough.

This book will appeal not only to the millions of Formula One fans who want to understand how Brawn operates, it will also provide many lessons in how to achieve your own business goals.

It’s Formula One season, well it’s pretty much Formula One season all year round isn’t it, as there are races all over the world. But if you are into the Formula One and are interested in the car making process, then you have to grab a copy of this book. It is a great look into the behind the scenes of the whole operation.

You can grab a copy from our online bookshop – https://www.pitstop.net.au/browse/item/9781471162381/Total-Competition

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Book Review – The Passion For Holden

Our mates at MotorsportM8 have kindly reviewed another book. This time it is The Passion for Holden by Joel Wakley, published by Woodslane Press.

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You can check out the whole review here – https://motorsportm8.com/2018/04/04/the-passion-for-holden/

Or you can check it out right here:

Author Joel Wakely has worked with, owned and raced some of the most significant models produced by Holden. He practically bleeds the Holden red; there are few who could showcase his level of passion.

To commemorate the manufacturing of Holden’s very last Australian-built cars in 2017, Wakely has collected a wealth of stories about the most significant models produced since 1948.

Wakely looks back to key moments in the company’s history: its early years as a saddlery in the mid-1800s; the company’s shift to body-building in the early 1900s; the production of the first all-Australian built cars; the company’s sale to General Motors and subsequent manufacturing shutdown in Australia.

Celebrating 69 years of manufacturing all-Australian vehicles, Wakely gathers contributions from dozens of Holden enthusiasts from around the country who are the proud owners of the most significant models produced by the brand.

Complemented with hundreds of photographs, many of which have never been published before, this is a tribute to Holden like no other. It’s undoubtedly a worthwhile addition to the bookshelves of car buffs and Holden devotees alike.

The Passion for Holden is available at all good book retailers. Our review copy was kindly provided by Pitstop Online – click here to buy your copy.

Thank you Geoff Burke for an awesome review.

Grab your copy today and let us know what you think of the book!

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Book Review – Climbing the Mountain

The good people from MotorsportM8.com have been kind enough to review a copy of Climbing the Mountain by Allan Moffat that we sent them.

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You can find their nice words right here – https://motorsportm8.com/2018/04/04/book-review-climbing-the-mountain/

Or you can check it out right here:

Allan Moffat’s life is one of success, being one of the most important figures in the Australian racing community back in its formative days.

His list of career achievements rivals those of more celebrated European and even Australian drivers, taking out the national ATCC title four times, winning the Bathurst 500/1000 four times and winning 32 races from 100 starts.

What many people don’t know is how Moffat got in to racing and the calibre of people he worked with before becoming a household name in the 1970s through his successes with Ford.

Highlighted in the book are not only the good times such as the iconic 1-2 finish at Bathurst in 1977 but the darker times with Ford’s withdrawal from motorsport, forcing Moffat to change to the Mazda RX7 which has gained a cult following as a V8 killer.

Although Moffat acknowledges his coldness to the media and public in his racing years, it’s easy to see why he appeared to be that way when you find out what was playing out behind the scenes at the time.

While Peter Brock is often celebrated as ‘Peter Perfect’, it’s Moffat who should be given credit as the perfectionist in times where preparation and investment were as much of an influence on race results as pure driving talent.

If you want an insight to the mind and man involved in one of the most important periods of Australian motorsport, Climbing the Mountain is a must-buy.

Climbing the Mountain is available at all good book retailers. Our review copy was kindly provided by Pitstop Online – click here to buy your copy.

Head over to MotorsportM8 to see all the cool and interesting things they do with cars – https://motorsportm8.com/

Thank you for the wonderful review.

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