Trucks, helicopters and railroads are all part of this edition of our Cars & Transport books

Trucks, car and scooter workshop manuals and the VW Beetle Story are featured here.

Syndetics book coverPetrolheads in sheds : unique Kiwi car collections / Steve Holmes.
“From the author of the popular Kiwi Hot Rodder’s Guide to Life and The Kiwi Ute Driver’s Guide to Life comes a book about the hidden world of New Zealand car collectors. Steve Holmes has collected stories from accross New Zealand, from the weird to the wonderful, accompanied by amazing photographs of the sheds, the cars and the petrolheads who inhabit them…” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverNissan Maxima automotive repair manual / by Bob Henderson and John H. Haynes.
“Haynes offers the best coverage for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and motorcycles on the market today. Each manual contains easy to follow step-by-step instructions linked to hundreds of photographs and illustrations. Included in every manual: troubleshooting section to help identify specific problems; tips that give valuable short cuts to make the job easier and eliminate the need for special tools; notes, cautions and warnings for the home mechanic; color spark plug diagnosis and an easy to use index.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great railroad revolution : the history of trains in America / Christian Wolmar.
“In a volume that will delight train buffs-and hopefully others-English historian and railway expert Wolmar (On the Wrong Line) examines the rise and fall of railroads in America, with a detailed look at how they influenced and directed the growth of the country for more than a century. He spares no punches as he looks at both the positive and negative aspects of the industry, from its chaotic, privatized, and state-run beginnings in the 1830s through its unprecedented spread to its near extinction in the mid-20th century. …Time and again, he concludes that America could not have grown or prospered without the spread of the railroad, from Chicago’s rise as a transportation hub to consolidation of the myriad smaller lines into several major firms. Finally, he explores the creation of Amtrak. Agent: Inkwell Management. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRock Island railroad : photo archive : travel on the Rockets / John Kelly.
“The popular Rock Island Railroad stretched from Chicago to Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas with passenger and freight service, and included the Peoria Rocket, Des Moines Rocket, Quad City Rocket, Texas Rocket, Kansas City Rocket, Twin Star Rocket, Zephyr-Rocket, Rocky Mountain Rocket, the flagship Golden State between Chicago and Los Angeles, and suburban commuter service in Chicago. Included are system map, timetables, travel brochures and full-color section of Rock Island depots and stations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSizing up the city : urban form and transport in New Zealand / edited by Philippa Howden-Chapman, Keriata Stuart & Ralph Chapman.
“Making New Zealand’s transport sustainable will be one of the challenges of the coming decades. This book collects papers presented at national symposia on sustainable transport and urban form, and other recent wrtitings on sustainability and out built environment.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverMondo Agnelli : Fiat, Chrysler, and the power of a dynasty / Jennifer Clark.
“The fascinating story of a century-old automobile dynasty Fiat is one of the world’s largest automakers, but when it made headlines by grabbing control of a bankrupt Chrysler in 2009 it was unknown in the U.S. Fiat’s against-all-odds swoop on Chrysler–masterminded by Sergio Marchionne, the Houdini-like manager who saved Fiat from its own near-collapse in 2005 – has made the automaker one of the most unlikely winners of the financial crisis. Mondo Agnelli is a new book that looks at the chain of unpredictable events triggered by the death of Gianni Agnelli in 2003. Gianni, the charismatic, silver-haired power broker and style icon, was the patriarch who had lead the company founded by his grandfather in 1899. But Gianni’s own son had committed suicide. Without a mature heir, the dynasty and Fiat were rudderless. Backed by Gianni’s closest advisors, his serious, shy, and determined grandson John plucked Marchionne from obscurity. Together, they saved the family company and, inadvertently, positioned Fiat as a global trailblazer when the global storm hit….”– Provided by publisher.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe official New Zealand truck loading code.
“The Truck loading code sets out a code of practice for the safety of loads on heavey vehicles.” (page 1 of book)

Chopper chatter : the adventures and misadventures of a New Zealand helicopter pilot / Ken Tustin.
“Ken Tustin shares his experiences as a chopper pilot. It includes time spent flying in New Zealand and overseas.” (Syndetics) “There are few books wrtten by pilots themselves about their own experiences. In this one, Ken shares his journey in some of New Zealand’s, and the world’s, most interesting places” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverFlying the Southern Cross : aviators Charles Ulm and Charles Kingsford Smith / Michael Molkentin.
Australian aviators Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm made the first trans-Pacific flight in 1928 in an aircraft constructed largely of timber and fabric, the Southern Cross.

Syndetics book coverThe VW Beetle story / Giles Chapman.
“The KdF car, a German acronym for Strength Through Joy, was conceived by Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich as a true German “people’s car.” After World War II—and with a little help from the British—the Volks Wagen really did help put the average man on the road in a car, designed by the great Ferdinand Porsche, that was reliable and well-built. First it set benchmarks for customer satisfaction across Europe, and sales soared. Then it arrived in North America and the slope-backed, rear-engined economy car became a cult hit. By the time the very last original Beetle was built in 2003, more than 21 million had been built, making it the best-selling single car model of all time. Although its concept is dated by modern standards, the Beetle magic is undimmed, which is why Volkswagen introduced an all-new, modern Beetle in 1998. It has carved out a niche as a distinctive and eye-catching car in a world of automotive clones.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTwist and Go (automatic transmission) scooters : service and repair manual / by Phil Mather.
A service and repair manual with generic model coverage, suitable for 50 t0 250 cc scooters with carburettor engines. It was revised in 2011.”  (Syndetics summary)