Ferrari Under the Skin book cover

Recent books on Cars & Transport

They’re all there this time! Planes, trains, rocket ships, racing cars and ocean liners! There are even two volumes on the former trolleybuses of Wellington, featuring the now-retired trolley network.

Syndetics book coverFerrari : under the skin / Andrew Nahum, Martin Derrick.
“A substantial work, providing exceptional insights into Ferrari the man, Ferrari’s design, and Ferrari the legend. Ferrari is an extraordinary company that emerged as World War II receded in Italy, combining collegiality, an almost religious dedication, and dictatorship in equal parts. Above all, it was impelled by the remorseless ambition of its founder Enzo Ferrari. Richly illustrated with personal ephemera, technical drawings, master models, and luxurious product shots, this in-depth exploration of Ferrari – the man, company, cars, and clientele – reveals what goes into the making of, many would argue, the world’s most desirable car brand.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRails toward the sky : the story of Driving Creek Railway / Barry Brickell.
“When Barry Brickell became New Zealand’s first full-time craft potter, he combined his passion for railways with a family tradition in engineering to build a short line bringing clay and firewood down from the hills to his kilns. Over the next thirty years he kept extending the line, always taking it just a little bit higher. Driving Creek Railway conquers grades steeper than the Rimutaka Incline, includes spirals and horseshoe curves like the Raurimu Spiral, has zig-zags like those in the Andes, and includes the world’s only double-decked railway viaduct.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe RAF at 100 : a century in photographs.
“The Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 to defend the skies over Britain during the First World War and made a major contribution to winning one of the largest and most devastating conflicts of the twentieth century. Yet, when the war ended, its existence as an independent air service came under threat from severe defence cuts and intense scrutiny from some quarters as to whether it was needed at all. The Second World War put paid to all the uncertainty and sealed the RAF’s place in the armed services. It has since played a vital role in many large-scale conflicts, as well as in peacekeeping and international aid operations.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Syndetics book coverMotocourse : the world’s leading grand prix & superbike annual / [editor, Michael Scott].
“For the 42nd year, this is the two-wheeled sport’s longest-running and most respected yearbook, featuring independent and authoritative editorial combined with the finest action photography. The World’s Leading Grand Prix and Superbike Annual is the indisputable leader in its field, covering the world of motorcycle racing like no other publication. Motocourse wraps up the year with the most complete results record supplied anywhere in a single volume. This lavish yearbook continues to be essential reading for all fans of two-wheeled motorcycle racing worldwide.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRocket men : the daring odyssey of Apollo 8 and the astronauts who made man’s first journey to the Moon / Robert Kurson.
“By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon–in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas. In a year of historic violence and discord–the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago–the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe Orient Express : the history of the world’s most luxurious train 1883–present day / Anthony Burton.
“The Orient Express is a name synonymous with luxury train travel in Europe. In 1883, the first train with its gleaming livery and leather-embossed chairs in mahogany-panelled compartments caused a sensation. But by the 1950s and 1960s, the service was becoming ever shorter and European rail travel less stylish. However, in its prime, the Orient Express provided a much-needed luxury service that managed to cross borders and overcome national interests and rivalries. The Orient Express traces the history of the service, from its glamorous beginnings, its popularity with European royalty and heads of state, to its demise in the age of postwar austerity, the Cold War and cheaper air travel. Subsequently revived on a limited scale using some restored original train cars, the mythos of the Orient Express lives on.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChasing New Horizons : inside the epic first mission to Pluto / Alan Stern and David Grinspoon.
“On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than 3 billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then continued on its journey out into the beyond. Nothing like this has occurred in a generation–a raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASA’s Voyager missions–and nothing like it is planned to happen again. Chasing New Horizons is the story of the men and women behind the mission: of their decades-long commitment; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to drones : choose + build + photograph + race / Adam Juniper.
“Whether you’re flying indoors or out, buying or building, this book covers everything… Following the worldwide success of the first edition, which has been translated into numerous languages, this second edition is not only fully updated to keep pace with the laws and technology, but also extended to thoroughly cover the fast-growing new sport of FPV drone racing, while still including a comprehensive guide to learning to fly any drone.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Life on the road : Kiwi trucking stories
“Kiwi truckies are the unsung heroes of New Zealand – the men and women who make great personal sacrifice to keep our country running. The people who devote their life, in some way or another, to what is often a hard and lonely passion. Life on the Road… captures the humour, tragedy, action and extremes of the trucking world, moving between the dramatic, light-hearted and surprising – including runaway trucks, skirmishes with the law, nostalgic tales of the early pioneers, love stories, and more than one practical joke.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Ocean liners : an illustrated history / Newall, Peter
“Before the advent of the jet age, the ocean liner played a pivotal role in the transportation of people around the world. This illuminating book tells the story of the evolution of the liner from the humble paddle steamer to the beautiful, streamlined passenger ships of the latter half of the twentieth century. Now only a memory, they are here brought back to life in more than 250 evocative photographs, many never seen before.” (Book jacket)

Fly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history / O’Brien, Keith
“The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s — and won. Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed…. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Wellington’s Volvo trolleybus finale / Alan Wickens.
“This booklet recalls memories of the Volvo trolleybuses, particularly in their last year of operation in 2009. The introduction of their prototype replacements, and the new look Designline buses is included, together with scenes of the Volvo’s demise and scrapping.” (Catalogue)

Following the wires : trolleybuses of New Zealand / Sean Millar.
“Five New Zealand cities have had trolleybus systems: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, New Plymouth and Wellington, of which only Wellington’s survives.” (Syndetics summary)

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