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A wide selection this time, from bicycles to motorbikes, Land Rover to motor racing and speedway culture, Boeing to the RNZAF, and notable boats to product tankers!

Image from Fishpond.co.nzLaucala Bay : the story of the RNZAF in Fiji 1939 to 1967 / Bee Dawson.
“As the prospect of a Pacific war with Japan became likely in the 1930s, a Commonwealth defence conference decided which countries would be responsible for which parts of the Pacific. New Zealand was given responsibility for air reconnaissance for part of the ocean centred around Fiji. It was considered that this would best be done with flying boats. The air base at Laucala Bay was developed as part of the strategy to carry out this work. This account tells of the wartime crises and life when peace arrived, from the tracking of both aircraft and submarine activity, to the tragedies and rescues inevitable in times of war.” (Publisher information)

Image from Fishpond.co.nzKiwi speedway culture / Steve Holmes.
“Speedway racing is a form of motorsport born in the USA, but one which was quickly adopted here in New Zealand, dating back to the early 1900s. Speedway has evolved into possibly this country’s most successful racing arena, and one which has become typically unique to us, and our very unique interests. With 24 Speedway New Zealand affiliated race tracks spread throughout the country, local loyalty among fans is as intense and passionate as rugby, or any other sporting code. Kiwi Speedway Culture is a new book that goes beyond the gritty quarter mile dirt bullring ovals dotted throughout our landscape, and visits some of the characters involved.” (Publisher’s description)

Image from Fishpond.co.nzTasman echo alpha : an account of the NZ airline industry in the 1960’s when flying was dangerous and sex was safe / Guy Clapshaw.
Tasman Echo Alpha is a former Air New Zealand pilot’s imaginary recollections of aviation’s glorious days when pilots flew with navigators and flight engineers, and passengers dressed up to fly in those ‘magic flying machines’.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverClassics : great motorcycles and people / words by Shane Kelly ; photography by Geoff Osborne ; foreword by Graeme Crosby.
“A coffee table book featuring images and histories of iconic New Zealand motorcycles, as well as the people who made them famous. Includes the history of the bikes as well as the people associated with them. Each chapter provides a background that tells why the motorcycles are special, looking at the story of the marque as well as the individual machine. It’s not just about the motorbikes but the experiences of the people associated with them.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Kenny Smith scrapbook : a celebration of a Kiwi legend / Michael Clark.
“This biography covers Kenny Smith’s long career in motor racing, including the golden years of the late ’60s and ’70s when he raced alongside Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart and Chris Amon, the years he won New Zealand Grand Prix titles, and everything else he’s learnt along the way.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLand Rover : the story of the car that conquered the world / Ben Fogle.
“It is said that for more than half the world’s population, the first car they ever saw was a Land Rover Defender. It mirrors many of our national traits, stiff upper-lipped and slightly eccentric. The car has remained relatively unchanged for nearly seven decades and has spawned an industry that includes dozens of publications, car shows, clubs, associations and even model car collectors who dedicate their lives to the Land Rover. …After 67 years and 2 million vehicles the Land Rover Defender has ceased production, and this book is a fitting tribute to this most British institution which has stood as a beacon of durability and Britishness across the world.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBoeing : in photographs : a century of flight / Martin W Bowman.
“This mighty company evolved from the humble Pacific Aero Products Company, incorporated in Seattle in July 1916 and renamed Boeing Airplane Company in 1917. Boeing’s 100-year history spans decades of rich achievement and technological development, first with the manufacture of sea-planes, then fighters and, from the 1930s onwards, huge bombers, innovative transports and finally, gigantic airliners, missiles, rockets and vehicles for moon exploration. Boeing constantly evolved, setting out to develop an entirely new jet transport, and in 1954 the innovative 707 appeared.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNotable boats : forty remarkable craft, forty great adventures / Nic Compton with illustrations by Peter Scott.
“Whether used for transport, adventure, work, or sport, boats have played a vital role in human history and have inspired numerous stories. The 40 boats featured in Notable Boats will gently float you away with tales of bravery, adventure, and the odd moment of near catastrophe. The book skillfully balances intricate and beautiful visuals, attractively styled statistics, and gripping text…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty bicycles that changed the world / Alex Newson.
“The bicycle is the world’s most popular form of transport, and its design has evolved over the decades both in terms of style and technology. From high-performance cycles to practical run-arounds, conceptual bikes to commercial models, the bicycle means different things to different people, from a means of transportation to a hobby, a way of keeping fit or for competitive sport.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHarley-Davidson Sportster : sixty years / Allan Girdler ; photography by Jeff Hackett, David Blattel, and Dain Gingerelli.
“From its difficult birth, Harley-Davidson’s Sportster went from being a mid-twentieth-century correction to a twenty-first-century icon. …Right from the start the Sportster faced challenges, both from imported competition and from design flaws the resulted from rushing the bike to market. But the Sportster perservered through all of this, outlasting all its rivals to become one of the top selling motorcycles of the twenty-first-century.” (Book jacket)

Product tankers / Nick Tolerton and Michael Pryce.
“Mention tankers, and most people think of the supertankers which trundle cargoes of crude oil to the world’s refineries. But the backbone of the world’s tanker fleet is made up of thousands of product tankers, familiar in ports all over the world, which distribute the cargoes of refined products as indispensable cogs in the wheels on international commerce. This book by New Zealand maritime writers Nick Tolerton and Captain Michael Pryce is the first detailed look at the history of these ocean workhorses, which evolved as a separate ship type abreast of the construction of larger and larger supertankers designed specially to carry crude oil.” (Book jacket)

Cars and Transport, recent titles

As well as cars, from the 250F Maserati to Cuba’s and driverless, this time we feature transport to space and around the Earth!

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Untangling the mystery : New Zealand and the 250F Maserati / Terry Collier.
“”International histories of the 250F Maserati, and these continue to be published internationally incorrectly record the events and cars that were actively racing in New Zealand. This history attempts to correct these records for the benefit of New Zealand’s automotive racing history and future records”–Publisher information.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA space traveler’s guide to the Solar System / Mark Thompson.
“Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut, traveling through the universe on your very own space mission? What would it be like to tour the solar system, visiting the sun and the planets, taking in everything from moons to asteroid belts along the way? What would you see, and how would you feel? What would you eat? How would you navigate and produce fuel? How would you survive?On this epic voyage of discovery, astronomer Mark Thompson takes you on that journey. From how to prepare for take-off and the experience of leaving Earth’s atmosphere, to the reality of living in the confines of a spaceship and the strange sensation of weightlessness, this is an adventure like no other. Suit up, strap in, and enjoy the ride!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeyond Earth : our path to a new home in the planets / Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix, Ph.D.
“…Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel–realities that have hampered NASA’s efforts ever since the Challenger disaster. In Beyond Earth, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan–a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field–offers the most realistic and thrilling prospect of life without support from Earth.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCuba’s car culture : celebrating the island’s automotive love affair / Tom Cotter and Bill Warner ; foreword by Sir Stirling Moss.
“Before writing his first book, Tom Cotter had long been involved in nearly every end of the automotive and racing industries. From mechanic and auto salesman to heading the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Cotter formed his own racing and automotive PR and marketing agency, Cotter Group. The agency represented some of the largest clients in NASCAR, IndyCar/CART, drag racing and road racing.” (from Author Notes & Sketches, Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHow to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Space Flight.
“…Peter Diamandis was the son of hardworking immigrants who wanted their science prodigy to make the family proud and become a doctor. But from the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, his singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, Diamandis set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time. If the government wouldn’t send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe crash detectives : investigating the world’s most mysterious air disasters / Christine Negroni.
In The Crash Detectives, veteran aviation journalist and air safety investigator Christine Negroni takes us inside crash investigations from the early days of the jet age to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As Negroni dissects what happened and why, she explores their common themes and, most important, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation, and airplane design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDrones : teach an Arduino to fly / David McGriffy.
Make: Drones will help the widest possible audience understand how drones work by providing several DIY drone projects based on the world’s most popular robot controller–the Arduino. The information imparted in this book will show Makers how to build better drones and be better drone pilots, and incidentally it will have applications in almost any robotics project. Why Arduino? Makers know Arduinos and their accessories, they are widely available and inexpensive, and there is strong community support. Open source flight-control code is available for Arduino, and flying is the hook that makes it exciting, even magical, for so many people.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRobots / John Jordan.
“…offers a guided tour of robotics today, describing the components of robots, the complicating factors that make robotics so challenging, and such applications as driverless cars, unmanned warfare, and robots on the assembly line. Robots will be neither our slaves nor our overlords; instead, they are rapidly becoming our close companions, working in partnership with us — whether in a factory, on a highway, or as a prosthetic device. Given these profound changes to human work and life, Jordan argues that robotics is too important to be left solely to roboticists.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverZero to 60 : from a wooden caravan to a multi-millionaire dollar business empire / Tony Quinn with Robert Tighe.
“”On a frosty and clear morning in the small, Central Otago town of Cromwell, 2012, Tony Quinn and his son Klark stood with an iPad at the edge of an expansive basin of scrub and grass sketching the curves, corners and chicanes of an imaginary race-track. Less than 18 months later, Cromwell was abuzz at the inaugural Highlands 101, with visitors from all over Australasia flocking to Highlands Motorsport Park for the opening of the new 25-million-dollar racing circuit. To some people, building a racetrack in the middle of nowhere might have seemed like an impossible dream, but not to Tony Quinn.”” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
“This is a laugh-out-loud and fast-paced story of a man who started out with nothing, made his fortune from pet food and is now set to reshape the motorsport industry in New Zealand” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book cover1001 bicycles to dream of riding / general editor, Guy Kesteven ; foreword by Chris Boardman.
“Lavishly illustrated, comprehensive, and authoritative, this guide to the 1,001 most important and groundbreaking bicycles is the perfect book for cycling enthusiasts and bike experts alike. 1001 Bicycles to Dream of Riding celebrates the designs and individual stories behind the world’s most influential and high-profile models from every discipline, including mountain and road biking as well as BMX and track racing.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Cars and transport, recent titles

A real mixture this month, from rocket ‘girls’ to travelling the world in an estate car named Desire and a guide to bicycling.

Syndetics book coverRise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars / Nathalia Holt.
“The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCars, trains, and planes : the definitive visual history of land and air transportation / general consultants, Tony Streeter (trains), Giles Chapman (cars), Philip Whiteman (planes).
Cars, Trains, and Planes chronicles the history of mechanized transportation in awesome detail, profiling the thousands of machines that have carried people around the world over the last two hundred years. This stunning book offers a lavishly illustrated photographic collection of the world’s most incredible popular vehicles. …See everything from the first steam engines to the newest high-speed intercity trains; the Model T Ford to the latest hybrid and electric cars; and the Wright Flyer to stealth fighter jets and huge passenger planes.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInto the black : the extraordinary untold story of the first flight of the space shuttle Columbia and the astronauts who flew her / Rowland White.
“The real-life techno-thriller from a bestselling author and aviation expert that recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the exciting story of her daring maiden flight. Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, Into the Black pieces together the dramatic untold story of the Columbia mission and the brave people who dedicated themselves to help the United States succeed in the age of space exploration…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAn estate car named Desire : a life on the road / Martin Gurdon.
“In the 1960s, Martin Gurdon grew up in a lost world of bubble cars and Ford Anglias, a place where dads took spare gearboxes on holiday and cars were frequently fixed at the roadside. A 1970s family crisis saw him sent to relatives in rural Lancashire, before spending five dysfunctional years at a vegetarian boarding school, where cars were both his salvation and his undoing, thanks to an illicitly acquired Triumph Herald. He’s since driven everything from supercars to Morris Marinas and been stalked with murderous intent by Reliant Robins. As iconic, and sometimes spectacularly awful vehicles passed through his hands, Martin dreamed of owning an exotic Bristol 401 like his dad’s, and of writing about cars, but would anyone ever be mad enough to let him? Car fans and car agnostics alike will love An estate car named Desire’s eccentric cast of wheeled and human characters.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDoor to door : the magnificent, maddening, mysterious world of transportation / Edward Humes.
“Transportation dominates our daily existence. Thousands, even millions, of miles are embedded in everything we do and touch. We live in a door-to-door universe that works so well most Americans are scarcely aware of it. …And yet, in the one highly visible part of the transportation world–the part we drive–we suffer grinding commutes, a violent death every fifteen minutes, a dire injury every twelve seconds, and crumbling infrastructure. Now, the way we move ourselves and our stuff is on the brink of great change, as a new mobility revolution upends the car culture that, for better and worse, built modern America…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHello, bicycle : an inspired guide to the two-wheeled life / Anna Brones ; illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock.
“An inspirational and encouraging illustrated guide to the world of bicycles and cycling, with practical information on bike buying, riding, repairs, and maintenance. Riding a bike is one of life’s simple joys–it’s fun, freeing, and good for the planet and our health. Hello, Bicycle is a practical guide to the bike life with real-world advice, covering everything you need to know to up your bicycling game and ride with confidence and style…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty ships that changed the course of history : a nautical history of the world / Ian Graham.
“A virtual history of the world told through the boats and ships that influenced how and where people lived, with whom they traded, the ideas they exchanged, and how they won and lost the battles that set the course of later generations and millennia.” (Syndetics summary)

Recent titles featuring Cars and transport

From the A-Z of classic cars to a book on living in outer space these books are all about ‘moving’ us everywhere!

Image from Fishpond.co.nzCoral route : Tasman Empire Airways Ltd, flying boats & the South Pacific / Garry Barton, Philip Heath.
“The Coral Route was the first scheduled air service through the islands of the South Seas. Inaugurated by Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL) in 1951 using four-engine Solent flying boats, it flew into the jet age, becoming the world’s last long-haul flying boat route. Since its final service in 1961 the Coral Route has grown into an aviation legend, the passing decades seeing regular embellishments to old tales.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe A-Z of classic cars : the greatest automobiles ever made / Hilton Holloway & Martin Buckley.
“Barely contained within the book are many beautiful, powerful cars from the most prestigious international manufacturers Ferrari Daytona, the Model T Ford and the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow through to the Tesla. Many cars within are celebrated as the building blocks of everyday life too, like the Ford Escort, GM’s Buick and one of the world’s most successful cars: the Toyota Corolla.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to go boating and where : the complete Kiwi guide / Mike Rendle.
“This is a book for everyone who wants to begin their own boating career or who wants to add to their knowledge. Written in the same style as his previous bestseller How to Catch Fish and Where: The Complete Kiwi Beginners Guide, the book covers everything from how to buy a boat through to how to launch it, ski from it, catch fish from it and, most important of all, stay safe while doing so.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBreaking the chains of gravity : the story of spaceflight before NASA / Amy Shira Teitel.
“NASA’s history is a familiar story, one that typically peaks with Neil Armstrong taking his small step on the Moon in 1969. But America’s space agency wasn’t created in a vacuum. It was assembled from pre-existing parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. In the 1930s, rockets were all the rage in Germany, the focus both of scientists and of the German armed forces. Meanwhile, the US Air Force was looking ahead to a time when men would fly in space in the thin upper atmosphere. Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of America’s nascent space program, its scientific advances, its personalities and the rivalries it caused between the various arms of the US military…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMotocourse : the world’s leading Grand Prix & superbike annual [2015-2016] / [editor, Michael Scott].
The latest edition of the well-loved annual.

Syndetics book coverRailway depots, stations, & terminals / Brian Solomon.
“Using a blend of contemporary photography and historic images, this book examines some of the finest, most interesting, and most famous railway stations, as well as small-town country stations and architectural gems.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverBeyond : our future in space / Chris Impey.
“A report on humanity’s imminent potential for living in space covers topics ranging from China’s 2020 space station and the colonization of Mars to space-elevator innovations and the mapping of Earth-like exo-planets.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe railways : nation, network and people / Simon Bradley.
Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015. BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Shortlisted for the Longman History Today Book of the Year 2016. Britain’s railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Cars and transport: recent titles

This time we have, amongst others, books about transport over the “Northwest Frontier of India”, on the sub-continent, and about the “Middle East Run”, the route “across Europe and deep into the Middle East to Kabul”.

Teak and tide : the ebbs and eddies of the Edwin Fox : from the Ganges to Picton, New Zealand : the changing fortunes of the last surviving 19th century merchantman / Nigel Costley ; with Roderick Glassford & Don Grady.

Syndetics book coverFrom fabric wings to supersonic fighters and drones : a history of military aviation on both sides of the North-West Frontier / Brian Cloughley, Lester W. Grau & Andrew M. Roe.
“The famed, and dangerous Northwest Frontier of India was a rocky, mountainous land between Afghanistan and the settled districts of the Punjab. Military aviation above the frontier has had little real attention, except for a number of lighthearted memoirs about the challenges of flying antiquated aircraft over precipitous terrain. The Pakistani Air Force has taken over the job with more modern aircraft, but it is only since 2004 that independent American activities in the ongoing fight against militancy in northern Pakistan have drawn widespread attention to air power over the frontier. But any wider study of the utility and challenges of air power in the region would be incomplete without a detailed look at the Soviet-Afghan War. The purpose of this book is to provide a compact, yet comprehensive history of air power in this region…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Powerhouse : inside the invention of a battery to save the world / Steve LeVine.
“Journalist LeVine (The Oil and the Glory) offers an inside look at the race among industrialized nations to develop a world-changing battery technology. The main players-Japan, China, South Korea, and the lagging United States – all aim to create a powerful, affordable battery to propel electric automobiles and challenge “the provenance of the internal combustion engine.” The book lays out a history of batteries, looking primarily at the period after 1977, when Exxon released the first rechargeable lithium battery. LeVine follows a number of scientists, entrepreneurs, and managers whose contributions slowly advance the technology, but it’s only when Chicago’s Argonne National Laboratory and a hopeful, venture capital-funded startup called Envia enter the picture that the race toward innovation gains momentum…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

cover imageLondon railway atlas: 4th edition / Joe Brown.
“A cartographic masterpiece which provides detailed mapping of the myriad lines which transverse the city, including both London Underground and national railway networks. The clear and detailed large format maps show all tracks and platforms across the network. The new edition has been updated with a massive amount of new detail ideal for enthusiasts and travellers.” (Syndetics summary)

cover imageIndia’s disappearing railways : a photographic journey / Angus McDonald ; foreword by Sir Mark Tully.
“A vibrant photo-essay by Australian photographer Angus McDonald, capturing the sub-continent’s unique narrow-gauge hill railways in all their vivid colour, character and chaos.” (Syndetics summary)

B00BMRTPEM_02___SCMZZZZZZZ_The long haul pioneers : a celebration of Astran, leaders in overland transport to the Middle East for over 45 years / Ashley Coghill.
“It all started in 1964 when two friends gave up promising medical careers to embark upon a journey which few hardened truckers would have considered. In so doing, they were solely responsible for creating the first long haul overland route, across Europe and deep into the Middle East to Kabul. This book is about the company founded by one of those men, from its fledgling days as Asian Transport to the thriving Astran Cargo Services Ltd that it is today. These early long haul drivers would think nothing of a 10,000 mile round trip to Iran or the Arabian Gulf and being stranded at 6,000 feet on a mountain pass with temperatures below -40 was just all in a day’s work. The end result is a detailed, comprehensive and fascinating account of an extraordinary company.” (Product description, Amazon.co.uk)

New cars and transport books

New books on cars and transport, beginning with the cars that have been made in New Zealand as a cottage industry.

New Zealand manufactured cars: a cottage industry / Patrick Harlow.
“At one stage almost all the cars sold in New Zealand were assembled in this country by big names….. during this time New Zealand was also the producer of many home grown cars and still is, but on a much smaller scale. The companies that produced these cars were forced to work on a shoestring budget and could not afford advertsing campains to make their car known. This book looks at the vehicles which make up an imortant part of our motoring heritage.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverComet! : the world’s first jet airliner / Graham M. Simons.
“The De Havilland Comet made history when it became the world’s first production commercial jetliner in 1952. However, thanks to a spate of high-profile accidents, the Comet never fulfilled its early potential. Extensively illustrated throughout, this book features details lifted directly from enquiry and salvage reports, much of which has never been published before and offers a unique insight into the failures and tragedies that blighted the early days of development, laying down lessons that were ultimately to benefit later designs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVeteran cars : amazing New Zealand collections / Steve Reid.
“The veteran car movement is alive and well in new Zealand. With just a few spare parts and a couple of old photographs available to their owners in some cases, the cars have risen from the dead. Many parts had to be handmade by talented craftsmen with skills almost lost forever and, while the names of some of the manufacturers will be known to readers as they are still producing cars today, many marques featured in this book have long since been confined to motoring history.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverMapping the roads : building modern Britain / Mike Parker.
“The story of Britain’s road development also reflects the story of the nation’s political, economic and social history. From the old ways to the motorways, ‘Mapping the Roads’ charts the ambitions and hopes of the country through maps.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe ride : new custom motorcycles and their builders / edited by Chris Hunter and Robert Klanten ; with texts by Paul d’Orléans, David Edwards, and Gary Inman.
“In the motorcycle scene of 1960s Britain, it was frowned upon to drive a motorcycle as it was produced in a factory. Following in this historical tradition, The Ride focuses on those who are creating customized motorcycles that come as close to one’s own vision of how pure riding should be as possible. For example, the creative young people who are buying old, wrecked bikes on eBay, removing everything but the motor and frame, and then rebuilding them in ways that are as radical and subversively creative as they are knowledgeable and respectful of tradition. The archetypes of the new motorcycles created in this way–classic board racers, bobbers, cafe racers, and choppers–may very well be 30-50 or even 80 years old, but what is made out of them is new, not retro.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe rocket man and other extraordinary characters from the history of flight / David Darling.
“Science writer Darling provides an eclectic collection of aviation biographies in this delightful salute to a series of largely overlooked flight pioneers. Reaching back to trend-setting balloonist Sophie Armant, who was an early nineteenth-century celebrity until her fiery end, Darling then highlights a multitude of unsung heroes, including the inspiration for The Great Waldo Pepper (1975); the original X-Men (as in the men who flew the sound barrier-busting X-planes); and William Weaver, the Lockheed test pilot who survived the breakup of his SR-71 at a speed of Mach 3 and an altitude of 15 miles. Overall, the collection proves how very many shoulders famous names like Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, and Neil Armstrong stood upon when making it into the record books.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTo the edge of the world / Christian Wolmar.
“On 31 May 1891, Tsar Alexander III commanded his son to travel to Vladivostok and lay the first stone of a vast Russian transcontinental railway line. When it was completed, twenty-six years later, it was one of the greatest engineering achievements ever known, crossing seven times zones and 5,750 miles. …During the construction of the railway, engineers battled the natural obstacles of ice, rivers and enormous lakes, while workers on the line endured temperatures of thirty degreees below zero.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverA passion for flight : New Zealand aviation before the Great War / Errol W. Martyn.
“Wheras Volume Two of A Passion for Flight concentrated on civil aviation during 1910-1914, this third and final volume focuses primarily on the mititary aspect.
…A detailed account of new Zealand’s pre-war approach to military aviation development explains why a cautious policy was adopted and how progress was limited in large part by the Government’s 1909 decision to create a large territorial force and to introduce compulsory military training…” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverTractor nation : working the land in New Zealand / John Wilson.
“A popular history of that essential piece of farm equipment – the tractor – in New Zealand, including profiles of specific vintage tractors that have been lovingly restored by their owners. Tractor Nation is a look back at how the role of the tractor has changed, from the time they took over from working horses, to present day developments and the latest models. Fordsons, John Deere, Kubota, Farmall, Massey Harris and then Massey Ferguson – a range of makes and models. Fully illustrated with historic shots of tractors at work in the early nineteenth century right through to portraits of restored tractors, and some of the newest tractors available today.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe life of the automobile : the story of the motorcar / Steven Parissien.
“Steven Parissien examines the impact, development and significance of the automobile over its turbulent and colourful 130-year history. The story of the auto, and of its creators, from its earliest appearance in the 1880s – as little more than a powered quadricycle – via the early pioneer carmakers, the advances of the interwar era, the “Golden Age” of the 1950s and the iconic years of the 1960s to the decades of doubt and uncertainty following the oil crisis of 1973, which culminated in the global mergers of the 1990s and the bailouts of the early twenty-first century. ‘The Life of the Automobile’ is a tale of people: of intuitive carmakers such as Benz, Agnelli, Royce and Citroën; of exceptionally gifted designers such as Issigonis, Lefebvre, Michelotti and Bangle; and of visionary industrialists such as Ford, Tata and Porsche.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Cars & Transport Books

Presenting a selection of the latest cars and transport books including six new workshop manuals.

Toyota Hi-Lux automotive repair manual / by Greg Williams, Chris Anderson and John H Haynes.
“Models covered by this manual: Toyota Hi-Lux Petrol and Diesel 2005 thru 2011.
2.7L 4-cylinder petrol engine (2TR-FE)
4.0 6-cylinder petrol engine (1GR-FE)
3.0L 4-cylinder diesel turbo engine (1KD-FTV)” (Book jacket)

Holden Commodore automotive repair manual / by Greg Williams, Chris Anderson and John H. Haynes.
“Models covered by this manual: Holden Commodore Sedan, Wagon and Utility VE Series with 3.0L & 3.6L V6 engines and 6.0l & 6.2L V8 engines 2006 thru 2012. Does not include information specific to LPG models.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverBMW R1200 dohc twins : service and repair manual / by Phil Mather.
“-Step-by-step procedures
-Easy-to-follow photos
-Complete troubleshooting section
-Valuable short cuts
-Model history and pre-ride checks in color
-Color spark plug diagnosis and wiring diagrams
-Tools and workshop tips section in color.
Complete coverage for your BMW R1200 Twins, 2004 thru 2009:” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTriumph Bonneville : T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton and Scrambler : service and repair manual / by Matthew Coombs, Phil Mather & Penny Cox.
“Complete coverage for your Triumph Bonneville covering Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton and Scrambler for 2001 to 2012
-Routine Maintenance and servicing.
-Tune-up procedures.
-Engine, clutch and transmission repair.
-Cooling system.
-Fuel and exhaust.
-Ignition and electrical systems.
-Brakes, wheels and tires.
-Steering, suspension and final drive.
-Frame and bodywork.
-Wiring diagrams.
-Reference Section” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMazda 6 automotive repair manual / by Jeff Killingsworth and John H. Haynes.
“With a Haynes manual, you can do it yourself…from simple maintenance to basic repairs. Haynes writes every book based on a complete teardown of the vehicle. We learn the best ways to do a job and that makes it quicker, easier and cheaper for you. Our books have clear instructions and hundreds of photographs that show each step. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can save big with Haynes!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeugeot 308 owners workshop manual / Peter T. Gill.
“Peugeot 308 Hatchback & estate (SW) models with petrol and diesel engines. Does not cover features specific to Coupe Cabriolet (CC). Petrol: 1.3 litre (1397cc) and 1.6 litre (1598cc). Diesel: 1.6 litre (1560cc) and 2.0 litre (1997cc).” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe all-American muscle car : the birth, death and resurrection of Detroit’s greatest performance cars / Joe Oldham … [et al.].
“When John Z. DeLorean and his cadre of enthusiastic rule breakers took it upon themselves to bolt the Pontiac division’s hottest engine into a mid-sized chassis, disobeying orders from the top of General Motors’ food chain, they created something that should never have been and will never be again: the muscle car. The resulting GTO anticipated a new breed of performance car aimed at a new breed of buyer, the Baby Boom generaton, tens of millions of young buyers entering the auto market each year.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe British motorcycle story / Colin Jackson.
“The 1950’s and 1960’s saw the heyday of British motorcycle manufacture with legends such as BSA, Scott, Rudge, Vincent and Triumph. This is the story of these incredible machines and the men who rode them.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMapping the railways / Julian Holland and David Spaven.
“Throughout this engaging book is a series of ‘milepost’ features on key events, eras and personalities in the history of Britain’s railways. From the enormous role the railways played in the World Wars to modern events, like the opening of the Channel Tunnel, this extensive book shows you how British history is firmly tied to the railways. The story is traced from early ‘waggonways’, through the steam era to today’s diesel and electric railways.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAn A-Z of famous express trains : an illustrated trip down memory lane / Julian Holland.
“Journey back to the golden years of train travel with bestselling railway expert Julian Holland in the unashamedly nostalgic tribute to the famous named express trains of Britain and their locomotives. Celebrate the glamour and romance of our modt iconic express trains including the ‘Atlantic Coast Express’, ‘The Royal Scot’, ‘The Bristolian’, ‘The Elizabethan’ and many more.” (Book jacket)

New cars & transport books…

Featuring the U.S. car industry, classic cars (an encyclopaedia!), and… build your own electric car? (If you do this using this book, we would love to hear about it!)

Syndetics book coverWeird cars : a century of the world’s strangest cars / Stephen Vokins.
“This marvellous book, now updated as a second edition in a new paperback format, is a celebration of eccentric cars in all shapes and sizes – some of the most ugly, crazily designed and downright awkward vehicles of all time. Where else would you find, in one book, descriptions and photographs of automotive oddities as diverse as the Gaylord Gentleman, Suminoe Flying Feather or Zil?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChevrolet, 1960-2012 / Michael W.R. Davis.
“…From 1960 to 2012, the US auto industry and Chevrolet experienced fundamental changes in their products and business plans. In the 50-plus years illustrated here, two basic changes in the marketing of motor vehicles is evident: the rising proportion of trucks among all vehicles sold and the incursion of European and Asian brands into the
market. Even though the number of different Chevrolet passenger car models tripled, total car sales for the brand fell. Chevrolet: 1960-2012 relates the year-by-year evolution of the US auto business via what was once the largest-selling make.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe aircraft book : the definitive visual history / [senior project editors: Sam Atkinson, Jemima Dunne ; photographer: Gary Ombler].
“This title is all about the men, machines, and landmark technology behind the most iconic aircraft from the Supermarine Spitfire to the Concorde. Featuring over 1000 of the greatest military and commercial aircraft in the world, this is an amazing visual guide tracing their evolution over the past 10 decades.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSubaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI : the complete story / James Taylor.
“Few cars in modern times have caused as much of a stir as the turbocharged Subaru Impreza. It came from nowhere at the start of the 1990s to claim three successive World Rally Championships for its makers in the middle of that decade, and went on to become an enthusiasts’ car thanks to is affordability, high performance – and, of course, the glorious exhaust note of its unusual flat-four ‘boxer’ engine.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuild your own electric vehicle / Seth Leitman, Bob Brant.
“Thoroughly revised and expanded, Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Third Edition, is your go-to guide for converting an internal combustion engine vehicle to electric or building an EV from the ground up. You’ll also find out about the wide variety of EVs available for purchase and how they’re being built. This new edition details all the latest breakthroughs, including AC propulsion and regenerative braking systems, intelligent controllers, batteries, and charging technologies.
Filled with updated photos, this cutting-edge resource fully describes each component—motor, battery, controller, charger, and chassis—and provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to assemble all the parts. Exclusive web content features current supplier and dealer lists. Custom-built for environmentalists, engineers, students, hobbyists, and mechanics, this hands-on guide puts you in the fast lane towards a cost-effective, reliable green machine.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe encyclopedia of classic cars : a celebration of the classic car from 1945 to 1985 / Martin Buckley.
“This is the ultimate guide to the automobile, in the defining years from 1945 to 1985, the period that for many marks the pinnacle in automative engineering and design style. Full descriptions, history and technical information accompany every entry, making this a most authoritative and comprehensive guide. The history of the development of the car is covered in detail the milestone models, leading designers, engineers and manufacturers and the evolution of the classic car. This book is a definitive gallery of classic cars, and the ultimate reference for every enthusiast, collector and lover of this miracle of modern engineering.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe world’s greatest aircraft / Christopher Chant.
“An illustrated guide to some of the planet’s most powerful aircraft, with more than 900 stunning colour and black and white photographs and diagrams.
Takes you through the history and evolution of civil, military and specialized aircraft, from the first bombers of World War II to commercial turbo-jet powered airliners… (Book jacket)

Chilton’s Subaru Legacy and Forester 2000-09 repair manual / by Robert Maddox.
” “Covers U.S. and Canadian models of Legacy 2000 through 2009 and Forester 2000 through 2008. Includes Legacy Outback and Baja models. Does not include information specific to six-cylinder and diesel engine models.”
Includes index. “” (notes from the catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe zero carbon car : green technology and the automotive industry / Brian Long.
‘”The Zero Carbon Car examines the hundreds of ways in which car manufacturers are trying to reduce our carbon footprint, and the adaptation of the automotive industry to changing technology in a world where environmental issues are becoming ever more prevalent. The book’s in-depth research into green car technology shows that manufacturers make concerted efforts, but sometimes also defeat the gains of their innovation.”–Publisher’s description.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe DeLorean story : the car, the people, the scandal / Nick Sutton.
“This is the inside story of the DeLorean saga written by a senior manager who worked with the company from beginning to end and saw it all. The short life of the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car – a vision of the future with its gullwing doors and stainless steel body – began after John DeLorean secured financial backing from the British government for his car-making venture in Northern Ireland. Four years and nearly 9,000 cars later the company went bust and DeLorean faced questions about fraud against the British taxpayer, and his big ally, Colin Chapman of Lotus, also drew scrutiny. As an insider’s account, this book contains a great deal of new information about the DeLorean scandal.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverToyota Prius automotive repair manual / by Tim Imhoff and John H. Haynes.
“With a Haynes manual, you can do it yourself…from simple maintenance to basic repairs. Haynes writes every book based on a complete teardown of the vehicle. We learn the best ways to do a job and that makes it quicker, easier and cheaper for you. Our books have clear instructions and hundreds of photographs that show each step. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can save big with Haynes!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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)

Top Gear and caravans… New transportation books

Yes, we know. Top Gear and caravans… Two things that don’t naturally go together, unless one is being blown up or otherwise destroyed. Nonetheless, our selection of the best car and transportation new books this month features both. From titles about aviation (mentioning Richard Pearse and Richard De Crespigny), to Top Gear’s coolest 500 cars and an homage to caravans, here are our latest picks of the new transportation books!

Syndetics book coverA passion for flight : New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Volume 1, Ideas, first flight attempts and the aeronauts 1868-1909 / Errol W. Martyn.
“Not only is the Richard Pearse controversy finally put to rest here, but readers will also be surprised to learn just how many New Zelanders were activley engaged in one field or another of aeronautical activity. By 1914 they had filed some 70 patents, built or begun the construction of over 30 gliders or aeroplanes, worked with airships or learned to fly, here and abroad, and even invented and operated (for entertainment ourposes) a prototype equlivalent of today’s virtual reality flight simulator.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverTop Gear : the cool 500 : the coolest cars ever made / Matt Master.
“Ever since Karl Benz first powered up his Patent-Motorwagen in 1885, man has salivated and swooned over automobiles. And none more so than the motoring fanatics at Top Gear Magazine, who have test-driven, critiqued and worshipped some of the finest cars in motoring history.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverEngineers : from the great pyramids to the pioneers of space travel / [editor-in-chief Adam Hart-Davis].
“An epic visual guide to the great engineers who have built our world. Full of great tales of achievement and ingenuity. Engineers celebrates 80 of the greatest engineers that ever lived and the stamp they have left on the world.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverMy cool caravan : an inspirational guide to retro-style caravans / Jane Field-Lewis + Chris Haddon ; photography by Hilary Walker.
“A weekend away in a stylish caravan provides the perfect antidote to 21st-century living, and more and more people are now breathing fresh “retro” vibes into the humble recreational vehicle. Old-style campers also tap into the nostalgia/retro market and the desire for a simpler lifestyle. “My Cool Caravan” aims to inspire a new generation of camper owners and provide an idiosyncratic sourcebook for the design conscious. The inspiration for the styling can come from many different sources–this book looks at 30 styled campers in detail, covering themes such as Country Cottage, Rustic, Romany, Funky 1970s, Airstream, Trailer Park Treasures, and Recycled.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQF32 / Richard De Crespigny [with Mark Abernathy].
“On 4 November 2010, a flight from Singapore to Sydney came within a knife edge of being one of the world’s worst air disasters. Shortly after leaving Changi Airport, an explosion shattered Engine 2 of Qantas flight QF32 – an Airbus A380, the largest and most advanced passenger plane ever built. Hundreds of pieces of shrapnel ripped through the wing and fuselage, creating chaos as vital flight systems and back-ups were destroyed or degraded. In other hands, the plane might have been lost with all 469 people on board, but a supremely experienced flight crew, led by Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny, managed to land the crippled aircraft and safely disembark the passengers after hours of nerve-racking effort. Tracing Richard’s life and career up until that fateful flight, QF32 shows exactly what goes into the making of a top-level airline pilot, and the extraordinary skills and training needed to keep us safe in the air. Fascinating in its detail and vividly compelling in its narrative, QF32 is the riveting, blow-by-blow story of just what happens when things go badly wrong in the air, told by the captain himself.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverMechanics of flight / A.C. Kermode.
Mechanics of flight is an ideal introduction to the basic principles of flight for students embarking on courses in aerospace engineering, student pilots, apprentices in the industry and anyone who is simply interested in aircraft and space flight. Written in a straightforward and jargon-free style, this popular classic text makes the fascinating topic of aircraft flight engaging and easy to understand. Starting with an overview of the relevant asoects of mechanics, this book goes on to cover topics such as air and airflow, aerofoils, thrust, level flight, gliding, landing, performance, manoeuvres, stabilty and control” (Book jacket)

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