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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Formula 1 and Recent automotive manuals

With the Formula 1 season well underway here are some books to help you make sense of the madness that is F1, and the people involved in it — and by madness we mean awesomeness!

Syndetics book coverFormula 1 : all the races : the world championship story race-by-race, 1950-2011 / Roger Smith.
This book describes in remarkable detail the 62-year history of the Formula 1 world championship, covering 858 races, 192 winning cars, 102 winning drivers and 32 champions.–Back cover.

Syndetics book cover60 years of the Formula One world championship / general editor, Bruce Jones ; featuring exclusive contributions from Tony Brooks … [et al.].
“The 2009 Formula One World Drivers’ Championship” is the 60th of the series and “60 Years of the Formula One World Championship” is published to celebrate this anniversary. Every significant moment of every one of the 60 years is described in words and pictures, giving the reader a sense of the drama, thrill and glamour of motor racing. Complementing this is a series of specially commissioned interviews with half a dozen of the leading protagonists from Formula One’s first six decades. From Juan Manuel Fangio’s dominance in the 1950s through the era of Michael Schumacher, to the modern day, “60 Years of the Formula One World Championship” is essential reading for any Formula One fan. (

Syndetics book coverNo angel : the secret life of Bernie Ecclestone / Tom Bower.
Private, mysterious and some say sinister, 79 year-old Bernie Ecclestone criss crosses the globe in his private jet mixing with celebrities, statesmen and sporting heroes. Ecclestones success has not just been to create a multi billion dollar global business but to resist repeated attempts to snatch the glittering prize from his control.

Recent Car Manuals & Bike Manuals

Syndetics book coverMazda MX-5 Miata automotive repair manual / by Alan Ahlstrand and John H. Haynes.

Syndetics book coverSubaru Legacy and Forester automotive repair manual / by Robert Maddox and John H. Haynes.</a

Syndetics book coverSuzuki Intruder, Marauder, Volusia, C50, M50 & S50 : service and repair manual / by Alan Ahlstrand.