This month we’ve included titles about historic New Zealand racing cars, epic early aviator journeys, British motorists, the space race, and the lives of submariners — what it’s like to live, work, sleep, eat and stay sane in one of the most extreme man-made environments on the planet. Have a browse of this month’s Cars & Transport picks!
Historic New Zealand racing cars / Holmes, Steve
“Historic New Zealand Racing Cars reveals the fascinating histories of eighteen cars whose stories are intertwined with our motoring history. Author Steve Holmes delves into the origins of each vehicle – from design, to racing achievements, and their fate thereafter. Each car is highlighted with a wealth of eye-catching photography…[Covers] Cars that were designed and built locally, to others of international origin — combined they represent a golden era of New Zealand motor racing history.” (adapted from Catalogue)
Eight years to the moon : the history of the Apollo missions / Atkinson, Nancy
“July 16, 2019 will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, celebrating an incredible decade in science history. In Eight Years to the Moon, unique personal stories of NASA engineers and MIT computer experts are interwoven with Nancy’s gripping style to tell the story of Apollo 11 in a fresh and riveting way… Filled with stories from those involved and interviews with other Apollo experts, [it] is a book that will delight anyone who has ever looked up at the moon and wondered how we got there.” (adapted from Catalogue)
Sundowner of the skies : the story of Oscar Garden the forgotten aviator / Garden, Mary
“In the early morning of 16 October 1930, Oscar Garden taxied his tiny open-cockpit Gipsy Moth across London’s Croydon aerodrome and, with a wave of his hand to the only person there to farewell him, took off. He had carpet slippers on his feet and a packet of sandwiches on his lap. His plan was to fly to Australia, which was sheer madness as he only had a mere 39 flying hours under his belt. Miraculously, he survived in spite of several forced landings.” (Catalogue)
High performance : when Britain ruled the roads / Grimsdale, Peter
“In January 1964 a team of tiny red and white Mini Coopers stunned the world by winning the legendary Monte Carlo Rally… By the sixties, on road, track and silver screen the Brits were the ones to beat, winning championships and capturing hearts… High Performance celebrates Britain’s automotive golden age and the mavericks who sketched them on the back of envelopes and garage floors, who fettled, bolted and welded them together and hammered the competition in the showroom, on the road and on the track – fuelled by contempt for convention.” (adapted from Catalogue)
The official New Zealand road code for motorcyclists 2019/20 : including licence and study guide.
“The official New Zealand road code for motorcyclists has been designed to help you become a safe and responsible motorcyclist. All references to motorcycles include mopeds and motor scooters unless otherwise stated. The licence and study guide section will help you through the stages of your motorcycle (Class 6) licence. It explains the driver licensing system in New Zealand, describes each stage of your motorcycle licence and provides useful information about the theory and practical riding tests. …includes most of the questions that you could be asked when you sit the theory test for your learner licence.” (adapted from Catalogue)
RV there yet? : a guide to owning and using a recreational vehicle in New Zealand / Jessen, Don
“From choosing and setting up your RV, to living life on the open road, this book is designed to guide you through all stages of the decision-making process from your RV dreams to the practical realities of RV ownership. Whether it’s building, purchasing, self-containment, safety or maintenance, this book aims to provide you with all the information you need to become an informed owner, regardless of your budget.” (Catalogue)
Spacecraft : 100 iconic rockets, shuttles, and satellites that put us into space / Gorn, Michael H.
“This ambitiously illustrated aerospace history profiles and depicts spacecraft from Sputnik 1 through the International Space Station, and everything in between, including concepts that have yet to actually venture outside the Earth’s atmosphere… Authoritatively written and profusely illustrated with more than 200 stunning artworks, Spacecraft: 100 Iconic Rockets, Shuttles, and Satellites That Put Us in Space is sure to become a definitive guide to the history of manned space exploration.” (adapted from Catalogue)
Under pressure : living life and avoiding death on a nuclear submarine / Humphreys, Richard
“Imagine a world without natural light, where you can barely stand up straight for fear of knocking your head, where you have no idea of where in the world you are or what time of day it is, where you sleep in a coffin-sized bunk and sometimes eat a full roast for breakfast. Now imagine sharing that world with 140 other sweaty bodies, crammed into a 430ft x 33ft steel tube, 300ft underwater, for up to 90 days at a time, with no possibility of escape. And to top it off, a sizeable chunk of your living space is taken up by the most formidably destructive nuclear weapons history has ever known. This is the world of the submariner… Based on first-hand experience, Under Pressure is the candid, visceral and incredibly entertaining account of what it’s like to live, work, sleep, eat – and stay sane – in one of the most extreme man-made environments on the planet.” (adapted from Catalogue)
Driven : an elegy to cars, roads and motorsport / Aston, John
“Driven is John Aston’s hugely entertaining motoring autobiography.
This ambitious and far ranging book begins with his early days as a teenage car enthusiast and race marshal in the late 1960s before covering the wide range of subjects close to his heart. These include the best and worst of Formula One, the icon that is Ferrari, the writer’s NASCAR adventure and the delights of long road trips in his beloved Caterham Seven… And there’s more still, as a major part of the book is a description of a year in British motorsport…” (adapted from Catalogue)