From early aviator journeys to the space race & more

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)

New eMagazines and other eResources about Cars and Transport

Our eMagazine collections are always growing and have a lot of amazing titles. Today our picks are on Cars and Transport. If you are new to eMagazines check our Quick Start Guide.

RBdigital eMagazines:

NZ Classic Car [electronic resource].

BBC Top Gear Magazine [electronic resource].

Wheels [electronic resource].

Motorcycle trader.


Pressreader eMagazines:

Truck & driver.

NZ performance car.

NZV8


eBooks:

Skunk works : a personal memoir of my years at Lockheed/ / Rich, Ben R. (eAudiobook)
Skunk Works is the true story of America’s most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation’s brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Grease junkie : a book of moving parts / China, Edd (eBook)
“As you’ll discover in his incomparable memoir, inventor, mechanic, TV presenter and walking tall as the definition of the British eccentric, Edd China sees things differently. An unstoppable enthusiast from an early age, Edd had 35 ongoing car projects while he was at university, not counting the double-decker bus he was living in. Now he’s a man with not only a runaround sofa, but also a road-legal office, shed, bed and bathroom.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Space 2.0 : how private spaceflight, a resurgent NASA, and international partners are creating a new space age / Pyle, Rod (eAudiobook)
“No longer the exclusive domain of government entities such as NASA and other national agencies, space exploration is rapidly becoming privatized, with entrepreneurial startups building huge rocket boosters, satellites, rocket engines, asteroid probes, prospecting craft, and even commercial lunar cargo landers to open this new frontier. While the world has waited since the Apollo lunar program for the next “giant leap,” these critical innovations, most of which are within our grasp with today’s technology, will change the way we live, both in space and on Earth.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

New items for Cars and Transport

Our first book is an autobiography by a top young New Zealand rally driver. Our pick for this month also include Really? a collection of Jeremy Clarkson’s motoring journalism; The World’s Great Rail JourneysAutopia is the essential guide to the future of our greatest invention, the car; and Supercars which is a celebration of the Supercar in all its glory. Enjoy!

Driven / Paddon, Hayden
“Hayden Paddon was just a boy growing up in Geraldine – in love with driving and dreaming big. Starting with nothing, and determined to beat the odds, he set out on a phenomenal 20-year pathway to the World Rally Championship, where he footed it with the best rally drivers on the planet. But it didn’t come easy. In Driven, Paddon details the many highs and lows along his road to the top. Driven is a mile-a-minute autobiography that celebrates self-belief, hard work and turning dreams into reality.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Really? / Clarkson, Jeremy
“From his first job as a travelling sales rep selling Paddington Bears to his latest incarnation as gentleman farmer, Jeremy Clarkson’s love of cars has seen him through some deeply trying times. And in a world so persistently infuriating there’s sometimes nothing for it but to throw up your hands and ride full-throttle over the speed-bumps. Fuelled by hi-octane enthusiasm and irrepressible curiosity, he’s put his foot down again.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The world’s great rail journeys : 50 of the most spectacular, luxurious, unusual and exhilarating routes across the globe / Solomon, Brian
“A portrait in words and photographs of over 50 of the world’s most exciting, unusual and exotic railway journeys, including North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. The World’s Great Rail Journeys is perfect for all railway enthusiasts, whether actual or armchair travellers.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Autopia : the future of cars / Bentley, Jon
“Cars are one of the most significant human creations. They changed our cities. They changed our lives. They changed everything. But in the next thirty years, this technology will itself change enormously. If Google get their way, are we all going to be ferried around in tiny electric bubble-cars? Or will we watch robots race a bionic Lewis Hamilton? And what about the future of classic cars? Fully designed with illustrations and photographs, this will be the perfect Christmas gift for car and technology enthusiasts everywhere.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Supercars
“Supercars are the purest and most extreme expression of automotive performance there is – and no one knows their supercars more than the Top Gear Magazine team. From the stylish curves and cutting-edge technology to the absurd power and baffling price-tags, this book is a celebration of the Supercar in all its glory. With all new selections including electric supercars, the stunning full-colour photography and hair-raising visuals will take you under the hood of the fastest, and most ridiculous cars on the planet. This is Top Gear Ultimate Supercars. Buckle up. Are you ready?” (adapted from Catalogue)

Cars and transport

Our first item is actually a database of Haynes workshop manuals, which is available for FREE from our website.

E-RESOURCES

Haynes manuals all access.
“From the publishers of the popular books comes the online version which makes available over 600 online manuals, covering car and motorcycle maintenance and repairs. This resource includes quick links to most popular DIY procedures, videos of common DIY jobs, a detailed troubleshooting section and much more.” (Catalogue)

eBooks

The vagabonds : the story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s ten-year road trip / Guinn, Jeff
“In 1914 Henry Ford and naturalist John Burroughs visited Thomas Edison in Florida and toured the Everglades. The following year Ford, Edison, and tire maker Harvey Firestone joined together on a summer camping trip and decided to call themselves the Vagabonds. They would continue their summer road trips until 1925, when they announced that their fame made it too difficult for them to carry on. Although the Vagabonds traveled with an entourage of chefs, butlers, and others, this elite fraternity also had a serious purpose: to examine the conditions of America’s roadways and improve the practicality of automobile travel. Cars were unreliable and the roads were even worse. But newspaper coverage of these trips was extensive, and as cars and roads improved, the summer trip by automobile soon became a desired element of American life.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Insane mode : how Elon Musk’s Tesla sparked an electric revolution to end the age of oil / McKenzie, Hamish
“From a journalist and former writer for Tesla comes the astounding story of the most revolutionary car company since Ford, revealing how, under Elon Musk’s ‘insane mode’ leadership, it is bringing an end to the era of gasoline powered transportation. Hamish McKenzie explores how an unlikely West Coast start up, with an audacious dream to create a new, successful US car company – the first since Chrysler in 1925 – went up against not only the might of the government-backed Detroit companies, but also the massive power of Big Oil and its benefactors, the infamous Koch brothers. Insane Mode is a story of ingenuity and revolution – of how a new world of transportation could change people’s lives globally.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Apollo / Scott, Zack
“An extraordinary visual history of NASA’s iconic Apollo space program”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

The official New Zealand road code : your guide to becoming a safe and responsible driver.
“The official New Zealand road code is a user-friendly guide to New Zealands traffic law and safe driving practices. You will be tested on this information in your theory and practical driving tests. This guide is intended for drivers of cars and other light vehicles. Heavy vehicle drivers should read The Official New Zealand Road Code for Heavy Vehicle Drivers.” (Catalogue)

The official New Zealand road code for heavy vehicle drivers : including licence and study guide, and truck loading code.
“The official New Zealand road code for heavy vehicle drivers is a user-friendly guide to New Zealands traffic law and safe driving practices. You will be tested on this information in your theory and practical driving tests.” (Catalogue)

Austin A40, Teslas and more: New Cars and Transport books

From old cars to the super technological Tesla and various expeditions through space. We have them all for this month’s new books.

Missions to the moon : the story of man’s greatest adventure brought to life with augmented reality / Rod Pyle ; foreword by Gene Kranz.
“With dozens of stunning photographs and fascinating memorabilia track the birth of the space race and Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight, to the many successes and failures of the Apollo mission, all the way to that boots-on-the-ground moment we have come to know so well.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

We had one of those too! / Barnett, Stephen
We Had One of Those Too! celebrates even more motoring memories from New Zealand’s golden age of motoring. Filled with a beautifully illustrated collection of cars, from the 1950s through to the 1970s, that Kiwis loved and drove during that period, this book is literally a nostalgic drive down memory lane.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Electric motorcycles and bicycles : a history including scooters, tricycles, segways and monocycles / Desmond, Kevin
“Since 1881, isolated prototypes of electric tricycles and bicycles were patented and sometimes tested. Limited editions followed in the wartime 1940s, but it was not until the lithium-ion battery became available in the first decade of this century that urban pedelecs and more powerful open-road motorcycles became possible and increasingly popular. The author covers the lives of the innovative engineers who have developed these e-wheelers.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Interplanetary robots : true stories of space exploration / Pyle, Rod
“Exploring the planets has been a goal of America’s space program since the dawn of the space race. This insider’s perspective examines incredible missions of robotic spacecraft to every corner of our solar system and beyond. Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle profiles both the remarkable spacecraft and the amazing scientists and engineers who made them possible.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Kaikoura job : rebuilding KiwiRail’s main north line / Merrifield, A. L. R.
“The sea-level mountain railway has a long story of dramatic moments and events. The men who completed it in the 1930s and 1940s always referred to it as ‘The Kaikoura Job’. This is the story of the scenic coastal line, from its early beginnings through to the reconstruction efforts following the devastating 2016 earthquake.” (Catalogue)

Insane mode : how Elon Musk’s Tesla sparked an electric revolution to end the age of oil / McKenzie, Hamish
“Tesla is a car company that stood up against not only the might of the government-backed Detroit car manufacturers, but also the massive power of Big Oil and its benefactors, the infamous Koch brothers. The award-winning Tesla Model 3, a premium mass-market electric car that went on sale in 2018, has reconfigured the popular perception of Tesla and continues to transform the public’s relationship with motor vehicles.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Don’t make me pull over! : an informal history of the family road trip / Ratay, Richard
“In the days before cheap air travel, families didn’t so much take vacations as survive them. Between home and destination lay thousands of miles and dozens of annoyances, and with his family Richard Ratay experienced all of them–from being crowded into the backseat with noogie-happy older brothers, to picking out a souvenir only to find that a better one might have been had at the next attraction, to dealing with a dad who didn’t believe in bathroom breaks.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Penguin book of outer space exploration : NASA and the incredible story of human spaceflight
“From Sputnik to SpaceX, the story of that journey is told as never before in The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration. Renowned space historian John Logsdon traces the greatest moments in human spaceflight by weaving together essential, fascinating documents from NASA’s history with his expert narrative guidance.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverWally Funk’s race for space : the extraordinary story of a female aviation pioneer / Sue Nelson.
“In 1961, Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to pass the ‘Women in Space’ programme. Wally sailed through a series of rigorous physical and mental tests, her scores beating many of the male candidates’, including those of John Glenn, the first American in orbit. But just one week before she was due to enter the final phase of training, the programme was abruptly cancelled. A combination of politics and prejudice meant that none of the women ever flew into space.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Driven : the men who made Formula One / Eason, Kevin
“This colourful and compelling account of the extraordinary flourishing of Formula One explores the quirks and extravagances of the men who converged – in one generation – to shape their sport; disparate characters with a common impulse: they were racers – and they were driven.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Recent books on Cars & Transport

Ferrari Under the Skin book cover

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)

Ask an astronaut: Recent books about transport

Cover from Syndetics

This time we’ve highlighted a great selection of books about space travel, along with the very popular “How to Build a Car” and “Girls auto clinic glove box guide“.

Syndetics book coverPicturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavor.
“Space is the ultimate canvas for the imagination, and in the 1950s and ’60s, as part of the space race with the United States, the solar system was the blank page upon which the Soviet Union etched a narrative of exploration and conquest. …The USSR mapped and named the cosmos, using new media to stake a claim to this new territory and incorporating it into the daily lives of its citizens…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFlight : the complete history of aviation / R. G. Grant.
“Over 100 years ago, the Wright brothers flew in a shaky plane for the first time. Today, pilots can fly faster than the speed of sound, creating a sonic boom. Filled with thousands of full-color photographs and fact-filled profiles on 300 aircrafts, Flight follows the history of mankind taking to the skies…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGirls auto clinic glove box guide / Patrice Banks ; illustrations by Dianne Castillo.
“A do-it-herself guide to auto maintenance, roadside emergencies, and the real scoop on how women can get honest car service at the garage, from engineer turned auto mechanic and award-winning entrepreneur Patrice Banks.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverClassic planes : celebrating New Zealand’s rich aviation heritage / Ivor Wilkins.
“With eloquence and colour, bestselling author Ivor Wilkins itraces the story of planes in New Zealand, beginning with the exploits of Richard Pearse and shining a light on other local pioneers, Jean Batten and Tim Wallis among them. He also examines the machines from bygone eras, celebrating those who lovingly restore planes in the modern day, and revels in our ongoing love affair with winged wonders. …breathtaking new photography is complemented by archival imagery, revealing a truly special and important celebration of planes and people. As the author notes in his preface- ‘love is in the air’…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverApollo / Zack Scott.
“…The Apollo Program ran from 1961 until 1972, and marks one of the greatest accomplishments in all of human endeavour – man walking on the moon. On 20th July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin achieved this most remarkable feat, becoming the first humans to visit another celestial body. Apollo is an extraordinary visual history of the story of this iconic space programme, based on recently released NASA data about the various missions of that name. Using beautifully designed infographics, Apollo takes us through all the astonishing facts and figures, as well as some quirky little-known details, and gives us a detailed and elegant history of the seventeen missions which saw twelve humans step on the surface of the moon. Apollo gives us an insight into the incredible individuals who made that journey.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEndurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discovery / Scott Kelly with Margaret Lazarus Dean.
“A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station–a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys that preceded it, and of his colorful and inspirational formative years. The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe passion for Holden : a celebration of the classic Australian marque in 48 cars / Joel Wakely.
“Joel Wakely has worked with and raced with Holden cars almost his entire life, owning several significant and some very rare models. He knows Holdens like he knows the back of his hand, and he knows many other passionate Holden lovers like himself. Following his success with his book Legends of the 48-215 – an in-depth racing history of very first Holden model – and to mark the manufacture in Australia of the very last Holdens in 2017, he has gathered together dozens of fascinating stories about many of the models Holden have produced since 1948…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAsk an astronaut / Tim Peake.
“Based on his historic mission to the International Space Station, Ask an Astronaut is Tim Peake’s guide to life in space, and his answers to the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. With explanations ranging from the mundane–how do you wash your clothes or go to the bathroom while in orbit?–to the profound–what’s the point?–all written in Tim’s characteristically warm style, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of space exploration… The public was invited to submit questions using the hashtag #askanastronaut, and a selection are answered by Tim in the book, accompanied with illustrations, diagrams, and never-before-seen photos.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to build a car / Adrian Newey.
How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian’s unrivalled 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he’s been involved. A true engineering genius, even in adolescence Adrian’s thoughts naturally emerged in shape and form – he began sketching his own car designs at the age of 12 and took a welding course in his school summer holidays. From his early career in IndyCar racing and on to his unparalleled success in Formula One, we learn in comprehensive, engaging and highly entertaining detail how a car actually works…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAston Martin DB : 70 years / Andrew Noakes.
“The name of David Brown is synonymous with the glory days of Aston Martin, when a tiny British sports car company was rescued from near-extinction and turned into a marque that could compete with Ferrari – and win. Stylish design, lavish illustration and meticulously researched text come together in this large-format, 224-page book to create a superb celebration of the 70th anniversary of DB Aston Martins in 2017…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpaceport Earth : the reinvention of spaceflight / Joe Pappalardo.
“Examines the current state and future of the space travel industry, discussing the rise of private companies engaged in commercialized space flight, the building of new spacecraft and rockets, and the development of spaceports.” (Syndetics summary)

The New Zealand shipping and transport directory.
Volume 57, 2018

New Zealand work boat review 2018.
“a showcase selection of the latest workboats.” (Cover)

Ford in New Zealand : putting the car before the horse / John Stokes.
“The arrival of the car in New Zealand was a game-changer – not only was it much faster and more reliable over long distances than a horse, it was affordable to everyone.” (Cover)

Road, rail & sky: New Transport books

Some fascinating new books on planes, trains, cars, rockets and bikes!

Image from fishpond.co.nzUnto the skies : a biography of Amy Johnson / K.A. Lalani.
“This is an extensive, fully-researched biography of Amy Johnson, Britain’s most famous aviatrix. Unto the Skies takes readers from the early days of her childhood and adolescence in Hull, through to her estrangement from her family in London, to the point where her love of flying led to the fame she later, albeit reluctantly, gained after her epic 1930 Australia flight. The story of Amy’s death is still surrounded by mystery, after she crashed into the Thames estuary and was drowned; her body was never recovered. Her story still serves as an inspiration to many, being Britain’s first qualified woman ground engineer – despite being told she would never be a flier – and completing her world-famous solo flight at the age of 26, before other setting other records.” (Publisher description)

Syndetics book coverOn the Trans-Alpine trail : a travel guide to the Great Alpine Highway and the Midland Railway / Geoffrey Churchman.
“Designed for those who travel on the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth, and those who do the route by car or bus, this book contains general details and historic facts about each of the localities and features of interest to be seen on both railway and highway, listed in geographical order from Christchurch. Extra chapters on practicalities and stopovers round out the information, which is accompanied by 34 photos (31 in colour) and a map.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Otago Central Railway : a tribute / Tony Hurst.
“A pictorial history of the spectacular Otago Central Railway that once stretched 236 km inland from Dunedin as far as Cromwell; now truncated to the 64 km as far as Middlemarch, the route of the highly popular Taieri Gorge Limited tourist excursion train. With the increasing popularity of both the Taieri Gorge Limited and the Otago Central Rail Trail walkway/cycleway which follows the old roadbed 150 km from Middlemarch to Clyde, this book has been republished so that visitors will be able to appreciate the way the railway once looked includingesphotos taken over 100 years.” (fishpond.co.nz)

Syndetics book coverApollo 8 : the thrilling story of the first mission to the Moon / Jeffrey Kluger.
“In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAlternative drivestyles : New Zealand custom-built cars / Patrick Harlow.
“A wide of standard production cars is available, but their pre-packaged looks and specifications don’t meet the needs and tastes of many car enthusiasts. This book takes a comprehensive look at cars that have been given Custom Shop treatment, and in some cases entirely scratch built in New Zealand by enterprising and dedicated car enthusiasts. It presents details with colour photos throughout a wide range of cars from exotic and lavish to the simple and racey. It includes data and descriptions for each and road test results for several.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGondola / Donna Leon.
“Of all the trademarks of Venice none is more ubiquitous than the gondola. In Gondola, Donna Leon tells its fascinating story. First used in medieval Venice as a deftly manoeuverable getaway boat, the gondola evolved over the centuries into a floating pleasure palace, bedecked in silk, that facilitated the romantic escapades of the Venetian elite. Each boat’s 280 pieces are carefully fashioned in a maestro’s workshop. …the gondola is a work of art well worth the labour. And once its arched prow pushes off from the dock, the single Venetian at its oar just might break out in a barcarole, a popular Italian boat song. The best of these songs, as timeless as the allure of the gondola itself, are compiled into an accompanying CD.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChasing space : an astronaut’s story of grit, grace, and second chances / Leland Melvin.
“Leland Melvin is the only person in human history to catch a pass in the National Football League and in space. Though his path to the heavens was riddled with setbacks and injury, Leland persevered to reach the stars. While training with NASA, Melvin suffered a severe injury that left him deaf. Leland was relegated to earthbound assignments, but chose to remain and support his astronaut family. His loyalty paid off. Recovering partial hearing, he earned his eligibility for space travel.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe complete bike owner’s manual / authors, Claire Beaumont, Ben Spurrier.
“This is the complete reference guide to bike servicing and repair, and an essential hardback bible for every cyclist’s bookshelf. Incredible CGI illustrations show you every aspect of bike repair and maintenance more clearly than ever before, whether you’re a mountain biker, cycling commuter, or road racer. Learn how to replace or repair a chain, correct sagging suspension, fit brake cables, service a handlebar, and much more, with incredible up-close detail helping you to get your wheels turning again.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStars & cars : mythical pairings / Jacques Braunstein.
Stars & Cars is a celebration of the most unforgettable automotive moments in film, TV, and popular culture. Lavishly illustrated, it brings together the iconic cars that made an impact on our collective psyche, and the stars – the actors, musicians, writers, and painters – who drove, raced, collected, re-painted, crashed, or simply loved them to an obsessional degree. From James Dean and his ill-fated Porsche Spyder to the greatest Aston Martin moments in the Bond movies, from the heroic Minis in The Italian Job, to the eye-popping paint jobs on the psychedelic limos commissioned by The Beatles – all of the greatest collaborations between stars and cars are featured in the pages of this book.” (Syndetics summary)

Recent titles on Cars and Transport

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)