Caravans, steam trains and space travel: New transport books

It’s Summer, and many will be heading out on highways across the country with packed cars or caravans hitched up behind them. Caravans and motorhomes have seen a huge resurgence in recent years with borders shut, and our picks of the new transport books this month reflect this renewed interest. Also included this month from opposite ends of the transport spectrum are books on steam trains and space travel. Have a browse!

Ultimate caravan trips. Australia / Best, Catherine
Ultimate Caravan Trips: Australia is your ticket to #vanlife. This caravanner’s travel bible lifts the lid on 40 of the best adventures you can have on six (or eight) wheels. Organised into state and territory chapters, it is packed with wanderlust to inspire your next caravan trip, from weekend escapes to week-long breaks and multi-destination touring itineraries. Fancy unhitching by the Noosa Everglades, parking up on the sand on the Eyre Peninsula, or winding out the awning riverside in the Huon Valley? Award-winning author Catherine Best has caravanned across the country with her husband and three kids, and her book spotlights many iconic destinations as well as under-the-radar gems.” (Catalogue)

The modern caravan : stories of love, beauty, and adventure on the open road / Oliver, Kate
“A celebration of beautiful mobile spaces and an ode to nomadic living. Brimming with evocative storytelling and hundreds of photographs showcasing handsome interiors and stunning landscapes, this book features more than 35 stories from solo travelers, couples, and families who traded the comforts of a rooted life for ever-changing vistas and eye-opening experiences.” (Catalogue)

Recreational vehicles : a world history, 1872 1939 / Woodmansey, Andrew
“Has there ever been a stranger idea in the vehicle world than putting a house on wheels and taking it on holiday? However odd it may seem, it’s an idea that has caught on. Today there are 15 million recreational vehicles, or ‘RVs’, on the roads of Europe, the USA and Australasia. So how did this fascinating family of vehicles come about? Who were the first recreational nomads, what made them want to take to the road just for pleasure and what did the first RVs look like?” (Syndetics Summary)

Engines : the inner workings of machines that move the world / Gray, Theodore W
“International best-selling author Theodore Gray, whose Elements Trilogy has sold more than 1.5 million copies, now turns his irrepressible curiosity, wonderful wit, and inimitable photography to the world of engines in this visual exploration of everything from the first steam engines to giant turbines to tiny electrical engines.” (Catalogue)

Steam trains today : journeys along Britain’s heritage railways / Martin, Andrew
“Britain has around 180 preserved, or heritage, railways — lines operated for their historical interest. They carry 13 million passengers a year and are operated by 22,000 volunteers. Seldom has there been a bigger spontaneous exercise in turning back the clock. In this book, Andrew Martin seeks to discover why the British are so keen on old railways. ” (Catalogue)

Apollo remastered : the ultimate photographic journey / Saunders, Andy
“Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the last steps taken on the moon, this unique, definitive book about the Apollo missions reveals hundreds of extraordinary, newly-restored, and all-new images from the NASA archives that provide a never-before-seen perspective on the Apollo endeavors.” (Catalogue)

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)

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.