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)

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)

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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!

The New Zealand shipping and transport directory 2017.

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)

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. (Amazon.com

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.