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May 8, 2015

Good news from BBR. We've been able to secure additional stock of two 1/18 scale 1950's era Ferraris with important race histories.

After quickly selling out our original allotments of the Carroll Shelby Ferrari 340/375 MM (left) described in our March 10, 2014 Email Update and the Phil HIll  1958 LeMans winning Ferrari 250 TR 58 (right) we told you about last week, we've been able to secure additional pieces of both models. 

Each is priced at $325.00 and are due to arrive this summer.  Click on the links above to reserve.
A fresh shipment from Spark Model - our first in quite a while - arrived yesterday. Many items have sold out but there are still some interesting pieces available, including the 1/43 scale Penske PC4 driven by Danny Ongais at the 1977 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen pictured above. 

Click here for list of the remaining items from this week's shipment.
We've finally been able to scrounge up large photos of our  'featured' items from Spark's latest Pre-Order list. We're offering a 5% discount on orders received before Spark's dealer deadline on May 14.

You can still download a list of the 40+ models featured on Spark's  May 14, 2015 Advance Order List. There's some interesting stuff on that list. Take a look!


Looks like it's going to be a great summer for racing books. We've addied more than  a dozen new titles we think will interest you. Here are a few of the highlights:

July 2015 Release 
First Principles: 
The Official Biography of Keith Duckworth, OBE
by Norman Burr 
Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

The names 'Keith Duckworth' and 'DFV' are practically synonymous, such is the reputation of the famous F1 racing engine which he designed.

Whilst there are books covering the technical aspects of the DFV engine, and other designs from Cosworth, the company which he founded with Mike Costin, there are many gaps in the story of Duckworth's career, before and after Cosworth. This book comprehensively fills those gaps, taking the reader into the world of Britain's finest 20th century engineers.


It was a world consisting of far more than motorsport, embracing an astonishing variety of mechnical devices, including aircraft, boats, and motorcycles - particularly Triumph, for whom he was a consultant during his retirement.


A man of strong convictions and high integrity, Keith Duckworth OBE cared passionately about his work, fitting almost every aspect of his life around it. His northern industrial roots, the ups and downs of his personal life, his health problems, and his generous support of charities and business start-ups, combine to create the story of one of motorsport's - and engineering's - most endearing and enduring characters.

Hardcover | 252 pages | 200 color photos


10% Advance Order Discount - Reserve your copy HERE



Inbound from Europe - Available Late May 2015
Emmo: A Racer's Soul
by Emerson Fittipaldi 
Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE


Famous for his trademark sideburns and shades, Emerson Fittipaldi was the archetypal 1970s Formula 1 driver. A two-time World Champion - in 1972 for Lotus and in 1974 for McLaren - he was one of the leading stars of the era. Now in his sixties, he still loves racing with undiminished fervor, and still has much to say about it. In beautiful words and stunning photographs, Emmo: A Racer's Soul reveals the great man's inner-most thoughts and feelings, expressed with wit and candor, focusing not only on his long and successful racing career, but also on some important challenges facing the sport today. 


From his arrival in the UK in 1969 as a wide-eyed lad with big ambitions, to his career-ending 200mph-plus crash in Michigan in 1996, 'Emmo' tells it as it was, paying tribute to the people who shaped his life along the way - his father, his mother, his brother, his friends and his rivals - and tells a particularly moving series of stories about his never-to-be-forgotten friend and fellow countryman Ayrton Senna, who was killed so tragically at Imola in 1994. 


A proudly spiritual man, Emerson also writes honestly about his rediscovery of the importance of his relationship with God, which came to him as he fought for his life in the aftermath of that violent Michigan accident. More than just an autobiography, Emmo: A Racer's Soul is a fitting tribute to the glorious career that made its author a worldwide superstar, and an evocative glimpse back into a golden era of Formula 1.

Hardbound | 144 pages


Reserve your copy HERE



Inbound from New Zealand - Available Late May 2015

Paddock to Podium:The Mechanic's View

by Max Rutherford
Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE

Next time you drive in wet weather, spare a thought to how your car copes with water on the road. Give the credit to motor racing, and to British Formula One driver Jackie Stewart, who went to a motor racing circuit in the Netherlands with dozens of new Dunlop development tires and thoroughly tested them in wet conditions.


There to ensure it all went according to plan was New Zealand motor racing mechanic Max Rutherford, who ran the team of mechanics looking after Stewart's cars in the first season the Scot won the F1 world championship in 1969.


The tyre story is one of hundreds of insightful anecdotes Max tells about the world of motor racing as it entered the modern age, the days of legends like Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Stewart, Jochen Rindt, Chris Amon, Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren.


Max Rutherford was mechanic to several and close quarters observer of them all, his experiences on the circuits of Europe, Britain and America culminating in an award he shared with Hill as the best motor racing mechanics in the world.


This extraordinary collection of photographs and precise narrative on what went on behind the public face of motor sport is a compelling read. It begins with Max's early escapades as a speedway driver in the small New Zealand city of New Plymouth - days I recall as a kid whose father owned one of the cars - and tells of his meteoric rise to be mechanic to motor racing's champions.


Softbound | 222 pages


Reserve your copy HERE 

June 2015 Release:
Tyler Alexander: A Life and Times with McLaren
by Tyler Alexander - Foreword by Bernie Ecclestone

"Tyler was a man for all seasons; whether it was Formula One, Indy car racing, or Can-Am, he was at the forefront."     - Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

Bruce McLaren. Denny Hulme. Peter Revson. Johnny Rutherford. Mario Andretti. Niki Lauda. Ayrton Senna. Lewis Hamilton. Tyler Alexander has worked with some of the greatest drivers in racing history, as well as such influential figures as Roger Penske, Bernie Ecclestone, Carl Haas, Paul Newman, and Adrian Newey.

In A Life and Times with McLaren, Tyler Alexander tells the story of his remarkable four-decade career. In 1964 he helped found the McLaren racing team along with Bruce McLaren and Teddy Mayer. As a mechanic, engineer, and team manager, Alexander played a key role in the development of McLaren's cars and the team's early successes in Formula One, the Indianapolis 500, and the Can-Am series.

After scoring Indianapolis 500 victories with driver Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976, Alexander left McLaren in the early 1980s to join the new Mayer Motor Racing team. A decade later he returned to McLaren-in time to participate in the team's run of success in the late 1990s with drivers Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen. In 2008, his final year with the team saw McLaren score its most recent Formula One championship with brilliant newcomer Lewis Hamilton.

A Life and Times with McLaren tells what it was like to work with some of the greatest names in motorsport, and reveals the technical ingenuity, hard work, and luck required to sustain a successful team. The book is fully illustrated with hundreds of photographs, and includes testimonials and contributions from old friends like Mario Andretti, Roger Penske, and Jackie Stewart.

Bruce McLaren and the racing team he created have been the subject of many books, but none told in such detail from the inside. Required reading for McLaren fans, the book also covers Alexander's years with other teams, such as Mayer Motor Racing, Carl Haas's FORCE F1 team, and Newman/Haas Racing.

Universally respected within the racing community for his experience, work ethic, and honesty, Tyler Alexander deserves to be better known to a wider audience of fans. In A Life and Times with McLaren, Tyler tells his own story in his own unique style.

Alexander's 2013 book of photographs, from David Bull Publishing -  "McLaren from the Inside", is also available.

Hardbound | 456 pages | 47 black and white & 110 color photos
Reserve your copy HERE




One last book note: 

Jade Gurss will sign copies of the highly acclaimed  'Beast: The Top Secret Ilmor-Penske Engine That Shocked the Racing World at the Indy 500' at our booth  during the Indy Motorsports Memorabilia Experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the day before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 later this month. 

Admission to the IMME Show (located in the IMS infield directly behind the Pagoda) is free. 

If you cannot attend and would like a signed copy, please order by May 18.

We'll have more information on the Indy show in our next Email Update.

Have  great weekend!

 - Paul

(Good to see Sir Jackie is keeping busy writing Forewords!)




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