Best Books for Petrol Heads

By: Lisa Harper

To celebrate book lover’s day we thought we’d share some of our favourite motoring literature.

Top Gear the Cool 50; The Coolest Cars Ever Made

A great read suitable for all members of the family. Written by Matt Masters, a features writer and road tester at Top Gear Magazine, it is clear this is a book from man who certainly knows a thing or two about cars. Chronologically ordered it documents the very best of car manufacturing from pre-war to present supercars. It features stunning high-quality images alongside informative pieces on each featured model. Reviews describe it as one of the most definitive guides to the coolest cars on the planet.

Physics for Gearheads

If you’re a keen petrol head wanting to learn more about how a car performs then this is the book for you. It demonstrates how physics is used by manufacturers to make the most of different vehicles. Plus by using a subject you’re genuinely interested in physics becomes more relatable and fun.  It’s sure to delight those yearning to know more about road and racing cars.

The Life of Senna

A must-read for any fan of Formula 1 it documents the life of one of Formula 1’s greatest drivers. Hailed as one of the most comprehensive biographies on Senna, it’s full of little-known facts about this racing legend both on and off the track so fully documents the man and not just the driver.

King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris

Discover the creative genius that was George Barris in this definitive work. George Barris is the man behind some of the most iconic car customisations including the Batmobile, Munster Loach, Beverley Hillbillies and DRAG-ULA. His ability to turn his passion for cars and creativity into a successful business, renowned throughout America, is incredible and what the book truly aims to celebrate. Be prepared to be astounded at every turn of the page.

Million Dollar Classics: The World’s Most Expensive Cars

Pure delight to those who love the finer things in life, this book documents the world’s most expensive cars. Packed with drool-inducing vehicles the elegantly captured pictures are sure to impress even the most discerning. The perfect coffee table book it acts as the perfect conversation starter and is sure to be loved by old and young alike.

The British Motor Industry by Jonathan Wood

Highly recommended for British motoring enthusiasts this book charts the rise and fall of the British motor industry. Broken down into different time periods it chronologically tackles the history of various motor companies. But that’s not all, it’s also packed with stories of the lives that the motoring industry has touched. Plus it features excellent photos and illustrations throughout to really bring the stories to life.

Top Gear Magazine

First put into print in 1993, Top Gear is now Britain’s leading general interest car magazine. Popular content includes drives, news, car tests and new car guides. Plus it regularly features columns from some of the major presenters. The must-read monthly magazine for any car lover.

Autocar Magazine

The world’s oldest car magazine Autocar was first published way back in 1895. It is the car enthusiast’s weekly fix and features a unique mix of the latest news, opinions, features, first drives and road tests.  The pages are packed with contagious enthusiasm as its writers are just as obsessed with cars and the car industry as its readers it is packed with contagious enthusiasm as well as little-known insider insights.

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