Books: Sex, Drink and Fast Cars - Stephen Bayley
I am so fortunate to have several charity shops near where I live, with an excellent Oxfam providing me almost every Saturday with excellent consumption opportunities to the benefit of the less fortunate. Heaps of £1 books and vinyl records as well as nicely priced suits and analog camera bits and bops have made their way onto the already limited space I have available on my shelves. Thankfully, on some occasions Oxfam is also able to satisfy my motoring needs. This Saturday I came across a curiously titled book called 'Sex, Drink and Fast Cars'.
'Passion for Speed' by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason
Two months ago an updated version of Nick Mason's 1998 book 'Into the Red' was published, now called 'Passion for Speed' for some reason I missed that announcement. Which, frankly, is incompetent. The first edition of the book was a firm favourite throughout my teens, a book totally dedicated to Nick Mason's unique car collection and co-written by racing driver Mark Hales. I remember well that it was the only book in my local library that I really wanted to read in my early teens, so I did. Several times. After which I read it again, several times. As a result I knew Nick Mason before I even knew the work he had made his fortune with: Pink Floyd!Add a comment
Book: British Touring Car Racing in Camera
The British Touring Car Championship, probably better known as BTCC, is synonymous with tuned up saloon cars that would otherwise see mum and dad or reps driving around in. To work, to the supermarket, on the school run or on holiday to southern France. The cars in the BTCC may look the same (well they have to, due to regulations) but underneath the cars were always very different. They had more powerful engines, reworked suspensions and stripped out interiors. Everything to make them exactly that what their street siblings were not; fast! As 2008 was the year that the BTCC celebrated its 50th year of existence, a photo book was published.Add a comment