Land Speed Books


The 200 Mile Race
The history of the 200 Mile Race at Brooklands.

The 200 Mile Race was first organised at Brooklands by the Junior Car Club in 1921. It was the first long distance event ever to be organised in this country.It was run regularly from 1921 to 1928 and was entered by many famous racing drivers, both British and Continental. The race was revived and run at Donington Park in 1936 and 1937. In 1938 it returned to Brooklandss and used a circuit incorporating parts of the Campbell Road Course..The book covers the races to 1938 and at the back lists the first three in each class year by year. It has 155pp followed by maps of the circiut and results. There are Black and White photographs.

  • W (Bill) Boddy
  • 170 pages
  • Grenville First Edition 1947.

403.1 MPH John Cobb
The Story of John Cobb's Racing Railton

  • 8-page brochure
  • A4 page size (10)

Ab & Marvin Jenkins
The Studebaker Connection and the Mormon Meteors

Ab Jenkins drove for Studebaker in speedway and road races during the late 1920's and early 30's, then took a Pierce-Arrow roadster to Bonneville, Utah, for the first-ever timed run on the Salt Flats. His 112 mile an hour record for 24 hours made him world-famous. In 1935 the Duesenberg Company converted one of its supercharged luxury cars into "The Mormon Meteor" for him to race at Bonneville against such men as John Cobb, Malcolm Campbell and Captain George Eyston. Repowered in 1936 with a 1,750 cubic inch Curtiss fighter plane engine, the car was re-named "Meteor II" and returned to the Salt Flats to set more records. In 1937, with sponsorship from major oil, tire and spark plug companies, he built Meteor III, a huge aero-engine monster that carried him to more records on the salt. Ab's son, Marvin, was a racer in his own right, driving one of the Studebakers more than 90 miles an hour in 1931. After the war Marvin was tapped to drive the famed Novi Indianapolis car at Bonneville, where he set Class D records in 1947. In Ab's final drive, he and Marvin teamed up in 1956 to drive a Pontiac to a 24 hour stock car record of more than 118 miles an hour.

  • Gordon White (author)
  • Paperback, 160 pages, 8.5 x 11 in.
  • Illustrations: 200 b&w photos
  • Item Number: 144747
  • EAN (ISBN-13): 978-1583881736
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2006
  • Publisher: Iconografix

The Birth of Hot Rodding
The Story of the Dry Lakes Era

The Birth of Hot Rodding was selected by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Assoc. as its choice for the best book on auto racing for 2003. Subtitled: The Story of the Dry Lakes Era."The nearest thing to it, as I thought then, would be like landing on the moon!"--Wally Parks, describing the dry lakesIn the garages, shops, and fertile minds of 1920s car buffs in search of more power and speed, the hot rodding movement was born. A hot bed of this early quest for speed sprang up when the first Southern California hot rod builder hauled his creation over the ridge of mountains and opened up the throttle on the Mojave Desert's dry lakes.The dry lake beds of the desert provided the common denominator, the measuring stick against which all hot rod builders would judge their modified machines. These dry lakes were in secluded spots where this creative breed of car folk could come together to share ideas, learn from the masters, and compete to be the fastest for the weekend.These wide open havens for speed and freedom nestled within the mountains north of Los Angeles provided nature's perfect racing surface: perfectly flat, free of obstacles, with miles to go in any direction. Places like Muroc, El Mirage, and Harper were transformed from ancient prehistoric no-man's-land to the weekend testing grounds of speed. Author Robert Genat brings together stories of the golden age of hot rodding from the men and women who pioneered the sport in The Birth of Hot Rodding. Profiles of the most influential racers, cars, and events accompany original photography to create a definitive history of hot rod racing on the dry lakes. With a foreword by Wally Parks, NHRA founder and chairman of the NHRA Motorsports Museum, The Birth of Hot Rodding encapsulates a unique piece of racing history.

  • Robert Genat, Don Cox, Wally Parks.
  • Hardcover 156 pages
  • Motorbooks International - First edition (May 30, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0760313032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760313039
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches

Bluebird CN7
The Inside Story of Donald Campbell's Last Land Speed Record Car.

This book records the development, construction and operation of the last wheel-driven land speed record breaking car that the UK produced, and shows how the tragic demise of Donald Campbell prevented it from reaching its full potential. It is also the personal story of one of the design team, how he became involved, and his incredible experiences in doing so. With many previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and illustrations, this is a unique account of a legendary feat of engineering.

  • Donald Stevens (author)
  • Hardcover, 128 pages, 8.0 x 10.0 in.
  • Illustrations: 92 color ill
  • Item Number: 181024
  • EAN (ISBN-13): 978-1845842802
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Publisher: Veloce

Bluebird & The Dead Lake
the classic account of how Donald Campbell broke the world land speed record

  • John Pearson

Bluebirds - The story of the Campbell Dynasty

In the 1930s Sir Malcolm Campbell broke all land and water speed records. In the 1950s and 1960s his son Donald did the same, before his death in his boat Bluebird on Coniston Water in 1967. When her father died, Gina took up the legacy, and here she presents a remarkable family portrait. Abandoned to a residential home after her parents divorced, Gina was later picked up by her father and accompanied him on his adventures. She heard the tales of her grandfather's similar exploits in the days when 180 mph was considered almost supersonic. She describes both men as endearing but rather irresponsible obsessives whose cars and boats were always called Bluebird. Gina, who in 1984 broke the women's world water speed record before nearly dying in a re-run of the accident that killed her father in a boat, also called her boat Bluebird.

  • Gina Campbell (Author), Michael Meech (Author)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (February 18, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340589566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340589564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches

The Bluebird Years
Donald Campbell & The Pursuit of Speed

an up to date book, including 'With Campbell at Coniston', as well as the raising of the Bluebird,

  • Arthur Knowles with Graham Beech

Bonneville - A Century of Speed
No self-respecting Bonneville enthusiast should be without this book in their racing library. Fetherston’s photography is superb and he backs it up with brilliant archive selections from competitors and top historical resources. Check out some of the samples above. The book celebrates the unprecedented racing achievements of dedicated racers who have pursued the gods of speed for more than a century. It is a visual tour de force of land speed racing and the amazing men who are driven to excess on a thin ribbon of salt. Get you copy today and be sure to visit the Save the Salt link to make a donation to help preserve the world’s ultimate dyno, the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The fastest place one earth

  • Louise Ann Noeth.
  • Edition MBI. 1999-2002.
  • English.
  • 255x255. Flexible Cover
  • 156 pages

Donald Campbell C.B.E.

  • Arthur Knowles and Lady Campbell 1969
  • George Allen and Unwin

Donald Campbell An Informal Biography

  • Douglas Young-James 1968
  • (Ex Lib). Neville Spearman

Donald Campbell The Man Behind the Mask

  • David Tremayne
  • Bantam 2004

The Fastest Men in the World - On Wheels

  • Deke Houlgate
  • World Publishing 1971

Fastest On Earth

  • George Edward Thomas Eyston
  • J. Miles, 1939
  • 175 pages

The Fastest Men On Earth

Peter Holthusen recalls the challenges, dangers, disappointments, tragedies and triumphs that have characterized record-breaking attempts from the very beginning. Holthusen reconsiders the famous careers of Frenchman Camille Jenatzy and Leon Serpollet William K. Vanderbilt Jr., the Honorable Charles Rolls, Henry Ford, Barney Oldfield and Louis Chevrolet, who were among the great sporting legends of their time and he relives the more recent rivalries of a later generation. He asks why these exceptional individuals are prepared to risk their lives and their fortunes in order to become the fastest man on earth.

  • Pater J.R. Holthusen. Foreword by Art Arfons.
  • Hardcover: 216 pages (cover paperboard + jacket)
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing (October 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750922036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750922036
  • Dimensions: 200x270 (10.5 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches)

The fastest men on ground

  • Paul Clifton.
  • ED Presses of the City. 1967.
  • 140x210. cover paperboard + jacket.
  • 284 pages.

The Fastest Motorcycles On Earth
History of land speed record motorcycles

  • Tom Murphy

The Fast Set

The remarkable story of the Speed Kings, a group of men who achieved international notoriety as they pursued their common goal: to travel faster than anyone had ever done and claim the coveted Land Speed Record for their country, and for themselves. Charles Jennings' fascinating new book brings to life this eccentric collection of oddballs and enthusiasts, united only in their desire to succeed: Henry Segrave, as famous as he was fearless, who drew tens of thousands to his Florida record attempts; Malcolm Campbell, 'the feckless d'Artagnan of modern days', whose risk-taking behind the wheel was only matched by that of his love life, a salacious cocktail of sleaze, scandal and bad behaviour; and John Cobb, the taciturn reclusive, who eventually broke the record he described as 'just a matter of keeping going'. What made these men invest their lives and fortunes in the pursuit of speed? What fuelled their desire to be named 'fastest man on earth'? This is their riveting tale; a startling phenomenon that filled the inter-war years and burnt out as suddenly as it had arrived.

  • Charles Jennings
  • Paperback, 126 x 194 x 24mm | 322.06g
  • Publisher Little, Brown Book Group (01/09/2005)
  • 352 pages
the fast set

First and Fastest

  • Richard Hough
  • Allen & Unwin 1963(First Edition).

Flat Out

California Dry Lake Trials 1930-1950. The definitive history of the sport during the Golden Age. Covers the beginnings, Muroc Racing Association, SCTA, the "bootleg races" during WW II and the postwar period. 300 photos of almost every notable dry lake car.

  • Albert Drake
  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Flat Out Press (January 1, 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 0936892188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936892184
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • 300 black and white photographs.

Jet Blast and the Hand of Fate

John Ackroyd, design engineer extraordinaire, has been a key man in a mad mix of land speed and long distance balloon record attempts, including the first supersonic land speed record. This book gives a fantastic insight into the frustrations, tragedies and triumphs of record breaking. It describes battles against the odds, the whims of the weather, the constraints of time and money, and the often strange intervention of fate. Project Thrust, Virgin Atlantic, Pacific and global balloons, Earthwinds, Thrust SSC, Spirit of American, rocket motorcycle, rocket dragster, wheel-driven record breakers and waterspeed attempts are all here. The story is told by the man who provided solutions, innovations, design and real problem solving which were major contributions to the record breaking achievements on land, sea and air in the last quarter of the 20th Century.

  • John Ackroyd
  • Format: Hardbound
  • Pages: 288
  • Length: 9w x 11h
  • ISBN-13: 9780954435783
  • ISBN: 0954435788
  • Catalog ID: 146295
The John Cobb Story
S.C.H.Davis The John Cobb Story. G.T.Foulis

Land Speed Racing

  • Steve Hendrickson

Land speed record
From 39.24 to 600+ mph

  • Cyril Posthumus and David Tremayne.
  • ED Osprey. 1985. in English.
  • 245x220. cover paperboard + jacket.
  • 305 pages

The Landspeed Record - 1947-1997
as chronicled in the UK motoring press.

  • Compile by R.M Clarke.
  • ED Brooklands books. in English.
  • 200x270. cover flexible.
  • 139 pages

The Land Speed record - 1898-1919
This portfolio of reports tells how the first Land Speed Record of 39.24 mph was set in 1898 by Count de Chasseloup-Laubat in an electric Jeantaud. And how, by 1919 the record had been officially pushed up to 124.10 mph by the likes of Jenatzy, Rolls, Vanderbilt, Serpollet, Ford, Rigolly, Marriott, Oldfield, Duray, Hornsted and other courageous souls.

  • R.M. Clarke
  • Paperback, 140 pages, 8 x 10.75 in.
  • Illustrations:
  • Item Number: 130573
  • EAN (ISBN-13): 978-1855205130
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2000
  • Publisher: Brooklands Books

The Land Speed Record - 1920-1929
This portfolio of reports tells how the Land Speed Record criss-crossed the Atlantic during the 1920s. And, how fearless drivers such as Milton, Guinness, Thomas, Eldridge, Campbell, Keech, Lockhart and Segrave pushed it up over 230 mph in evocatively named machines like Babs, Blue Bird, Black Hawk, Golden Arrow and Mephistopheles.

  • R.M. Clarke
  • Paperback, 140 pages, 8 x 10.75 in.
  • Illustrations:
  • Item Number: 130577
  • EAN (ISBN-13): 978-1855205147
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2000
  • Publisher: Brooklands Books

The Land Speed Record - 1930-1939
This portfolio of reports tells how the Land Speed Record was raised from 231.46 mph in 1930 to 368.85 mph in 1939. Featured are articles on Kaye Don's Silver Bullet, Sir Malcolm Campbell's Blue Birds, George Eyston's Thunderbolt and John Cobb's Railton. Foreword by David Tremayne.

  • R.M. Clarke
  • Paperback, 140 pages, 8 x 10.75 in.
  • Illustrations:
  • Item Number: 130575
  • EAN (ISBN-13): 978-1855205154
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2000
  • Publisher: Brooklands Books

The Land Speed Record - 1940-1962

This portfolio of reports tells how the Land Speed Record was raised from 369 mph to 394 mph by John Cobb in the Railton Mobil Special. Also featured are record attempts by Donald Campbell in Bluebird, Mickey Thompson in Challenger I, Craig Breedlove in 'Spirit of America', and much more. Expert comments by David Tremayne.

  • R.M. Clarke
  • Paperback, 140 pages, 8 x 10.75 in.
  • Illustrations:
  • Item Number: 130574
  • EAN (ISBN-13): 978-1855205161
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2000
  • Publisher: Brooklands Books
  • In English. 200x270. Flexible Couv. 140 pages

The Land Speed Record - 1963-1999
Portfolio of Brookland motor books.

  • In English.
  • 200x270. Flexible Couv.
  • 140 pages

Land speed record breaker
Single portfolio Motor book.

  • English Ene. 205/290.
  • Flexible Couv.
  • 138 pages

Land speed record breakers
Single portfolio Motor book.

  • English Ene. 205/290.
  • Flexible Couv.
  • 138 pages.

Land Speed Record

Single portfolio Motor book.

  • English
  • Unique Motor Books.
  • Flexible Couv.
  • 130 Pages

Land Speed Record

Single portfolio Motor book.

  • English Ene.
  • Unique Motor Books.
  • Flexible Couv.
  • 134 pages.

Land Speed Record

Single portfolio Motor book.

  • English
  • Unique Motor Books.
  • Flexible Couv.
  • 120 Pages

Leap Into Legend
Donald Campbell and the complete story of the world speed records

  • Steve Holter
  • Sigma

Leo Villa's Bluebird Album

This is the definitive photographic record of Donald Campbell’s legendary Bluebirds, captured through the twin lenses of Leo Villa’s Stereo Realist Camera, and other images of the time.  An amazing body of photojournalism in color, 3D and black & white, that captures the life-and-death drama that was played out against the barren landscapes of salt beds and the magnificent backdrop of Coniston Water.   It also puts the story in its historic background, showing the fashions and styles of the day.  In 1964 Donald Campbell and his team went to Australia with the intention of breaking the land and water speed records in the same year.  The Double.   An adventure unsurpassed in record breaking history,  complicated by difficulty and obstacles. A constant fight against the elements and the technicalities of high speed vehicles.  For 12 years Donald Campbell dominated the record breaking scene on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout this period he was aided and advised by Leo Villa, his friend and chef d’équipe, who had known him since childhood.  Leo played a unique part in record breaking history and helped break 10 land speed records and 11 water speed records with Donald and Malcolm Campbell and their legendary Bluebirds.

  • Coterie Press (editor)
  • Hardcover, 256 pages, 12.5 x 9.5 in.
  • Illustrations: 600 color & bw total. inc 3 D images
  • Item Number: 146213
  • EAN (ISBN-13): 978-0851840710
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2007
  • Publisher: Coterie Press Ltd.

Sir Henry Seagrave

  • Cyril Posthumus
  • Batsford 1961

Legend of Speed: The Burt Munro Story

Munro was the ultimate eccentric; a real 'number-eight-wire' inventor. He took an original Indian motorbike and modified it in his shed so that it became capable of extreme speeds. With this bike he broke several international speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1967 – a number of which stand to this day. This book, an abridged edition of the bestselling One Good Run – the Legend of Burt Munro, is for young readers aged 10-14 yrs. It cuts to the core of Munro's story, from small town Invercargill to heroic deeds in the USA. The emphasis is on thrilling narrative in this 'little guy beats the odds' story.

  • Author: Tim Hanna
  • Published: 7 May 2007
  • Format: Paperback , 180 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9780143303107
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Publisher: Penguin NZ
  • Origin: New Zealand

Kings Speed

  • By Paul Clifton.
  • ED Pocket Presses. 1967.
  • 110x180. flexible Couv.
  • 248 pages

Malcolm and Donald Campbell
Ladykillers of records

  • Leo Villa. Hatier Edition.
  • 1969-1972.
  • 160x225. flexible Couv.
  • 212 pages

My return with death
Flammarion the lived adventure.

  • José Meiffret.
  • 1965.
  • 248 pages.

Sir Malcolm Campbell's Book of Famous Motorists

  • 1937 first edition blackie

My Speed King
life with Donald Campbell

  • Tonia Bern Campbell

One Good Run - The Legend of Burt Munro

Burt Munro was a unique character. His quest for speed led him to ride his much modified Indian motorcycle at over 200 miles per hour, but his fastest official speed was a "mere" 191. Burt was more than a speed freak, however, he was an amazing character and his story is both entertaining and inspiring. The story inspired the movie, "The World`s Fastest Indian" starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. It is a great book to complement the movie and fill in the gaps in the story.

  • Author: Hanna, Tim
  • Published: 2005
  • Binding: Paperback
  • No. Pages: 308
  • Dimensions: 15 x 23
  • Illustrations: One 8-page (mainly colour) and one 4-page (black & white) photo sections.

Project Thrust
The Land Speed Record Story

  • Richard Noble

Project Thrust - World Speed Record Challenge

  • 1983
  • booklet

Book of the Racing Campbells

  • Richard Hough.
  • ED Stanley Paul. 1960.
  • English.
  • 140x220. cover paperboard + jacket.
  • 125 pages.

The Romantic Story of Motor Racing
Malcolm Campbell The Romantic Story of Motor Racing.

  • Hutchinson

Skimming the Surface
a concise history of the contested world water speed record

  • Fred Harris

Speed on Salt - History of Bonneville Salt Flats
Speed on Salt History of Bonneville Salt Flats Utah

  • George Eyston and W.F. Bradley
  • B. T. Batsford, Limited, First edition 1936
  • 83 pages

Speed - The Book of Racing and Records

  • 1950 First Edition Temple Press

Speed The Authentic life of Sir Malcolm Campbell

  • 1931 first Edition Anchor Press

They Call it Courage

  • Phil Drackett
  • (Seagrave Trophy). Hale

the remarkable story of one man's quest for Speed.

  • Noble Richard and Andy Green.
  • ED Partidge. 1998.
  • English.
  • Cover paperboard + jacket. 195x255.
  • 320 pages
Thrust 2 The Land Speed Record Story
Thrust SSC Supersonic Dream  

Thrust Through The Sound Barrier

  • Author: NOBLE R
  • Softcover

Thunder Ahead

  • Sir Malcolm Campbell
  • Publisher Cassell and Company, Limited, 1934
  • 288 pages



The Triple Crown
The Story of Britains Attainment of Speed Supremacy on Land, Water and Air (1956)

  • Unnown
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher:       TEMPLE P  
  • ISBN Number:     B0000CJG7U

Unlimited speed
History of the absolute record speed of 1898 to our days

  • William Huon.
  • ED Retroviseur. 1995.
  • 250x310. cover paperboard + jacket.
  • 174 pages.

When the Hot Rods Ran

Muroc Dry Lake, now known as NASA's Edwards Air Force Base, was the site of hot-roddings first major lakes event. In 1938 Ernie McAfee's record-breaking four-cylinder Ford with a Winfield cylinder head ran 136.33 miles an hour. The body was torpedo shaped, there was no suspension and exhaust headers and pipes were enclosed within the body. By the end of 1939 only 29 cars had passed the 100 mile a hour mark but by 1948 the average speed was more than 130 miles an hour.
The book, Muroc, is full of previously unpublished pictures of the 1938 SCTA event, copies of programs, maps and a most unusual set of low-level aerial views showing what lakes racing was all about. This is what hot rodding really was.
On May 15, 1938, hot rodding came of age as more than 300 stripped down roadsters and rods roared over California's Muroc Dry Lake in a full day of competition unlike anything ever seen before. Over 100 fantastic photos capture the day and those classic rods of the '30's. A fascinating glimpse at the early days of rodding.

  • William Carroll
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Auto Book Pr; 1 edition (January 2, 1991) now in its third printing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910390304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910390309
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches

Worlds Fastest Diesel

  • Author: TREMAYNE

Worlds Land Speed Record

  • Author: BODDY W