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How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars (Speedpro) (Speedpro Series) Paperback – Illustrated, 19 Apr 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845841239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845841232
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astoundingly comprehensive, well-written - with nicely inserted humour - it might be a soft-back, but this book is well worth 25 smackers. Even if the last thing you want to do is build a bike-engined racer. Informative and educational - and fun to read. Who cares if it's a 25 quid paperback? Read it; you won't be disappointed. - British Racing News -

There is an extensive amount of pictures and diagrams, which does help as there is a lot to read and it breaks up the text well. It describes the subjects that will affect this kind of build in good detail and would be very helpful for people looking into this area. - Track & Race Cars magazine -

... delivers just what it says on the cover by way of very sound, hard-worn practical advice. All those involved in race engine design and development would do well to familiarise themselves with its potential through this excellent book, which is absolutely crammed full of knowledgeable and splendidly well communicated first hand advice. You never know, you might even start your own project, just for the fun of it! - Race Engine Technology -

... it will frequently be taken from the bookcase for reference. Worth having. - The Motor Cycling Club -

An engineer is someone who washes his hands before going to the toilet! - an old saying perhaps, but just one example of Pashley's immensely readable style that provides an easy grasp of a complex subject. This, together with literally hundreds of diagrams and full colour illustrations, make this book an absolute 'must read' for anyone contemplating such a project. - Speedscene -

Reading the book is like talking to a knowledgeable mate down the pub, helping you to avoid the pitfalls and giving you the benefit of the authors experience. What is also great are the diagrams in the book, helping to simplify what can be complex topics such as suspension. - --teamdan.com

refreshingly frank ... From engines, transmission, chassis and cooling to fasteners and finishes, it's concise, clear and comprehensive. --Auto Express

About the Author

Tony Pashley has been active in motorsports for almost fifty years, starting out in motorcycle scrambling in 1957 and subsequently becoming involved in competing and developing machinery in various branches of the sport on two, three and four wheels. Initially trained as a toolmaker, he subsequently worked on engine development in the aircraft industry before becoming a project engineer in the nuclear power industry. For the last twenty years Tony has been involved in speed hillclimbing, invariably driving racing cars of his own design and construction with considerable success.


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If you want to build a kit car, this is not the book for you. If however you have a budding designer wanting to embark on designing and constructing your own racing car this book is a must have. Its a very well put together book, guiding you through the process of designing and building a motorcycle engined racing car, with everything from engine selection, to design and construction. The best thing about this book is that it warns you of the pitfalls of various decisions that one could make, guiding you to design and plan your car so that you avoid such mistakes. For this alone its worth many times it's cover price as it will save you both time and money when it comes to design and build your car.

So in closing, if you want a book with full designs for a cookie cutter knock-off Caterham this isnt the book you want, but if you want to build a unique and competitive car for racing, sprinting or hillclimbing then buy this book right now!
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This is a very good book to read and there are very clear instructions if you want to build a single seater race car for hill climbs etc and the only thing I'd like to know is where do you get some Honey comb Aluminum from and square tube steel from as this isn't very well explained in the book.
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Covers a lot of stuff you will never use, but is none the less VERY informative. No 'Blueprints' I'm afraid, but you do get a good idea of the cars layout. If you are planning on building such a race car from scratch, my advice would be to invest in wood rather than steel to build the prototype chassis. Make your mistakes and THEN build from metal. Combined with the Haynes "Build a Roadster" book, you should be able to build something from scratch. The two books complement each other. If you have the time and skill, you have an awesome road car in the making.
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I was dissapointed by this book. I thought it would show you chassis and suspension drawings, but alas not. It does give some good detail about how to build a racing car, but not to the same level as a haynes roadster or Ron Chapions book. So if you want a book that includes plans that you can use then look else where.
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An amazing project! I still haven't got around to reading the whole book (I do have a need to finish it in the future), but what I have read so far has been very interesting, insightful and well written.
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This book is at exactly the right level of detail for someone who is interested in general kit car building / race car building.

A lot of the concepts will transfer across to my future project, even if I choose not to use a bike engine. It's got the right amount of formulae in it to illustrate a point, but not so much that everybody's eyes glaze over.

Well worth the money even if you are not going to build an actual racing car, but rather some form of weekend car.

I especially enjoyed the section on monocoque design using aluminium honeycomb.
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Wonderfull book to many examples of the classical single seater components and why they're built like they are. Great to get ideas to translate your designs into a "real world" option.
Even the chapters about car dynamics are very clear and are a good basis that can be expanded with aditional books about some areas ( suspension, aerodynamics, etc. ).
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Great book, good to read even if you won't be using it to build the subject car. Tony has a huge amount of experience & writes about it in a clear & concise manner.An enjoyable read, even just to dip in & out of.
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