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Any suggestions for books on advanced driving and road-racing insights and techniques? After reviewing the literature there are a number that look interesting. Any comments on the ones I am considering below, or other key books I may have missed?

Books I have found useful


Sports Car and Competition Driving, Paul Frere (1963)

Drive to Win, Carroll Smith (1996)

Twist of the Wrist, Keith Code (1997)

Bob Bondurant on High Performance Driving (1993)

Secrets of Solo Racing, Henry Watts (1990)

The Racing & High-Performance Tire, Paul Haney (2003)

Competition Car Data Logging, Simon McBeath (2009)

Currently Reading


Analysis Techniques for Racecar Data Acquisition, Jorge Segers (2008)

Books I am considering


The Technique of Motor Racing

Piero Taruffi (1959)

The Racing Driver: The Theory and Practice of Fast Driving

Denis Jenkinson (1959)

Driving in Competition

Alan Johnson (1976)

Ayrton Senna's Principles of Race Driving and Competition Driving

Alain Prost and Pierre-Francois Rousselot (1990)

Going Faster! Mastering the Art of Race Driving

Carl Lopez and Skip Barber Racing School (2001)

Speed Secrets Series, Ross Bentley

(I have been to a few lectures, but have not read the books)


Fred '74tii E-mod

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I can recommend Going Faster by Skip Barber and Speed Secrets by Ross Bentley. I also enjoyed Vic Elford's book Porsche High-Performance Driving.

All these books were great at teaching me to understand the balance of the car and it's impact on accelerating, braking, and cornering. Great how to stuff on tires, shifting, entering/exiting corners, etc.

Must have material...

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+1 on going faster and speed secrets. i actually keep going faster in the race trailer for when i need "rebaselining" at the track.

the best thing i have found for going faster is the combination of in car video, a data acquisistion system and a team mate in another car. evenings at the track are spent going over the video and data, comparing impressions, and joint feedback. more time has been found this way than any go-fast part bolted to the car.

i use a traqmate with added tps, brake light and rpm inputs.

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Bentley is very good, and you HAVE to read Jenks-

just for the 'baseline' of the first (furry) human to quantify the tenths.

Caroll is horiffically depressing but good, nonetheless.

There's a book called 'Winning' by George Anderson-

it's totally misnamed, and should be called 'starting'

and it's required.



ps, you can skip Senna and Barber- your other books are better.

Taruffi is interesting as history, mostly.

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Speaking of performance driving..

I was just told today that Ken Price, of Cincinnati (Buckeye Chapter I presume), is in intensive car at Duke after a crash in his e36 race car at the BMWCCA HPDE at VIR. He was air lifted and is reported to have major head and chest trauma. Keep him in your prayers gentlemen.

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Wow, I am very sorry to hear that. Saw Ken not long ago at Mid-Ohio. I am usually at the Fall VIR event, but took the weekend off this time. Terrible to hear about the crash and injuries. Will keep him in my thoughts....Fred

This was posted on Bimmer Forums:


If you'd like to send a card:

c/o Duke University Hospital

2301 Erwin Road

Durham, NC 27710



Requires room #: 4212

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