Velocity: Supercar Revolution
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Velocity: Supercar Revolution

by John Lamm, Jay Leno, Thos L. Bryant, Thos. L. Bryant
     
 

They're incredibly fast, they're incredibly beautiful, and they turn heads and set speed records with every incarnation. Velocity: Supercar Revolution is the first complete history of the supercar and tells the story behind the most desirable cars in the world. With stunning photographs, detailed text, and a host of commentaries from Jay Leno and

Overview


They're incredibly fast, they're incredibly beautiful, and they turn heads and set speed records with every incarnation. Velocity: Supercar Revolution is the first complete history of the supercar and tells the story behind the most desirable cars in the world. With stunning photographs, detailed text, and a host of commentaries from Jay Leno and other collectors, famed automotive photographer John Lamm provides an in-depth historical, cultural, and technological account of these amazing machines. Organized by decade and by top speed, the book details these luxurious cars over the past 40 years as they reached speeds of 170, 180, 190, and finally 200-plus miles per hour, the informal mark of today's supercar.

Velocity: Supercar Revolution charts the evolution of the battle for engine supremacy and performance among the world's leading marques, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ford GT, among others. The book profiles the designers and engineers who developed these cars, and includes interviews with the racers and celebrities who drive them, and of course, fabulous photographs of the supercars themselves. Included in the book are several hilarious and informative commentaries by Jay Leno, the host of The Tonight Show and one of the best-known automotive collectors and enthusiasts in the world, telling stories and opinions on these cars (many of which he owns).


Velocity: Supercar Revolution conveys as never before the power of automotive aesthetics and performance pushed to their absolute limits. It is a benchmark in automotive publishing and destined to become a classic history of these incredible marques.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Classic and Sports Car (UK), April 2007
“If you’ve any petrol in your veins, you are going to be addicted to this book.”

New Zealand Driver, Fall 2006

“Not only is [Lamm] a master with the word his photography is also stunning … Velocity could have been a pretty, glossy, bubble-head of a coffee table book--a book jammed with lavish photographs of supercars and left it at that. Instead, Lamm has chosen to bring to his wonderful photographs, words that actually have a very real story to tell with plenty of information and opinion. Never a dull page in this book … A compelling story … And a work of art.”

New York Times, December 2006
"Mr. Lamm, a longtime automotive journalist who is currently an editor at large at Road & Track magazine, has experienced the cars firsthand, driving, riding in or photographing each one. He combines these personal experiences with a broad history ... The reward is having so much in one place. Throughout the book, there are short bits from Jay Leno, who offers a more entertaining perspective on these cars, many of which sit in his garage ... You don't have to be a gearhead to appreciate the collection of vibrant photographs."

Road and Track, June 2007 
“An in-depth historical look at the evolution of the modern supercar, loaded with fantastic photography.”

Edmonds.com, May 2007
“Coverage of the sexy beasts kicks off right at 1967 and goes clear through today. It's an extremely comprehensive book, with every era and every inch of supercars detailed (from horsepower increases to brake size). Dig the cool design sketches and build photos.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760325964
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Edition description:
First
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Read an Excerpt

 p. 187 Jay Leno on the McLaren: ...The downside is it's crazy expensive. There’s a McLaren service center near hear – that’s the great thing about LA, no matter what you’re interested in it’s here – so I took it in for service and the guy said, “We replaced the wiper blade.” I said there’s no need to replace the wiper. It doesn’t rain and if it does I don’t take it out. He said, “Well, it’s just a matter of course that we replace the blade.” I said, Okay, how much is the blade? “$1500.” ...I said, Don’t touch the blade next time….That problem aside, Leno states, “It’s a fascinating car and I think it’s probably THE greatest sports car of the 20th century." 

p. 293 Jay Leno on the Ford GT: That’s an emotional thing for me because when I was a kid we were a Ford family. We had Falcons and my dad had a ’64 Galaxy, so we went in to buy the ’66 and I said, "Dad can I pick the engine?" [Note: Jay Leno was born in 1950 and would have been 15 or 16 at this time]. My mother was saying, "Oh, let the boy pick the engine. What difference does it make what engine is in the car?" So I met with the salesman, Tom Lawrence, and I pulled him aside and said, "We want to get the Galaxy with the 7-liter option, the C6 automatic, and the glass-pack mufflers." So we wait about four weeks and the car comes in and my father and I go to pick it up. He starts it and it goes: "Hunga, hunga." My father says, "The muffler, there’s a hole in the goddamn muffler. This is a brand new car and there’s a hole in the muffler." The salesman says, "Mr. Leno, you didn’t order mufflers. You wanted the glass packs." And then, when we leave, my dad pulls out of the dealership, steps on the gas, the car fishtails with all that power. My dad says, "Jesus Christ, what did I buy?"

 

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
New York Times, December 2006

"Mr. Lamm, a longtime automotive journalist who is currently an editor at large at Road & Track magazine, has experienced the cars firsthand, driving, riding in or photographing each one. He combines these personal experiences with a broad history ... The reward is having so much in one place. Throughout the book, there are short bits from Jay Leno, who offers a more entertaining perspective on these cars, many of which sit in his garage ... You don't have to be a gearhead to appreciate the collection of vibrant photographs."

                                                                                                                                                                        

Road and Track, June 2007 
“An in-depth historical look at the evolution of the modern supercar, loaded with fantastic photography.”

 

Edmonds.com, May 2007
“Coverage of the sexy beasts kicks off right at 1967 and goes clear through today. It's an extremely comprehensive book, with every era and every inch of supercars detailed (from horsepower increases to brake size). Dig the cool design sketches and build photos.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

New Zealand Driver, Fall 2006

“Not only is [Lamm] a master with the word his photography is also stunning … Velocity could have been a pretty, glossy, bubble-head of a coffee table book—a book jammed with lavish photographs of supercars and left it at that. Instead, Lamm has chosen to bring to his wonderful photographs, words that actually have a very real story to tell with plenty of information and opinion. Never a dull page in this book … A compelling story … And a work of art.”

Classic and Sports Car (UK), April 2007

“If you’ve any petrol in your veins, you are going to be addicted to this book.”

 

Meet the Author

As a respected automotive journalist and photographer covering high-performance cars for Road & Track since 1975, author and photographer John Lamm has worked with and interviewed nearly every significant figure in Ferrari history. Lamm’s work has won numerous awards including the International Motor Press Association’s Ken Purdy award and the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor prize. This is his 11th book. Lamm lives in San Clemente, California, with his wife Scheri.

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