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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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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)

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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 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?"

 

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Table of Contents


Contents
Introduction
 
Section I: The First Wave 1967–1978; 155–190 Miles per Hour
Chapter 1 The Lamborghini Miura and the Ferrari Daytona 1967; 163 and 173 Miles per Hour
Chapter 2  Maserati Bora 1971; 163 Miles per Hour
Chapter 3  Ferrari Boxer 1973; 188 Miles per Hour
Chapter 4  Lamborghini Countach 1974; 180 Miles per Hour
Chapter 5  Porsche 930 Turbo 1975; 155 Miles per Hour
Chapter 6  BMW M1 1978; 169 Miles per Hour
 
Section II: The Group B Connection 1983–1991; 163–220 Miles per Hour
Chapter 7  Ferrari 288 GTO 1983; 189 Miles per Hour
Chapter 8  Ferrari Testarossa 1984; 185 Miles per Hour
Chapter 9  Ferrari F40 1987; 201 Miles per Hour
Chapter 10  Jaguar XJ220 1988; 220 Miles per Hour
Chapter 11  Porsche 959 1989; 199 Miles per Hour
Chapter 12  Lamborghini Diablo 1990; 205 Miles per Hour
Chapter 13  Dodge Viper 1991; 163 Miles per Hour
Chapter 14  Bugatti EB110 1991; 212 Miles per Hour
Chapter 15  The Vector 1991; 218 Miles per Hour
 
Section III: The Modern Supercar Era 1992–Present; 190–250 Miles per Hour
Chapter 16  McLaren F1 1992; 231 Miles per Hour
Chapter 17  Ferrari F50 1996; 202 Miles per Hour
Chapter 18  Pagani Zonda 1999; 214 Miles per Hour
Chapter 19  Aston Martin Vanquish 2001; 200 Miles per Hour
Chapter 20  Lamborghini Murciélago 2001; 205 Miles per Hour
Chapter 21  Saleen S7 2001; 235 Miles per Hour
Chapter 22  Ferrari Enzo 2002; 218 Miles per Hour
Chapter 23  Lamborghini Gallardo 2003; 200 Miles per Hour
Chapter 24  Maserati MC12 2004; 205 Miles per Hour
Chapter 25  Porsche Carrera GT 2004; 205 Miles per Hour
Chapter 26  Mercedes-Benz SLR 2004; 207 Miles per Hour
Chapter 27 Ford GT 2005; 190 Miles per Hour
Chapter 28  Ferrari F430 2005; 196 Miles per Hour
Chapter 29  Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG 2005; 200 Miles per Hour
Chapter 30  Ruf RT12 2005; 217 Miles per Hour
Chapter 31  Bugatti Veyron 16.4 2005; 250 Miles per Hour
Chapter 32  Corvette ZO6 2006; 199 Miles per Hour
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

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    I am hoping that this book is like the: The Supercar, book by John Lamm that Jay Leno had commentary on. What an awesome book!

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