This oversized book is definitely on the fast track. It takes readers on a full color, caption-packed whirlwind tour of vehicles made for speed. Racing cars, racing bikes, powerboats, X-planes, and rocket planes all have their places among the pages of this book. The technological advances that have been made in the ongoing attempt to break previous speed records are balanced by real accounts of lives that have been lost in the quest. It's fascinating reading, if sometimes a bit dizzying, that leaves the reader in awe of the humans and the machines that race against the winds of time.