Goldenrod: The resurrection of America's speed king by John Baethel,
The pursue of speed on wheels started with the first automobile. In 1902 the French Auto Club started to regulate these speed runs on land. In April of that year, a vehicle reach 75 mph. In 1904 Louis Rigolly surpassed the 100 mph mark.
The Summer's brothers designed and put together the most sophisticated "bullet" on wheels in 1965 and it reached 409 miles per hour. Their story is amazing and luckily for us, a book has come along to tell us. This book, with historical photos and technical details throughout, is one of the best books I have seen in years. The story and the odds against the project happening were many, but a milestone was reached not by a manufacturer but a group of passionate individuals that did not give up. Writer John Baethel has done tremendous research to bring out many details and photos never seen of a car that made a tremendous impact in the history of land speed records. The gold-colored vehicle had 4 V8 engines. The shape of it has a drag coefficient of only 0.1165, which makes it one of the most efficient in history. The restoration project is also included in this handsome book. Bringing back to life this car required a tremendous effort from many companies and people. This book is much more than a car book and it deserves to be in everyone's library.
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