The History of Speed (UK Edition)

November 28, 2020
The History of Speed (UK Edition)

Ever since we built machines that could transport us,there has been a desire to find ways to make them go faster. Forsome, going faster isn't enough - they want to be the fastest. Thisbook celebrates those who have built the machines and driven themat ever greater speeds. This is The History of Speed.Bestselling motorsport writer Martin Roach tells the extraordinarystory of those who have come to be obsessed by speed. From CamilleJenatzy, 'the Red Devil', who became the first man to drive at over100kmh in 1899, through the golden age of Malcolm Campbell and hisBluebird, and on to the modern era of jet- and rocket-propelledcars, we have gone faster and faster. But this book is not justabout these record-breakers, Roach also looks at the technology,the engines and the inventors who helped progress in speed at alllevels, from Formula One to the supercars from the likes of Ferrariand Mercedes that are eagerly snapped up by collectors, rarely tobe seen on the road.Accompanied by some of the most stunning images of the cars andthose who made and drove them, Roach tells a wonderful story ofinnovation and invention. He talks to some of the great drivers tofind out what inspires them to risk their lives, and finds out fromengineers how they developed their ideas. Along the way, we hearsome remarkable tale and anecdotes, but also find out how thepursuit of speed can also have its costs, with many tragic heroesand heroines falling along the way.If you've ever thrilled to the roar of a sports car engine,of loved the feel of the g-force as you accelerate away, or evenlooked on in wonder at a powerful engine, The History of Speed is abook that you will not want to miss out on.