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Today, August 19, 2015, marks a somber anniversary for motorsports fans as it was forty years ago that the legendary driver Mark Donohue succumbed to the injuries he sustained during practice at the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix.  As a champion at Indianapolis, USRRC, Trans-Am, Can-Am, formula cars, stock cars, IROC and endurance racers, Donohue was one of the most popular drivers of his time.

Tragically, Donohue's career came to an end in a tragic accident during a practice session at the Österreichring race track for the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix in his post-retirement return to F1.

Mark Donohue was a true racing pioneer in his avid use of driving analysis and engineering savvy to get the most out of his racecars during his successful exploits on the track, traits that were sometimes jokingly described as an "unfair advantage." Donohue brought equal amounts of rugged determination and scientific skill to his time behind the wheel in a way that remains a distinct influence on virtually all aspects of motorsports to this day.

Just before his untimely passing, Mark Donohue saw the publication of his acclaimed book The Unfair Advantage, a first-hand account of his racing career and a car-by-car look at the science he brought to motorsports.  After a number of years of the book being very hard-to-find, Bentley Publishers collaborated with Donohue's family to reissue the book in a new edition featuring new color photos and a detailed chronology of Donohue's racing career.

"...a gripping history of sports cars and road racing..." - Los Angeles Times

"This masterpiece is, by far, the single book that you should never find yourself without." - Hooniverse

"No matter what type of motoring enthusiast you are, you will enjoy reading this book..." - Toronto Star

The Unfair Advantage is available here at BentleyPublishers.com or wherever motorsports books are sold. For more information on The Unfair Advantage, click below:

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/automotive-reference/history/the-unfair-advantage.html

 

 

The Unfair Advantage

by Mark Donohue

Softcover, 368 pages, 115 photos
ISBN: 978-0-8376-0069-7 

List price: $34.95

Bentley Publishers is proud to announce that two of our recent books won awards at the 24th International Automotive Media Competition!

Karl Ludvigsen's Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car won the Silver Award for Book Writing-History: Single Marque while the BMW 3 Series (E90, E91, E92, E93) Service Manual: 2006-2011 won the Silver Award for Book Writing-Technical: How-To.

The award winning publications of the 24th International Automotive Media Competition were announced on Sunday, July 26th, 2015, as part of the Concours d'Elegance of America held at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, MI.  

Administered by the International Society for Vehicle Preservation, the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), is a program to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media. Judging of eligible entries is performed by a 22-member panel of automotive media professionals.

For more information on the International Automotive Media Competition, visit their website at https://automediaregistry.org.

 

Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car - 1953-1982

by Karl Ludvigsen

Now Available!

Hardcover, 784 pages, 989 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full-color throughout and printed in the USA.

List price: $54.95

 

BMW 3 Series (E90, E91, E92, E93) Service Manual: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335is, 335xi

Now Available!

Hardcover, 1,424 pages, 2,412 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $149.95

Another round of great reviews for Physics for Gearheads has come in, showing that Randy Beikmann's book on the physics of vehicle dynamics, energy and power in automobiles is equally at home in an automotive enthusiast library, in a professional motorsports workshop or in a physics or mechanical engineering classroom.

  • "This would be a terrific textbook for a college-level course in automotive engineering, learning how to compute how kinetic energy of a vehicle in motion is converted to heat in the braking process, how the heat in a fuel is turned into power, or how to predict the force on a suspension pushrod."

  • "...if you are looking for a primer in physics that covers the major aspects and principles, and are also an automotive enthusiast, Beikmann's book will make an invaluable contribution to your science education...and perhaps make you a better driver too."

  • "Physics for Gearheads is an awesome resource for bringing relevance to an introductory physics class. The pictures and corresponding text truly bring the concepts to life. I would use this as a companion text for a general physics class or as a curriculum text for an elective or choice class."

 

  • "This book is destined to become the new bible of performance engineering for the regular guy. You will refer to it over and over again and it will likely become thoroughly dog-eared addition to the rule books and cam cards in the top of your tool box. The author's style is engaging without the intimidation that often accompanies a read of this nature...a "Must Read" for every gearhead, car guy and performance enthusiast."

To see all of the great reviews for Physics for Gearheads, follow this link: http://www.bentleypublishers.com/automotive-reference/engineering-and-motorsports/physics-for-gearheads/reviews.html . 

Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

List price: $79.95


"For The Dad Who Needs Speed: Packed with anecdotes about the biggest names from racing's golden age, The Racing Driver, originally published in 1958, remains a lively guide to the how and why of fast driving." Honestly, we couldn't have said it better ourselves.

For more information on Denis Jenkinson's The Racing Driver, click below: 

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/c/GDJE

 

The Racing Driver

The Theory And Practice Of Fast Driving

by Denis Jenkinson
With a foreword by Sir Stirling Moss

List price: $24.95

  • "I like Beikmann's approach to learning: 'Regardless of your background, 'soak time' is important'... So while a lot of this book is about speed, reading it is not. Take your time, and enjoy it!"
    - Dennis Simanaitis, illustrious automotive technical expert and former Road & Track Engineering Editor
     
  • "Physics for Gearheads, by Randy Beikmann, is a superbly presented 590 page volume, crammed full of everything a car enthusiast might need if they wish to go beyond the performance figures in the sales brochure...eminently readable."
    - Peter Wright, Renowned motorsports engineering expert and author of Formula 1 Technology
     
  • "This is the book that I wish I'd had when taking physics classes in school." 
    - Speed Secrets Weekly
     
  • "...extremely well laid out with colorful chapter subheadings, key concepts, formula highlights and plenty of diagrams...a very handy reference for vehicle dynamics." 
    - PhysicsForums.com
     
  • "If, like me, you are a gearhead who enjoys building things, this book is a godsend of practical equations that, once understood, will allow you to raise your intuitive abilities to a higher level." 
    - SpeedReaders.info

These are just some of the great things that people are saying about Randy Beikmann's new book Physics for GearheadsClick here to read more press reviews of Physics for Gearheads.

For more information on Physics for Gearheads, including the table of contents, an excerpt and much more, visit www.BentleyPublishers.com/physics.

Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

List price: $79.95

 

 


Two technical videos covering do-it-yourself procedures for the BMW X3 (E83) are now available on our BMW X3 (E83) Online Technical Library.

BMW X3 (E83) 2004-2010 Transfer Case Oil Change - DIY Repair

In this video, see how to change the BMW X3 X-Drive Transfer Case Oil. Note that fluid change may also require resetting the fault memory and control unit adaptations. Video shows resetting VTG Transfer Case adaptations using diagnostic scan tool. 

BMW X3 (E83) 2004-2010 Servomotor Actuator - DIY Repair

In this video, see how to repair the BMW X3 X-Drive Transfer Case Servomotor / Servo Actuator by replacing the internal plastic drive gear rather than replacing entire Servomotor.

Both of these videos use a 2007 BMW X3 (BMW E83) as a demonstration vehicle. For additional technical coverage for BMW X3 models built on the E83 platform, visit the BMW X3 (E83) Online Technical Library at: https://wiki.bentleypublishers.com/x/AgDQBg

BMW X3 (E83) Repair Manual - Now Available

For more information on our BMW X3 (E83) repair manual visit:  http://www.bentleypublishers.com/c/bx30

 

BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010

2.5i, 3.0i, 3.0si, xDrive 30i

Hardcover, 1,040 pages, 1,884 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

We're very proud to announce the forthcoming publication of one of the most interesting books in automotive engineering we have seen in years.


Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

List price: $79.95
Bentley Stock Number: GEBP
Available March 9, 2015 

Softcover, 8 inches x 10 inches
604 pages
347 photos, illustrations and diagrams
ISBN: 978-0-8376-1615-5

Whether your interest is in increasing your engine's horsepower, getting more miles per gallon, or shaving tenths off your lap time on track day, you can use physics to gain insight into the problem and formulate a solution.

There is no better way to learn physics than by having a problem to solve

As a gearhead, you have a secret advantage when it comes to understanding physics: you see it at work every time you solve a problem with your car or watch a motorsports event. The experience you already have tuning cars or motorcycles is your virtual physics lab. Physics for Gearheads will show you that if you can learn about cars, you can learn about physics.

Physics for Gearheads not only explains physics principles in language you can understand, it demonstrates how to use physics to your advantage.

For more information on Physics for Gearheads, including the table of contents, an excerpt and much more, visit www.BentleyPublishers.com/physics.

Physics for Gearheads

An Introduction to Vehicle Dynamics, Energy, and Power - with Examples from Motorsports 

by Randy Beikmann

List price: $79.95

 

 


The brand-new BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010 is now in stock and shipping worldwide!

    

Our first book of 2015 is also one of our most anticipated technical manuals in years.  This comprehensive repair manual covers the first generation of BMW X3 models built on the E83 platform from the 2004 model years up through 2010.

     

The BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010 contains technical repair information for the following engines & transmissions:

Engines covered:

  • M54 engine: 2.5i, 3.0i (2004-2006) 
  • N52 engine: 3.0si, xDrive 30i (2007-2010) 

Transmissions covered: 

  • Manual: ZF GS6-37BZ (6-speed) 
  • Automatic: GM A5S390R (5-speed) 
  • Automatic: GM GA6L45R (6-speed) 

Click on the link below to see more information about the book, including the table of contents, the complete index, a link to an excerpt and much more.

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/c/BX30

Order the book today here at BentleyPublishers.com or wherever BMW repair manuals are sold. 

 

BMW X3 (E83) Service Manual: 2004-2010

2.5i, 3.0i, 3.0si, xDrive 30i

Hardcover, 1,040 pages, 1,884 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $129.95

Happy New Year from all of us at Bentley Publishers! Our newest release arrived at our warehouse just at the tail end of 2014. The Bosch Automotive Handbook is used by automotive technicians and enthusiasts worldwide. This indispensable reference guide to automotive engineering concepts and technology has grown significantly in page count and size for this, its ninth edition. 

For more information on the Bosch Automotive Handbook - 9th Edition, click on the link below:

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/bosch/engineering-and-motorsports/bosch-automotive-handbook-9th-ed.html

 

Bosch Automotive Handbook

Updated 9th Edition

Hardcover, 1,544 pages, 1,450 illustrations and diagrams

List price: $69.95

The MINI Cooper (R55, R56, R57) Service Manual: 2007-2013 is now available! Covering the Mk II MINI Cooper models, including the Cooper S, Clubman and Convertible across over 1000 pages, this hardcover book is a comprehensive source of repair information for the professional service technician or MINI owner.

For complete information on what you'll find in this Mk II MINI Cooper repair manual, visit http://www.bentleypublishers.com/mini/repair-information/mini-cooper-service-manual-2007-2013.htmlOrder it here at BentleyPublishers.com or from wherever MINI Cooper technical books are sold.

 

 

MINI Cooper, Cooper S, Clubman (R55, R56, R57) Service Manual: 2007-2013

Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works (JCW) including Clubman, Convertible

Hardcover, 1064 pages, 1845 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $139.95

We're happy to announce that a brand-new edition of our MINI Cooper Repair Manual will be out on October 1st, 2014. Incorporating service information and technical specifications for Mk II Mini Cooper models from the 2007 through 2013 model year, the MINI Cooper, Cooper S, Clubman (R55, R56, R57) Service Manual: 2007-2013 supersedes the previous edition with two more model years of coverage.

For a lot more information on the book, including an excerpted procedure preview, model coverage details, the table of contents, a complete index of what's in the book and much more, visit www.bentleypublishers.com/c/BM13

Pre-order the MINI Cooper, Cooper S, Clubman (R55, R56, R57) Service Manual: 2007-2013 here at Bentley Publishers through the links below or wherever MINI technical books are sold.

 

MINI Cooper, Cooper S, Clubman (R55, R56, R57) Service Manual: 2007-2013

Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works (JCW) including Clubman, Convertible

Hardcover, 1064 pages, 1845 photos, illustrations and diagrams

List price: $139.95

After a terrific and well-received launch at the 2014 Bloomington Gold Corvette show and just in time for the 4th of July, we're happy to announce that Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car by Karl Ludvigsen is now available and shipping today! Look for it here on BentleyPublishers.com or wherever Corvette books are sold.

For a preview of what you'll find in Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car, check out the September 2014 issue of Corvette Magazine on newsstands now. In it, you'll find an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 35 - "Winchell's Raiders" where Ludvigsen tells the back story of the Chevrolet engineering team in the mid-'60s with recollections of Frank Winchell, Zora Arkus-Duntov and their discussions of the Corvette's engine placement.

 

Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car - 1953-1982

by Karl Ludvigsen

Now Available!

Hardcover, 784 pages, 989 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full-color throughout and printed in the USA.

List price: $149.95

 

We're very proud to announce that two of our most recent books won Gold Awards at the 23rd International Automotive Media Competition.  The acclaimed book Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic by Rob Siegel was the recipient of the IAMC's Gold Award for Book Writing - Autobiography, while our Porsche 911 (Type 993) Service Manual: 1995-1998 won the Gold Award for Book Writing - Technical, How to do it. These awards were presented by the International Society for Vehicle Preservation on Friday, June 27.

The International Automotive Media Awards (IAMAs) is a peer-judged competition organized by the ISVP that annually recognizes excellence in a wide number of automotive media categories. These annual awards are among the highest honors given to automotive writers and journalists in the United States. Our sincere and heartfelt congratulations go out to Rob Siegel and the members of the Bentley Publishers Service Publications team for their prestigious honors.

For more information on the International Society for Vehicle Preservation and the International Automotive Media Competition, visit their website at www.iamc-isvp.org.

Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic

by Rob Siegel

Hardcover, 432 pages
37 photos
Bentley Book Code: GBRS

List Price: $29.95

 

Porsche 911 Carrera (Type 993) Service Manual: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S

Hardcover, 946 pages, 1523 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full-color repair procedures

List price: $219.95

 

 

On Friday, June 27, 2014, author Karl Ludvigsen will be inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall for his influence on automotive history and the enormous contribution made by his book Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car. This honor is bestowed on the 50 most influential people and 50 most significant Corvettes that pioneered, inspired, or contributed to the Corvette phenomenon. Bentley Publishers is very proud to congratulate Karl on his achievement.

Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car Book Launch Event - Friday, June 27 - 2:00 PM

In addition to accepting his induction into the Great Hall, Ludvigsen will be at the Bentley Publishers booth at Bloomington Gold for a series of book signings at the worldwide debut of Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car 1953-1982 in its significantly expanded new edition. The Bentley Publishers booth will be the only place to buy the book before it's July 4th street date.

Karl will appear at the Bentley Publishers booth at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 27 for the official book launch and a book signing. From there, he'll go straight into the Great Hall for the 4:00 PM induction ceremony.  Other appearances will take place during the weekend, which mark his only scheduled US appearances in support of the new book.

Bloomington Gold Author Appearance Schedule

The Bentley Publishers booth at Bloomington Gold will host three of our most illustrious Corvette book authors for book signings and Q&A:  

Visit the Bentley Publishers booth at Bloomington Gold, located adjacent to the Bloomington Gold Great Hall at the IHotel Conference Center.

Friday, June 27
  • Dave McLellan book signing: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
  • Karl Ludvigsen book launch and signing: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
  • Karl Ludvigsen Great Hall induction ceremony: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, June 28
  • Great Hall Inductee Panel Discussion: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Karl Ludvigsen, Jerry Burton and Dave McLellan joint book signing: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Karl Ludvigsen book signing: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Sunday, June 29
  • Karl Ludvigsen book signing: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
  • Dave McLellan book signing: 12:30 - 2:00 PM

For more information on Bloomington Gold or for tickets, visit www.BloomingtonGold.com.

 

Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car - 1953-1982

by Karl Ludvigsen

Available July 4, 2014

Hardcover, 784 pages, 989 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full-color throughout and printed in the USA.

List price: $149.95

From now until June 25, 2014, we're offering a 30% discount on our Corvette and Chevrolet books, including any advance orders for the brand-new, expanded edition of Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car by Karl Ludvigsen. Place an advance order for your copy today and be first in line to get the book that Automobile Magazine called "our favorite book on Chevrolet's most legendary product." (Please note: Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car is scheduled to be released until July 4th and won't ship until then.)

We're also offering 30% off our other acclaimed Corvette and Chevy books, including:

Corvette from the Inside

by Dave McLellan

List price: $39.95

 

Zora Arkus Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette

by Jerry Burton

List price: $39.95

Visit www.bentleypublishers.com/chevrolet to see our other Corvette and Chevrolet books. 

Enter the promotional code CORVETTE during checkout to take advantage of this special offer.

Act today! This offer is only valid until June 25, 2014 and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

 

 

Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car - 1953-1982

by Karl Ludvigsen

Available July 4, 2014

Hardcover, 784 pages, 989 photos, illustrations and diagrams
Full-color throughout and printed in the USA.

List price: $149.95


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