Legendary Car Engines: Inner Secrets of the World's 20 Best

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MBI Publishing Company LLC, 2004 - Transportation - 160 pages
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In Legendary Car Engines, John Simister expertly dissects twenty of the greatest powerplants. With photos by Automobile Magazine contributor Tim Andrew and illustrations by the late, great Bob Freeman, it looks as good as it reads. - "Speed Reading" Automobile Magazine, October 2004This book examines the 20 best road-car engines ever: the most tuneful, the most beautiful, the most significant, the most highly-prized. A car's engine is its heart and its soul. It gives a car its voice and its muscle. Some engines do this so well they seem like living things. But which are they? The words reveal who designed them, and the how, when, and why, while Tim Andrews' fabulous photography captures the familiar face and the hidden depths. Discover the engine's design features, and why they matter. Find out which is the world's most prolific engine, which began as a fire-pump, and which has components that are reversible. Discover things you never knew about engine technology. John Simister gets to the heart of these celebrated power plants and describes them as he might describe old friends. Only the master of his subject could handle so complex a subject with so light a touch.

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About the author (2004)

John Simister is that special creature--a motoring journalist who loves to take engines apart and establish how they work. He learned that craft during student garage jobs, then landed a road-tester's job at Motor magazine. He's now a freelance writer covering both modern and classic cars, a European Car of the Year jury member, and can still be found in his garage in Berkhamsted, England, surrounded by car parts.

Tim Andrew is one of Britain’s leading car photographers. His work has appeared regularly in Performance Car, and Classic and Sportscar. He lives in the UK.

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