This is a fairly comprehensive beginners guide to autocross.
Howe has effectively explained what autocross is, and made it simple for the beginner.
Basic driving techniques are well explained as well, and many that are not beginners can probably learn something from a thorough read.
One of the most valuable aspects of the book is the the vast collection of photos. There are many examples of how to drive, and how not to drive, on an autocross course.
I also appreciated the breakdown of the classes of cars, and the general discussion of the types of modifications allowed in each class.
Those that aspire to be competitive in a particular class will appreciate this, as it becomes apparent that some of the classes have a relatively low entry point as far as cost of the car and any modifications is concerned, while other classes require a serious commitment in cash if to make a car competitive. This is all well known to folks with a little experience, but to the rank beginner this is the fastest way to gain some familiarity with the different classes. Reading this book first will make reading the Solo rule book a bit easier.
Highly recommended for anyone serious about autocross.
I have not gotten to autocross yet, and frankly, not knowing much about it made it seem very intimidating. After reading this book, I'm excited to see what this is all about, and after running a couple this spring, looking back through the book to see what clicks. Great read, alot of good informative photos, must have for a racing junkie.
The photos in the book alone are worth more then the cover price. This book is an excellent resource for any driving enthusiast. It breaks down autocrossing in detail and gives great examples of what works, what doesn't and why. This book is a very good introduction to the sport and should be in every autocrossers library.
This book, written by a fellow civil engineer, appears to be one of the better books on autocross. There's plenty of reliable information on a broad range of autocross-related topics, the writing is clear, and there's an abundance of useful photos with detailed captions. The one minor complaint I have is that the narrative sometimes refers to colors, but the entire book is in black/white, so I suspect that the book was originally in color but the current printing is black/white. But again, this is a minor issue, and I still recommend the book. Also be sure to check out Winning Autocross Techniques (Speed Secrets), since the two books complement each other well.
The book accomplishes its' goal of explaining autocross techniques. However, casting no aspersions against the book, autocross is learned by practice and watching others practice far more than than by reading. While I can read and understand the text, it occurred to me that the pictures were as much if not more informative in illustrating what to do or not do. The pictures are instructive as is watching others except with freeze frame showing the consequences of right or wrong moves.
It's a good start to the sport. I would give it 5 stars but it references colors in photos and the photos are not in color. Example: look at the rear differential - it's the gold box in the picture - but it's a black and white picture. Book is well-written, informative and entertaining. It's a good introductory book and exactly what I wanted even with the minor flaw mentioned above.
Once again, I find myself reviewing a book on a very specific and under appreciated automotive topic. I recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in autocrossing or car control. I have found myself picking it up to refresh myself frequently. It sounds cliche, but this is a worthy read for a rookie or veteran. Pick it up, you won't regret it.
While you certainly won't learn to drive from reading a book, this a pretty interesting way for the beginner to get a better idea of what to expect and what to think about. My only complaint is that there are at times references to colors but the book is black and white. Part of the reason I buy these books is to have something fun to flip through during some down time; this book fails in that regard because it is simply boring as hell to look at. $25 for a black and white book is pretty pathetic, though at least it is (supposedly) printed here in the states. Content gets five starts, execution gets two, but overall it's a solid buy.