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Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving Flexibound – August 25, 2011
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"If you are a track-day driver or a regular racer, I guaranteed the $20 or less you pay for his book will be the most cost-effective way to lower your lap time you ever invested." - Keith Martin's Sports Car Market
"This new book presents more racing knowledge in an easy to comprehend, adapt and use than any previous ones over decades of racing. It is not a quick read but an excellent one with much to ponder, reflect on and put into practice. After each track session you'll probably return to it to further hone your skills and fitness both mental and physical. It is complete coaching for the vintage or amateur and it also has many items for the serious aspiring oval or road racer. This means team building, team dynamics, sponsors and sponsorships and much more. It has much to offer the vintage racer no matter the type of car or the intensity of the competition. Buy it, read it, practice the info and you'll be a safer, quicker and more satisfied race car driver." - Vintage Oval Racing
About the Author
Ross Bentley is the author of the popular Motorbooks Speed Secrets series. He is a racing coach, race car driver, author, and speaker. Bentley grew up in a racing family in Vancouver, British Columbia. He raced in the CART Indy Car series in the 1990s before moving on to endurance racing, where he won the 1998 GT3 United States Road Racing Championship and the 2003 SRPII Class Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Bentley resides in Issaquah, Washington.
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Top Customer Reviews
As someone with zero experience racing I found this book both engaging and very useful in understanding what it means to be a truly good driver and how to put proven techniques into practice. I've always thought driving was just a matter of pushing the pedals, switching the gears, and turning a wheel, but after reading just a few pages of the book I discovered there are a plethora of nuances that combine to create top talent.
The next thing is finding answers to chassis tuning problems one does not fully grasp while making modifications. On my quest to improving my cars i thought i knew what modifications would be best, only to find out what i wanted didn't always translate well to the road, even when the parts i purchased were premium parts. This book helped me figure out why certain changes didn't turn out as i planned and i was able to fix my tuning course accordingly.
Note- It is best suited to look at this as a index guide not a book to read page to page. The explanations for certain topics are not in order and has bits of each subject explained over multiple chapters. If you are looking for an answer, you probably won't find it under one chapter.
Lastly - I no way should you assume simply because you have the knowledge in your brain that you will already drive better. Practice..Practice and practice some more (as with everything in life). You can read about late apex'ing all day long. Not until you actually go out and practice it over a variety of turns will you actually start to grasp what you know.
I've read many a performance driving title over the years starting with Alan Johnson's seminal Driving in Competition back with I was just a kid. Every so often since then, I'll run across one that looks good and I'll read it as a sort of "refresher course". Of course, I've also run across a few driving books which weren't worth their cover prices. Earlier this year, I saw Ultimate Speed Secrets and ordered a copy.
Wow. Great book!
Rivals Johnson's book as the best driving book I've ever read.
Not only does it have great depth in its discussions of high-performance and race driving skills but it delves into a number of topics that other performance driving books either just gloss over or don't address at all. For example: there are chapters titled "race team dynamics", How the Driver's Mind Works, Brain integration", "Behavioral Traits" and "Decision Making" all legitimate topics of discussion for those planning on making race driving a "serious" hobby or a profession but which are sometimes neglected in other performance driving books.
The book's author, Ross Bentley not only is an accomplished race driving having the 1998 USRRC, the 2003 Rolex 24 at Daytona. He's also run the SCCA Trans-Am and raced Indy cars.Read more ›
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This book is a MUST read for anyone interested in performance driving. There is great information to be learned at any level. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Zach Hodgson
An incredibly detailed book on the finer points of race driving. Bound very well, it will survive all the track days and autocrosses you will throw at it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by 77vqmous
One of the greatest racing books written. A absolute must for up coming drivers!Published 1 month ago by marc dillmore
Love it! It gives you a great insight on driving techniques and dynamics.Published 2 months ago by Javier B.
Half way through it and can't wait to finish it. Great stuff.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If anyone is interested in starting to race or do some track days, you should definitely pick this up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ricky