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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



“Ross Bentley’s Speed Secrets series of coaching books are a favorite around our office: they really help the driver to grasp what it takes to win. From cornering to the business of racing, Ross has covered it all. Ultimate Speed Secrets is a condensed version of all of his previous books and serves as a good refresher for those of us who haven’t read his back catalog in years. Put it on your shelf, or in your gear bag for those long nights before the big race.” – Grassroots Motorsports
“Virtually everyone who races wants to improve their technique and lap times. Ross Bentley is one of the best-known racing instructors who has been able to put to words what he teaches in person, down to choosing lines and adapting to different cars and trucks. This is the latest version of his previous work with completely new text, photos and diagrams. Well worth the read to get your needed speed!” - Vintage Motorsport
“Author Ross Bentley dishes on what every professional track driver knows about driving that you probably don’t. He’s no amateur; Bentley won the United States Road Racing Championship while driving for BMW-backed racing team, and the 2003 24 Hours of Daytona. Even if you’re not venturing onto a track, knowing how to clip an apex should help on freeway ramps.” - The Virginian-Pilot



"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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Product Details

  • Series: Speed Secrets
  • Flexibound: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (August 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I already owned the original Speed Secrets and Speed Secrets 2 and was hoping to get a lot more insight into racing and high performance driving from this book titled "Ultimate Speed Secrets". Unfortunately, a lot of what Ross Bentley says in this new book is a copy and paste of the information in his old books. If you don't have any of his books, then I would recommend getting this one and foregoing all of the other books. If you already have the original Speed Secrets and Speed Secrets 2, then don't bother buying this one as it doesn't add much more.
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I'm the kind of guy that finds most of his information online on forums or through search engines, so naturally I shy away from books like these. This was recommended to me by some local club drivers and I decided to give it a shot. I figured I would be getting some 80s technical manual based on the cover art.

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.
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As many have stated this book has all the knowledge any racer would possibly need. Nothing in this book is to difficult to understand and is geared towards the beginner looking to go pro. If you truly believe you are relatively knowledgeable in chassis tuning and racing edict then a lot of this will be redundant to what you already know. But i find it useful as i have a few friends that are casual spirited drivers that always ask me questions about driving technique that i can't always break down in the most fundamental way. But every answer that i couldn't explain, i was able to pin point the exact Q and A in this book that would solve our discussions.

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.
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I have read two or three other books discussing race car and autocross driving techniques. This one provides the best insight into the driver/car interaction by far. It discusses in concise detail what is happening and has provided me with the tools to analyise my own driving in a way that should help me to improve.
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My performance driving "skills" are primarily self-taught. While, at times, I have received some professional instruction from a few racers I know, for the most part, I've relied on books and practice on various race tracks and on twisty public highways, as my "instruction". I know I'd probably benefit from a real performance driving school, such as Spring Mountain Motorsports' "Ron Fellows Performance Driving School", but with today's stagnated economy, I just don't have the budget. So...I read books.

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.
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