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Man and Machine: The Best Of Stephan Wilkinson Paperback – December 1, 2005
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In another chapter, Wilkinson relates the hazards of flying purely on instruments, and why being able to do so can make the difference between life and death. He draws from his own misadventures in flight and explains exactly why the high-end Beech Bonanza is known as "the doctor killer." And dissecting the finely tuned instrument that is the Formula 1 car, Wilkinson relates how the engine's connecting rods actually stretch at 19,000 rpm, even though they're made of titanium, and what can happen when a racecar brakes at 6Gs.
Always entertaining, Wilkinson takes men, and maybe even a few women, where they love to go - under the hood, over the mechanic's shoulder, and behind the wheel.
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Top customer reviews
So I read it, too.
This is a book about power and speed and LOTS of cash and being a guy -- and that's okay with me. Do I understand why a bunch of broke teenagers want to spend every penny on decibel drag racing? Nope. But I can be glad for them that they have found a creative new way to be competitive and tinker around with stuff. That's what it's all about.
Thanks, Stephan Wilkinson. Each one of these articles was interesting. We're a military family, and some of these military vehicles... well, I already had a huge appreciation for the guys who piloted them, and now that I understand the vehicles better, the prestige of these guys grows even more for me.
If this book was a machine it would hum in quiet harmony, it would have no sharp edges, and it would do something better than that something had ever been done before. I think you'll enjoy being up close to see and feel the power of such a 'Man and Machine.'