Grand Prix

Author: Don Keefe
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
ISBN: 9781583881842
Format: PDF, Mobi
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With 18 years of research on the Pontiac Grand Prix, Don Keefe takes the reader on a voyage that covers nearly a half century, from the earliest design sketches of the late 1950s, bringing the concept to market, all production figures to date, to the exciting Grand Prixs of today. Not simply a rosy depiction of the Grand Prix’s history, the author also deals frankly with the darkest days of the 1970s and 1980s, leading to its rebirth as an exciting front-drive sport coupe. Also covered are experimental, showcar, and specialty versions of the Grand Prix.

Pontiac Concept and Show Cars 1939 1980

Author: Donald Keefe
Publisher: CarTech Inc
ISBN: 1613252161
Format: PDF, ePub
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Pontiac did a great job of distinguishing itself from other GM brands. Not only did it create the GTO, Firebird, Trans Am, and Bonneville, but the company’s dedicated staff designed, developed, and built some of the most audacious and progressive experimental and concept cars. The management, engineers, and designers had a bold and distinct vision for Pontiac, and these cars were infused with their unique passion and vision. With a keen eye on the future, Pontiac created ground-breaking designs to show its customers what was possible. Pontiac Concept and Show Cars: 1939-1980 gives you a comprehensive perspective of these landmark cars in the history of automotive design. Don Keefe, Pontiac historian and former editor of Smoke Signals, takes you on a fascinating tour of Pontiac’s automotive visions and wildest creations. Some of the cars never went beyond the experimental stage; others became prototypes. You learn the inside story on the design, modeling, and fabrication processes. And you are shown an automotive future that could have been, and the cars that became history. During the 1950s, Pontiac concept cars such as the Bonneville Specials, Strato Streak, and La Parisienne wowed the public at the Motorama show. During the 1960s and 1970s, Pontiac was tapped into the youth market and the radical designs that used European influence to create aggressive sports/muscle cars. The GTO Flamme, XP833, Firebird Pegasus, Cirrus, Banshee, and others piqued interest and kept enthusiasts coming back for more. These fascinating and innovative Pontiacs from 1939 to the 1980s and beyond are examined in exquisite detail. Pontiac fans, as well as auto history buffs, will enjoy reading and learning about these cars as well as Pontiac’s Project X car program. If you’ve been looking for a book that authoritatively and comprehensively covers the remarkable and influential Pontiac prototypes of the past, or simply love concept cars in general, this book will entertain you for hours.

Harley Davidson and Philosophy

Author: Bernard E. Rollin
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 081269807X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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It’s no wonder descriptions of riding often resemble the words of Asian mystics and Jedi knights: The ride causes your senses to open completely. You experience only the present, the now. Readers who prefer revving a Harley to meditating in a Zen garden know that biking is just as contemplative as chanting in the lotus position. Here, philosopher-bikers explore this seeming dichotomy, expounding on intriguing questions such as: Why are the motorcycles the real stars of Easy Rider? What would Marx and Foucault say about Harley riders’ tight leather garb? What’s it like to live a dual life as a philosophy professor who wrenches his own 1965 Electra Glide? Would Jesus hang out in a biker bar or a coffeehouse? And more importantly, would He ride a Harley or a Honda? These witty, provocative essays give readers and riders a new appreciation of what it means to become one with the road.

Driving Our Dreams

Author: Ken Gross
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780939059010
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Heritage Museums & Gardens exhibition catalogue for "Driving Our Dreams: Imagination in Motion" about American concept cars. It features an outstanding collection of some of the most historically significant concept cars ever built and examples of what today’s designers are dreaming up for tomorrow. Includes essays by Ken Gross, William J. Mitchell, and Hampton Wayt and foreword by Ellen Spear.

The Theory of Sprays and Finsler Spaces with Applications in Physics and Biology

Author: P.L. Antonelli
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401581940
Format: PDF, ePub
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The present book has been written by two mathematicians and one physicist: a pure mathematician specializing in Finsler geometry (Makoto Matsumoto), one working in mathematical biology (Peter Antonelli), and a mathematical physicist specializing in information thermodynamics (Roman Ingarden). The main purpose of this book is to present the principles and methods of sprays (path spaces) and Finsler spaces together with examples of applications to physical and life sciences. It is our aim to write an introductory book on Finsler geometry and its applications at a fairly advanced level. It is intended especially for graduate students in pure mathemat ics, science and applied mathematics, but should be also of interest to those pure "Finslerists" who would like to see their subject applied. After more than 70 years of relatively slow development Finsler geometry is now a modern subject with a large body of theorems and techniques and has math ematical content comparable to any field of modern differential geometry. The time has come to say this in full voice, against those who have thought Finsler geometry, because of its computational complexity, is only of marginal interest and with prac tically no interesting applications. Contrary to these outdated fossilized opinions, we believe "the world is Finslerian" in a true sense and we will try to show this in our application in thermodynamics, optics, ecology, evolution and developmental biology. On the other hand, while the complexity of the subject has not disappeared, the modern bundle theoretic approach has increased greatly its understandability.

Aerostatics

Author: Edward P. Warner
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781410224309
Format: PDF
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Balloons of all classes, while in equilibrium or moving vertically, are discussed fully for the information of pilots; in addition the subject is treated mathematically for students at aeronautical schools. At the time of the original publication the author was Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Secretary of the Sub-Committee on Aerodynamics of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics; and Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Bergsonism

Author: Gilles Deleuze
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780942299076
Format: PDF, Docs
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Examines the philosophy of Henri Bergson, explains his concepts of duration, memory, and elan vital, and discusses the influence of science on Bergson