Blind Booking: the ramp book tips

Yesterday was Public Bookcase Day - where you share your personal favourite books with like-minded people. Today we are taking care of the personal bookcase. And it's only logical that we put the current ramp favourites on your shelf there. The topics: Cars, surfing, architecture.
Text Alfred Rzyski
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More about a Legend

You would think there was nothing left to say about the Ford GT40. The car has been put through the pop culture mill countless times and every secret has been revealed. But then there’s this new book of thirty-two stories with new insights into this fascinating car: its design and development, racing tales and rivals, the Scuderia Filipinetti team that entered the car at Le Mans in 1965, the name controversy of 2005, the undocumented engine swap. You never stop learning. That’s a good thing.

John Allen & Colin Endeacott: Ford GT40 Anthology: A Unique Compilation of Stories About these Most Iconic Cars. Veloce. 57 Euro


An old (racing) adage goes: "You can sleep in a car, but you can't race a house". However, Andreas K. Vetter proves that the topic of home and vehicle does not have to be a dilemma at all: the perfect solution is to combine them in style. His work "Haus & Auto" (House & Car) summarises the most striking and impressive accommodations for man and machine. Including numerous exterior & interior photos, but also construction drawings - in case you're looking for inspiration for the leap into home ownership.

Four Wheels, Two Opinions

A recent article in German newsweekly Die Zeit, with the headline “Van Life: Postmodern Hippie Nightmare” made lighthearted fun of what it sees as the petty bourgeois lifestyle of van dwellers. You can read the article after getting out of your T5 in the morning as you admire the sunrise with a pot of coffee in your hand. Or you can grab the book The Getaways and let the creative van conversions and illustrated maps shown there inspire you for your next tour. But you know what? In their own way, they’re both right.

The Getaways: Vans, Nomaden und Abenteurer. gestalten. 39,90 Euro.

Surf’s Up

There are some really famous spots for surfing, like in Waikiki or California, and then there are some really unusual ones, like in Iceland, Norway – or Ghana. The Surf Atlas shows them all. Co-editor is photographer and author Luke Gartside, who also publishes Wavelength Magazine, Europe’s oldest surf magazine.

gestalten & Luke Gartside: The Surf Atlas. gestalten. €50.00

Last - but so not least

More coffee-table book than magazine. Direct, authentic, intense. That is ramp. Fresh changes of perspective, avant-garde imagery, plus a fine sense for nuances and the dramaturgical mix. Always new, always stimulating. A passion for cars combined with a love of life. You want to complete your personal collection with the latest issues?

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