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How to modify your retro or classic car for high performance

How to modify your retro or classic car for high performance

By Daniel Stapleton
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Paperback • 144 pages • 20.7x25cm • 310 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845842-89-5

£ 24.99 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Planning based on the most important aspects of performance tuning
• How to tune and improve straight line top speed
• How to tune and improve cornering speed
• How to tune and improve acceleration
• How to tune and improve braking
• Aimed at road cars, but also relevant for cars used in motorsport
• Menu-based options to choose between different cost solutions
• Fom basic principles to advanced tuning
• Common sense approach makes for easy understanding
• Covers the whole car, including ancillaries, instrumentation and preparation for motorsport


There are four crucial aspects of a classic car’s performance: straight-line top speed, cornering speed, acceleration, and braking. This book’s detailed guidance shows you how to improve each of these, whether for more enjoyable day-to-day use, or for a diverse range of classic motorsport.


This book explains what ‘high performance’ really is, analysing each part of the classic or retro car – the engine, transmission, brakes, etc – and showing how it can be modified and improved for greater performance, both with period correct parts (where available), and modern components such as electronic ignition. It provides specific guidance and planning advice, examining the pros & cons, and road or motorsport suitability of each modification. Whether you want a more practical, better performing classic for enjoyable everyday use, or a souped-up racer for a diverse range of classic motorsport, you’ll be able to make the correct choices using the tuning ‘menus’ and easy-to-understand troubleshooting tables. With a focus on both traditional tuning – such as overdrive units for gearboxes – and modern 5-speed gearbox replacements, as well as content on SU and Weber carburettors, this book will teach you how to modify a classic car for any purpose – without wasting money.

Independent Reviews

'ANOTHER IN Veloce's How To ... series and one that 'is intended only for those with the qualifications, experience, tools and facilities to carry out the work in safety, and with appropriately high levels of skill'. That said, even those of a more Luddite persuasion will find this an accessible read. The book shows how to maximise the performance of your classic using period tuning gear, where appropriate, and also more recent tweaks to enhance your enjoyment without trying to make an old car something it isn't. This could be anything from electronic ignition to brake upgrades. Written in an easy to digest style, it's worth a punt.'

'This recent addition to Veloce's informative and well illustrated Speed Pro series will be of particular interest to the growing number of enthusiasts who want to get the best out of their classic car. All the basics of the running gear (excluding chassis and bodywork), are covered, including all mechanical aspects such as engine, transmission, suspension and brakes.'
Speed Scene

'For those without a formal engineering background that find themselves unhealthily enjoying the learning process of spannering a modified car you could do a lot worse than pick up a copy of this book. Veloce has hit the spot.'
Track Driver

'There are four crucial aspect of a classic car's performance: straightline top speed, cornering speed, acceleration and braking.
This book's detailed guidance shows you how to improve each of these, whether for more enjoyable day-to-day use, or for a diverse range of classic motorsport. It covers the whole car, including ancillaries, instrumentation and preparation for motorsport.
The author is a licensed (MSA) Scrutineer, and officiates at diverse race meetings throughout the Midlands.'
The Marshal

'A new addition to Veloce's excellent Speed Pro series is this book from Daniel Stapleton that is a guide to everything you need to consider before commencing your upgrades; such as how to improve outright top speed, how to enhance handling, acceleration, and also to improve braking. The book is aimed primarily at road cars although will cross over to track orientated vehicles too and gives detailed guidance to enhance your ride.'

Additional Information

Period covered: 1955-1975.
Models covered: All classic/retro cars from approx 1955-1975


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