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Competition Car Composites: A Practical Guide Hardcover – May 6 2000


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing; 2nd edition edition (May 6 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859606245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859606247
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,258,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon McBeath is a well-respected writer on practical motorsport subjects and a successful long-time competitor in sprints and hillclimbs. He runs his own composite aerofoil design and production company, and is Press Officer for the Gurston Down hillclimb venue. He lives near Blandford in Dorset, England.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlin R. Buchanan on Nov. 14 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for learning about working with composites out of the home workshop whatever you're doing. Although the title of the book is "Competition Car Composites," only the last chapter deals specifically with the auto racing field. The book is broken down into chapters dealing with the materials used in composites, the tools and equipment, the methods, etc. There is also a chapter that talks about the equipment available to industry and professionals.
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By A Customer on Oct. 20 2001
Format: Hardcover
Simon McBeaths book clearly explains the different fabrics and outlines the equipment and procedures to start experimenting with composites yourself. The equipment assumes you are working out of the home shop, though there is a chapter on expensive industrial techniques. The book is a little on the wordy side for quick reference when working on a project.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Good book on composites for any home-workshop application Nov. 14 2001
By Carlin R. Buchanan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for learning about working with composites out of the home workshop whatever you're doing. Although the title of the book is "Competition Car Composites," only the last chapter deals specifically with the auto racing field. The book is broken down into chapters dealing with the materials used in composites, the tools and equipment, the methods, etc. There is also a chapter that talks about the equipment available to industry and professionals.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Definetly a Practical Guide Oct. 20 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Simon McBeaths book clearly explains the different fabrics and outlines the equipment and procedures to start experimenting with composites yourself. The equipment assumes you are working out of the home shop, though there is a chapter on expensive industrial techniques. The book is a little on the wordy side for quick reference when working on a project.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good intro to advanced composites March 7 2006
By R. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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There aren't too many good books on the fabrication and repair of structures that use high modulus fibers like Carbon and Kevlar, modern core materials, and high performance resins. While this British title "goes on a bit" and is not for the illiterate, it does an excellent job of walking you through the process of building and repairing parts that would not be out of place on any track in the country. It will also be useful to airplane and boat builders.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very good book July 2 2007
By SPRIANU Constantin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book to buy if you are interested in composites. It explains in detail the principles behind the fibre reinforced resins, the materials used and the different laminating techniques, from the very basic to the most complex ones. The explanations are written in a language that everyone could understand even if the reader has never heard of composites before reading this book. A must have.
A solid starting point Feb. 13 2014
By Conrad - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this book as my introduction to the world of composites. I was more interested in making motorcycle parts and bodywork, but all the information applies just the same. I found it really easy to follow & understand, everything is explained clearly with lots of pictures and diagrams to help.

Probably the best thing about this book is that it actually lays out the very first couple of "experiments" to get someone started using composites. Simply follow the directions in the book and before you know it you've taken your first steps and suddenly things start to make sense. Without those step by step instructions it is quite a daunting task - you have no idea where or how to start.

For more advanced techniques or specific info the internet is a great source these days, but for a complete beginner I'd still recommend this book to give a solid foundation and help a person get started.


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