Lulu Marketplace

Ratings & Reviews

Log in to review this item
Lulu Sales Rank: 6474
13 People Reviewed This Product
  • By hhweb
    Sep 27, 2009
    "Great style of book - " This book is kindof like a big FAQ for this subject, which is good for me since that's the first thing I read about a subject when I can. Like a regular faq it is divided into sections from the subject, full of "how do i do this? why can't i do it that way? wouldn't have this way worked better?", along with references to where people can get detailed information, which is excellent. It is not a book of plans for building a car if that is what you are expecting. It is a story of a car being built, with the process described as if someone was explaining to you what worked, what didn't, why they did something a certain way, whether there was a better way to do it. It is more like a book that teaches you the process, gives technical info on the design decisions (suspension geometry, brakes, outfitting it to be a race car, engineering to get the engne in the back), so you know which direction to go in if you want to do it yourself, and can get... More > an idea of how much work it will be and what working conditions you need. Since I bought the book, do I get a free drive round the block if I'm in town?< Less
  • By cholmes775
    Sep 17, 2009
    "Kimini book review" I got the book within a couple of days from Lulu, then proceded to stay up way too late a couple of evenings reading it cover to cover, and I am tremendously impressed, both with the quality of the book itself, and the contents within. Very, very professional job. Carroll Smith would be proud! What Carroll's books did for formula car prep and setup, Kurt's book has done for dual-purpose, as opposed to track-only, sports cars, but he goes further, detailing his thought process in coming up with and executing his design. One of the very best things about this book was where Kurt mentioned "if I had it to do over...." from time to time. Like he says in the book, so many authors simply tell how they did their final version of a given design, as though they did it perfectly the first time, without mentioning the ideas that didn't work. Kurt did mention the ideas that didn't work, or that may be better than what he ended up with. I think that is a... More > very key aspect that contributes to the usefulness of this book. Kurt's book truly deserves to be compared favorably with Smith, Staniforth, Milliken, et al. Great Job!< Less
  • By max
    Aug 28, 2009
    "A slightly biased review....." I have been reading the 'kimini.com' site for a very long time. Kurt has managed to amuse me, interest me and in a couple of places amaze me, over a period of many years. Due to a number of happy coincidences I managed to help Kurt by taking a number of the photographs that are featured in the book. However, I was not prepared for the book. Kurt has done a simply exceptional job once more, the book is beautifully written, very interesting and often anecdotally amusing to read. I only got my copy a few hours ago, yet I have voraciously ripped through it and I am about to start my second pass. I really cannot recommend this book highly enough, it is an excellent read and a wonderful companion for the kimini.com website. Congratulations Kurt, car builder, track-day driver and now author extraordinarie.... Max
  • By cmaniscalco
    Jul 31, 2009
    "Well Worth the Price" If you're seriously considering building your own car from scratch, then "Kimini" should be in your library. While it won't replace any of the classic books on car building, it does something that no other book does: it takes the huge amount of data contained in those volumes by Smith, Miliken and Staniforth, ties it all together and presents it in a way that makes sense to the non-engineer. This is no small feat but Kurt manages to pull it off nicely. You will find yourself thinking "okay, now I understand (how to minimize bump steer, how to choose spring rates, etc.)..." more than once as you go through the chapters. The money this will save you by preventing expensive mistakes will more than make up for the cost of the book. Best of all, it contains tips on materials, chassis and suspension design that not only save you money, they could save your life. Why reinvent the wheel when you can take advantage of Kurt's ten years of... More > experience? Buy this book and save yourself a lot of headaches.< Less
  • By T. Zourntos
    Jul 26, 2009
    "(in) love (with) this book!" I'm in the process of reading this outstanding book (color version).   OK, I'm not just reading it... I'm totally obsessed with it.  I take it everywhere... bathroom, office, kitchen, outdoors.  It's my new   buddy. Kurt's book has convinced me that a stubborn guy like me has no choice but to go the one-off route. The book has given me more than some confidence to even consider such an undertaking.  And, like Kurt describes early in the text, there just doesn't seem to be a perfect car out there for picky folks in either production or kit form. Build a car that doesn't suck in some way! Get this book!!
Refreshing...

> Find Reviews for Previous Versions

There are no reviews for previous versions of this product
Refreshing...

Product Details

Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Kurt Bilinski
Published
July 12, 2009
Language
English
Pages
355
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
2.29 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
Report This Content to Lulu >

Moderation of Questionable Content

Thank you for your interest in helping us moderate questionable content on Lulu. If you need assistance with an order or the publishing process, please contact our support team directly.

How does this content violate the Lulu Membership Agreement?

Keywords

Listed In

More From Kurt Bilinski