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I'd love to say that my Cheap Sports Car book is the ultimate - but it's not. If you want more information on a number of subjects, here are some I suggest. They're the ones that are all dog-eared on my bookshelf.

Tune To Win is an excellent resource on setting up and running a race car. A standard in the field. If you don't have a copy, you need a copy. That's why it's at the top of the list.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the parts that hold race cars together. How complete is it? It starts with the crystalline structure of metals before getting in to how to properly use rivets, take care of racing tires and more than you ever wanted to know about nuts and bolts.
The earliest of the Carroll Smith books. Much of the material is covered in the later Tune to Win but it's still useful to have.
Why are homebuilt cars usually called "Locosts"? Because that's what Ron Champion calls them. This is the book that sent hundreds of people to welding class and into their garages. Includes instructions on how to build a frame much like the one used for the Seven. It's light on pretty much anything else - but that's what my book is for! A great inspiration.
Want more information on how to set up a car for best handling? Fred Puhn can help. The book is a little dated but it still has good information. Very useful for when you're trying to figure out how to fix a handling problem. It won't help you build the car but it sure will come in handy once you start driving.
An easy-to-read overview of suspension design with excellent pictures and explanations of what's being done in competition. If you want to build your own frame, this should be one of the first books you read.