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#5251 D-Type

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 18:21

I'll have to look out for that. Last week all my local branch had was a Lewis Hamilton biography. But stock does vary so it's always worth a look

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#5252 Eric Dunsdon

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:31

I suspect that this book may have been referred to here, but I cannot find the post. In any event, it's now available in the UK from the discount chain "The Works". It's titled "100 Years of Motorsport" and contains photographs from the Press Association. I have seen very few of the photos before and I suspect that, if they were published at all, they would have appeared in daily newspapers. Plenty of pre-war stuff from Brooklands, Crystal Palace as well as a lot of motorcycle and speedway photos, while post-war there is a fair selection from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s right up to 2008.
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Ignoring a number of fairly glaring captioning errors, it can't be bad value at £3.99 for nearly 300 photos.


Some branches also have '100 Years Of Motoring' which is the same price and contains some nice snaps.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:51

I'll have to look out for that. Last week all my local branch had was a Lewis Hamilton biography. But stock does vary so it's always worth a look


I suspect that some of the reason for varying stock items in The Works may be down to local management. There have been a few posts here about interesting books, but none of them has ever appeared in my local branch, currently the only even vaguely motor sport related book is the aforementioned Lewis Hamilton potboiler, whoever buys the stock for the Poole branch, clearly isn't a racing enthusiast.


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Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:51

I suspect that some of the reason for varying stock items in The Works may be down to local management. There have been a few posts here about interesting books, but none of them has ever appeared in my local branch, currently the only even vaguely motor sport related book is the aforementioned Lewis Hamilton potboiler, whoever buys the stock for the Poole branch, clearly isn't a racing enthusiast.

I'd like to think you're right, but I doubt branch managers in The Works have any say in what they receive, which will be determined by some faceless wonk in an office in Sutton Coldfield who has probably never actually worked in a store in his life and allocates stock to where he thinks it ought to go, based purely on what is called "space planning" :rolleyes:

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 12:59

I'd like to think you're right, but I doubt branch managers in The Works have any say in what they receive, which will be determined by some faceless wonk in an office in Sutton Coldfield who has probably never actually worked in a store in his life and allocates stock to where he thinks it ought to go, based purely on what is called "space planning" :rolleyes:


I think we're both right on this one. The Poole branch is quite small, and they sell other things as well, so the range of books they can display is relatively limited. That's probably why interesting items mentioned here never seem to find their way to my neck of the woods, there's just nowhere to put them, and the stock doesn't seem to change very much from week to week anyway.


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Posted 15 August 2010 - 13:09

I'd like to think you're right, but I doubt branch managers in The Works have any say in what they receive, which will be determined by some faceless wonk in an office in Sutton Coldfield who has probably never actually worked in a store in his life and allocates stock to where he thinks it ought to go, based purely on what is called "space planning" :rolleyes:

It was in the Sutton Coldfield branch that I got "The Cruel Sport" for an ill cephalopod. ;)

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 16:11

I'd like to think you're right, but I doubt branch managers in The Works have any say in what they receive,

The book which I referred to has been on the shelves of all three of the branches which are within reach of here in Cheshire. Shame that distribution seems patchy elsewhere.

Curiously, 100 of the 300 photos included appear on this Press Association website http://prints.paphot...?xp=gm&xg=12788

#5258 Vitesse2

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 17:08

It was in the Sutton Coldfield branch that I got "The Cruel Sport" for an ill cephalopod.;)

That would probably explain why nobody else ever saw it then! Chances are that Sutton Coldfield gets priority for anything really good, given that it's only about 4 miles from their head office!

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 00:26

I bought a copy at half price last year when my local Borders closed- profitable branch apparently, with high footfall, but the lease was sold to a clothing retailer.
I found it a thoroughly good picture book, with much that you might not expect. There are plenty of pre WW2 and 1950s shots, many as cockpit portraits, such as the delightful shot of Maria Theresa de Filippis which Alan shows. There are good shots from Brooklands and the 30s, cars and people portraits, plus a selection of LSR vehicles, very well shot with much detail. As a bonus there are the early colour shots showing a page and a half shot of the startgrid from Goodwood in 1950 for small sports cars, and the F3 car at Crystal Palace and Reg Bicknell in the Erskine Staride, in colour, plus Clark etc later.
There is also a selction of much more modern stuff, plus motor bikes and riders.
Well worth having on the shelf as a picture book IMHO
Roger Lund

Edited by bradbury west, 16 August 2010 - 09:12.


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#5260 Ralf Pickel

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:31

I have bought the Maria Theresa de Filippis photo as a print and had it signed by her last year at Bassano. She was delighted to see this photo - her husband told me they had never seen it and asked me where to get it ! Talking about the cigarette she has in her left hand, he also told me that she used to smoke about two packages a day...

Edited by Ralf Pickel, 16 August 2010 - 07:33.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 08:40

New for September:

Jo Siffert

McKlein is producing a new book on Jo Siffert. 330+ pages lots of photos, three languages.Texts are from Ed Heuvink (Scuderia Filipinetti)

Here some pictures

http://www.rallyandr...fahrer-Legende/

regards Michael

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 20:32

I guess this is the right place, though it's a review of a book 13 years published. I'd always assumed that the Murray Walker Year Book series stopped in 1996, but recently discovered browsing Amazon that they actually continued for another 5 or so years, minus Murray Walker, bar at least the foreword which features a picture of Murray looking as though he is suffering a heart attack.

I certainly found the early 90's ones charming in their one way and such. However, this 1997 edition seems to have lost the charm of the old one, full of almost irrelevant facts, the overuse of the sidebars of information and quote floating around with the IMPORTANT words bigger than the others. Does the rest of the series(looks to run till 2001) run in a similiar fashion?

Anyway, did my usual Friday night (pay-day) book ordering.

After recomendations from a few pages back ordered a Georgano Encylopedia (£7.50, including P&P) last night as well.

#5263 David McKinney

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 21:40

After recomendations from a few pages back ordered a Georgano Encylopedia (£7.50, including P&P) last night as well.

Which one?


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Posted 21 August 2010 - 21:57

Encyclopaedia of Motor Sport.

I see the copy (World of Books Ltd) which was selling at 1p more expensive than the copy I bought last night has now shot up almost £10 today.

Edited by ryan86, 21 August 2010 - 21:59.


#5265 David McKinney

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 05:49

So - they read TNF? :)

#5266 Eric Dunsdon

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 12:58

I suspect that this book may have been referred to here, but I cannot find the post. In any event, it's now available in the UK from the discount chain "The Works". It's titled "100 Years of Motorsport" and contains photographs from the Press Association. I have seen very few of the photos before and I suspect that, if they were published at all, they would have appeared in daily newspapers. Plenty of pre-war stuff from Brooklands, Crystal Palace as well as a lot of motorcycle and speedway photos, while post-war there is a fair selection from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s right up to 2008.
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Ignoring a number of fairly glaring captioning errors, it can't be bad value at £3.99 for nearly 300 photos.


The Hemel Hempstead branch still had a couple of copies yesterday (saturday 21st). The picture on page 229 shows a rather chaotic scene after a crash involving Joseph Pauls Delage in the 1938 JCC International Trophy Race in which the car appears to have entered a spectator enclosure. I wonder if any member has further deatails of this incident?.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 13:21

As the race started (under a rolling start), Paul's Delage was seen to be on fire. The driver tried to ease it to the side through the pack of cars surrounding him, but was struck by another car and lost control. The Delage went up the sand safety bank and into the crowd. One spectator was killed instantly, and the famous designer Murray Jamieson suffered severe injuries to which he later succumbed.

Edit: here are a couple of earlier threads about the accident (although some of the photos are no longer available):

Brooklands 1938: Joseph Paul

1938 International Trophy Race and Delage V12

Edited by Tim Murray, 22 August 2010 - 13:39.


#5268 Eric Dunsdon

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 15:42

As the race started (under a rolling start), Paul's Delage was seen to be on fire. The driver tried to ease it to the side through the pack of cars surrounding him, but was struck by another car and lost control. The Delage went up the sand safety bank and into the crowd. One spectator was killed instantly, and the famous designer Murray Jamieson suffered severe injuries to which he later succumbed.

Edit: here are a couple of earlier threads about the accident (although some of the photos are no longer available):

Brooklands 1938: Joseph Paul

1938 International Trophy Race and Delage V12


Thank you for that Tim.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 16:08

New for September:

Jo Siffert

McKlein is producing a new book on Jo Siffert. 330+ pages lots of photos, three languages.Texts are from Ed Heuvink (Scuderia Filipinetti)

Here some pictures

http://www.rallyandr...fahrer-Legende/

regards Michael


Thanks for the information! :)

It looks very promising.

#5270 P0wderf1nger

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 16:23

As the race started (under a rolling start), Paul's Delage was seen to be on fire. The driver tried to ease it to the side through the pack of cars surrounding him, but was struck by another car and lost control. The Delage went up the sand safety bank and into the crowd. One spectator was killed instantly, and the famous designer Murray Jamieson suffered severe injuries to which he later succumbed.

Edit: here are a couple of earlier threads about the accident (although some of the photos are no longer available):

Brooklands 1938: Joseph Paul

1938 International Trophy Race and Delage V12

Peter Garnier, who went on to edit Autocar, was in the crowd that day and witnessed the accident at first hand. He also wrote the splendid 'Art of Gordon Crosby' (recently re-issued). His narrative to Gordon Crosby's drawing of the accident provides as clear an account of it as I have read (pp 86-7 of the first edition).

PS: apologies for the numerous mis-prints in the original post - I was trying to listen to Manchester United at the same time. Wasn't worth it, two-all against Fulham...

Edited by P0wderf1nger, 22 August 2010 - 17:34.


#5271 P0wderf1nger

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 17:28

One of the pleasures of spending time at Amy Markle's Green Mountain Motorbooks stall at Laguna Seca last weekend was to create, thanks to Racemaker Press, a whole new section in my library - children's books.

I've long since had various editions of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' because of my interest in all things Ian Fleming and Amherst Villiers. And years ago, in one of those extremely expensive book shops in the Leicester Square / Covent Garden area where Motor Books are located, I saw children's books on Nuvolari and Murphy (and on Manfred von Richthofen and others) illustrated by 'The Snowman' / 'Fungus the Bogeyman' / 'When the Wind Blows' author Raymond Briggs, and written by Bruce Carter. They were ludicrously expensive, and I had to put them back on the shelf.

Now, I see that the two motor racing titles from the Carter / Briggs series, 'Nuvolari and the Alfa Romeo' and 'Jimmy Murphy and the White Duesenberg', have been re-issued as a boxed pair by Racemaker.

In similar vein, but only a year old, comes 'Three To Go Mario', which records Andretti's win in the 1977 US Grand Prix West. It's written, and illustrated in naive felt tip, by Andy Evans, recalling his visit to the race as a boy.

The youngest audience of all, or alternatively 50-somethings like me who've never grown up and have some Irish in them, will enjoy 'Paddy's Racing Potato'. Written and illustrated by Thomas Calvin Houtz, former artistic director of Automobile Quarterly, it tells in simple, four-line, rhyming verses the story of Padraig Dolan from County Down, who, in 1907, grew a vast potato and took it to France to race against a Swiss artichoke, American corn, Spanish pepper, English asparagus and many others for the honour of winning the Coupes des Legumes. Amy tells me it's one of her best sellers.

Fleming wrote Chitty while recovering from a heart attack and being visited in hospital by a friend who gave him a copy of Beatrix Potter's 'Sqirrel Nutkin' and recommended he write up that bed-time story of the magical flying car he told his son Caspar. Maybe there's a TNF-er out there who should approach Racemaker with a synopsis of the bed-time stories he tells his children or grandchildren...

Happy buying and reading,

Paul

Edited by P0wderf1nger, 22 August 2010 - 17:47.


#5272 P0wderf1nger

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 18:46

As much as I respect, appreciate and want to support independent booksellers, on-line merchants (for new books, at least) just have too big a pricing advantage. For instance, Marc Sonnery's new book about the Ferrari breadvan, Rebel. Rebel, was $80 plus postage costs from all of my preferred booksellers. I finally purchased it from Amazon for less than $60, all in. I've recently retired, so I tend to pay more attention to these things now. I think the pricing power of Amazon must be the main reason for the demise of so many excellent book merchants.

Does anyone know if Horton's web site is up and running yet? I've lost track of the URL.

Jack.

Last one of the day, I promise, but I'm still catching up after four weeks away, and I'm keen to respond to Jack's point, especially now that I've had some experience of specialist American book shops.

Yes, it's extremely tempting to go online for new books. The price differential can be huge, and I certainly buy my non-motor racing books on amazon. But, partly out of a sense of wanting to support the specialists, and partly for the sheer pleasure of browsing, whether it's in their actual shops or on their stalls at Goodwood, Brooklands or Laguna, you can't beat the niche players.

You can say I'm biased, because I've done signings for all of the following, but Chaters at Hook in Hampshire, and Motor Books in Cecil Court, near Leicester Square tube, are a joy to visit. Autobooks Aerobooks have just returned to their original home on West Magnolia Blvd in Burbank CA, and are worth visiting not just for their books but for their larger-than-life owner, Tina van Curen. Amy Markle at Green Mountain Motorbooks in Vermont is another character, and, on the basis of her Laguna stall last weekend, has an eclectic mix of the old and new. Dave Lipsky and his team at Wine Country are another group who will make the time to talk about a book before selling it to you.

I have two other favourites here in England - I've never visited our own Simon Lewis's shop in Coleford, Glos., but it seems there isn't a month goes by these days without me buying something from him on ebay. And last but not least, I never seem to leave Spencer Elton's stalls without buying something, and he's a great chap to ask for a particularly ancient issue of Bugantics, knowing it will be on your doorstep within the week. He also kept my favourite business card wallet, dropped at his stand one January at Stoneleigh Park, and gave it back to me the following September at Goodwood!

So yes, amazon wreaks less havoc on my credit card, but it's such a pleasure to spend time, in person or on line, with the specialists. Long may they prosper!

Happy buying and reading.

Paul


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Posted 22 August 2010 - 20:19

The Hemel Hempstead branch still had a couple of copies yesterday (saturday 21st). The picture on page 229 shows a rather chaotic scene after a crash involving Joseph Pauls Delage in the 1938 JCC International Trophy Race in which the car appears to have entered a spectator enclosure. I wonder if any member has further deatails of this incident?.



The Hemel Works also had quite a few copies of Karl Ludvigsen's book on Stirling Moss ( £3.99 I think ) though I've not been in for a couple of months so don't know if they're still on the shelves

#5274 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 22:17

Paul I agree with all you say above. I would much prefer to buy from independents, which I always do, except when the price difference is just too significant to ignore.

Jack.



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Posted 23 August 2010 - 00:13

Friends:

Among my fellow independent booksellers at Monterey a week or so ago--at the Automobilia show on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California--were Green Mountain Motorbooks (Amy), Tottenham Lane Motoring Literature (Foster Cooperstein), the venerable Logan Gray, and Ben Horton. We all had fun, there were some real bargains, and I encourage you to visit us there next August.

Frank
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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:42

Friends:

Among my fellow independent booksellers at Monterey a week or so ago--at the Automobilia show on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California--were Green Mountain Motorbooks (Amy), Tottenham Lane Motoring Literature (Foster Cooperstein), the venerable Logan Gray, and Ben Horton. We all had fun, there were some real bargains, and I encourage you to visit us there next August.

Frank
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I'll be looking for Ben at Goodwood. His selection is always mouthwatering.

Jack.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:44

For those of you who were at the Laguna Seca Historics, were there any new books released that have not yet been mentioned here?

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:13

Friends:

Among my fellow independent booksellers at Monterey a week or so ago--at the Automobilia show on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California--were Green Mountain Motorbooks (Amy), Tottenham Lane Motoring Literature (Foster Cooperstein), the venerable Logan Gray, and Ben Horton. We all had fun, there were some real bargains, and I encourage you to visit us there next August.

Frank
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I wish to goodness I'd known it was on. My family and I were staying in a motel less than a mile away, and went for night walks around the lake next to the Embassy Suites.
But I would rather like to make that week a regular trip, maybe next year!

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 12:54

'SHUNT - The Story of James Hunt' by Tom Rubython is due for publication in October 2010. It is a 602 page hardback with over 270 photos. Tom Rubython will be signing copies of his book at MotorBooks in London sometime in October. I have been given a provisional date of 21st October. Check the MotorBooks website for details.

www.motorbooks.co.uk

Normal price £25, MotorBooks are offering it at £20. Sounds like it could be a good in depth warts-and-all read.

Apologies if this book has already been flagged up on this thread.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 13:11

'SHUNT - The Story of James Hunt' by Tom Rubython is due for publication in October 2010. It is a 602 page hardback with over 270 photos. Tom Rubython will be signing copies of his book at MotorBooks in London sometime in October. I have been given a provisional date of 21st October. Check the MotorBooks website for details.

www.motorbooks.co.uk

Normal price £25, MotorBooks are offering it at £20. Sounds like it could be a good in depth warts-and-all read.

Apologies if this book has already been flagged up on this thread.



Difficult to see how it could add much to the ground Gerald Donaldson has already covered in his well written and very readable biography. That too was 'warts and all', but the subject was treated sympathetically, and though I never knew James, it seemed to be a fair portrayal to me. Unfortunately, Tom Rubython's track record doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence, and it's hard to see how another James Hunt book can add anything to what's already been published. James was always one of my favourites, and I'd suggest generally undervalued by history, but can there be all that much interest in re-telling the Hunt story these days?

#5281 Tim Murray

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 13:31

The title certainly doesn't inspire confidence ...

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 00:30

The title certainly doesn't inspire confidence ...

Given the author, it says it all... :rolleyes:

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:31

I take all of your points on board and yes, one wonders about the content of 602 pages. I understand there will be a book signing tour and a large amount of publicity to appeal to the general non-motor racing public. It goes to show that there are certain motor racing subjects (non mentioning Ferrari) that can tolerate repetition because they reach out beyond the relatively small circle of motor racing book enthusiasts.

I can't judge Tom Rubython as a writer as I have never read his book on Senna. I am sure there will be TNF members who can comment with more authority on this point.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 13:50

I haven't read it either - mostly because I have next to zero interest in the man (and no respect for Rubython's writing either) - but here are a few choice quotes from the late Pete Fenelon on the subject:

"expensive bloatware" ... "a monumental piece of tat, written in a sub soap-opera style with wild speculation replacing hard fact, repetition replacing analysis, and sentiment replacing respect" ... "a rotten, mawkish, hagiographic, ghoulish book constructed (at least up to the lipsmacking chapters about Senna's death) largely with the aid of copy & paste from magazine articles"

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 14:01

I haven't read it either - mostly because I have next to zero interest in the man (and no respect for Rubython's writing either) - but here are a few choice quotes from the late Pete Fenelon on the subject:

"expensive bloatware" ... "a monumental piece of tat, written in a sub soap-opera style with wild speculation replacing hard fact, repetition replacing analysis, and sentiment replacing respect" ... "a rotten, mawkish, hagiographic, ghoulish book constructed (at least up to the lipsmacking chapters about Senna's death) largely with the aid of copy & paste from magazine articles"


Surely it can't have been all that bad, Senna would have sued...

Lucky for Rubython that dead men can't, something that may well give us a clue as to why he picked on the late James for his latest opus, which will no doubt be along much the same lines. James Hunt was by all accounts a significantly flawed character, though few who knew him would speak ill of the man. I hope that isn't about to change.


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 17:12

I have it, as a present at Xmas about 5 year ago, and I don't think I ever completed it. Certainly there's a piece of paper sticking out of page 306, but it's so long ago I really can't remember whether or not that was where I had given up plodding my way through it. It's not the worst book I've read, but it was one of the least enjoyable, as some others, such as Ronnie Mutch's efforts on Niki Lauda were so bad as to be quite enjoyable.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 17:40

For those of you who were at the Laguna Seca Historics, were there any new books released that have not yet been mentioned here?


Frank:

The Monterey weekend also saw the introduction of Jesse Alexander's Inside the Archives and Pete Lyons and Peter Harholdt's Can-Am Cars in Detail, both published by David Bull. Although the Donohue photo book (Mark Donohue, His Life in Photographs by Michael Argetsinger) was launched at Road America a few weeks beforehand, this was its first West Coast exposure. Bob Bondurant, Hurley Haywood, George Follmer, and Don Nichols signed the Can-Am book at the Quail and Laguna Seca. I have yet to see the final product, but judging by the proofs that I saw earlier, it's a great book in both writing and photography. Jesse also signed his book and was told by many that this was his best book yet. He's really a racing treasure!

Other books may have been launched there, but since I didn't stay for the entire "long weekend", I may have missed them. Anyone else have any news?

Frank

Edited by fbarrett, 25 August 2010 - 20:24.


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Posted 28 August 2010 - 16:47

I was in at Dobbies Garden Centre in Dunfermline earlier and they have piles of Richard Meaden's "Classic Motorsport Routes" for £3.99. I'd never heard of it, but a quick flick-through persuaded me that it was well worth the money (and gives me a few ideas for next year's holidays...)

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 17:08

I was in at Dobbies Garden Centre in Dunfermline earlier and they have piles of Richard Meaden's "Classic Motorsport Routes" for £3.99. I'd never heard of it, but a quick flick-through persuaded me that it was well worth the money (and gives me a few ideas for next year's holidays...)

Looks like you got a better bargain than I did, although I believe it's probably been reprinted since then. I saw copies in Bath a few weeks ago.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 17:32

Looks like you got a better bargain than I did, although I believe it's probably been reprinted since then. I saw copies in Bath a few weeks ago.


Yes, my copy has an Alpine A110 on the cover, but Google images shows copies with either Porsche 911s or Mini-Coopers on the cover.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 10:12

New book (in German):

Rennsportlegende Gerhard MITTER,,

Nice book with 600++ b/w photos. Good tribute to a great driver-sadly died in 1969.
Link:
http://www.amazon.de...h...5064&sr=1-1

Best regards Michael

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 17:26

Yes, my copy has an Alpine A110 on the cover, but Google images shows copies with either Porsche 911s or Mini-Coopers on the cover.


As a Dunfermline resident, I bought this book, but at the price under the further reduced sticker. I think I got it for £5.99 about 8 or 9 months ago. Mustn't have been a great seller (then again I often wonder why Dobbies are selling books, DVD's and jigsaws) as they've still got them.

#5293 terry mcgrath

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 17:37

I have seen the full draft of this book and with the extensive coverage of a variety of topics and the wondreful photographs it is going to be a worthwhile edition to all enthusiats libraries and I can highly recommend it along with the companion books in the series on Norman Dewis, Mike Hawthorn etc. It will be available I believe late september
see www.paulskilleterbooks.co.uk for full details
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A Passion for Speed

The Life and Times of George Abecassis

by David Abecassis

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George Abecassis was one of the last of the amateur drivers whose experience and dedication to the sport made him a semi-professional, and whose successes and efforts both before and after the War made him a household name. His accomplished and courageous driving of his own cars, such as Altas and Bugattis, and in the Aston Martin, HWM and Austin Healey teams, made him an important figure in British racing in its own right.

This book is now with the printers and is available from Paul Skilleter Books for pre-order in both Standard and Limited Edition leather volumes. Delivery should be around mid-September 2010.

Produced to the same high standards as previous PJ Publishing books, A Passion for Speed runs to over 400 pages and is being offered by Paul at the special introductory price of just £60.00 delivered in the UK (plus shipping elsewhere in the world) for the Standard edition — less than a tankful of petrol for most people, and over £100.00 less than some motoring books of similar quality. After 10 January 2011, it will be sold at jacket price of £65 plus £8.50 minimum P&P UK. The Leather Limited Edition (120 numbered copies only) is £150 + P&P.

Contents

* Chapter 1: The Child is Father to the Man
* Chapter 2: Getting Going
* Chapter 3: A Magnificent Year
* Chapter 4: The Road to War
* Chapter 5: To Fly and to Fight
* Chapter 6: Moonlight Squadron
* Chapter 7: Prisoner of War
* Chapter 8: Starting All Over Again
* Chapter 9: The Birth of the HWM
* Chapter 10: Raising the Flag
* Chapter 11: Flying the Flag Higher
* Chapter 12: The Sports Car Takes Over
* Chapter 13: The Greatest Race
* Chapter 14: Things Fall Apart
* Chapter 15: The Last Lap
* Appendix 1: The Cars that George Raced
* Appendix 2: George's Races
* Appendix 3: Cars Built at Walton
* Appendix 4: John Heath's Races and HWM Team Races

This book is a visual feast of motor racing images from George's career, which ran from 1933 to 1956, and included many of the great races of his day, one of which – the Mille Miglia – is given its own chapter for the four years he entered it. It is lavishly illustrated with 550 photographs from the collections of the finest photographers of the day (Louis Klemantaski, Guy Griffiths and Geoffrey Goddard to name but three), from his personal albums and POW diaries, and from the albums of his family and friends.

They help bring to life the story of one man set in the wider context of social, political and motor racing developments at home and abroad at the time. George’s long career in a time of dramatic change is a tale of struggle involving co-operation, friendship and rivalry with all the leading figures in British motor racing at the time, including Geoffrey Taylor, Earl Howe, Tony Rolt, Bira, Reg Parnell, John Heath, Duncan Hamilton, Stirling Moss, Lance Macklin, David Brown and many more. All these figures are drawn carefully, with the detailed story of John Heath’s life and death being covered for the first time in motor racing literature.

Full details are on the web site - there are a few example page spreads below:

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#5294 chazh

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 14:39

My apologies if this is not considered appropriate here, but I'm putting my copy of Time and Two Seats up for sale. Details are in the "For Sale" forum

And yes, I'm a bad, bad person for even thinking of selling such a treasure... but there are so many other books I want to read that the proceeds might fund...


#5295 D-Type

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 16:18

My apologies if this is not considered appropriate here, but I'm putting my copy of Time and Two Seats up for sale. Details are in the "For Sale" forum

And yes, I'm a bad, bad person for even thinking of selling such a treasure... but there are so many other books I want to read that the proceeds might fund...


Given the silly prices (ie unaffordable by me) that copies of the book fetch, I would think there is a business case for a second edition.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 16:36

Given the silly prices (ie unaffordable by me) that copies of the book fetch, I would think there is a business case for a second edition.


I completely agree, and while they're at it, they should really produce a second edition of Open Roads & Front Engines - it's the one volume of the photographic history I'm missing, and I'd love to redress that!


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Posted 07 September 2010 - 17:00

I completely agree, and while they're at it, they should really produce a second edition of Open Roads & Front Engines - it's the one volume of the photographic history I'm missing, and I'd love to redress that!


If there was a sensibly priced re-print of TATS and ORFE, I'd almost certainly buy both of them, whilst feeling slightly (but only slightly) sympathetic towards any enthusiasts who've paid huge amounts for the original versions, which would inevitably fall in value. I'm interested in sports cars, especially front-engined ones, though my main interest is F1 of the same era, which is where most of my book money goes. Has anyone here ever bought or 'collected' a book with its possible investment value in mind, or to put that another way, is there anyone here who'll admit to doing so?


#5298 ensign14

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 18:24

I have bought limited editions (including the TATS one) but from a sort of anti-investment perspective - on the basis if I don't get it now, I never will be able to, because the prices will get silly. Plus, if things get really bad economically, I can flog a few to keep going for a few months.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 18:54

Is the new book about Jochen Rindt by David Tremayne already available? First impressions? Is it comparable with Lost Generation?

Edited by Herbert, 07 September 2010 - 18:57.


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Posted 07 September 2010 - 19:06

Has anyone here ever bought or 'collected' a book with its possible investment value in mind, or to put that another way, is there anyone here who'll admit to doing so?

I have never bought a book for its investment potential, but rather for its reading enjoyment and its value to me as a reference source. However, having said that, I can see a scenario where, the Good Lord willing, many years from now I may have to dispose of my collection in order to supplement my retirement income. In which case my TATS, other Wimpffen volumes, plus my Automobile Year/Autocourse collection dating from 1954 (12 of which are autographed by that year's World Champion), plus a very good selection of other books, may have some monetary value to me. Of course, my preference would be not to be forced into that situation, but rather be able to donate my collection to a suitable repository such as the Watkins Glen IRRC.
Tom

Edited by RA Historian, 07 September 2010 - 19:07.