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#5401 kayemod

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 13:05

For some stange reason that review did not feature on the cover! I wonder why?



For some 'stange' reason, they never asked me.

I've been rather hard on Andy Priaulx's book, which I think was remaindered almost as soon as it appeared, but whilst it isn't very good, the most disappointing thing about it, is that it's such a wasted opportunity. Like Tim Murray, I've been a big fan of Andy since his hillclimb days, which is why I bought the book more or less unseen. His achievements speak for themselves, and the tragedy is that I'm sure he had a great story to tell, but it's one which will now never see the light of day. He comes across as unpleasantly arrogant and self-centered, and since I've heard very few people speak other than positively about him, this is almost certainly not the case, and he's never likely to get another chance. To a lesser extent, much the same could be said about Jackie Stewart's life story, another ex-driver apparently so full of his own self importance, that he couldn't wait to tell the world all about every aspect of his life, only to leave out much of the very thing, his driving career, that made him interesting to most of us in the first place. The JYS book is at least well-written, and I suspect that he had a lot more professional assistance with it than he admits to in the foreword. Much of Andy's book is a grammatical horror story, it's a chronological mess, rather confusing at times, and all the way through, words like "I", "me", "myself" etc seem to have been chosen more or less at random, which makes him sound like most footballers. If only he'd had the sense to follow the example of Tommy Byrne, who probably realised his limitations in the literary field, and enlisted the help of someone like Mark Hughes to help him string together something more interesting and readable, but now it's too late of course.



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#5402 Tim Murray

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 15:49

Agreed absolutely, Rob.

#5403 ryan86

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 17:50

Went to my local Poundland and no luck, well the Prilaux book was there, but I got it for £2 a few years back. Great selection of fishing DVD's though.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 20:20

Went to my local Poundland and no luck, well the Prilaux book was there, but I got it for £2 a few years back. Great selection of fishing DVD's though.

Ditto at mine (Sutton). Despite Rob's review I still bought it. Well, for £1 ...

#5405 Richard Peck

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 09:52

Another purchase at Poundland :-

Moving Objects
30 Years of Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art



#5406 Richard Peck

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 21:34

Bought "Shunt - The story of James Hunt" by Tom Rubython today.

It covers much the same ground as Gerald Donaldson's biography and also draws from Christopher Hilton's "Memories of James Hunt", as Rubython rightly acknowledges.

There are some annoying errors which should have been picked up in proof reading - witness the last picture section where 2 of Hunt's brothers are both separately described as "the youngest of the Hunt brothers" but to the author's credit, I believe he has a genuine admiration for Hunt.

It is not an "authorised" biography like Donaldson's was but the author interviewed many of the great and the good of motor racing, most of whom speak with great affection & some emotion about Hunt (particularly Tony Dron).

It expands on what was in Donaldson's book, hence 700 plus pages!!

It probably won't be everyone's cup of tea but Hunt was coming to prominence just when I started to get interested in motor racing in the seventies, so I was eager to get it, despite the author's controversial reputation.

Once I get through it, I'll know whether it was overlong or not. Maybe a quarter of the book is devoted to the trials and tribulations of Hunt's life post retirement.


I have now finished reading this book and have some more thoughts on it.

Very sloppy piece of work. As I read through it, I found countless stupid factual errors that would never be found in the tomes of Doug Nye, David Tremayne etc. It's a great shame because I found the book fascinating. As is well known, Hunt was a very mixed up person and his story is, to some extent a morality tale. At the same time, it put the financial problems of the Hesketh team and Hunt's own later financial nightmare into a historical context. If the book was proof read, it was not done by anyone with a good grasp of motor racing history. I'm available for a small fee, Mr Rubython!!

So, in summary, 3.5 stars.

My next read is going to be David Tremayne's new book on Jochen Rindt.

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#5407 P0wderf1nger

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 22:21

I have now finished reading this book and have some more thoughts on it.

Very sloppy piece of work. As I read through it, I found countless stupid factual errors that would never be found in the tomes of Doug Nye, David Tremayne etc. ... If the book was proof read, it was not done by anyone with a good grasp of motor racing history. I'm available for a small fee, Mr Rubython!!


Disappointing, isn't it? You'd expect a publisher called Formula One Books to find a motor racing expert to edit the text. I bet there would be many TNF volunteers. There's so much expertise here, and the popularity of the Blood Pressure thread demonstrates plenty of TNFers with a keen eye for spotting errors. And you'd get to read the book before publication...

#5408 Jeff Weinbren

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 05:24

Any feedback on "Collage, Jackie Stewart's Grand Prix Album" ?. Is it worth the price?
Thanks,
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#5409 Michael Ferner

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 14:45

Disappointing, isn't it? You'd expect a publisher called Formula One Books to find a motor racing expert to edit the text. I bet there would be many TNF volunteers. There's so much expertise here, and the popularity of the Blood Pressure thread demonstrates plenty of TNFers with a keen eye for spotting errors. And you'd get to read the book before publication...


... which is, presumably, the perfect reason why it doesn't happen: with a limited market to aim for, you don't want to give out freebies to make it even smaller!

#5410 Jesper O. Hansen

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 17:21

Just received words that the ACO Le Mans encyclopedia will be available by mid-December. No info as to why the delay from a previous October release.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 19:43

Just received words that the ACO Le Mans encyclopedia will be available by mid-December. No info as to why the delay from a previous October release.

Jesper


Yes, I got that e-mail as well. "In time for under the Christmas tree", it said. The reason for (further) delay was the "number of (late) requests". Not too long ago, Jean-Marc Teissedre told me that they still had several previously unseen photographs coming after the book was presented at this year's 24 Hours, so that was why volumes 2 and 3 were delayed from the previously scheduled July publication date (Classic Le Mans) to October (and now further till December). But, to be honest, I rather wait two months longer to have a better result than have a book that is rushed together which could have been better had more time been available. Still plenty of other books waiting to be read, anyway.

#5412 Jesper O. Hansen

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 15:25

Yes, I got that e-mail as well. "In time for under the Christmas tree", it said. The reason for (further) delay was the "number of (late) requests". Not too long ago, Jean-Marc Teissedre told me that they still had several previously unseen photographs coming after the book was presented at this year's 24 Hours, so that was why volumes 2 and 3 were delayed from the previously scheduled July publication date (Classic Le Mans) to October (and now further till December). But, to be honest, I rather wait two months longer to have a better result than have a book that is rushed together which could have been better had more time been available. Still plenty of other books waiting to be read, anyway.


I can only agree with you on the last sentence, René. A good thing about a December release would be to have a lot more time to browse through the pages!

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#5413 ryan86

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 19:07

Went into the Glenrothes Poundland and The Works, and got a few motorsport related things there. Might be wheat, might be chaff, but well, a pound, it's not that big a loss is.

A look at the amazon feedback seems to imply that the "Ayrton Senna-The Will to Win" DVD is indeed a turkey, but Powerbrokers by Alan Henry, Ferrari: The Battle for Survival by Alan Henry and The Book of Top 10's look, decent enough,

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 16:31

Went into the Glenrothes Poundland and The Works, and got a few motorsport related things there. Might be wheat, might be chaff, but well, a pound, it's not that big a loss is.

A look at the amazon feedback seems to imply that the "Ayrton Senna-The Will to Win" DVD is indeed a turkey, but Powerbrokers by Alan Henry, Ferrari: The Battle for Survival by Alan Henry and The Book of Top 10's look, decent enough,

And if nothing else you can get £1's worth of smugness spotting the errors :)

My wife gets furious with me as I insist on going into every Poundland, Works and charity shop we come across - just in case

#5415 ryan86

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 23:20

I tend to get frustrated in charity shops. You do find the occasional good book/video/DVD, but unfortunately they tend to put up in such a hopscotch fashion that it's impossible to know where you are looking, and don't you always get the nagging feeling that the book etc. you want is piled through the back.

Plus, I certainly feel that in some charity shops they almost seem to pricing me out of the impulse buy, especially considering it was given to them for free. A hardback sports biography I might take, but not seocnd hand at £2-£3. I think they'd probably make more money if they sold them cheaper, but sold more books.

Still bargains to be had, but I do sometimes walking thinking that was dire.

#5416 PRD

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 09:44

I tend to get frustrated in charity shops. You do find the occasional good book/video/DVD, but unfortunately they tend to put up in such a hopscotch fashion that it's impossible to know where you are looking, and don't you always get the nagging feeling that the book etc. you want is piled through the back.

Plus, I certainly feel that in some charity shops they almost seem to pricing me out of the impulse buy, especially considering it was given to them for free. A hardback sports biography I might take, but not seocnd hand at £2-£3. I think they'd probably make more money if they sold them cheaper, but sold more books.

Still bargains to be had, but I do sometimes walking thinking that was dire.


Theres no doubt that with the benefit of the internet you aren't going to pick up a 1963 Autocourse for 99p, but I've not done badly- Klemantaski & Frostick's British Racing Green and Mike Hawthorn's ghosted autobiography Champion Year for £7.99 each- both in good condition with dust jackets as was Alan Jones' Driving Ambition for £8.99 all from Oxfam. A friend found a 1998 Autcourse for a couple of quid and passed it on to me ; refusing payment as it was only a couple of quid

Then there's the fun of looking :)





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Posted 19 October 2010 - 11:56

I have now finished reading this book and have some more thoughts on it.

Very sloppy piece of work. As I read through it, I found countless stupid factual errors that would never be found in the tomes of Doug Nye, David Tremayne etc. It's a great shame because I found the book fascinating. As is well known, Hunt was a very mixed up person and his story is, to some extent a morality tale. At the same time, it put the financial problems of the Hesketh team and Hunt's own later financial nightmare into a historical context. If the book was proof read, it was not done by anyone with a good grasp of motor racing history. I'm available for a small fee, Mr Rubython!!

So, in summary, 3.5 stars.

My next read is going to be David Tremayne's new book on Jochen Rindt.


Formula One Register was approached in late July to provide an appendix detailing Hunt's pre-F1 races. Whilst we were told of an October publication date we were not given a specific deadline. The Appendix was provided in early September. Subsequently we heard that the book had gone to press without it. Rubython said that they had tried to contact us but no message(s) were ever received by phone or email but 3 of ours, each of which would have been a chance to say "where is it" were never replied to, other than a "read receipt". All of this doesn't show much concern for Fact so I guess I'm not surprised at the above comments - sounds like maybe we had a lucky escape for being associated with it !
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 11:58

Theres no doubt that with the benefit of the internet you aren't going to pick up a 1963 Autocourse for 99p, but I've not done badly- Klemantaski & Frostick's British Racing Green and Mike Hawthorn's ghosted autobiography Champion Year for £7.99 each- both in good condition with dust jackets as was Alan Jones' Driving Ambition for £8.99 all from Oxfam. A friend found a 1998 Autcourse for a couple of quid and passed it on to me ; refusing payment as it was only a couple of quid

Then there's the fun of looking :)


I couldn't agree more! I enjoy the moment of entering a charity shop not knowing if they have anything of interest in there or not. Just earlier this year I popped into a British Heart Foundation shop and bought 'Riley - The Production & Competition History Pre 1939' and 'Georges Roesch and the Invincible Talbots' for £2.50 each. I was over the moon as they're both great and hard to come by titles.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 09:39

Really sorry if this has been mentioned before in the previous 136 pages, but I really haven't got the time to hunt through it!!

Sam Collins' 2007 book 'Unraced' provides an interesting history of nine of the most recent unraced Formula One cars, including the MP4-18 McLaren, various Japanese efforts [Dome, Honda, and the Toyota TF101] as well as the chassis that ultimately spawned the Premier 1 racing series... a few errors that I noticed [and not being a definitive expert that can't be a good thing] but overall a good read.

Perhaps not totally nostalgic, but it goes back a bit and is an interesting read nonetheless.

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#5420 ryan86

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 21:14

Theres no doubt that with the benefit of the internet you aren't going to pick up a 1963 Autocourse for 99p, but I've not done badly- Klemantaski & Frostick's British Racing Green and Mike Hawthorn's ghosted autobiography Champion Year for £7.99 each- both in good condition with dust jackets as was Alan Jones' Driving Ambition for £8.99 all from Oxfam. A friend found a 1998 Autcourse for a couple of quid and passed it on to me ; refusing payment as it was only a couple of quid

Then there's the fun of looking :)


I agree, I too picked up an Autocourse for 50% of the cheapest one on the internet in an Oxfam, and if somebody bequeaths them something that is actually worth something I do believe that they should be using it as a guide. In some cases perhaps they are undervaluing the rarer stuff, but the problem I see is that you can go in there and find a copy or two of say Rooney: My Everton Years, at £2.50 when you 200 yards you know they got shelves of it up in Poundland. That said, going for a "charity-shop" crawl" on Friday.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 21:52

I agree, I too picked up an Autocourse for 50% of the cheapest one on the internet in an Oxfam, and if somebody bequeaths them something that is actually worth something I do believe that they should be using it as a guide. In some cases perhaps they are undervaluing the rarer stuff, but the problem I see is that you can go in there and find a copy or two of say Rooney: My Everton Years, at £2.50 when you 200 yards you know they got shelves of it up in Poundland. That said, going for a "charity-shop" crawl" on Friday.

Undervaluing? Not in Oxfam! If anything, they're actually driving prices up, especially in their specialist bookshops. I'd guess you got that in a small "general" Oxfam, which might still retain some basic autonomy in pricing locally donated items. A lot of the best books that Oxfam get never see the light of day in their shops and are sold on to specialist dealers.

That said, I picked up a very cheap and unread late 90s Autocourse in a local hospice shop, but I suspect they mistook it for one of those published to remainder annuals.

Colbul1 got some genuine bargains - again probably locally rather than centrally priced: I've never seen anything anywhere near that interesting in a BHF shop! Around here they're full of trash novels, cookery and gardening books.

#5422 Colbul1

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 07:42

Undervaluing? Not in Oxfam! If anything, they're actually driving prices up, especially in their specialist bookshops. I'd guess you got that in a small "general" Oxfam, which might still retain some basic autonomy in pricing locally donated items. A lot of the best books that Oxfam get never see the light of day in their shops and are sold on to specialist dealers.

That said, I picked up a very cheap and unread late 90s Autocourse in a local hospice shop, but I suspect they mistook it for one of those published to remainder annuals.

Colbul1 got some genuine bargains - again probably locally rather than centrally priced: I've never seen anything anywhere near that interesting in a BHF shop! Around here they're full of trash novels, cookery and gardening books.

It's the BHF in Reading, they every so often have some absolute crackers. The Oxfam book shop in the town is now very much more 'priced to the internet' and so books a couple of years back they'd sell for £2-5 are now £10-15, but the BHF shop prices pretty much everything under a fiver. I couldn't believe it a year or 2 back when I picked up a copy of Ranier Schlegelmilch's 'Grand Prix Fascination' in near mint condition for £2!

Not sure why Reading is such a gold mine, perhaps its because we're just far enough away from places like Silverstone, Brands and Thruxton to have a fan base, but not that big of one.

#5423 Allan Lupton

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:31

Went to my local Poundland and no luck, well the Prilaux book was there, but I got it for £2 a few years back. Great selection of fishing DVD's though.

Thanks for the idea of Poundland where I'd never before thought of looking at the books.
The Prilaux book was there but it's not my period and your collective opinion was poor anyway, but Bill Boddy's book on Montlhéry in the Veloce classic reprint series was so I've got it. Best Abebooks price around £7.50 inc. p/p and cover price £17.99 so well pleased - the photos alone are worth more than £1.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 16:01

Thanks for the idea of Poundland where I'd never before thought of looking at the books.
The Prilaux book was there but it's not my period and your collective opinion was poor anyway, but Bill Boddy's book on Montlhéry in the Veloce classic reprint series was so I've got it. Best Abebooks price around £7.50 inc. p/p and cover price £17.99 so well pleased - the photos alone are worth more than £1.


Mmm, I'm intrigued. I went into a Poundland in Cheltenham the other day - based on what I'd been reading on this thread - and they didn't have any books on display other than a few paperbacks.

Allan, I'm guessing there is a Poundland in Letchworth - would I be correct? In which case, I may pop over! Thanks. :)


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Posted 21 October 2010 - 16:43

Allan, I'm guessing there is a Poundland in Letchworth - would I be correct? In which case, I may pop over! Thanks. :)


There is - it's where Woolworths was when that firm went to the wall, if that helps you find it. Have you far to come?
This morning they only had the two motor-related books I mentioned, but there were several hardbacks and many paperbacks in subjects I'm not interested in, so didn't make a point of remembering.


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Posted 21 October 2010 - 17:19

There is - it's where Woolworths was when that firm went to the wall, if that helps you find it. Have you far to come?
This morning they only had the two motor-related books I mentioned, but there were several hardbacks and many paperbacks in subjects I'm not interested in, so didn't make a point of remembering.


Thank you, Allan - I'll pay a visit tomorrow or Saturday! (and to that rather good second-hand bookshop as well...).

Edited by MCS, 22 October 2010 - 13:18.


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Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:33

Does anyone have any information about Anthony Pritchard's forthcoming book on Ferrari 250GTO?

I note that the jacket images on the Haynes web site and on Amazon are different. Surprisingly, Amazon's jacket image looks more "final" than does the publisher's.

Also, I've just ordered Paul Skilleter's All About E-Type although I couldn't find any mention of it here...I typically check the forum for opinions before I make a big investment in a book.


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Edited by Jack-the-Lad, 23 October 2010 - 04:58.


#5428 kayemod

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 08:34

Does anyone have any information about Anthony Pritchard's forthcoming book on Ferrari 250GTO?

I note that the jacket images on the Haynes web site and on Amazon are different. Surprisingly, Amazon's jacket image looks more "final" than does the publisher's.


I wonder how this one will compare with the Keith Bluemel/Jess Pourret classic, I'll look forward to reading a report here. Anthony Pritchard's work should of course be much more up to date, and given its current scarcity and secondhand value, it's slightly surprising to me that there's never been an updated re-print of the Bluemel book, surely there must be sufficient demand for it.


#5429 Alan Cox

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 09:28

Veloce are offering 40% off all titles until 31st October. Just insert the code BEBRAVE to obtain the discount.
http://www.veloce.co.uk/shop/index.php

While scanning their catalogue I noted this forthcoming title from Anthony Carter, who produced 'Reflections of a Lost Era' some years back.
http://www.veloce.co...d...Motorsport

#5430 Alan Cox

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 13:24

A first edition of William Court's "Power and Glory" currently running at £20 with no bidders. Tatty dust jacket may account for low price, but it does appear reasonable at this level.
http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item3a5fa71383

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 16:35

I wonder how this one will compare with the Keith Bluemel/Jess Pourret classic, I'll look forward to reading a report here. Anthony Pritchard's work should of course be much more up to date, and given its current scarcity and secondhand value, it's slightly surprising to me that there's never been an updated re-print of the Bluemel book, surely there must be sufficient demand for it.


At >400 pages I would expect it to be pretty thorough. It would be a big plus if it also updates the ownership history from the Bluemel/Pourret book.

#5432 MCS

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 21:04

A first edition of William Court's "Power and Glory" currently running at £20 with no bidders. Tatty dust jacket may account for low price, but it does appear reasonable at this level.
http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item3a5fa71383


I posted this in the "eBay thread" for what it is worth...(I hope it's of some small relevance);

QUOTE (kayemod @ Oct 23 2010, 19:32) *
It's probably just me, I know how highly his books are regarded by many, but I find William Court's prose style almost unreadable. I have a copy of Grand Prix Requiem, and I've never managed to read more than a page or two at one sitting. Anyone else feel the same way?

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I have struggled with Grand Prix Requiem for years - to the point where I'm not entirely sure why I bought it in the first place. Perhaps somebody here recommended it, or maybe I purchased it simply because it was written by William Court. Goodness knows.

Irrespective, I haven't finished it and have found reading some of the chapters particularly difficult - probably because of their tragic nature alone. It took me nearly a year to read David Tremayne's The Lost Generation for example. I simply couldn't face it on the basis that Roger Williamson and Tom Pryce were my two favourite drivers and I had also enjoyed watching Tony Brise race many times. I still have their autographs and some wonderful memories of their earliest exploits in racing.

Perhaps inevitably there are a number of similarly depressing books and I definitely had a phase of reading them recently (which may have contributed to my lack of progress with the Requiem book) although not by any design. Grand Prix Saboteurs - terribly distressing - and the Archie Scott Brown book, Archie and the Listers were amongst them.

I bought the Veloce Montlhéry book today from Poundland in Letchworth (for one pound - so thank you, Allan Lupton!) and that looks good so far, but a quick look around the second-hand bookshop in Letchworth revealed only a small number of other rather tragic books on the likes of Graham Hill and Ronnie Peterson.

But such is the territory.

Edit: I should perhaps have posted this in the book thread, but was merely responding to Rob's question.

This post has been edited by MCS: Today, 19:54

Edited by MCS, 23 October 2010 - 21:05.


#5433 ryan86

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 22:23

After a my critcism of charity shops, my Poundland hunts turned up no Montlhery book, though Stirling did have the hardback version of DC's (that's Coulthard, not David Croft- see BBC Thread in Racing Comments) autobio, but it did turn up in the Alloa Salvation Army shop Karl Ludvigsen's V12 Engine for 99p as well as a Bruce Jones Complete Encylcopaedia which will replace the copy that I've already got where the spine has fell off. There was also a lot of motorsport VCR's for 10p, so I'm guessing a fan got rid of some of his stuff there.

Stirling's The Works had 60 Years of Moto GP by Michael Scott remainderd at £8.99, with the one copy I can find on Amazon at nearly £50.00.

However the highlight of the day must be meeting Alvin Stardust in Stirling HMV.

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#5434 midgrid

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 22:28

Does anyone have information on when this year's official Le Mans 24 Hours annual (written by Moity & Teissedre) will be published in English?

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 06:41

Does anyone have information on when this year's official Le Mans 24 Hours annual (written by Moity & Teissedre) will be published in English?



Hello midgrid

according to the 'reliable' amazon.fr the french edition is to be published on 12 November.Normally the english edition is on the same date.
www.apach.be is the publisher, but don't expect to much actuality from their homepage...

Regards Michael

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 13:58

A new release by CorsaResearch is scheduled for November 20 titled 'Ten days in Sicily' -
Author Tony Adriaensens joined forces with photographer Brain Joscelyne in a new book on three races held in May 1966; the Syracuse GP on May 1; the Trofeo Marathon on May 6 and the Targa Florio on May 8. Experience these races in original colour and get a complete view on all cars that participated in the Targa Florio.

More information on www.corsaresearch.com



#5437 midgrid

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 14:35

Hello midgrid

according to the 'reliable' amazon.fr the french edition is to be published on 12 November.Normally the english edition is on the same date.
www.apach.be is the publisher, but don't expect to much actuality from their homepage...

Regards Michael


Thank you, Michael! :)


#5438 midgrid

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 22:09

Further to my enquiry (in case anyone else is interested), AutoNet carbooks is giving a date of October 30th for the English edition.

#5439 Tuboscocca

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:59


Two new titles

PORSCHE KREMER and Gruppe (group) 5

available on 22 November 2010.
Website (also in English)

http://www.motorspor...ag.de/index.php

best regards Michael

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 11:35

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Jaguar XK 140 Explored

by Bernard Viart edited by Roger Payne (in English)


UPDATE: NOW IN STOCK and available for UK and Worldwide shipping via Paul Skilleter Books. (22nd November 2010)

This really quite extraordinary book from Bernard Viart Edited By Roger Payne records every detail of this popular Jaguar sports car of the mid-1950s. The task is accomplished in style through over 300 plates featuring some 2,000+ annotated drawings – probably no other car has ever been covered in such precise detail before. These drawings are augmented by chapters describing the car’s origins, design, construction and competition career. Several hundred period photographs also help tell the story of the XK 140 in this unique and most graphic way.

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I have an advance copy of this book and it really is quite extraordinary in both content and quality - and that's an understatement.

It's the 2000+ drawings across 300 book sized plates (the book is the same size as Golden Boy and Paul's other major books as a reference) that enhance the book in a way that's never been attempted before. Bernard actually took apart several cars and then started the task of illustrating EVERY 'bit' individually - needless to say this took several years! There are some examples below at decent size (each plate is about 8" wide) to give you an idea of what they are like. Even the Lucas Cables are all drawn and colored individually! There are 446pp of which 307pp or so are the drawing plates, the rest are conventional pages with words and pics.

I'm told advance demand has been excellent. It appears that many existing XK 140 restorations may have been put on hold until the book is out as it's a restorer's dream. Available as both Standard and Limited Edition Leather bound (140 only needless to say) books.

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If you are interested on learning how the plates were made, here are Bernard's own words from the book intro:

The most important thing to realize when doing this type of work is to use a very high resolution single lens reflex digital camera with no less than 12mb, a solid tripod and a lighting system like Photofloods to avoid dark shadows which would lose details.

Locating the right car and the correct parts is a big issue as well. Where can you find the partly dismantled or 'basket case' car? You need a lot of Jaguar friends and you must not hesitate to drive a lot of miles to find the parts. You also need a heavy tool box to dismantle items on site. Well, but then the question remains, is it the right part? Is it absolutely original? A lot of questions still have to be answered...

Then you'll have to remove the parts from the car (one in process of complete restoration is ideal), dismantle the individual assemblies completely, clean them, and prepare them for the photo session with the right perspective.

And when you get the correct photos on your memory card, you 'just' have to draw from the photos. It seems rather simple but some complicated drawings can each take two or three days of hard work from dawn to twilight. At the beginning of the nineties when powerful computers with advanced graphic programs appeared for home use it was a great change for everybody, but for the designer/artist like me it has been a total revolution - bye-bye paper, pencils, ink, rule, rubber, compass and all the accessories used in a design studio. But the downside of this advance is that you need to relearn completely the process of drawing, using software like 'Illustrator' (my greatest friend with 'PhotoShop'), and 'Wacom' graphic pads. You need nothing else and no ink stains on the fingers. And if you draw a wrong line, no problem, you can go back again on the screen...

It took three and a half years to draw the plates, seven hours each day in front of my 22ins monitor, Saturdays included. It was a very, very long job and sometimes I was discouraged as the task seemed so enormous, huge, terrifying, even beyond human ability. Analyse the plates in this book and there are more than 2,000 individual drawings, created from thousands of photographs and references.


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Posted 03 November 2010 - 21:45

I don't think it has been mentioned yet on here, but the next publication from Tony Adriaensens' Corsa Research will be "Ten days in Sicily", featuring photographs taken by Brian Joscelyne of the 1966 Syracuse Grand Prix and the Targa Florio.

Latest news, and ordering details here. Now due out later this month.
http://www.corsarese...YSINSICILY.html

Usual disclaimers.

#5442 Tuboscocca

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 15:23

Has anyone already seen the new A Pritchard:

Ferrari 250 GTO book???

Curious

Michael

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 21:45

Anyone here has an e-mail to Jim or Guy Loveridge (Boys own stuff , MINTEX MAN ) ?

#5444 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:44

Has anyone already seen the new A Pritchard:

Ferrari 250 GTO book???

Curious

Michael


I posted a question about it a couple of weeks ago and have had no responses yet.


I think it isn't due out until February......not to say there might not be a review copy floating around....

Jack

#5445 Tuboscocca

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:33

I posted a question about it a couple of weeks ago and have had no responses yet.


I think it isn't due out until February......not to say there might not be a review copy floating around....

Jack

Hi Jack,

it is available (amazon.uk and all the others),but I was curious if anyone has seen it (in UK) already. Ordered mine !!
Especially interesting is: has A Pritchard continued the (Bluemel /Pourret) owner stories??

As soon as I have it, I'll tell what I think of this book.

best regards Michael

#5446 Gregor Marshall

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:09

Anyone here has an e-mail to Jim or Guy Loveridge (Boys own stuff , MINTEX MAN ) ?


You have a pm Bjorn.

#5447 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 00:09

Hi Jack,

it is available (amazon.uk and all the others),but I was curious if anyone has seen it (in UK) already. Ordered mine !!
Especially interesting is: has A Pritchard continued the (Bluemel /Pourret) owner stories??

As soon as I have it, I'll tell what I think of this book.

best regards Michael


Michael,

Amazon US still shows an expected date of February, while Amazon UK does show the book available now. I'm hoping to receive mine much sooner than next February (I ordered it on September 28), but shipping costs from the UK for a 400 page book would be pretty spendy. I did notice that Amazon changed the image of the dust jacket (I thought the first one was better) to conform to the one that's on the Haynes web site.

Jack

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:58

Michael,

Amazon US still shows an expected date of February, while Amazon UK does show the book available now. I'm hoping to receive mine much sooner than next February (I ordered it on September 28), but shipping costs from the UK for a 400 page book would be pretty spendy. I did notice that Amazon changed the image of the dust jacket (I thought the first one was better) to conform to the one that's on the Haynes web site.

Jack


Dear Jack,
I have the impression, that the publishing dates of the same title vary -in US and Europe..In US the David Bull titles seem to be 1-2 month ahead...
As for the title illustration: the (if true??) title with the racing GTO (seems to be a period picture) is much better , then the super clean studio photo..
At least to my taste..
As for the postage: Amazon and all their sub-dealers can't not get more than 3.94 GBP at amazon.uk. for overses delivery.
And taking the rather weak Pound into account--it's a good business to order i.e. from Germany in the UK:

Now I 'll wait for he paper-GTO...

Best regards Michael

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 23:16

Received the new GTO book today. This is my first superficial impression. With 352 pages is has become quite massive. It is devided into 2 sections: 2/3 the GTO racing history, 1/3 the GTO chassis history.
The racing history first gives the history of the evolution of the 250 GT Ferraris, then the GTO evolution in detail followed by a year by year account of most races the GTO appeared in, the usual ones as well as the less known like minor British events and hillclimbs. The photography is abundant, in part well known but also many photos not seen before (by me, but I have most GTO literature for comparison). The individual chassis histories show the known tables of attended events without racing numbers accompanied by short stories on the car's racing life and a not updated, simple owner history. Surprisingly Antoine Prunet's original GTO book is not mentioned in the bibliography.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 00:02

[quote name='marlondylan' date='Nov 12 2010, 01:16' post='4705894']
Received the new GTO book today. This is my first superficial impression. With 352 pages is has become quite massive. It is devided into 2 sections: 2/3 the GTO racing history, 1/3 the GTO chassis history.
The racing history first gives the history of the evolution of the 250 GT Ferraris, then the GTO evolution in detail followed by a year by year account of most races the GTO appeared in, the usual ones as well as the less known like minor British events and hillclimbs. The photography is abundant, in part well known but also many photos not seen before (by me, but I have most GTO literature for comparison). The individual chassis histories show the known tables of attended events without racing numbers accompanied by short stories on the car's racing life and a not updated, simple owner history. Surprisingly Antoine Prunet's original GTO book is not mentioned in the bibliography.



The name Antoine Prunet of course should read Jess Pourret :eek: