Steve Wyatt's Motor Racing, the pursuit of victory 1963 to 1972 arrived 30 minutes before I was leaving for a couple of weeks, and it was not appropriate to take it with me. I have now had a good opportunity to look through it in the detail which it warrants. It is very, very good, IMHO. Whilst there are some track shots, not always of the usual suspects either, the main part comprises paddock shots of cars, usually sans
bodywork, with people working on them, or people shots. Think also along the lines of the excellent Maurice Bruton shots generously posted by Tony Gallagher recently. The range of cars and characters is very wide, and invariably of the mechanics and drivers etc. It is very much in the vein of Peter Darley's brilliant Jim Clark/Team Lotus books, and is printed on gratifyingly good quality paper, so Veloce have done Steve proud for the price, albeit a year late.......... and makes an ideal companion for the Anthony Carter work covering the previous 3 decades. There are also little commentary vignettes from Bob Dance about various topics and shots.
The photographs are catalogued by years and then races, with a neat synopsis of the races and salient comments about the supporting races etc. The captions are clear and tell you what you need to know. Many are more than a simple sentence, giving quite comprehensive details of people and cars etc, who is doing what to what with whom, etc
For the likes of Bjorn and myself, inter alia
, there are some useful shots showing transporter and support vehicles, incl Hulme's Zodiac saloon and the similar estate used by McLaren to trailer to Zerex and Mclaren Olds, an a fine shot of Sir Gawaine Baillie's Galaxie station wagon towing his Galaxie racer on its trailer.
I know it is subjective, but I think this book is a very fine period addition to the bookshelves of enthusisats.
I have no connection with Steve Wyatt other than as someone to whom he supplied a very representative shot of a car from my preferred marque being worked on in period some time ago, which seems to encapsulate what this book is about, but then I like pictures which tell the story.
edit; If all you want is cropped shots of just another car on just another bit of Tarmac, this book is not for you.
Edited by bradbury west, 05 December 2012 - 09:37.