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#651 Doug Nye

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Posted 09 April 2004 - 21:12

Originally posted by dretceterini
Doug: Thanks for pointing out the book. I didn't even know it existed. How did you find out about it? I'm sure that there any number of other books many of us are unaware of...


Stu - daft method of discovery really - occasionally when I'm really stuck trying to write something (for the day job, you understand) I'll flick onto TNF or onto Google to find some diversion...hoping that the muse might return...

My interest in naval and aviation history leads me to tap all kinds of obscurities into Google, and from time to time I find much of interest.

If I'm REALLY stuck I might tap in a long-lost movie actor - whatever did happen to David Tomlinson, or Bela Lugosi - or a gangster - or a General - or an inventor - and worst case, a perishing politician...or a motor sporting topic.

I then thought "what about Briarcliff?", found next to nothing of any interest, and then Fairmount Park sprang to mind - yet another venue I know little about - so I Googled it and hey presto!

Sorry for the long answer to a short question...

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#652 David McKinney

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Posted 09 April 2004 - 21:34

Touché :wave:
I recently discovered, by much the same method, a privately-published book about Buckler sportscars racing in New Zealand and now have it in my pile of books to read.
Haven't mentioned it before - as I am surely the only TNFer in the slightest bit interested in such an esoteric subject?

#653 dretceterini

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Posted 09 April 2004 - 22:42

Sorry David. :eek: I'm also interested in "specials" of all kind and am ALWAYS looking for books on the subject.

Thanks for the notice about the book. :D

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Posted 16 April 2004 - 15:35

I have just finished reading "Triumph and Tragedy" by Yves Kaltenbach.

I know, it is not about F1.
But with so many F1 driviers of that day also competing in sportscars, there is a link with F1 of that day.
I can recommand the book. It gives a very interesting opinion and view on another brand of racing which also left it's result of F1 those days. And it reads well, looks good and so on.

With the "bad years for racing threads" I voted for 1982.
Now I know even more than ever why 1955 must be among the top three of bad years in racing.

My opinion, do with it what you want.


Sincerely,

Henri Greuter

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 19:24

David,

You are certainly not alone, I am sure there are many TNFers that are interested in the obscurati.

My own interest is in that esoteric region of piecing together the history of the "one-offs" and "specials" that have appeared on the racing scene over the years - particularly post WWII and in the sports-racing field. I have a reasonably large library of books/magazines but am always searching for more information in this field.

Must try to obtain a copy of the Buckler book as they constructed such a variety of machinery.

Is it still available and if so from which (Antipodean) source?

#656 David McKinney

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 19:56

OK, OK
Anyone who wants the NZ Buckler book, try emailing yknot@ledanet.com.au
If that fails (as it did in my case) PM me
(The alternative logistics are too complicated to spell out here)

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 19:57

Dretceterini,

I have several books on the sports-racing "one-offs" and "specials" including Giorgio Nada's "La Sport e i Suoi artigiani" that I rate as one of the best books (if not the only one), on the small Italian constructors. I don't speak Italian but with a good dictionary it is not really necessary.

Although you are probably familiar with them, I can certainly recommend the following -

Specialist British Sports/Racing Cars of the Fifties & Sixties by Anthony Pritchard
Powered by Jaguar by Doug Nye
A to Z of Sports cars 1945-1990 by Mike Lawrence
American Racing by Tom Burnside
Le Mans 1923-1992 by Christian Moity (2 volumes)
Time & Two Seats by Janos Wimpffen (2 volumes)
Sports Car Racing by Denis Jenkinson
plus the Georgano books on Motor Racing and the Beaulieu Encyclopedia

I recently acquired a soft-back publication entitled Speed & Sport - The Sports Car Story by John Bentley (Trend Book No. 104) published in 1950s that contains a wealth of information on the more obscure American sports-racing cars of the period.

There are, of course many histories on cars such as Abarth, Chevron, Ginetta, etc. as well as the better known makes, but I wonder if you can recommend any others that may be of interest.

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 20:00

Thanks David,

Will try your contact

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Posted 18 April 2004 - 20:26

Malcolm:

Thanks for the information. I have a rather vast library, including all the books you mention except Time and Two Seats.

Unfortunately, with today's prices, I have to be very selective. There are about 100 books I would like to have, but I am only buying what fits in with the area I am most interested in, which is small displacement sports-racers.

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#660 Frank S

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 00:20

Originally posted by Zetlander
David,

You are certainly not alone, I am sure there are many TNFers that are interested in the obscurati.

My own interest is in that esoteric region of piecing together the history of the "one-offs" and "specials" that have appeared on the racing scene over the years - particularly post WWII and in the sports-racing field. I have a reasonably large library of books/magazines but am always searching for more information in this field...

Have you seen these pages from March 1952 Auto Speed And Sport? At least two of the cars are still active: Manning Special at Monterey, 2003 and at Willow Springs, April 3, 2004

Parkinson Special at Monterey, 2003 and at Willow Springs, April 3, 2004

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 21:23

Frank S,

Many thanks for the interesting links and glad to see that these one-offs are still around.

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Posted 23 April 2004 - 03:02

Anyone know anything about this? It appears to be the 1st in a series..


Endurance
50 ans d'histoire
1953-1963
Volume 1
par Cnristian Moity. Ed ETAI. 2004. En français. 315x240. Couverture cartonnée+jaquette. 240 pages

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 00:41

Couple of motorsport bargains from the quirkiest remaindered bookstore on the Internet:

http://www.psbooks.c...c_Sport_Rec.asp

David Hodges' A-Z of Grand Prix Cars - you need this one, it really does ferret through some of the obscurities and it's pithy and incisive on the ones we all know about - £14.99 rrp 25 quid

Peter Scherer's 50 Years of British Grand Prix Drivers - nice collection of potted bios, career histories, photos and autographs, quirkily organised but very useful. £8.99, RRP 15 quid.

#664 Barry Lake

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 02:02

Beware of the birth dates etc in the 50 Years of British Grand Prix Drivers book, though. There are a lot of mistakes, I discovered, after previously recommending it as an interesting book.

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 20:12

The Christian Moity book "Endurance 50 ans d'histoire" is the story of the World Sports Car
Championship renamed later the Manufacturers' World Championship.
There is a story of each race of championship status and some photos, only a few colour photos. There are no complete entry lists or result tables.

There is a lack of details and if you had in hand the Yves Kaltenbach book on the 1955 sports car
season, the Moity book looks poor.

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Posted 29 April 2004 - 22:45

Originally posted by Barry Lake
Beware of the birth dates etc in the 50 Years of British Grand Prix Drivers book, though. There are a lot of mistakes, I discovered, after previously recommending it as an interesting book.


It's not a very dependable reference like Steve Small - but it has interesting pics and is prepared to devote rather more space to the marginal figures than Small is. In fact Scherer seems more keen to discuss the drivers' careers before and after F1 than in it! The pics are nice, the autographs are fun, but the terrible chronological-then-alphabetic ordering means you can't use it as a serious reference ;)

A fun book, not necessarily the last word on anything.

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 00:29

Thanks Marat Maybe together with Time and Two Seats, the Moity book would be a good adition

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 19:41

just want to ask what do you think of the Richard williams - Enzo Ferrari book ?

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 20:15

Could be a solution Dretceterini. Race accounts are well written, there are some
new interesting details, many unpublished photos.

#670 Barry Lake

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 15:12

Originally posted by Doug Nye
Has anybody seen a copy of this book on Philadelphia's Fairmount Park races? Worthwhile?
http://www.philadelp....org/akm/store/

DCN


Have just received this book, from Amazon.com.

Apart from the mediocre paper and consequent poor reproduction of photographs that deserve much better, this looks like a really seriously researched book.

It has 228 pages, covering just four races - and all the background to them, including the politics. It has detailed index, bibliography and notes sections at the rear.

Circuit diagrams show changes from year to year. There are full entry lists including (with some exceptions) riding mechanics' names (first name, initial, last name!), and - wait for it - lap time and cumulative time for EVERY car on EVERY lap of all four races! Also fastest practice lap for each car for each race.

Drivers include Ralph Mulford, Ralph de Palma, Louis Disbrow, Spencer Wishart, Bob Burman, etc. So they were serious races - with even more starters than a 2004 world championship F1 GP. :)

Essential reading, I would say, for anyone interested in this era of racing.

Author Michael J Seneca is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, also the Organization of American Historians, and the National Council on Public History.

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 15:57

Originally posted by Hans Etzrodt
I strongly recommend for everybody to acquire The Complete History of GRAND PRIX MOTOR RACING by Adriano Cimarosti. My issue was published in New York: Crescent Books, 1990 but there is a later edition and also a German language version, called Autorennen. This book should cost not more than $50.00 and offers tremendous value for your money, covering GP racing from 1895 till the nineties. You will not feel sorry adding this book to your library. :) Thanks alot I bougth mine from AMAZON..Really it must be a jewel..I will receive it in 2-3 days since today..bye.

If you cannot get it from your book dealer, try some of these sites.
http://www.abebooks.com/
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e-mail: autobooks@autobooks.co.uk Kenneth Ball at Autobooks Limited in England.
http://www.lesezeich...nd/motspor1.htm

http://www.kb.nl/gabriel/ Gateway to Europe’s National Libraries

I got one :)

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Posted 03 May 2004 - 18:24

just searching the web and find this book -
"Mercedes in Peace and War by Bernard P. Bellon "

any one know this book ?

#673 Hieronymus

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 09:44

After been following this thread for sometime, I have been wondering if a compendium of motor racing literature exists. I know that some other sports have compendiums that deals with all books (most of it anyway) that have been published on that specific sport.

If one does not exist on motor racing, which I doubt, it would be quite nice if someone can compile one that will at least cover the English language books on motorsport that have been published over the years. I am sure the many book lovers, also from this forum, will find it most interesting as reference guide.

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Posted 16 May 2004 - 20:18

In W H Smith's on Friday I came across Murray Walker's Formula 1 Heroes being remaindered for £1.99 and at that price I decided it was worth buying. To my surprise when the lady rang it up on the till it came up at 99p.

At that price you can't complain. It covers all the usual suspects with chapters at the front covering Murray's dad's motorcycle exploits and the pre-Formula 1 era and chapters at the rear covering Ferrari, Chapman, Ken Tyrell, Bernie and Gordon Murray, The Backroom Boys (and girls) and his favourite circuits.

An enjoyable read, if somewhat superficial with no glaring errors. I wouldn't say it was good value at its original £14.95 price, but at 99p :up: :up:

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Posted 18 May 2004 - 06:48

Originally posted by Hieronymus
After been following this thread for sometime, I have been wondering if a compendium of motor racing literature exists. I know that some other sports have compendiums that deals with all books (most of it anyway) that have been published on that specific sport.


By chance I discovered the book "The Constant Search" by Charles Mortimer. Published in 1982 by Haynes/Foulis. ISBN 0854292608

It covers basically all books on motoring and racing prior to 1982.

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Posted 18 May 2004 - 07:10

Originally posted by D-Type
In W H Smith's on Friday I came across Murray Walker's Formula 1 Heroes being remaindered for £1.99 and at that price I decided it was worth buying. To my surprise when the lady rang it up on the till it came up at 99p.

At that price you can't complain. It covers all the usual suspects with chapters at the front covering Murray's dad's motorcycle exploits and the pre-Formula 1 era and chapters at the rear covering Ferrari, Chapman, Ken Tyrell, Bernie and Gordon Murray, The Backroom Boys (and girls) and his favourite circuits.

An enjoyable read, if somewhat superficial with no glaring errors. I wouldn't say it was good value at its original £14.95 price, but at 99p :up: :up:


You may need to look in more than one WHSmiths. I checked the one in Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, and the book wasn't there. It looks like they are clearing out old stock on a first come first served basis. Still, you might find something else you like if you sift through the book bins.

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Posted 18 May 2004 - 13:17

I saw copies of the Murray Walker book in a remainder bookshop in Bath yesterday: £2.50

#678 TEJ

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Posted 24 May 2004 - 17:32

David Birchall reminded me that now that I am receiving volumes from the printer that I should announce my book on this forum.


Sports Car Road Racing in Western Canada . Hard bound, 404 pages, many in colour, over 700 photos and diagrams. C$ 120.00 plus tax for Canadian buyers plus of course, postage.
The book covers some 30 racing circuits that once hosted sports car racing in Western Canada, plus the 6 currently operating and several failed attempts to build new. The book also covers my own racing activities, professional or otherwise, Western Canadian drivers and others that "did good" like Alvin "Spike" Rhiando (if his tales are true) and about 70 home built specials that range from quitewonderful to, shall we say, less so.

If anyone is interested, email me at tomjohnston@shaw.ca

#679 Don Capps

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Posted 24 May 2004 - 19:05

Originally posted by Doug Nye
Has anybody seen a copy of this book on Philadelphia's Fairmount Park races? Worthwhile?
http://www.philadelp....org/akm/store/

DCN


Originally posted by Barry Lake
Have just received this book, from Amazon.com.

Apart from the mediocre paper and consequent poor reproduction of photographs that deserve much better, this looks like a really seriously researched book.

It has 228 pages, covering just four races - and all the background to them, including the politics. It has detailed index, bibliography and notes sections at the rear.

Circuit diagrams show changes from year to year. There are full entry lists including (with some exceptions) riding mechanics' names (first name, initial, last name!), and - wait for it - lap time and cumulative time for EVERY car on EVERY lap of all four races! Also fastest practice lap for each car for each race.

Drivers include Ralph Mulford, Ralph de Palma, Louis Disbrow, Spencer Wishart, Bob Burman, etc. So they were serious races - with even more starters than a 2004 world championship F1 GP. :)

Essential reading, I would say, for anyone interested in this era of racing.

Author Michael J Seneca is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, also the Organization of American Historians, and the National Council on Public History.


I have had this book for several weeks now. I have found it to be the sort of book we could use more of -- an extensively researched and acknowledgable book written on a specific (and most interesting) subject by an author with a great depth of knowledge. It is far from perfect in several aspects, but filled in many of the gaps (of which there were a great many) I had concerning the Quaker City events. My specific interests were the organization (origins & the way the races were developed) of the races, the contemporary racing world, and the way the AAA and promoters operated.

Overall, I am happy that I now have this volume in my collection.

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At the end of last week my copy of the CART 2003 annual finally arrived. Still awaiting the arrival of the Indianapolis/IRL 2003 annual. And the Coventry Climax book is still MIA.

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#680 Doug Nye

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Posted 24 May 2004 - 19:42

In Milan last week I dropped into the Libreria dell'Automobile bookshop and killed an hour before my day-trip flight home. If I hadn't been travelling light - and feeling weary after a 4am kick-off - I could have filled a crate. As it was I returned home with just Roger Biot's Rouen history - already mentioned in TNF and properly praised, though 'only' a lightweight paperback still produced to decent quality - the Francesco Santuccione & Paolo Smoglica book 'Il Circuito di Pescara 1924-1939' - larger than the Rouen book, similarly paper-backed, not quite so well printed with poorer-quality photographs but even so quite extensive and really fascinatingly detailed...

Then finally - because I love clubby books - I fell for Paolo Mazetti's 'I Quarant'Anni della Scuderia Brescia Corse 1964-2003', published by the Gruppo Editoriale Delfo. I chose it because I remember very well Mario Casoni's exploits in the Brescia Corse-entered GT40, and this stylish, soft-'boxed' edition (priced at 48 Eurocraps) briefly paints in the background to this cooperative team, including every active member in their Fiat-Abarth 850s and Chevron B23s and Autobianchi A112s as well as the Ferrari GTO/64 of Nanni Nember and the Abarth of 'Pam' (Marsilio Pasotti), poor old 'Noris' (Giacomo Moioli)...and so many more.

The volume ends up rather unsatisfactoriuly with present-day classic car members - doing heroically well in colour in Historic events with Triumph Spitfire, Healey 3000 and TR3A but there's quite a lot of 'etceterini' fodder here too.

The two Italian books are all Italian, but easy to follow nonetheless. I like 'em...

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Posted 24 May 2004 - 23:19

Does the Pescara book cover just the GP races, or does it also cover the sportscar races?

#682 Doug Nye

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 08:31

Stu - pretty darned poorly actually beyond bald results...

Essentially the content majors upon the Coppa Acerbo for GP category cars itself, and the Coppa Citta di Pescara for vetturetti, plus the Coppa dei Due Mari for motorcycles 1930-32, then the Gran Premio Motociclistico 1933-36.

An appended chapter at the end of the book is very interesting - to me but probably to few others here - covering architectural proposals around the circuit, including Raffaele Tasca's pretty darned stunning designs for a permanent startline grandstand - floated in 1937 and which would pretty much do justice to a Tilkedrome today. Just like the great grandstand at the Mellaha, Tripoli, or indeed at Monza, Fascist Italy's sporting architecture really was impressive...

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#683 zaktoo

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 13:15

Hi all

Anyone familiar with a book called "Lola Race Cars 1962-1990 Photo Album" by Norman Hayes? I'm a little worried about the title but hoping it's meatier than the title suggests. Anyone know?

Thanks

Ciao

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#684 petefenelon

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 13:34

Originally posted by zaktoo
Hi all

Anyone familiar with a book called "Lola Race Cars 1962-1990 Photo Album" by Norman Hayes? I'm a little worried about the title but hoping it's meatier than the title suggests. Anyone know?

Thanks

Ciao

Zak



Er, it's not terribly good. Lots of pics of Lolas, quite a lot of them at historic or clubbie meetings. Very minimal text.

#685 zaktoo

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 13:39

Originally posted by petefenelon



Er, it's not terribly good. Lots of pics of Lolas, quite a lot of them at historic or clubbie meetings. Very minimal text.


Aye, thanks. I'll steer clear then :)

Ciao

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 13:58

Hi s'me again

OK I have a few Automobile Years in my collection, and I see they seem to be quite pricey at ABEBooks. Is that because the ones listed are necessarily in mint condition, or are these just sought-after? Also, the later years editions seem to be extremely poorly bound. Have others here found the same thing?

Ciao

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#687 dretceterini

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 16:13

Thanks Doug:

Sound like a book I will have to get, even though there is little on the sportscars. As to Italian deco fascist architecture (and posters, etc), there is a paperback on the subject. I'll have to find my copy in one of these stacks of things to sort (I'm sure you all know how THAT goes), and post the title.


There also appears to be a new book on the Villa 'd Este concours...

http://www.libreriad...asp?idbook=6787

#688 David Birchall

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 21:47

It's time to announce TEJ's (Tom Johnston's) new book; "Sports Car Racing In Western Canada". Tom has spent years researching this book as well as participating in the events recorded themselves. Tom's background as an engineer and as a constructor of Formula Atlantic and sports racing cars means that he understands that detail matters (unlike this writer...) and the book is superb and well produced. If you wondered what happened to some of the famous cars when they became "obsolete" this book is a good place to look. The book launch party will take place at the Park Royal Hotel, North Vancouver tomorrow afternoon. Sorry, don't have the isbn yet.

#689 TEJ

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 22:22

ISBN 1-894694-8

#690 Bob Brzezinski

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 22:37

I just learned of a new book on Ken Miles by California author Art Evans. Art has previously published several interesting, limited-edition books dealing with the tracks and personalities involved in 1950's road racing, especially in the California area. I believe Art was a friend of Ken Miles. If there is another book that has been published on KM I'm not aware of it; either way this one is long overdue, IMHO.

Click on the following link and scroll down: http://www.motorsportcollector.com/

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Posted 28 May 2004 - 17:23

I find it very easy to come up with my favourite - its Alf Francis ,racing mechanic !
If ever a book showed how it was in those days ,this is the one .
Nigh on penniless mechanics stranded who knows where with broken down transporters ,driver tantrums , 4 days and 3 nights on the trot all for what ? The satisfaction that they had done their best -often for nowt as the hooray Henry of a driver was "tired" or unwell.
The really unfortunate part was that the book ended with the beginnings of Alfs joining Pipbrook/Moss/Lotus 18 and the good times that followed but unfortunately Alf never made the sequel! As is often the case -too late now !
Mike Hawthorns "Challenge me the race " and Innes Irelands "All arms and elbows" both brought back good and bad memories for me . None of the sanitized pr speak we encounter so often these days.

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Posted 28 May 2004 - 21:14

Since Innes Ireland's All Arms and Elbows is brought up as someone's favorite racing book, I have to object. Innes was always one of my favorite drivers and I looked forward to reading his book. However, I was bitterly disappointed. Incomplete, cavalier and superficial are words that come to mind. No insight whatsoever and more geared towards the sports section of the Sunday paper than towards the seasoned motorsports enthusiast. Perhaps Formula One drivers could get away with this kind of stuff in the fifties, but certainly not by 1967.

When I compare All Arms and Elbows to the excellent and detailed "Racing Driver" by Roy Salvadori, it is like night and day.


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#693 Dennis David

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Posted 28 May 2004 - 23:42

Duby,

I have the book Mercedes in Peace and War. It's parked in my library waiting for the proper moment for me to read or use as reference for my website that has now succumbed after 7 blissful years to advertising. Forgive me dear God. But what the hell stop by and do me a click or two and I'll help you if I can the next time I'm at home.

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Posted 29 May 2004 - 08:23

Reply to Wino :- Thats how Innes was and lived . Always the extrovert.

#695 duby

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Posted 29 May 2004 - 17:09

Originally posted by Dennis David
Duby,

I have the book Mercedes in Peace and War. It's parked in my library waiting for the proper moment for me to read or use as reference for my website that has now succumbed after 7 blissful years to advertising. Forgive me dear God. But what the hell stop by and do me a click or two and I'll help you if I can the next time I'm at home.


hi
thanks ,just got the book from Amazon , well after short reading its not about motorsport at all and the racing team is not even mentioned around . it is all about the workers and the factory of mercedes .
i put it down for now and might read it in the future .
for now i am looking for the Peter Stevenson - Driving forces , that suppose to arrive soon , again by Amazon .

thanks again

btw - is there any book about BMW racing inthose years ...?

#696 d.c.a. mulcahy

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Posted 02 June 2004 - 04:35

I found the following on the Amazon site:

Dino: The Little Ferrari V6 & V8 Racing and Road Cars 1957-1979
Doug Nye

Product Details:
* Hardcover 320 pages (August 1, 2004)
* Publisher: Motorbooks Intl
* ISBN: 0760320101

This is good news for those of us who don't currently own a copy since the price for the new edition is less than half of what a typical used copy of the 1979 edition costs.

#697 Rob Ryder

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 14:50

I have just seen this on Amazon...

"The Forgotten Races: The Non-championship Formula 1 Races 1966 to 1983"

Has anyone already purchased a copy?
Is it worth adding to my collection?

Thanks
Rob

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#698 Don Capps

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 18:51

On the way back from Watkins Glen this weekend, I picked up the latest from Brock Yates -- Against Death and Time: One Fatal Season in Racing's Glory Years.

This is Yates' latest and covers 1955. As always, Yates is quite easy to read and certainly not guilty of the turgid prose I churn out. However, the usual minor problems with typos and some fact-checking glitches (flying a Pan Am DC-8B to Paris in 1955 when it was probably meant to be a DC-7B and some racing-related errors as well) which seem part and parcel of publishing today can be slightly irritating.

One item I did not like was the use of Pete Coltrin as his alter ego at Le Mans in 1955, when even Yates admits in the prologue that Coltrin did not arrive in Europe until 1957. It really comes off as stilted and off-key to me. Then again, that is perhaps just me.

Plus, lumping James Dean into the book is something that I will defer making a comment on until I finish the book. I am about halfway or so through the book -- the Le Mans material.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 20:56

Don, any idea how it compares with Douglas Rutherford's contemporaneous 1955 book? That is certainly something worth reading for anyone that can find it...

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 01:19

Don,

Perhaps Yates was in a rush to get his "opus" out after "Triumph and Tragedy" by Yves Kaltenbach appeared in February 2004; here is an even-handed book on exactly the same subject, but without the psychobabble hype of having to crawl under other people's skin/personality, especially if they were not even present at the event described! What an utterly bizarre approach to motorracing history. Your description of the Yates publication sure make it sound like one of those parallel universe books best to be avoided.


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