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#901 Egon Thurner

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 19:00

Originally posted by Twin Window
Just a short note... Could anyone with relevant information for this thread please email or PM it to Ron and he will update the list accordingly. This is so the thread remains purely a reference source. Thanks.


Well, I tried this way, but Ron seemingly missed or ignored my PM

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From this board's member Robert Dick
Mercedes and Auto Racing in the Belle Epoque, 1895–1915

ISBN 0-7864-1889-3
314 photographs & illustrations, tables, appendices, bibliography, index
371pp. illustrated case binding (7 x 10) 2005

http://www.mcfarland...n=0-7864-1889-3

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#902 VWV

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 00:00

Browsing on eBay I found that the International Motor Racing Research Center has items up for auction including "Miller Dynasty" by Mark Dees, currently going for $50, a huge bargain. I paid alot more for my copy and highly recommed it. Check out the other items up for auction and support our friends at the IMRRC.

http://cgi.ebay.com/...4521016815&rd=1

#903 dretceterini

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 22:33

Has anyone seen this book yet? Thoughts please...

Carrozzieri Italiani

The history and production of some Italian coachbuilders of which a very few information was available: Accossato, Allemano, Ambrogio, Balbo, Boano, Canta, Caprera, Castagna, Coggiola, Colli and Coriasco. This first volume will be followed by others...

#904 Ivan

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Posted 23 January 2005 - 21:13

Just ordered Hard Edge of Genius from amazon.uk.

#905 billthekat

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:26

Because I got a nice discount on it, I relented this year and got a copy of Autocourse. Only thing even worthwhile to bother with is the American commentary by Gordon Kirby, otherwise a nice thing to have for chassis numbers decades from now. I wonder why they didn't record the engine numbers as well, especially since they are now as important as the chassis numbers? The "race reports" are generally pathetic, but then it is being said that such things are now obsolete since everyone watches the races. Another sign we are entering the post-literate world.

I have had a number of books show up lately, Mercedes and Auto Racing in the Belle Epoch by Robert Dick being perhaps the shining star so far. Two Joel Finn books were tossed up on the porch, one the new Bridgehampton book -- which has nothing for the results of the Formula SCCA event in May 1967, the one with the "unknown" drivers in the results -- and the other being a long sought replacement of the ARCA book.

A very pleasant surprise has been For Gold & Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit, something from the Indiana University Press. Nice book and one I just happened to catch almost by accident, looking for something else and stumbling on it instead.

Bugatti Queen has been more interesting than I thought it would be, the American tour very interesting to follow up on and ponder about, especially the trip south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Blue & Orange also showed up, but not sure exactly what to make of it. Ditto Brock Yate's NASCAR Off the Record, about which I am still wondering how I ended up with it on the bookshelf. Interesting how two books about the Ferrari prototypes come out at the same time and I buy both of them. Plus, I found the Brooklands Le Mans books in two volumes and got them at a price that I thought was fair.

There are others, some sitting on the shelf not even touched much since they arrived due to time constraints, Sports Car Heaven and some more Brookland books being among them (the Carrera, the Mille Miglia, and one on the Targa Florio) and other odds and ends.

#906 Mark Godfrey

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 23:40

Mercian Manuals has published a few books of possible interest.
http://www.mercianmanuals.co.uk/

The releases include: "Italian High Performance Cars" and "Grand Prix Ferrari" both by Anthony Pritchard
and "Lamborghini Miura" by Peter Coltrin and Jean-Francois Marchet, and the "Maserati Road Cars" by Richard Crump and Rob Box.

As they are reprints (or new editions?) the question of print quality arises, especially with regard to reproduction of photos. Would anyone who has had a good look at these editions comment on them?

Mark Godfrey

#907 petefenelon

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 17:48

Originally posted by Mark Godfrey
Mercian Manuals has published a few books of possible interest.
http://www.mercianmanuals.co.uk/

The releases include: "Italian High Performance Cars" and "Grand Prix Ferrari" both by Anthony Pritchard
and "Lamborghini Miura" by Peter Coltrin and Jean-Francois Marchet, and the "Maserati Road Cars" by Richard Crump and Rob Box.

As they are reprints (or new editions?) the question of print quality arises, especially with regard to reproduction of photos. Would anyone who has had a good look at these editions comment on them?

Mark Godfrey


They reprinted the Pritchard "Specialist British Sports-Racing Cars of the Fifties and Sixties" recently and it was a very nice edition - good heavy paper, crisp photo reproduction and decent binding.

I've got the original edition of "Italian High-Performance Cars" and it's not bad - mostly textual, model-by-model history of the major and minor marques (without really getting into etceterinis). Not sure I'd pay 20 quid for a reprint though (I think I paid about a quarter of that 3-4 years ago).

#908 Barry Lake

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 13:44

Pete

Do you have in your collection:

"Polvere e Gloria La Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti 1947-56" by Gianni Cancellieri/d'Agostini?

If you don't, you should have. There are more photos of etceterini in this book than I have ever seen in any one place.

Beautiful book, fabulous race, lots of Mille Miglia stars of the era taking part, even a very young looking Maria-Teresa de Fillipis in 1949.

And many unusual and beautiful small Italian sports cars from various makers.

#909 petefenelon

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 13:59

Originally posted by Barry Lake
Pete

Do you have in your collection:

"Polvere e Gloria La Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti 1947-56" by Gianni Cancellieri/d'Agostini?

If you don't, you should have. There are more photos of etceterini in this book than I have ever seen in any one place.

Beautiful book, fabulous race, lots of Mille Miglia stars of the era taking part, even a very young looking Maria-Teresa de Fillipis in 1949.

And many unusual and beautiful small Italian sports cars from various makers.


I'm not really an etcereriniste, but I've got the Cancellieri/d'Agostini Nuvolari book and it's very pretty ;P

#910 Bonde

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 14:46

Mark,

The quality of paper, print and binding of the reprint of Pritchard's "Grand Prix Ferrari" are good, but the photo reproduction is poor - but then I don't know how that compares to the original.

£20 for the reprint was a bit on the steep side, but it's still a pretty good read, IMO.

#911 dretceterini

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 00:26

Originally posted by Barry Lake
Pete

Do you have in your collection:

"Polvere e Gloria La Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti 1947-56" by Gianni Cancellieri/d'Agostini?

If you don't, you should have. There are more photos of etceterini in this book than I have ever seen in any one place.

Beautiful book, fabulous race, lots of Mille Miglia stars of the era taking part, even a very young looking Maria-Teresa de Fillipis in 1949.

And many unusual and beautiful small Italian sports cars from various makers.


Barry:

The Coppa Dolomiti book is excellent, but the book La Sport E I Suoi Artigiani 1937-1965 has twice as many pictures of obscure Italian sports racers (etceterini) than the Domomiti book!

It's available from Nada's retail store in Milan, Libreria 'dell Automobile
http://www.libreriad...ile.it/English/)

Another superb etceterini book is Orsini's book on the Mille Miglia, from about 10 years ago...but now difficult to find..

#912 Barry Lake

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 14:10

Somehow, while thinking of dretceterini, I addressed my post to Pete - the most recent poster at the time.

I really should learn to go to bed before 3.00 am.

Thanks for the tip on the book La Sport E I Suoi Artigiani 1937-1965. My problem with buying from Libreria dell'Automobile is that postage costs more than the books. It is too rich for me, and I can't come up with an answer to the problem yet.

The Orsini Mille Miglia book, however, is included in my library.

#913 Seppi_0_917PA

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 02:56

Some new books...

Can-Am Racing Cars: Secrets of the Sensational Sixties Sports-Racers (Ludvigsen Library Series)
by Karl Ludvigsen
Description: It was a golden era. Horsepower was unlimited; designers, builders, and drivers just needed to harness the horses of massive engines and deliver their thrust to the track. It was an age of 8-liter aluminum Chevys, turbocharged Oldsmobiles, flat-12 Porsches, and the best and brightest designers from McLaren, BRM, Lola, March, Shadow, AAR, Caldwell, Kar Kraft, and others who designed cars to suit them.
Soft Bound; 10-1/4"x 8-1/2" • 128 pp • 122 b/w
Publisher: Iconografix (April 15, 2005)
ISBN: 1583881344
List Price: $29.95
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John Surtees — Friends & Rivals
This exclusive, limited edition book (only 1,000 copies will be produced) combines the stunning black and white photography of Nick Loudon, with insightful commentary by Vintage Racecar Journal's Ed McDonough, to highlight not only the amazing career of Surtees, but also to recapture the flavor of the incredible races and people of the period during which John Surtees rose to fame as both a driver and a constructor. With 80 pages of never before seen photos of Surtees, as well as Hill, Clark, McLaren, Brabham, Moss, Hulme and more, "John Surtees --Friends & Rivals" will be a must have collectors item for any fan of '60's racing or Formula One history. $35 puls Shipping & Handling
(Amazon has this as a paperback )
Publisher: Parabolica Publishing (2004)
ISBN: 0975867407
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Le Mans ’55: The Crash That Changed The Face Of Motor Racing
Author: Christopher Hilton
In this new and full study of the fateful day, Christopher Hilton sets the race in context. Through a host of interviews – with drivers, team members, journalists and spectators – and original research at Le Mans and in the Mercedes archive in Stuttgart, he recreates every aspect of the race and the crash. Much of the material has never been seen before. He examines the aftermath – the bitter blame game, the conflicting testimonies, the direct threat to motorsport in Europe – and chronicles the beginning of the culture of safety that has affected what we see of motorsport on our television screens today.
Text: English, Size: cms. 18x25 B/W Pictures: 42
List Price: $34.95
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing (February, 2005)
ISBN: 1859834418

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 18:10

Well John love has just had a book published on his life and has been released at the Zwartkops race meeting with a tribute to the man as well.

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 19:59

Quintin, Anymore info as to where one can purchase this book would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Jeff Weinbren.

#916 Geza Sury

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Posted 30 January 2005 - 20:25

Originally posted by quintin cloud
Well John love has just had a book published on his life and has been released at the Zwartkops race meeting with a tribute to the man as well.

Is this book perhaps an updated version of the one that was published in 1970?

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Posted 31 January 2005 - 11:28

Amazing what you can pick up in a charity shop. Found an excellent condition copy of W O Bentley's "W O " which is dated 1958, so must be an early edition, with only a few tears in the dust jacket to blight its otherwise immaculate status. As an added bonus, shoved inside was a pack of postcards of some veteran and edwardian cars, a colour poster celebrating Goodyear tyres used by American cars up to 1963, and a few pages from a copy of Autocar from 1955 with part of a technical description of a new Lotus and lots of pictures of other sports cars on the market at the time. All for the grand sum of £1.29.

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Posted 01 February 2005 - 13:02

Review - coming soon to an online shop named after a river near you :) :

Le Man's '55 - The Crash The Changed The Face Of Motor Racing by Christopher Hilton

Though Formula 1 dominates the motor sport agenda these days, a novice could tell you about the annual sportscar race at Le Mans. The basic premise is this - cars go round the 8 mile track for 24 hours, and the one which covers the most distance is declared the winner. A curiosity is the fact that several classes of cars take part simultaneously, with large differentials between their top speeds. This provides some interest, but in the case of the 1955 race, it resulted in tragedy.

After about 2 hours of racing, Jaguar driver Mike Hawthorn was about to pull into the pits to hand over the car to his co-driver. At exactly the same point, Lance Macklin in his far less powerful Austin Healey had to brake and swerve to avoid him. The car behind Macklin, a Mercedes driven by veteran Frenchman Pierre Levegh had nowhere to go and ran over the back of the Austin Healey. The Mercedes flew up into the air and landed in the spectator area, and bits of high speed debris flew off into the crowd. 80 people were killed, including Levegh himself.

Hilton provides a good background to the race and the people involved, and devotes a chapter to investigating the crash and working out who was responsible. This can be difficult, due to the passage of time and the fact that Levegh, Macklin and Hawthorn are all dead. Interviews with their contemporaries and fellow drivers give the best account of the events, and as ever the witnesses provide conflicting accounts. In the end, it seems to come down to an unfortunate chain of events, the cause of most big accidents.

Thankfully, Hilton does not dwell on the more morbid aspects of the crash, and we only see a few photographs of the scene. By all accounts, it was very distressing to see. Phil Hill (driver) says it best : "The impact was about 10 pits down from us but the immediate aftermath was right in front of out pit. I understood that something terrible had happened. I can't tell you...the realisation of it was absolutely horrific, and to be in the middle of it all..."

Bravely, the book goes on to describe the equally unfortunate collision between the motor racing world and the real world. One journalist stubbornly asked why the Mercedes team (who were leading by this point) should withdraw. Levegh's co-driver John Fitch said it all by giving a probable newspaper headline : RUTHLESS GERMANS RACE ON TO VICTORY OVER DEAD BODIES OF FRENCH.

After reading this, you wish Hilton would stop referring to the 'Age Of Innocence' that supposedly existed before Le Man's 55, as if no drivers and spectators had been killed before. But that's a minor flaw. If you feel you really should know about the awful events of 11th June 1955, this is the book to have. But don't expect to be cheered or uplifted by it.

#919 petefenelon

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 03:09

A few paragraphs about recent acquisitions.

Racing The Silver Arrows by Chris Nixon - Well, all the praise anyone's ever given this book is an understatement. It's a well-researched, multi-faceted racing and human history of the Mercedes vs Auto Union years of 1934-39. An excellent selection of photographs, a good mix of insight, reminiscence and analysis, and best of all a good long read. Excellent production values, a gripping story, and splendidly evocative pictures -- all this and I got my copy for less than 20 quid. Result.;)


Offenhauser: The Legendary Racing Engine and the Men Who Built It by Gordon Eliot White. A very handsome book, the 12"x12" square format giving plenty of space to lay out text, pictures and sidebars intelligently. The story of the Offy really is the story of American racing for several decades and White covers the engines, the people behind them, the cars, and the racing scene in some detail. Fred Offenhauser, Leo Goossen, Harry Miller, Lou Meyer, Dale Drake - their stories are tied together with the great American engine. A great selection of workshop and garage pics, works diagrams and drawings, Indy and Midget photos, features on engines that competed against the Offy, and biographies of key personalities make up a thoroughly detailed and always readable analysis of a dynasty of great engines. I like it. A lot.

Coventry-Climax Racing Engines: The Definitive Development History by Des Hammill. As straightforward and plain as its title suggests, this is actually little gem of a book. It's not lavish, the pictures will probably turn you off if you don't like engines and the prose is low-key but occasionally charming. This book has integrity rather than glitz. But what it does is explain Climax's racing programme in good technical detail and tell us quite a lot about Leonard Lee, Walter Hassan, and the relationship between them. The guys in the race shop and on the shop floor are recognised too, and if you know one end of an engine from the other there's a lot to ponder in here.

Bobby Rahal: The Graceful Champion by Gordon Kirby. An elegant and erudite book about an elegant and erudite driver, every bit as good as GK's book on Andretti (and very similar in style). Goes right from Bobby's childhood around his father's amateur racing career through to the end of his driving career. (Perhaps fortunately it was published before the whole Jaguar fiasco...). I've always admired Bobby as a driver and a team owner and this is exactly the biography he deserves - unfussy, drily witty and almost conversational in tone. A great selection of pics, too - and given the length and breadth of Bobby's career there's lots to choose from so anyone interested in Atlantics, F2, the F5000-based Can-Am, IMSA and CART will have a field day.

The Speed Merchants by Michael Keyser. A sumptuous book of photos of one of my favourite eras of racing; this is really Keyser's tale of following the circus around the world for a few years ('69-'72) and of his exploits as photographer, film-maker and occasional sports-car driver. The pictures are intimate and excellent, covering Grands Prix, Can-Am, Indy, Trans-Am and sports car racing. The B&W shots are superb, the colour if anything even better.It's a superb personal memoir, atmospheric and worth savouring. Keyser has an eye for the unusual and an ear for a tale, and it's one of the most entertaining motorsport books I've read for a while.

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 15:24

Le Mans ’55: The Crash That Changed The Face Of Motor Racing
Author: Christopher Hilton
In this new and full study of the fateful day, Christopher Hilton sets the race in context. Through a host of interviews – with drivers, team members, journalists and spectators – and original research at Le Mans and in the Mercedes archive in Stuttgart, he recreates every aspect of the race and the crash. Much of the material has never been seen before. He examines the aftermath – the bitter blame game, the conflicting testimonies, the direct threat to motorsport in Europe – and chronicles the beginning of the culture of safety that has affected what we see of motorsport on our television screens today.
Text: English, Size: cms. 18x25 B/W Pictures: 42
List Price: $34.95
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing (February, 2005)
ISBN: 1859834418 [/B]


Mega, mega book... right up until the final few pages when Hilton, in talking about how the FIA has reacted to different motor racing tragedies throughout history, refers to Roland Ratzenburger as "Rudolf."

:cry: Such a shame, as it's so close to the end you wind up feeling a little deflated.

Otherwise... SUPERB book!!! :up:

#921 szautke

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 18:22

ROAD AMERICA: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF ROAD RACING
Reviewed by Steve Zautke

Wisconsin’s road racing gem known as Road America celebrates its 50th anniversary this coming 2005 season. Since it’s conception under its gifted designer Clif Tufte, Road America’s original track design remains virtually unchanged and still at the forefront as a leading road course. This book brings together the ingredients that make it the special track it is today. The book is broken down by events. The first chapter is remarkable with its many interesting photographs showing Tufte overlooking the construction of the racecourse. Other interesting chapters include the first race, which was held on September 10, 1955. A number of other chapters include, the famous June Sprints, early Road America 500’s, popular Can-Am Challenge, the under appreciated Formula 5000 series, IMSA sports cars and prototypes, the CART Indy Car Series and others. Numerous color photographs dating back to the 1950’s enhance the book. Along with its compilation of B&W photographs, stories and statistics, this book will bring back many special memories, competitor or spectator alike. "We will be celebrating 50 years of road racing in 2005," said George Bruggenthies, president and general manager. "We wanted to make the book available so our race fans can fully participate in the 50th year celebration activities. For many, the book will be a tangible part of the 50th celebration activities, and for others it will be a walk down memory lane. We truly appreciate Mario Andretti writing the forward," Bruggenthies continued. "He and his family have a special place in our hearts." The book is available online at www.roadamerica.com, at the track's store, the 4-Mile Merchant and at the track's offices during regular business hours. Written by automotive historian and Wisconsin resident Tom Schultz, the book retails for $49.95 plus shipping. Hardcover, 9" x 12", 163 pages. 368 color, 86 b/w photos. This is a recommended book to page through this winter next to the fireplace.
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#922 szautke

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 18:32

"Vukovich"

Vukovich-an inspiring story of American achievement by Bob Gates.
Soft cover, 320 pages with color and black and white photos. Published by Witness Productions, ISBN 1-891390-17-1

This new release by Bob Gates (previously wrote the Jim Hurtubise biography) fills a void that surprisingly has been left void until now. Bill Vukovich was American superstar driver of the fifties. Vukovich reached across all genders and societal spectrums. Vukovich is a book that fills in the gaps before he came to Indianapolis in 1950 and also sheds light on his son Bill, Jr. along with Billy III who also tragically died racing.

Eventually, Vukovich will be in book stores around the country but if you can't wait, call 559-432-7339 or write to Vukovich Motorsports, 2727 West Bluff, #113, Fresno, Calif., 93711 to order a copy. You can also phone publisher Ed Watson at 765-597-2487.

#923 paulhooft

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 21:35

"Vukovich"

Vukovich-an inspiring story of American achievement by Bob Gates.
Soft cover, 320 pages with color and black and white photos. Published by Witness Productions, ISBN 1-891390-17-1

:up:

This, in fact,
Is a fine book!!!
And I had a lot of pleasure reading about this 2 time,down to earth Indy 1053-1954 winner,
He could have won 2 more:
1952, 1955.
If only...
Paul

#924 paulhooft

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 21:36

"Vukovich"

Vukovich-an inspiring story of American achievement by Bob Gates.
Soft cover, 320 pages with color and black and white photos. Published by Witness Productions, ISBN 1-891390-17-1

:up:

This, in fact,
Is a fine book about a great Indy Champion!!!
And I had a lot of pleasure reading about this 2 time,down to earth, Indy 1953-1954 winner,
He could have won 2 more:
1952, 1955.
If only...
Paul

#925 Vitesse2

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Posted 12 February 2005 - 22:44

The Bugatti Trust have produced a new edition (last one was 1983) of Hugh Conway's masterwork "Grand Prix Bugatti", which includes a number of revisions and updates. All for the extremely reasonable price of £45.

http://www.bugatti.co.uk/trust/

If you don't think £45 is reasonable, check out how much they can go for second-hand!

#926 dretceterini

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 22:04

Tony Adriaensens has just come out with his Fiat 8V/Siata book, and I uderstand it's superb, but the price is 395 Euros plus shipping. That makes the cost around $600. At that kind of price, I wonder who will buy it except the owners of the real cars.

Here is a link, in case anyone is interested...

http://www.autonetcl...AGES/OTTOVU.htm

#927 Seppi_0_917PA

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 03:14

Three more to be released soon:

The Cruel Sport: Grand Prix Racing 1959-1967
Author: Robert Daley
Robert Daley. It was an era of daring, dashing drivers piloting incredibly powerful race cars around fast and legendary circuits with only primitive safety equipment to spare them disaster. The book includes sections covering the drivers, cars, factories, practice sessions, race day races and, inevitably, accidents. The text is incredibly compelling, as would be expected from a world-class writer. The design and photo presentation remain true to the original edition, published in 1963, and are supplemented by a new introduction and epilogue and revised captions. A rare period piece certain to delight racing fans.
8" x 9-1/2" - 256 pp - 125 color
Publisher: Motorbooks International
April 15, 2005:
ISBN: 0760321000
List US$50.00

The original was published in 1963 so the date range "1959-1967" is unexpected. Also, there is conflicting information regarding hardback vs softbound.

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Sports Racing Cars: Expert Analysis Of Fifty Motor Racing Greats
by Anthony Pritchard
Anthony Pritchard’s authoritative book describes 50 iconic cars from the history of sports car racing, from the 1923 Lorraine-Dietrich through to the 2003 Bentley Speed 8. As the extraordinary annual British pilgrimage to Le Mans demonstrates, sports car racing has myriad enthusiastic fans who will relish the blend of meticulous research, informed analysis, dramatic photographs, and cutaway diagrams.
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Haynes Publications
June 15, 2005
ISBN: 1844251381
List Price: $44.95

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The Amazing Summer of 55: The year of motor racing's worst tragedies,biggest dramas and greatest victories
Author: Eoin Young
Written by a master story-teller, this nostalgic book recalls motor racing highlights from a half a century ago, when the sport was passionate, heroic and highly dangerous.
Format: Hardbound
Pages: 256
Length: 6w x 9h
ISBN: 1844251144
Regular Price: $29.95
Publisher: Haynes Publishing Group
Date: 21st April 2005

#928 Hieronymus

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 12:47

For those who have not seen the Zwartkops thread, I just wish to point out a nice booklet that was published last month:

For the Love of It

Subtitled: John Love and an Era of Southern African Motorsport

Author: Greg Mills

ISBN: 1-919969-18-7

This book (120 pages, 21x15cm) deals with the motorsport career of Zimbabwean driver, John Love, that spanned three decades. This book does not, however, pretend to be a complete biography of Love, but it rather aims to capture the atmosphere of motorsport in Southern Africa in its golden era of the 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Forewords written by Rory Byrne, Tony Maggs, Brian Redman, Ian Scheckter and Sam Tingle. The book is profusely illustrated with b/w photos.

Can be ordered from Ecurie Zoo Publications voszoo@global.co.za

The book sells for R100 (12,50 Euro).

#929 Gary Davies

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 13:42

Acknowledging that some find Christopher Hilton's work not to their taste, I wonder if anyone has an view on his Nuvolari book?

I notice it's now popping up at attractive prices.

(That said, I see on Bookfinder.com that there are currently a couple of copies of Lurani's book at reasonable money. Hmm.)

#930 FLB

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 15:44

My most recent acquisition is Doug Nye’s The Cooper Cars. In this F1-centered era, the name itself gives the outline: this is NOT a book about the Grand-Prix cars only.

What a refreshing change! :clap:

Nye delves into obscuranti with glee. The read is the better for it. I’ve had a blast reading the book because I found things I’d never found anywhere else. I didn’t expect the book to go into club racing specials, but it does.


All in all, a great addition to my personal library :love:

#931 antonvrs

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 16:18

I've just returned from Retromobile with Tony Adriaensens' new book "OTTO VU" and it's as good as I knew it would be. The 2 volumes weigh nearly 15 pounds!
It'll take me a while to finish this one.
Anton

#932 jonpollak

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 17:17

Any news on Mrs. Susan Watkins Fully Authorised Biography of Bernie Ecclestone
I heard it was..."DELAYED"

Ta
Jp

#933 Bob Brzezinski

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Posted 19 February 2005 - 00:08

Readers of the U.S. magazine Autoweek will probably have seen this, but softcover reprints of the Leon Mandel book "Fast Lane Summer" are available "for a limited time only" (per Autoweek).

A quote from the ad in the 2/21 edition of the mag: "Fast Lane Summer is the story of following one driver and one team along the 1980 Can-Am season, and suffering through their joys and trials. The driver, a young man from Louisville, KY, is Danny Sullivan who, five years later would spin and win at the Indianapolis 500. His team owner, Garvin Brown, is a character in his own right as the heir to the Brown & Foreman Distillery fortune (Jack Daniels)."

Copies are available for $25 each, with proceeds going to the Van Elsander Cancer Center. Checks or money orders to MaryBeth Walerski, 1155 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit MI 48207.

I don't know how much shipping would add for overseas orders if anyone is interested. Ms. Walerski's email address is mwalerski@crain.com.

#934 petefenelon

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 16:41

A few bargains from eclectic remainders outfit http://www.psbooks.co.uk --

Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile - £100. http://www.psbooks.c.....gn=4#Nav26504

The Coachbuilding volume for £40
http://www.psbooks.c.....gn=4#Nav26489

John Tipler's mediocre but well-illustrated "Graham Hill: Master of Motorsport" for £7.99 - good on his "minor" drives.
http://www.psbooks.c.....gn=1#Nav31729

David Hodges' superb A-Z of Grand Prix Cars for £14.99
http://www.psbooks.c.....gn=1#Nav29011
You really DO need this one if you don't have it - the best one-volume work on the Grand Prix car from the dawn of time to the turn of the century.

Peter Scherer's eccentric but fun 50 Years Of British Grand Prix Drivers down to a silly £5.99
http://www.psbooks.c.....gn=1#Nav29010


Oh and another £2 off if you spend £20.

I've bought quite a lot of stuff from them in the past and they're quick and reliable.

#935 dewittereus

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Posted 23 February 2005 - 17:22

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Seppi_0_917PA
[B]Some new books...

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John Surtees — Friends & Rivals
$35 puls Shipping & Handling
(Amazon has this as a paperback )
Publisher: Parabolica Publishing (2004)
ISBN: 0975867407
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I inquired with Vintage Racecar, they only sell the sb version;
do you happen to know where they sell the hd ?

Thanks

#936 Seppi_0_917PA

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 03:41

Originally posted by dewittereus
John Surtees — Friends & Rivals
I inquired with Vintage Racecar, they only sell the sb version; do you happen to know where they sell the hd?

Sorry, no I don't.

One other place to try would be The Motorsports Collector, they lists the book in their January 05 newsletter:
http://www.motorspor...uary05Flier.pdf
It doesn't specify softbound/hardbound. I can't find the book on their web site.

While searching TMC for the answer for this question, I saw a couple interesting new items. They're not books but here goes:

1965 Times Grand Prix Video
Color - 31 Minutes - $24.95
"In the pre-Can Am era, the LA Times Grand Prix for Sports Cars at Riverside International Raceway attracted an incredible field of international Grand Prix stars to challenge the top American road racers of the day in unlimited sports racing cars."
http://www.motorspor...mesGPVideo.html
(I guess video = VHS)
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"An addition to our DVD selection is 'Once Upon a Wheel', a 1971 TV special starring Paul Newman that examined the world of auto racing. It's a bit corny but features some great footage of Can Am, Formula One, Indy Cars, Stock Cars and Drag Racing. ($19.95). Newman narrates from the long lost Ontario Motor Speedway in California."
http://www.motorspor...UponAWheel.jpeg

#937 dretceterini

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 18:30

Tony Kravanek was kind enough to show me his copies of the Bucciali book by Huet and the Siata/Fiat 8V book by Adriaensens. Both are superb, but the Bucciali book is about $125 and the Siata book is almost $600

#938 Vitesse2

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 13:46

Originally posted by jonpollak
Any news on Mrs. Susan Watkins Fully Authorised Biography of Bernie Ecclestone
I heard it was..."DELAYED"

Ta
Jp


Until January 2008, apparently! Christian's subsequent posts are very interesting too, although totally O/T for this thread.

#939 Twin Window

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 08:13

This is now the earlier thread with the 'Book news...' thread merged in.

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#940 ensign14

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 08:56

Mentioned in the Chevron thread, but David Gordon's book on the marque is being reprinted. Indispensable.

#941 275 GTB-4

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 10:14

I had a quick flick through Blandens Australian Racing Cars last night.....excellent reference for any Australian enthusiast.

#942 Vitesse2

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 23:51

Still on Australia: I picked up charity shop bargain of the week today. Pedr Davis' good-looking, seemingly well-researched and certainly well-written "Wheels across Australia". Published back in 1987, but seems like a good general history of Aussie motoring and sport - early racing, dirt tracks, Moroubra Speedway, AGP, REDeX Trials etc etc.

The price: an extortionate £1.00!!

How the hell something like that turns up in a small Somerset town I have no idea ... :cool:

#943 275 GTB-4

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 11:27

Originally posted by Vitesse2
How the hell something like that turns up in a small Somerset town I have no idea ... :cool:


Bloody Aussie tourists :rotfl:

#944 petefenelon

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 20:42

Bargain of the week - the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebration book, RRP £40.00, was on sale in a local remaindered bookstore for £8.99. At that price it's a no-brainer - a real coffee table tome of 300+ pages, sumptuous photography, some quite incisive text by recognised names, and full entry lists.

#945 David Beard

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 20:47

Originally posted by petefenelon
Bargain of the week - the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebration book, RRP £40.00, was on sale in a local remaindered bookstore for £8.99. At that price it's a no-brainer - a real coffee table tome of 300+ pages, sumptuous photography, some quite incisive text by recognised names, and full entry lists.


How many did you buy?

#946 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 21:01

Originally posted by 275 GTB-4
I had a quick flick through Blandens Australian Racing Cars last night.....excellent reference for any Australian enthusiast.


Which Rennmaxes does it include?

#947 Shockabuku

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 23:14

Originally posted by petefenelon
Bargain of the week - the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebration book, RRP £40.00, was on sale in a local remaindered bookstore for £8.99. At that price it's a no-brainer - a real coffee table tome of 300+ pages, sumptuous photography, some quite incisive text by recognised names, and full entry lists.


I picked this up today in the Slough branch of "The Works" bookshop (for the £8.99 that Pete mentioned).

Apart from very small blemishes on a couple of the pages, and a slightly scuffed dust jacket, it's an excellent buy. :)

There were still three or four copies in the shop, should anyone be interested.

#948 275 GTB-4

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 10:57

Renmax???? I had a quick flick Ray...NFI....I can get hold of it again or ask the question of a friend....you mean to say you don't have a copy of the book ?? :)

#949 fines

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 17:32

Rennmax, please! :)

#950 HistoricMustang

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 19:49

"Fireball - legends don't fall from the sky" by Godwin Kelly

Finishing up this book about Glenn "Fireball" Roberts.

A somewhat different take on the life of one of NASCAR's greats. Digs very deep into the personal side of this individual that was lost while I was at summer camp in 1964.

Very much a love story and a detailed account of his last laps.

I today again visited the track of his last victory and discovered the former fueling (petro) station. He and his machine were at the same spot where I stood.

Henry