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#1751 green-blood

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 20:38

hey

I found some copies of Perre Menard's Encyclopedia of Formula 1 1950 to 2000, in a shop here in Dublin, they are for sale at 50 euro, 35 sterling or so. Amazon are at 50 sterling and chaters are at 60, i'm thinking of gettinga copy for the shelves.

Two queries

1 - any good? It seemed pretty comprehensive but I was in a hurry

B - would anyone like a copy I'll post at cost...

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#1752 petefenelon

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Posted 06 September 2006 - 21:59

The first edition is patchily translated and full of misprints (and one version has four pages of text duplicated in the section on Ligier - the publishers sent me replacement pages). However it does have lap charts of all GPs and quite a lot of team-by-team history and good photos and drawings of the cars. It is by no means a primary reference but Ménard can be trenchant and witty and they're pretty books with a lot to read in them and I think are good value for money.

Later editions fixed most of the bugs, apparently, but that sounds like the one I've got.

Note that Roger Ellis above says Borders have it for £12.99 - I think I paid about 60 for it new. ;p


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Posted 07 September 2006 - 07:47

2004 revised edition too.

Bargain of the year for me.

#1754 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 13:55

:wave: Hi Roger , I dont seeem to be able to find anything on the net about that "cheap" encyclopadia of F1. Can you help me out please?
Regards Bjørn Kjer

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 19:42

Originally posted by Bjørn Kjer
:wave: Hi Roger , I dont seeem to be able to find anything on the net about that "cheap" encyclopadia of F1. Can you help me out please?
Regards Bjørn Kjer


Happy to help, Bjorn.

Check your PM.

#1756 Pedro 917

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 21:24

I received my signed copy of Vic Elford's new book through his internet store (check here ) a couple of days ago and boys, what a great read it is. Vic really writes the way he talks, makes you feel like you were there, a sure trip through memory lane. Wish I could go back to that era (don't we all....). Thanks for the memories Vic !!

#1757 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 08:17

Looking for books with pics or info on Le Mans (62-65) , I have Christian Moitys LM24 hour race , ditto by Hodges and LM60-69 by M.Bollee. Any other good suggestions , please?

#1758 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 08:23

Forgot to say that my wants are more to pics behind the scenes , not so much on race reports!
That might reduce the possible ones?

#1759 green-blood

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 11:33

John Tennants, Motor Racing Through the Golden Age, is a quality heavy weight photo book, I enjoyed browsing through over last weekend

Also started the youngest on the slippery slope, I wonder what he will make of the Alonso/Schumacher era

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 19:05

I heart some things about a book with the story from Tecno. Must by an Italian editor, but not any idée about the langue, Italian or also English

#1761 petefenelon

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 15:03

I'm very taken by Martyn Wainwright's "1950s Motorsport In Colour". Wainwright was a pro photographer who shot in B&W for work and colour for fun, and this is a collection of about 200 of his images from a mix of meetings - mostly Goodwood, a couple of TTs at Dundrod, an early Brands clubbie, amd hillclimbs at Shelsley, Prescott and Lisdoonvarna. The Dundrod and hillclimb shots are particularly refreshing. Some of the photos are a little grainy (they've been digitised from 50 year old slides that haven't necessarily been kept too well) but they're all evocative.

A very, very nice book to look at, immensely atmospheric and there is some remarkably good photography in there. Very useful just because of the comparative rarity of colour in the fifties, too.

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 14:58

I've just read Mike Lawrence's book on March. I bought the second edition (The Rise and Fall...). Apart from the last chapter, is it any different from the first (Four Guys and a Telephone)?

The reason I'm asking is because I was surprised to see so many typos in such a well-regarded book ('Sheckter' for one) and one major howler in the first chapter (that a DFV won every Grand Prix in 1968, which is probably news to Jacky Ickx). Dr. Lawrence also wrote that Roger Williamson and David Purley were friends, whereas there is a Nigel Roebuck interview in which the former paratropper said that Williamson was just another bloke to him.


Were these in the first edition as well or is the second edition not up to the first?

#1763 dretceterini

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 22:46

Originally posted by bschenker
I heart some things about a book with the story from Tecno. Must by an Italian editor, but not any idée about the langue, Italian or also English



I haven't heard anything about a TECNO book, and can't find a thing about it anywhere on the internet....

#1764 Pedro 917

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 22:55

I have a flyer from 2005 promoting the book.
It says Tecno 1962 - 1973 and it's written by Giuseppe Bianchini and pictures are from Paolo D'Alessio. On the back of the flyer they've put : For information and bookings please contact Libreria Autodromo - Monza +39 039 38 65 42 by phone or +39 039 38 61 39 by fax or monza@libreria-autodromo.it by e-mail
Hope this helps.

#1765 bschenker

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 23:24

The notice is from Clay Regazzoni, but it’s wasn’t possibly to ask him moor about this book, to match peoples with questions.

#1766 petefenelon

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 08:44

Originally posted by FLB
I've just read Mike Lawrence's book on March. I bought the second edition (The Rise and Fall...). Apart from the last chapter, is it any different from the first (Four Guys and a Telephone)?

The reason I'm asking is because I was surprised to see so many typos in such a well-regarded book ('Sheckter' for one) and one major howler in the first chapter (that a DFV won every Grand Prix in 1968, which is probably news to Jacky Ickx). Dr. Lawrence also wrote that Roger Williamson and David Purley were friends, whereas there is a Nigel Roebuck interview in which the former paratropper said that Williamson was just another bloke to him.


Were these in the first edition as well or is the second edition not up to the first?


Sounds very much like a straight reprint with an added chapter - it's a wonderfully readable book but by 'eck it needs some subbing.

#1767 petefenelon

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 13:50

Few quick paragraphs about Paul van Valkenburgh's "Chevrolet - Racing?"... (picked up the reprint for a very reasonable $15.99 + P&P recently).

On the whole, excellent - a very good technically-oriented history of Chevrolet's overt, semi-covert and covert involvement in racing during the AMA ban. Has a lot to say about the company, the key technical people inside it, and the racing programmes they co-operated with. Particularly strong on discussion of Corvette privateers, NASCAR engine and chassis development, and the Penske and Chaparral programmes, with significant attention to Smokey Yunick's brief and intermittent Chevrolet links. Van Valkenburgh looks at how it was possible for Chevrolet's R&D department to maintain close links with racing and spends some time justifying the technical and economic benefits of the programme to the company (although it was written after he left, so he's coming from a fairly neutral point of view).

Chevrolet made a lot of early use of wind-tunnels, telemetry and computer simulation and van Valkenburgh describes the infancy of these technologies in some detail.

I was certainly surprised at "how Chevrolet" Chaparral was, and how much distance there was between Chevrolet and McLaren when McLaren were dominating Can-Am.

It's not particularly a book about races and racing, but it is definitely a fascinting book about racers and how they exist in the business ecosystem of a big company that officially isn't racing. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in US racing in the 60s, the evolution of motorsports engineering.

Much nicer paper and typesetting (facsimilie edition I guess, but a very nice one) than many recent SAE books.

As an aside, about the only hopelessly wrong prediction in it was PvV's suggestion that Antares was well placed to become a dominant race car constructor...;)

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 13:57

Re Menard;

My wife told me we apparently have a new Borders down here in S Wales, so I went and they had three Menard in stock @ 12.99, superb value, but a weighty double volume to carry about. At the price iot is very well worth having and gambling on petefenelon's criticisms. Mine is the 2004 edition.

BTW I endorse pete's views on Wainwright. Colour stuff from those days is rare and most welcome, , qv The Mintex Man along with the second vol of Pete Coltrin's work, (the latter on a discount now I see so well worth having IMHO), plus the Lynch, Edgar, Parravano tome on US 50s racing, clearly drawn from family archives, just for the period shots in colour.

I cannot wait for the DCN/Phil Hill book, for the above reasons, plus a host of other reasons.

Borders was very impressive, very much along the lines of Barnes and Noble in the US. They have a Starbucks on part of the second floor, and the book staff were very efficient and willing. Motor racing stuff was modest but quite representative for broad church stuff. It was nice to see Jenks; a Passion for ....... on the shelf. The range of other books looked pretty good to me.

RL

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 15:11

Originally posted by theunions
Does anyone know if Tremayne's "Lost Generation" (slated for Aug. 24 release) has actually come out yet? Amazon.co.uk doesn't say for sure, just that it's now "usually dispatched within 4 to 6 weeks."


Amazon have just mailed me and said they've despatched my copy, and it should arrive tomorrow.

#1770 paulhooft

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 17:29

My wife told me we apparently have a new Borders down here in S Wales, so I went and they had three Menard in stock @ 12.99, superb value, but a weighty double volume to carry about. At the price iot is very well worth having and gambling on petefenelon's criticisms. Mine is the 2004 edition.


I send some friends in Wokingham, West of London to ask the Borders store nearby... but the manager they only had the book for 60 Pounds...
any other stores in the region how have the book for bargian prices?
Paul Hooft

#1771 bradbury west

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 18:10

Re; Menard by post. I weighed my double volumes. 4 kilos and 3.5kilos, so remember, it is expensive if posted.

RL

#1772 mark f1

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:33

I noticed on the crash website that there is a new Autocourse Illustrated History of the Indy 500 coming.

Twinny, when is it due for release?

Mark

#1773 M Needforspeed

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 14:10

here below the info I received from EDITIONS DU PALMIER

It explains how you can be the last to buy at 150 € , a bargain price for one of the greatest encyclopedia ever , the book :

" Grand Prix automobile de MONACO 1929-1996" and in FOUR Volumes hardbound covers themselves inside a luxury jacket .

For a long time, these 4 volumes books were sold at 285 Euros .even if you can t stand :lol:
or have a clue about french tongue, this work is great for its incredible and never seen or rarely seen before Iconography .('1600 pics)
...and as you can read below, editions du palmier propose you an all the book separate translation in english .

among the features, there is at least a pic of every car that entered the race ,but moreover many colors pics even for old events .

Send an e;mail to Editions du palmier in english, and they will answer .Michel Delannoy is very friendly with book collectors .only freight service that are free of charges for French customers, will be charged , I suppose, for foreign countries.

there is ONLY 12 absolutely new encyclopedia left for sale .

michel





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Grand Prix Automobile
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Tome 1
1929-1955
par Christian Moity.
Format 245x335. Couverture cartonnée.264 pages Tome 2
1956-1969
Par Christian Moity
Format 245x335. Couverture cartonnée.264 pages Tome 3
1970-1982
Par Christian Moity et Gérard Flocon
Format 245x335. Couverture cartonnée.264 pages Tome 4
1983-1996
par Christophe Montariol
Format 245x335. Couverture cartonnée.264 pages

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Tous les concurrents des Grands Prix de Monaco sont présentés avec au moins une photo chacun.
Un très grand nombre de ces photos sont en couleur à partir de l'année 1955.
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#1774 M Needforspeed

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 14:25

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here the covers

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#1775 Twin Window

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 10:35

Originally posted by mark f1

Twinny, when is it due for release?

I don't know, Mark - I don't work there any more!

Early December, I imagine.

#1776 EcosseF1

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 13:02

Saw this on the Motor Books website:

Jim Clark : Life at Team Lotus (limited edition) October 2006

It's by a P. Darley, anyone know more/seen a copy?

#1777 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 13:14

Cuold anyone please tell me where to get an example of Menards F1 Encyclopadia , preferably not to full price!
Regards Bjørn Kjer. you may use : kjerbjoern@hotmail.com

#1778 roger ellis

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 14:01

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Bjørn Kjer
Cuold anyone please tell me where to get an example of Menards F1 Encyclopadia , preferably not to full price!
Regards Bjørn Kjer. you may use : kjerbjoern@hotmail.com
[/QUOTE

Bjorn, I e-mailed & PM'd you before to offer to get a set for you from Borders at £12.99.
Postage by UK Mail will be high due to weight. I was quoted approx. £40.00

Your call.

#1779 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 20:22

:clap: Thank you Roger!
Regards Bjørn Kjer

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#1780 Peter Darley

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 16:49

Originally posted by EcosseF1
Saw this on the Motor Books website:

Jim Clark : Life at Team Lotus (limited edition) October 2006

It's by a P. Darley, anyone know more/seen a copy?


The book is at the proof reading stage, and should be ready in time for Christmas

#1781 EcosseF1

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 17:12

Thanks Peter,

Look forward to seeing the book. Did you work at Lotus?

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 17:31

Saw this on the Motor Books website:

Jim Clark : Life at Team Lotus (limited edition) October 2006

It's by a P. Darley, anyone know more/seen a copy?


Peter, tell us more, about the book and the price we have to pay for it
Is it to cover new ground??
Paul

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 17:47

Veloce had another 40 % reduction last week,
so I got myself 1 1/2 Litre Grand Prix Racing by Mark Whitelock.
It is a good book, and very complete, and covers the formula very nicely!
I liked all those great cutaway drawings of those famous cars and engines.
They don't make them any more ,
these high tech days...
The only thing I missed was colour:
it is Black and White only..
So some nice colour pictures as an extra..
So for the second printing...
please include some of them???
But please don't be put of because of that, the book is great!

Another one that is coming from Veloce is a re-issue of William Boddy's Montlhery...
Really like to have this one, and at 17.99 pounds, it is nicely priced...
My wife likes that...
Paul

#1784 Peter Darley

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 19:13

Originally posted by EcosseF1
Thanks Peter,

Look forward to seeing the book. Did you work at Lotus?


I was the photographer for Team Lotus 1962 - 1966

None of the photos in the book have ever been published, apart from a small selection in Motor Sport last year.

The photos were originally used for Press Releases and for internal Team use.

Prices will be £75 Limited to 2000 Copies

£250 Publishers edition of 50

#1785 EcosseF1

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 19:42

Originally posted by Peter Darley


I was the photographer for Team Lotus 1962 - 1966

None of the photos in the book have ever been published, apart from a small selection in Motor Sport last year.

The photos were originally used for Press Releases and for internal Team use.

Prices will be £75 Limited to 2000 Copies

£250 Publishers edition of 50


Sounds great, a "must have" for me.

Thanks,

Matthew

#1786 Pedro 917

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 21:44

Pictures of Pedro in it?

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 09:22

Originally posted by Pedro 917
Pictures of Pedro in it?


May well be a photo of Pedro in action at Silverstone, final choice not yet made.

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 17:27

I was the photographer for Team Lotus 1962 - 1966

None of the photos in the book have ever been published, apart from a small selection in Motor Sport last year.

The photos were originally used for Press Releases and for internal Team use.

Prices will be £75 Limited to 2000 Copies

£250 Publishers edition of 50


Peter

I really liked to have the book:
I am a long time Jim Clark fan, saw him race at the 1966 and 1967 Dutch Grand Prix,
and have many books about him..
However, at a price of 75 pounds it is too expensive for me,
and may be many other fans with that problem.
Why not make a few 1000s more and sell the book at a lower price?'
Kindest regards,

Paul

#1789 Peter Darley

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 17:54

Originally posted by paulhooft
I was the photographer for Team Lotus 1962 - 1966

None of the photos in the book have ever been published, apart from a small selection in Motor Sport last year.

The photos were originally used for Press Releases and for internal Team use.

Prices will be £75 Limited to 2000 Copies

£250 Publishers edition of 50


Peter

I really liked to have the book:
I am a long time Jim Clark fan, saw him race at the 1966 and 1967 Dutch Grand Prix,
and have many books about him..
However, at a price of 75 pounds it is too expensive for me,
and may be many other fans with that problem.
Why not make a few 1000s more and sell the book at a lower price?'
Kindest regards,

Paul


Paul

You get one chance to produce a book like this, and I am determined to do it properly.

There are over 300 images in the book, and each image takes in the region of 30 - 50 minutes to scan and retouch if required, and the printing will be of the highest quality. The book measures 12" x 12", printed in Hong Kong, so transport and distribution come into the equation as well.

Peter.

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 18:54

Re Lost Generation

Originally posted by FLB

I spoke to Andrew Marriott about that very subject at Mosport Friday morning. He told me it's done and that it should be published within the next two weeks :D According to him, it's a terrific book (he ought to say that, he collaborated on it! :lol: ). The Tom Pryce section has a lot of information that has not been published before. Tremayne was able to interview some of his surviving family members.


Just to say I have just picked up the book from Amazon.

A quick flick through it reveals loads of pictures I haven't seen before. This is going to be a very difficult (emotional) book for me to read but it looks absolutely fantastic.

Geoff

#1791 bradbury west

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 21:34

Originally posted by Peter Darley


None of the photos in the book have ever been published, apart from a small selection in Motor Sport last year.

The photos were originally used for Press Releases and for internal Team use.


Peter, It looks as if it will do nicely for me too. Top marks for taking the one big chance to do it properly. Just one point though. I hope that there are no studio/arty type shots if they were via Press Releases etc. There is nothing to beat moody atmospheric race shots from the period.
Any idea which month in MS last year?

Roger Lund.

PS. I suspect that the new DCN/Phil Hill photo book will set the new benchmark, even showing Palawan how to do it.

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 21:35

Has anyone seen "Racing in the Rain" yet? The memoirs of John Horsman and his time with John Wyer running Astons, GT40s and 917s, published by David Bull. Any feedback would be of interest.

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 21:37

Originally posted by paulhooft
Veloce had another 40 % reduction last week,
so I got myself 1 1/2 Litre Grand Prix Racing by Mark Whitelock.
It is a good book, and very complete, and covers the formula very nicely!
I liked all those great cutaway drawings of those famous cars and engines.
.................... the book is great!

Paul


My copy came through on the previous 40% off a few weeks ago, and I have just started to dip into it. It is everything that Paul says about it. A very handsome and useful book.

Roger Lund.

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 22:41

Has anybody bought/seen "MG Competition Cars and Drivers" by Richard L Knudson?

My particular interest is of course the pre-war Midgets and Magnettes, but the brief reviews I've seen seem to indicate an American bias, even in that period.

How much of it is based on K3 Register (unrevised?)?

#1795 bradbury west

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 22:58

It is nice to see in Octane that Guy Loveridge's "Mintex Man" is being re-issued.
ISBN 1 900113 02 3. I enjoy my copy of the first run very much, with such good colour shots and in such interesting locations.

BTW, I wonder if they have amended their query on page 53, when they ask if anyone knows in which year the photo of the Alfa transporter, loaded with 3000CMs, was taken. Bjorn Kjer has identified it as 1953

Roger Lund

#1796 Peter Darley

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 07:30

Originally posted by bradbury west


Peter, It looks as if it will do nicely for me too. Top marks for taking the one big chance to do it properly. Just one point though. I hope that there are no studio/arty type shots if they were via Press Releases etc. There is nothing to beat moody atmospheric race shots from the period.
Any idea which month in MS last year?

Roger Lund.

PS. I suspect that the new DCN/Phil Hill photo book will set the new benchmark, even showing Palawan how to do it.



Roger

Virtually all the photos were taken "on the hoof", certainly no studio shots, and did not have time or inclination for arty shots.

Photos appeared in MS AUGUST 2004 (how time flies !)

DCN/Phil Hill book is colour. This is B + W.

Peter

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 08:41

Peter, please do not think that I was decrying your book, far from it. I am always ready to champion anyone who aims for excellence. There remains something very special and atmospheric about b/w photos. The DCN/Hill remark was simply an added comment for the book thread as I had just been looking at one of my Palawan copies, and have seen the site for the DCN/Hill book.

RL

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 10:19

Originally posted by Alan Cox:
Has anyone seen "Racing in the Rain" yet? The memoirs of John Horsman and his time with John Wyer running Astons, GT40s and 917s, published by David Bull. Any feedback would be of interest

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Yes, picked up a copy at the Goodwood Revival (4 weeks ago already...). Have only just started it - the Ford GT programme is just gatering momentum! - but so far, it's excellent. Well written, very 'personal' with a good blend of technical background (fortunately fo me, pitched at the non-technical reader), race accounts and character portraits. To add to the appeal, a lot of the photos (of which there are plenty) are his own, rather than the usual library shots.

Yet another excellent publication from David Bull - they really do seem to have hit a rich seam. Now, when will they persuade Brian Redman to write his autobiography?

#1799 Alan Cox

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 17:28

Thanks for that, jph. Must order a copy. The fact that photos are from the author's collection appeals greatly.

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#1800 Magee

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 18:41

Ab & Marvin Jenkins, The Studebaker Connection and the Mormon Meteors, by Gordon Eliot White, Iconografix, PO Box 446, Hudson, Wisconsin, 54016, USA, 2006, ISBN 13:978-1-58388-173-6, 160 pp, US$32.95

With the current growing interest in land-speed record activities this book is arriving at the right time. Just recently The Fastest Indian movie was released appealing to a wide audience. This movie follows Burt Munro from New Zealand as he realizes his dream of breaking the record for his motorcycle class on the Salt Flats at Bonneville. From what I can gather from this book, Ab Jenkins must have had a super dream to achieve his magnificent goal of popularizing, in the early 30s, a land-speed track on the Salt Flats, driving for automobile companies and setting records, developing his own land-speed cars, being elected as Mayor of Salt Lake City, and raising a family, and his activities run on and on.

Ab Jenkins' father left Cardiff, Wales, in the 1870s for a job in the United States. Ab's mother followed soon after. For what it's worth, it's interesting to note that Sir Anthony Hopkins, the lead character in The Fastest Indian, was born in Wales. David Abbot Jenkins II was born in 1883 in Spanish Fork, Utah, and took the nickname "Ab".

Chapter One's opening photo is one of Ab Jenkins standing beside an Excelsior "autocycle" in 1914 which he drove on the Salt Flats. Slowly, the siren of speed took hold of him as he progressed from car to streamliner, and speed record to speed record.

Prior to his period of building his own streamliners, Jenkins was setting speed records by driving cars such as Pierce-Arrow, Auburn, Cord, and Studebaker between cities and also beating the speed of railroad steam engines pulling coaches. His contract drives were determined to get people off the train and into the client's car. He was also active at Indy earning the Stevens Cup, a 24 hour enduro maintaining over an average of 60 mph in a Cord Coupe. Ab competed on board ovals driving for records supervised by AAA officials. He was also associated with Firestone tires and Conoco motor oil in addition to car companies.

His son Marvin, a commercial pilot, took over from his father after WWII. Ab Jenkins found the record runs becoming too laborious for him at the age of 67. Chapter Ten is devoted to the achievements of Marvin Jenkins, carrying on with his father's drive. Both Ab and Marvin have land-speed records untouched to this day.

The publishing company Iconografix's credo is "Preserving History through the Publication of Notable Photographic Archives". The reader of this book will be very satisfied by the interesting panorama of images of the life of Ab Jenkins, his family, his cars and his adventures chasing speed records. There is much more detail in this book than what appears here. Ab Jenkins' life is captured in text and photos worthy of your motor-sport interest.


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Ab Jenkins in the Novi Mobil Special at Bonneville 1947