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#3451 murph27

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 02:14

I enjoyed the book on Minardi, FORZA MINARDI by Simon Viges......yes, the book is about their F1 years.......yes there over 100 photos in the book.....but I enjoyed the book......but you must know that I am BIASED......... I am a member of the MCSF (Minardi Club of San Francisco), been given a tour of the Minardi factory in Faenza with MCSF, been a guest of the team at Imola in 2005 with MCSF (the expesso served by the Minardi team lived up to its reputation), have had dinner with friends and Mr. Minardi at La Tana del Luppo in Faenza, and even a few of the photos in the book are mine.... so be advised, I am biased.

The book covers the team from year to year....I was most interested to read what many of the drivers had to say about their Minardi experience (mostly positive) but I also got some insight from the likes of Aldo Costa about the struggles the team faced. The author is a fan but he didn't sugarcoat the failings of the team, or those of the team's leadership. I should add, that the chapters on the Stoddart years have more detail than the earlier years.... All in all, this is a nice overview of the Minardi years in F1....but keep in mind that I am biased.......

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:17

Is Murphy's Carrera book better than the Cimarosti "La Carrera Panamericana"? I already have that one and I don't want to spend the money if it's not necessary.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:38

With respect to the question from Anton about comparing the Murphy and Cimarosti Carrera Panamericana books, I'd say that the Cimarosti book alone is adequate. I'd sure like to find a copy of the Cimarosti book!

#3454 cote d'azur

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 15:05

Originally posted by Ted Walker
Re Memory Lanes. Just had a phone call from Peter Robinson to say "soft back books in the post next week"


MEMORY LANES

The paperback versions of Memory Lanes are still suffering from some delay through the Distributor but all outstanding orders for hardback versions have now been shipped and a stock is available for new orders.

Please excuse the plug but hopefully this will save a lot of people individually having to ask me the same question by email!

Hard back versions can be obtained by going to www.photohistoric.com, clicking on "New" on the first page and then following through to the shopping basket.

I can only apologise for all the considerable delays in bringing this book to the marketplace. This forum is not really the right place to list the reasons but I can assure you they were genuine and many!!

The finished product is not perfect but I am pleased with it. It will be followed in around 18 months with a second edition adding material to that already in the book and correcting any mistakes - factual, format or spelling! Additional new material has already started coming in as a direct reaction to people reading the book and so the second (and last) edition of the book will hopefully be the complete history of that period of MN rallies. For those of you who have been waiting to get your hands on a copy - thanks for your patience.

#3455 Mark A

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 19:48

Originally posted by cote d'azur


MEMORY LANES

The paperback versions of Memory Lanes are still suffering from some delay through the Distributor but all outstanding orders for hardback versions have now been shipped and a stock is available for new orders.

Please excuse the plug but hopefully this will save a lot of people individually having to ask me the same question by email!

Hard back versions can be obtained by going to www.photohistoric.com, clicking on "New" on the first page and then following through to the shopping basket.

I can only apologise for all the considerable delays in bringing this book to the marketplace. This forum is not really the right place to list the reasons but I can assure you they were genuine and many!!

The finished product is not perfect but I am pleased with it. It will be followed in around 18 months with a second edition adding material to that already in the book and correcting any mistakes - factual, format or spelling! Additional new material has already started coming in as a direct reaction to people reading the book and so the second (and last) edition of the book will hopefully be the complete history of that period of MN rallies. For those of you who have been waiting to get your hands on a copy - thanks for your patience.


Thanks for the info Peter, looking forward to receiving mine in the next day or so.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 20:21

Originally posted by ensign14
Augh...I had a quick look at it the other day and dismissed it, it seems to be solely about the F1 adventure (ignoring the years of F2 beforehand) and about 99% pictures. For photographic reference it would be fine, but really an F1 Rejects profile would be FAR better and involve more insight.


This book sounds like a missed opportunity. I would love to learn more about the years 1985-1988, before the F1 outfit started to gain real credibility. And of course, the F2 era would also be fascinating.

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 21:17

You get more on the Stoddart era than the Minardi era. :

Perhaps someone should do an F1 Rejects style book on some of the spear-carriers in F1...I'd love to see someone give proper treatment to the Osellas and Simteks of this world, their stories should be somewhat interesting...

#3458 RS2000

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 15:31

Originally posted by Mark A
looking forward to receiving mine in the next day or so.


Several people have received their's this morning. (Not me, but that's our local postal system...)

#3459 Mark A

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 19:21

Originally posted by RS2000


Several people have received their's this morning. (Not me, but that's our local postal system...)


Nor me. Here's hoping for Monday then :lol:

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 22:08

Originally posted by RS2000


Several people have received their's this morning. (Not me, but that's our local postal system...)


I received mine this morning, not had a chance to open it until now as we have been entertaining all day! However, I have just grabbed a quick peek and it looks fantastic, I had forgotten Harry Ratcliffe rallied a Capri V-6, looking forward to Sunday under the gazebo :smoking:

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 23:19

[i]Originally posted by sterling49
I had forgotten Harry Ratcliffe rallied a Capri V-6, ]

And I had forgotten that Tony Lanfranchi rallied a Hillman Minx, possibly his company car....... in the '62 Yorkshire Rally until I was browsing through old Autosports again the other day
Roger Lund.

#3462 RS2000

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 18:20

Originally posted by sterling49
I had forgotten Harry Ratcliffe rallied a Capri V-6


Did he actually drive it? Jim Bullough used a British Vita-built Capri on one or two MN rallies (borrowed via Ford when his Escort was being repaired?).

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Posted 11 May 2008 - 18:27

Originally posted by RS2000


Did he actually drive it? Jim Bullough used a British Vita-built Capri on one or two MN rallies (borrowed via Ford when his Escort was being repaired?).


As I look at the picture now ;) caption reads "Harry Ratcliffe and John Clegg in the newly completed British Vita 3.2 litre Capri, had an unfortunate start to the rally". They were pictured on the 1970 Seven Dales Rally, run by De Lacy Motor Club, looks like the photo was taken on a forest stage! Great book, so many memories :)

#3464 Mark A

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 19:11

My copy of Memory Lanes arrived today.

Very impressed, well worth waiting for. :)

#3465 RS2000

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 20:28

Originally posted by Mark A
My copy of Memory Lanes arrived today.
Very impressed, well worth waiting for. :)


Got mine too. Looks very good. Only time for quick look at photos but:
Page 29 Geoff Grundy is Denis Cardell?
Page 91 Russell Brookes is Brian Dennis?

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 15:59

Yes, I think I have to put my hands up to both of these. FDH 2C belonged to Cardell (see pg 25). Sadly entry lists and start lists vary, many lists I didn't have, some people I knew, some I didn't recognise, others I had never met and to confuse matters further some had lost their correct comp nos. (pg 5)

There is a remarkable resemblence in the picture on pg 91 between Payne and Holmes. However, I agree it is Dennis' Mini and there are no Withers stickers. Sorry about this - they will not be the last to be spotted I am sure! Any "criticism" of this nature I am more than happy to take on board as they will all be corrected in the future. Meantime glad you (and all the others who have been kind enough to email me) are enjoying the memories.

Peter

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 16:43

:up:

As a recovering technical librarian and lifelong motor sport fan, may I recommend a source for used/second-hand books that I've had great success with?
http://www.abebooks.com


I have uncovered books that I'd given up hope of finding. A simply huge network worldwide, with simple searches. This is an "unsolicited" recommendation.

For fun, you can reverse ABE's normal listing arrangement, from cheapest to most expensive, and gasp at what some rare volumes go for!

I have earlier posted this info on RASF1 newsgroup.

Cheers and happy hunting.

#3468 RS2000

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 21:03

Originally posted by cote d'azur
Yes, I think I have to put my hands up to both of these. FDH 2C belonged to Cardell (see pg 25). Sadly entry lists and start lists vary, many lists I didn't have, some people I knew, some I didn't recognise, others I had never met and to confuse matters further some had lost their correct comp nos. (pg 5)

There is a remarkable resemblence in the picture on pg 91 between Payne and Holmes. However, I agree it is Dennis' Mini and there are no Withers stickers. Sorry about this - they will not be the last to be spotted I am sure! Any "criticism" of this nature I am more than happy to take on board as they will all be corrected in the future. Meantime glad you (and all the others who have been kind enough to email me) are enjoying the memories.

Peter


Or FUH2C! (I know because I was staring at the reg no on the boot as I helped push it along the A44 to re-start it once). Entry lists are no better today - my old car, entered by its current owner in the next round of the British Historic Rally Championship, shows up with two errors in its reg no in the official list!

One other from first reading: Harold Morley (dental surgery king of Barbados today) on Page 168 is in what is technically an RS1600, not an RS2000 as captioned (the "2000" was an alloy block BDA).
My own memory struggles - in my earlier PM about name abbreviations, I was thinking of the wrong Wise. The one in the photo is Malcolm, not Mike as I suggested (nor Mick as captioned)?
Magic memories today reading parts of it. Total mental block as to the only MN round I ever spectated on - eventually tracked down to 1970 Gremlin, the original text from MN confusing me as it implied one section was Tregaron-Abergwesyn when it was actually Abergwesyn-Tregaron - and I couldn't remember it raining!

That raises an interesting point for the second/final edition. There are some glaring errors in some of the original MN reports at the time (some MN misprints/MN editorial, a few MN mistakes). For the sake of history, will you correct any that can be confirmed or leave the original MN text as it was "in period"? (I have confined comments to photo captions that are possibly recent rather than any original MN wording).
Any trivial corrections I offer are in the spirit of historical accuracy - many thanks again for the effort in creating it. Great stuff - difficult to resist digging out the One Inch marked maps and looking up all the route GRs!

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 22:52

Joel Finn's latest opus arrived while I was away. American Road Racing: 1948-1950, The Sport Revived, is quite a welcome addition to the library. It covers only a relatively short period of time, but this was a period when the future azimuth of American road racing was set. I have not had a chance to do more than skim the book and check a few places here and there that I was interested in seeing what Finn had to say. It is noteworthy the first person Finn mentions in the acknowledgements is Bill Green, the resident historian at the IMRRC.

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 22:18

Don,

Any new book by Joel Finn carries high expectations. When you've had a chance to read it through, please let us know your views.

Mike

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 01:32

A new series of books from Ian Allan, "Racing Colours". First two are British Racing Green by Venables, and Italian Racing Red by Ludvigsen.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:58

Originally posted by petefenelon
Phil Kerr's "To Finish First" is wonderful stuff. Utterly readable, telling Phil's own story intertwined with his relationships with Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren. It paints the same kind of broad profile of the Southern Hemisphere guys as Adam Cooper's superb biography of Piers Courage did for some of their British near-contemporaries, and shows how the guys from Down Under got there on hard graft. Phil's eloquent and penetrating reminiscences are pin-sharp and very human; the presentation of the book really is astonishingly good for the price, with elegant layout and typography and superb photo repro - plus lots of Michael/Graham Turner paintings in there too!


My copy has just arrived, and on a quick flick through (I'm supposed to be working), I agree with everything Pete says about it. I'm a sucker for almost anything on the subject of orange McLarens, but 'To Finish First' is simply outstanding in so many ways, well written in a pleasantly 'informal' for want of a better word style, lots of previously unpublished pics, and real honest insight into the way racing was back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I'll probably be shouted down by devotees of the unfathomable delights of the MN rally scene of the same era, but for me 'To Finish First' s a strong contender for the title of 'Motor Sport Book of the Year'. It received a somewhat lukewarm review in the current issue of MotorSport, which referred to a 'Boys' Own writing style', but don't let this put you off. Phil Kerr was either an assiduous diarist, or he has a simply phenomenal memory, almost 400 pages of pure gold, impossible to recommend it too highly, or for that matter, to put down.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 15:48

Originally posted by helioseism
A new series of books from Ian Allan, "Racing Colours". First two are British Racing Green by Venables, and Italian Racing Red by Ludvigsen.


Karl told me about this series last Summer. It should be an interesting approach to the topic. I would love to do the "American Blue & White" book.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 16:42

Originally posted by kayemod


My copy has just arrived, and on a quick flick through (I'm supposed to be working), I agree with everything Pete says about it. I'm a sucker for almost anything on the subject of orange McLarens, but 'To Finish First' is simply outstanding in so many ways, well written in a pleasantly 'informal' for want of a better word style, lots of previously unpublished pics, and real honest insight into the way racing was back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I'll probably be shouted down by devotees of the unfathomable delights of the MN rally scene of the same era, but for me 'To Finish First' s a strong contender for the title of 'Motor Sport Book of the Year'. It received a somewhat lukewarm review in the current issue of MotorSport, which referred to a 'Boys' Own writing style', but don't let this put you off. Phil Kerr was either an assiduous diarist, or he has a simply phenomenal memory, almost 400 pages of pure gold, impossible to recommend it too highly, or for that matter, to put down.


Another thing that struck me about this excellent book, which I have now nearly finsished reading, is how much more insight it provides into the characters, qualities and motivations of both Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, than was the case with their respective biographies from Eoin Young. The McLaren book was very shallow and I nearly gave up with the Hulme book as it came across as little more than a regurgitation of race reports. Phil Kerr's book give more of a picture of their personalities, as well as that of Jack Brabham.

I must admit that I didn't really understand the 'Boys' Own style' reference in the Motor Sport review (I'm too old to remember what that style is, maybe) but I felt that the rest of the review was a fair upbeat and enthusiastic assessment.

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 06:57

:wave: Oh am I looking forward to my piece of the above !

A book which might have gone rather unnoticed ? :

Toulo de Graffenried - Un seigneur de la course Lord of Formula one , by Pierre Fouquet-Hatevilain ,in French and British , 240 p, hardbound, glazed , about 300 b/w(only) pictures (80 before WWII) etc. Very pleasant and super informative , a must IMO , also for Maserati fans ! :smoking:

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 17:09

Originally posted by Bjørn Kjer
:wave: Oh am I looking forward to my piece of the above !

A book which might have gone rather unnoticed ? :

Toulo de Graffenried - Un seigneur de la course Lord of Formula one , by Pierre Fouquet-Hatevilain ,in French and British , 240 p, hardbound, glazed , about 300 b/w(only) pictures (80 before WWII) etc. Very pleasant and super informative , a must IMO , also for Maserati fans ! :smoking:


Does it have any shots of transporters in it?;)

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 17:15

Originally posted by jph


Another thing that struck me about this excellent book, which I have now nearly finsished reading, is how much more insight it provides into the characters, qualities and motivations of both Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, than was the case with their respective biographies from Eoin Young. The McLaren book was very shallow and I nearly gave up with the Hulme book as it came across as little more than a regurgitation of race reports. Phil Kerr's book give more of a picture of their personalities, as well as that of Jack Brabham.

I must admit that I didn't really understand the 'Boys' Own style' reference in the Motor Sport review (I'm too old to remember what that style is, maybe) but I felt that the rest of the review was a fair upbeat and enthusiastic assessment.


I didn't think it was Boys' Own at all, I thought Phil was very honest and open and human in it, painting a very full picture of all the people involved - and looking at racing both as a way that New Zealanders expanded their horizons and as a nascent business as well as a sport. I think it's one of the most perceptive and insightful 'insider' racing books I've read, and I think it'll come to be regarded as a bit of a classic in years to come - particularly as Phil's writing really is about racing's 'difficult adolescence', emerging from a niche sport for rich men into a worldwide sport in which ambitious men could become rich.

The "Boys' Own" style - which was really the dominant mode of writing about racing until the people who tell it as proper folk history/oral history came along (and as far as books are concerned I mean the likes of DCN, Mike Lawrence, Chris Nixon, Graham Gauld - people to whom the story of how the cars got to the grid was as important as what happened after they got there) - would've concentrated just on the races (and probably the drivers at the expense of the rest of the team) and portrayed everyone as a one-dimensionsl 'good egg'.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 17:59

Originally posted by petefenelon


Does it have any shots of transporters in it?;)


Don't know about that one, but the Phil Kerr book 'To Finish First' has several pics of McLaren transporters is a variety of paint schemes.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 20:14

Autosport this week remarks that Andrew Ferguson's book on Lotus at Indy comes out this week after a 14 year wait.

Strangely enough I seem to have had that book for the best part of 14 years.

What is interesting is of course Andrew sadly died before completing the book and someone had to be brought in to finish the book and sort out the editing. That person's name does not appear on the author line or title page at all, instead leaving it to be solely credited to Andrew Ferguson. :up:

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#3480 Mark A

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 13:46

Originally posted by ensign14
Autosport this week remarks that Andrew Ferguson's book on Lotus at Indy comes out this week after a 14 year wait.

Strangely enough I seem to have had that book for the best part of 14 years.

What is interesting is of course Andrew sadly died before completing the book and someone had to be brought in to finish the book and sort out the editing. That person's name does not appear on the author line or title page at all, instead leaving it to be solely credited to Andrew Ferguson. :up:


Reprint has been out for a while now, I bought it from the Classic Team Lotus Stand at the Club Lotus show back in March.

Mine was signed by Bob Dance who was on the stand at the time.

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 13:50

I'm happy to see a reprint of the Ferguson book; it's been difficult to locate one in the States at a reasonable price. Amazon is promising mine in November, so I guess it's a Xmas present. :)

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 15:41

Dunno if this book was discussed here before, at least not since january 2006:

Porsche 917 - Die Helden, die Siege, der Mythos/The heros, the wins, the myth.

Great Porsche 917 book that sold out in three months (..). Called the publisher today: they are thinking of a reissue. Let's hope they will.

"With the 917, Porsche finally claimed the Holy Grail – outright victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour race. For half a decade the 917 was the car to beat in international sports car racing. Today, fans regard it as a legend, an icon for a whole generation of powerful racing cars. This comprehensive book covers the complete 917 story, describing the breath-taking development, the fascinating technology and ii includes comprehensive statistics and a large number of previously unseen high quality images. The outstanding highlight is the personal insight of many contemporary witnesses. The authors have talked to engineers, drivers, technicians, team managers and mechanics about their "baby". They tell the story of how the 917 was conceived, designed and built– and made even faster over the years. They tell how they drove it and how they both loved and hated this legend.

This has to be the ultimate book on the Porsche 917.
Technical details:
Authors: Jorg Thomas Fodisch, Jost Nesshover, Rainer Rossbach Harold Schwarz
Number of pages: 240
Images: about 170 colour and 150 black and white
Size: 30 x 32 cm
Languages: English and German

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 15:50

Originally posted by Arjan de Roos
Porsche 917 - Die Helden, die Siege, der Mythos/The heros, the wins, the myth.

:lol: Good 'un! Is that the official title? If true, it probably gives an idea of the quality of the English text! :D

Explanation: in this context, "der Mythos" translates to "the legend"!

#3484 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 20:25

Mein Got, I ave tranzlated inscorrectly. The Legend indeed it is. My apologies, I was in a hurry. :D

#3485 ensign14

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 20:42

Hitler's Motor Racing Battles by Eberhard Reuss

Anyone read this? Seen it in shops, looks very interesting, some of the politics involved both pre- and post-war.

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 22:01

Originally posted by Arjan de Roos
Dunno if this book was discussed here before, at least not since january 2006:

Porsche 917 - Die Helden, die Siege, der Mythos/The heros, the wins, the myth.

Great Porsche 917 book that sold out in three months (..). Called the publisher today: they are thinking of a reissue. Let's hope they will.


I have it from a very reliable party that there will be a reissue. I understand that there were legal disputes among and between the authors and the publisher.

Jack

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 06:54

Originally posted by Arjan de Roos
Mein Got, I ave tranzlated inscorrectly. The Legend indeed it is. My apologies, I was in a hurry. :D


He must have some of 'ze punishment'.

#3488 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 08:12

Originally posted by Jack-the-Lad


I have it from a very reliable party that there will be a reissue. I understand that there were legal disputes among and between the authors and the publisher.

Jack


Which would be great as it is really a must have for 917 fans. I've seen it several times and was amazed of the great pics (and I have already 4 books on the P917), however these were all sold copies :
Priced at 49,90 euros great value for money.

http://www.rallyandr...s//changelang/1

Originally posted by kayemod


He must have some of 'ze punishment'.


That seems to be another thread.. ;)

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 18:44

I just bought ""Bella e Impossibile" by Castellarin, a wonderful account of the Stallavena-Boscochieasanuova hillclimb. Apart from having a impossible name, this was a major event of the italian national calendar. The book offers a wealth of period photos, several in color, and complete race results. All the usual suspects are there (Ferrari 250 GT of all kind, Porsche 904 and Maserati Birdcage), but the wonderful machinery rarely seen outside Italy is not forgotten : WRE-Maserati, Dagrada-Lancia and Zagato variant of about everything from Abarth to Lancia. If you are into italian racing cars, and even if like me your italian is between poor and non-existant, you can't miss this one. A very nice bonus is at the end of the book : pictures of the emblems of almost all the various Scuderia, some well known (Brescia Corse, Serenissima...), some less (Scuderia Biondetti, Scuderia Nettuno...). Go buy it !

#3490 M Needforspeed

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 21:31

Originally posted by ERault
I just bought ""Bella e Impossibile" by Castellarin, a wonderful account of the Stallavena-Boscochieasanuova hillclimb. Apart from having a impossible name, this was a major event of the italian national calendar. The book offers a wealth of period photos, several in color, and complete race results. All the usual suspects are there (Ferrari 250 GT of all kind, Porsche 904 and Maserati Birdcage), but the wonderful machinery rarely seen outside Italy is not forgotten : WRE-Maserati, Dagrada-Lancia and Zagato variant of about everything from Abarth to Lancia. If you are into italian racing cars, and even if like me your italian is between poor and non-existant, you can't miss this one. A very nice bonus is at the end of the book : pictures of the emblems of almost all the various Scuderia, some well known (Brescia Corse, Serenissima...), some less (Scuderia Biondetti, Scuderia Nettuno...). Go buy it !


nice .I have some pics of this Italian HC .are there pics on the 1967 event ?

thanks

Michel

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:40

Chaters rang yesterday pm to say the the Graham Gauld book on Cliff Allison, From Fells to Ferrari, was in stock. It arrived this morning before 10 am. Cannot fault the service. The book follows the same format as Gentleman Jack, and looks excellent, glancing through it, with good narrative, wide ranging interviews and a good range of photographs,- not the usual potboilers, well up to the GG standard. Sadly it still carries the usual Veloce advertising material, but that is par for the course, one suspects, to keep the price down possibly. It does not really detract from the book, which IMHO is good value at 20quid as a useful historic and social reference which otherwise would not necessarily be covered in such depth, nor with access to such original source material, especially after Cliff's demise. A very nice tribute to a good guy.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 18:15

To answer M Neeforspeed regarding "Bella e Impossibile", the race was held from 1958 to 1968, all years being in the book (which front cover is somewhat misleading by stating 1958-2008, presumably for the inclusion of 2 pages on the modern event for historic racing cars).

#3493 David M. Woodhouse

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 23:16

I'd like to put in a plug for the new English language edition of Delage - France's finest Car, by Cabart and Rouxel. This is a two-volume, slipcased release by Dalton Watson and is absolutely gorgeous. The translation is by David Burgess-Wise, and covers both the GP racing and later luxury cars with their lovely coachwork. I've always admired the racing cars of Planchon and Lory, and this book provides probably all I'll ever need on the marque. It's a great help to those of us who struggle with the French language. I just wish someone would do a comprehensive history on Bugatti to this standard.

Unrelated, but relevant: the new Joel Finn book American Road Racing: 1948-1950 is very, very good, continuing the groundwork laid in his book on the 1930s. There is a great deal of material on the major players of the time, Erwin Goldschmidt, Alec Ulmann, Briggs Cunningham, etc., and much insight into the exclusionary policy of the early SCCA days, plus many photos I have not previously seen. I talked to Finn at Amelia Island and he says that the next book is well underway.

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#3494 m.tanney

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 01:28

Originally posted by David M. Woodhouse
I talked to Finn at Amelia Island and he says that the next book is well underway.

Did he say what it's about?

#3495 David M. Woodhouse

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:55

A continution of the 1948-1950 book. He has enough material to fill a two year period. The 1948-50 book ends with the first Sebring (six hour race), and the next book will go from there.

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#3496 fbarrett

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 01:21

Originally posted by Jack-the-Lad


I have it from a very reliable party that there will be a reissue. I understand that there were legal disputes among and between the authors and the publisher.

Jack


Jack:

Having seen (and sold) that book, I can also recommend Porsche 917, the Undercover Story, by Wingrove. Since he was a race mechanic on the cars back in the day, he has a much more direct insight, and I feel that, overall, his is a much better book than The Victories, The Myth, etc.. Still, I do hope that title is reprinted.

Frank

#3497 Dennis Hockenbury

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 02:13

Having just completed "To Finish First", I must wholeheartedly agree with the prior recommendations provided in this thread.

A wonderful, and enjoyable book.

#3498 helioseism

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 03:11

Mase Akira's "The Eyes" has been republished and is available for roughly half of its price on the collector's market.

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#3499 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 04:02

Originally posted by fbarrett


Jack:

Having seen (and sold) that book, I can also recommend Porsche 917, the Undercover Story, by Wingrove. Since he was a race mechanic on the cars back in the day, he has a much more direct insight, and I feel that, overall, his is a much better book than The Victories, The Myth, etc.. Still, I do hope that title is reprinted.

Frank


Thanks, Frank. Is there any news about the new Porsche title you mentioned a couple of months ago?

Jack.

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 19:39

Originally posted by Dennis Hockenbury
Having just completed "To Finish First", I must wholeheartedly agree with the prior recommendations provided in this thread.

A wonderful, and enjoyable book.


My copy arrived midweek and I've only had a chance to browse--won't be able to sit down with it at length until after the Memorial Day holidays. But on first glance it's exceeded already high expectations--if you have any interest in this era or these people, you owe yourself a look.