For those who may have seen these three reviews of Mark Donohue: His Life In Photographs
by Michael Argetsinger in the Donohue thread, my apologies for the repeat. Well done Michael and David.
From the September, 2010 issue of Classic & Sports Car
, page 57 book review:Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs
Anyone who enjoyed Michael Argetsinger's biography of Mark Donohue will want this companion volume. Argetsinger has combed photographers' archives plus the Donohue family albums, and the superbly printed 160-page hardback makes the most of his evocative selection, from Elvas in SCCA to that tragic practice for the '75 Austrian GP. A worthy tribute to 'Captain Nice'. MW
Michael Argetsinger, David Bull Publishing. ISBN 978 1 935007 09 8
September, 2010 MotorSport
, Vol. 86 No. 9 Reviews, page 127:Mark Donohue: His Life In Photographs
Argetsinger's follow-up to Technical Excellence at Speed
, his acclaimed biography of Mark Donohue, is a richly illustrated celebration of the revered American's life, and a colorful evocation of racing's nascent commercialism during the 1960s and '70s.
The plenteous photography is accompanied by illuminating captions, and interspersed with the occaisional reminiscence from friends, rivals and allies. Donohue was liked and admired by all who met him, but the easy smile and comfortable charm were only half the story. 'Captain Nice' was a clever and driven perfectionist, acutely conscious of what made his cars work, right down to the tiniest nut, bolt and spring. The paradigmatic example of the racing driver cum engineer, he virtually created the blueprint for today's professional cockpit technocrat, ensconced in a machine tailored to their requirements.
Paradoxically perhaps, In Deo Speramus (In God We Hope) is the motto at Brown University, Donohue's Ivy League alma mater. No one was more meticulous in their preparation. Always aware of what his cars were doing or about to do, he needed to take few risks en route to success in Can-Am, Trans-Am, Indycars and NASCAR. It all appeared so effortless and controlled.
Consider, however, the photograph on page 156 of Mark intently directing a set-up change to his March during practice for the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix. In God We Hope. Faber est suae quisque fortunae (Each man is the architect of his own fortune) seems to be nearer the truth, but offers little solace all the same. IM Octane
October, 2010 - Books reviewed by Mark Dixon and Richard Heseltine - page 138 - Book of the MonthMark Donohue: His Life in Photographs
David Bull Publishing
Yes, it's another 'picture book', but don't let that put you off. Mark Donohue is a compelling subject at the best of times, but this fine accompaniment to Argetsinger's text-heavy - and admirable - Technical Excellence at Speed
is a must-have for all fans of '60s and '70s US motorsport.
Much of this is down to Donohue's all-rounder status: despite racing all manner of unlikely cars as he embarked on his rise to prominence, he subsequently excelled in every discipline he attempted. So here you will find images of such icons as the Sunoco Ferrari 512M (which never actually won a race in period) and the mighty Porsche 917/30KL 'Turbopanzer'. Those and the multi-hued AMC Javelin Trans-Am weapon and unlikely NASCAR race-winning Matador.
But more than that, it's the behind-the-scenes stuff that captivates, be it an impossibly young looking 'Captain Nice' sitting in a friends Bandini before leaving for SCCA drivers' school, or the still youthful but patently race-hardened Donohue with facial burns incurred after a collision with the Dan 'Hoss' Blocker-entered Genie at Watkins Glen, his Lola having been destroyed in the ensuing inferno.
There are lengthy and informative captions, along with quotes from team players, on-track rivals and family members, and they all add to the story. You really get a feel for a man who as much through determination as natural talent reached the summit at national level, only to die on coming out of retirement for a proper tilt at Formula 1. Tragic.
There's nothing particularly flash about this book, be it the layout or the typesetting. But, as with most David Bull efforts, it works beautifully, looks great and represents excellent value for money. Highly recommended.