I have not checked to see if they have been reviewed earlier, but these things are all subjective, anyway.
3 new arrivals here.
Paul Parker's recent Sports Car Racing 1950 to 1959
This is another superb offering, IMHO, by Mr Parker, in line with the others in this series. Excellent choice of shots, lucid and illuminating captions and explanations,and the usual synopsis of who drove what and for whom for each year.
Paul Parker's Races Faces Places is in similar vein to the his Palawan 1960s book in format, and is equally well done with a superb choice of shots and subjects with comprehensive narrative for each shot, and not just more of the regular suspects. It does what the title suggests. Among others, there is a welcome shot of the Coombs transporter, shots of the Lola GT, Gentleman Jack with the Galaxie somewhat sideways, period shot of 4WPD showing how far the modern hotrod E types have gone in lowered ride height.... and a wonderful 3/4 front shot of the Mecom Lotus 19 Olds, along with a matching 3/4 rear shot of the Mecon Lola 6GT with Chev engine at Brands in August '64. And Peter Gethin was a very lucky man.........
Both highly recommended.
Karl Ludvigsen; Colin Chapman, Inside the Innovator. I have all/most of the key Lotus tomes and this is brilliant - excuse the hyperbole.
As yet I have only glossed through it, looking at things which caught my eye, as it will be a serious read. Think in terms of an elaborated and extended variation of Hugh Haskell's Lotus Engineering, rather than a Jabby Crombac eulogising history. It reminds me of KL's MB Quicksilver Century in approach and format. It studies ACBC in depth and researches his technical ideas and those of others which clearly influenced him. The wide choice of many mainly previously unseen photographs are very welcome, plus cutaways and Lotus drawings from the archives. KL seems to have interviewed all the key people and draws on many sources, listing a huge bibliography.
He tells of the forerunners/precursors/originators of many of the "Chapman" ideas; think queerbox, wobbly web wheels, compound torsion bars, monocoques, pre-stressed spaceframes, Chapman Strut, and the origin of the "simplicate and add lightness" axiom. When did you consider that a little Goggomobil would influence ACBC quite radically?
It is very modestly priced at £35 before discount and must be one of the best books of the year, not just for Lotus enthusiasts but also as a broad explanatory book for many motor racing topics which non-engineers, such as I, can understand.
Usual disclaimers. Apologies for length of review.
Edited by bradbury west, 30 November 2010 - 16:21.