100 years of British Automobile Racing Club
I just found this book:
Does anyone know this or even has bought already?? Worthwhile??
Many thanks in advance
Having now had a chance to peruse this slim volume I have to say that the most enthusiastic thing I can say is that it's underwhelming.
It's what I'd term an "Uncle Fred book" - as in "Oh God, it's nearly Christmas - what can we get for Uncle Fred who likes old racing cars?"
A4 landscape format with a coffee-table look about it, but perhaps more "tea-tray" than "coffee-table" given the size. I looked mainly at the pre-War stuff: quite a few photos I hadn't seen before, but that's really all I can say that's in any way complimentary. If there's one thing I don't like it's fake sepia-tint pictures and this book has them in spades - all the way into the 1950s.
The photo captioning is frustratingly poor, with very little detail. Some of it's downright sloppy: a picture of Bira and a driver I musr confess I didn't recognise is captioned simply "Bira and a mechanic": said "mechanic" is very obviously another driver as he's in an immaculate BRDC-badged white overall and has a pair of goggles round his neck. Another is captioned "Dobson in the pits": as the picture actually shows two people that would be the first mystery for the uninitiated. The other person is actually the main subject of the photo and not exactly unknown: it's Earl Howe! Then, you have to ask "which Dobson?": it's actually Austin, but as there were two other brothers (Arthur and Bill) just "Dobson" doesn't really help. A picture of Goodwood in 1948 is captioned as being taken in the pits whereas it's pretty obviously in the paddock. It was at that point when I began to lose interest ...
The text in the earlier section looked to be a sort of "highlights package" lifted from "From Brooklands to Goodwood": I suspect much of the rest was lifted from "Glory of Goodwood". Both books are in the (very short) bibliography and as far as I could see there's little or nothing new in terms of research or that hasn't been published before.
So, overall: nice pics, shame about the words (and the sepia-tint