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Old 9 Jan 2020, 15:49 (Ref:3950653)   #226
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Just acquired 1st edition of Touch Wood by Duncan Hamilton which I spotted in a secondhand bookshop window in Shrewsbury today. Complete with acceptable dust cover it cost me a whopping 9.50! A bit of a bargain, I reckon. I have read it before and an excellent read if I recall.
Lucky you! It's amazing what you can find in the most unlikely places & I invariably look in second-hand bookshops 'just in case'.
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Old 11 Jan 2020, 11:33 (Ref:3950999)   #227
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Old 25 Feb 2020, 19:47 (Ref:3959877)   #228
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New Book: Car Racing 1967

I thought this might be of some interest to GPL racers:

https://www.rallyandracing.com/en/ra...r=sCampaign574
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Old 26 Feb 2020, 21:42 (Ref:3960091)   #229
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I haven't followed every post in this thread so this might be repetition.I recently bought the new edition of Peter Grimsdale's book High Performance.Not solely about racing cars but absolutely riveting.
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Old 27 Feb 2020, 06:32 (Ref:3960120)   #230
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I haven't followed every post in this thread so this might be repetition.I recently bought the new edition of Peter Grimsdale's book High Performance.Not solely about racing cars but absolutely riveting.
Ah yes, I found that one very cheap in a Bookends or somewhere before Christmas so bought it outof curiosity but haven't read it yet. Must find it & do so!

A fascinating read for me recently was Romano Artioli's book 'A Bugatti and Lotus Thriller!

It is his life story & told me a lot I didn't know. Well worth a read - he certainly doesn't pull any punches!
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Old 10 Mar 2020, 02:03 (Ref:3962643)   #231
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Just finished reading Brabham, by Tony Davis and Akos Armont.

A very enjoyable read, a great insight that era of drivers that were happy to drive Formula 1, Formula 2, sportscars, saloon cars and even Indy cars.

Always admired Jack, for his driving ability, running his own team and designing race cars.

On the weekend I got to have aclose look at the original BT1 on display at Longford, and you only then realise how basic and rudimentary those early F1 machines were.
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Old 10 Mar 2020, 07:00 (Ref:3962660)   #232
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Le Mans aficionados will probably enjoy Malcolm Cracknell's Taking the World by Storm . It's an alternative history of Le Mans 1997 , centred around a team which is a thinly disguised version of Lister.



It's an entertaining romp - my review is on speedreaders.info





My other recent review on the same site is Karl Ludvigsen's Fast Friends . KL knew everyone who was anyone in the car business , and motorsport too and his insights into Carlo Abarth , Larry Shinoda, Alex von Falkenhausen , Mario Andretti and 19 other big beasts are fascinating
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Old 30 Mar 2020, 22:12 (Ref:3967752)   #233
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Brock at Bathurst, takes us back to 1969 when Peter Brock first raced at Bathurst up until his death in 2006.

Covers all his victories, the politics of motorsport, the co-drivers, the high and lows of heartbreak hill, team mates and the various cars.

A really great book, available online.
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Old 30 Mar 2020, 22:15 (Ref:3967753)   #234
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Elfin The Spirit of Speed, just seen this listed in Auto Action.

Not cheap, but would be an interesting book.

The website is elfinspiritofspeed.com.au
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Old 7 Apr 2020, 08:37 (Ref:3969064)   #235
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My latest read , and a very enjoyable one too , was A Race With Love and Death by Richard Williams . This is a new biography of Richard Seaman , the British driver who raced for Mercedes until his death in 1939.



Very highly recommended - the book describes the almost military machines that the Nazi funded Mercedes and Auto Union teams had become, and it also evokes the feverish environment of mid-late 30s Grand Prix racing .Seaman was talented, posh , rich and ambitious and if he does not come over as a likeable man , his story is still a compelling tragedy.



As ever , my 'proper' review is on speedreaders.info
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In my time of lockdown I've had To Hell and Back by Lauda and Chasing the Title and Grand Prix Greats by Roebuck delivered. The latter two are great reads as I expected and I've started To Hell and Back, just need to find a moment to read some more
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Malcolm Cracknell's Taking the World by Storm
The Easter weekend under lockdown gave my the opportunity to sit in the sunshine and read my copy of Malcolm's book.

The story rolls along at a decent pace and isn't especially lengthy anyway (plus is printed on thick paper so I kept thinking I was turning over too many pages at once) so perfect for an easy read over a couple of days.

For good or ill it assumes the reader is familiar with Le Mans and sportscar racing in general.

The 'Notes from the real world' epilogue which details how the various tricks and scams in the story actually occured in reality is as interesting as the main story.

Well recommended for sportscar racing fans.
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Old 23 Apr 2020, 16:37 (Ref:3972412)   #239
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Sorry if this has already been covered in this thread but I'm reposting this from the Stirling Moss historic thread if anyone is interested, it's a superb read
One of the best reads recounting the bygone motor racing era in which Stirling participated, it relates some real eye openers of not only the race( the '57 Pescara GP) but the drivers and their antics:
The Last Road Race by Richard Williams
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Sorry if this has already been covered in this thread but I'm reposting this from the Stirling Moss historic thread if anyone is interested, it's a superb read
One of the best reads recounting the bygone motor racing era in which Stirling participated, it relates some real eye openers of not only the race( the '57 Pescara GP) but the drivers and their antics:
The Last Road Race by Richard Williams
No, you are right - it is a great read. I originally read it about 15 years ago, so probably time for a re-read.
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