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#1 Kingkat

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Posted Aug 12 2010 - 04:07 PM

I am getting interested in the stories of some of the greats, Clark,Stewart, Moss,Fangio,etc.

Any good books to recommend?
I am anxiously awaiting the next book about Jochem Rindt,next year. Looks like a good read.

I know many of you have some great books out there to recommend.................................... :thumbup:


Just to note: is the Ludvigsen book on Moss any good? Not looking for just a pictorial, but an in depth recount of his career and life.

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Posted Aug 12 2010 - 05:04 PM

For old books of the time, Louis T. Stanley wrote a few books about F1 in the 60's when he wasn't writing about golf. These are very rare, however. I managed to find one through our library system. The Automobile Year series are pretty informative as well. If you're interested in Chaparral, I can recommend those by Falconer/Nye, Friedman, and Ludvigsen. Pete Lyons wrote a great book about the Can-Am, as well. None of these are about a specific driver, as you requested, but I hope it helps a bit.

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Posted Aug 12 2010 - 05:28 PM

Thanks for the great info......... :thumbup:

I am a "book-a-holic".......... :rolleyes: ......just ask the wife..........Always looking for new books.

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Posted Aug 12 2010 - 06:14 PM

Probably the best book on Stirling Moss is 'All But My Life' by Ken Purdy.

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Posted Aug 13 2010 - 06:27 AM

"Juan Manuel Fangio" by Karl Ludvigsen: nice book. There is an autobiography of Fangio but I do not know if it was printed in English: When the man is more than the myth.

"Design and Behaviour of the Racing Car" by Stirling Moss and Laurence Pomeroy: mostly written by Stirling Moss, in this book he talks about all the cars he had driven as a racing driver. A must have for sure.

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Posted Aug 13 2010 - 07:09 AM

I'd recommend "Stirling Moss" by Robert Edwards, "Ken Tyrrell" by Maurice Hamilton and "Piers Courage, Last of the Gentleman Racers" by Adam Cooper.
I would steer clear of "Winning is Not Enough" by Jackie Stewart, a very disappointing book.
I was recently given "Colin Chapman, the Man and His Cars" by Jabby Crombac, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

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Posted Aug 13 2010 - 11:07 AM

View PostSid, on Aug 13 2010 - 07:09 AM, said:

I would steer clear of "Winning is Not Enough" by Jackie Stewart, a very disappointing book.

I actually liked it quite a bit.

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Posted Aug 14 2010 - 03:43 AM

Not perhaps an obvious choice but I enjoyed Mark Donohue's racing autobiography - The Unfair Advantage.

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Posted Aug 14 2010 - 04:13 AM

Something I've read more than once and still over at Amazon:

Nigel Roebuck:

"Grand Prix Greats: A Personal Appreciation of 25 Famous Formula 1 Drivers"

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Posted Aug 14 2010 - 09:30 AM

View PostSteveC43, on Aug 13 2010 - 11:07 AM, said:

View PostSid, on Aug 13 2010 - 07:09 AM, said:

I would steer clear of "Winning is Not Enough" by Jackie Stewart, a very disappointing book.

I actually liked it quite a bit.
Fair enough, each to their own Steve, I just think that he concentrated on his business activities too much, and not enough on the racing.

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Posted Aug 15 2010 - 04:37 AM

View PostKingkat, on Aug 12 2010 - 04:07 PM, said:

I am getting interested in the stories of some of the greats, Clark,Stewart, Moss,Fangio,etc.

Any good books to recommend?
I am anxiously awaiting the next book about Jochem Rindt,next year. Looks like a good read.

I know many of you have some great books out there to recommend.................................... :thumbup:


Just to note: is the Ludvigsen book on Moss any good? Not looking for just a pictorial, but an in depth recount of his career and life.

Best Motorsport Books.

The best and most thorough story of the life of Ayrton Senna  is Tom Rubython's 'The Life of Ayrton Senna'.
A more intimate story by Ayrton's girlfriend is 'Adrienne - My Life with Ayrton' by Adrienne Galisteau.
'The Death of Ayrton Senna' by Richard Williams is a smaller book but no less superb.

The best and most readable record of 1930's racing is the brilliant 'Silver Arrows' by Chris Nixon.
'Rosemeyer' also written by Chris Nixon is another thoroughly researched standard work on the personable and mercurial German 1930's Auto Union ace.'Mercedes Benz - Grand Prix Racing 1934 - 1955' by George Monkhouse tells the story of the Silver Arrows in beautiful black & white photographs with a lot more insightful stories besides.'Speed was my Life' was written by the legendary Mercedes team manager Alfred Neubauer and is full of racey stories of pre-war racing.

The two best books on our 'national treasure' Sir Stirling Moss that I have read, are 'All but my Life' by written back in the 60's by Ken Purdy with Stirling's full cooperation and 'Stirling Moss - My Cars, My Career' Stirling Moss with Doug Nye.
The first is a bit psychological & philosophical giving an insight into how our hero approached,enjoyed and survived motor racing. The second more about how he viewed the tools of his trade and their relative merits and shortcomings.

Both 'Challenge me the Race' & 'Champion Year' by Mike Hawthorn are cracking reads recounting a more carefree age when the partying was as important as the racing and Mike was brilliant at both.'Mon Ami Mate' again by Chris Nixon, is a dual history of the story of great pals Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins. As with all of Chis Nixon's books, very thorough and illuminating. A more recently published biography of Mike Hawthorn is 'Mike Hawthorn - The Golden Boy' by Tony Bailey & Paul Skiliter. This is another really thorough story of Mike Hawthorn and with the other three books, will tell you all you would ever need to know about Britain's first World Champion.

If you are looking for insights into the people in motor racing then 'The Legendary Years', 'Behind the Scenes' & 'Strictly off the Record' by ex BRM man Louis Stanley will certainly cover the 60's & 70's, and the big man's contribution to safety at this time is much underrated. Two other books on the people involved in various parts of the business are 'Grand Prix People' by Gerald Donaldson and 'Inside Formula One' by the greatest present-day motor racing writer Nigel Roebuck.

If you are into McLaren then 'Teamwork' by Gerald Donaldson tells you all about the people who work behind the scenes in Woking, and 'To Finish First' by ex Team Manager Phil Kerr will give you the full entertaining history of the team.

'A Different Kind of Life' by Sir Frank Williams's wife Virginia is one of the very motor racing best biographies I have ever read. It tells the story of how Virginia met and fell in love with Sir Frank and how they built a winning team. Then it goes on to tell the story of his terrible accident and how they coped with that. A totally brilliant book.  
'Winning is Not Enough' by Jackie Stewart is his official biography and tells the story of an incredibly busy and succesful life or rather several busy and successful lives ! He doesn't only stick to motor racing either and it is a big book that you won't be able to put down.
'Life At The Limit' by Graham Hill is a classic story of 60's & 70's motor racing at the highest level, a very entertaining man who seemed to thoroughly enjoy what was to be a tragically short life. 'Jim Clark at the Wheel' by Jim Clark is written in a more modest and self-effacing way which was typical of the man out of the car - but what a tiger in the car ! .
'To Hell and Back' is the story of Niki Lauda's amazing recovery from his traumatic accident - I don't think it could happen today but then how many more men do we have like Niki ?
'Colin Chapman - The Man and his Cars' by written by 'Jabby' Crombac tell the full story of another genius who was a great and inspiring leader and one of F1's greatest ever design innovators.
'Eddie Jordan - An Independant Man - The Autobiography' by Eddie Jordan is like the man vastly entertaining but written with the common touch of a man who is never afraid to say what he means, yet you cannot dislike him. Another ripping biography.
'The Grand Prix Saboteurs' by Jo Saward is the story of Robert Benoist's racing career between the wars and then his bravery as a resistance fighter in Nazi-occupied France and his eventual murderous end. What a great man and what a story !
The best fictional work on motorsport I have read, and I certainly havn't managed to endure much fiction, was 'The Last Open Road' by Burt Levy. He is a great writer and really gets under the skin of the love of cars and racing in a way that any enthusiast can relate to.  

If you are looking for the best histories then 'The Complete History of Grand Prix Motor Racing' by Adriano Cimarosti contains so much with maps, signatures, posters etc etc. 'Power and Glory - Volumes 1 & 2'  are the standard well-written literary works on the history of motor racing and 'Grand Prix Reqium' also by William Court tells the stories of the drivers who paid with their lives for their love of motor racing.
One of the greatest achievements of recent times has been the private publication of the set of volumes called 'A Record of Grand Prix and Voiturete Racing' by Paul Sheldon. This industrious doctor has done no less than compiled a complete historical record of all the top line single-seater racing entry lists and results, plus a short synopsis of the races since the sport's inception. These volumes are a complete treasure-trove of information on the sport.
'Time and Two Seats' by Janos Wimfen is a boxed pair of substantial volumes on the record of sports-car & prototype racing. Lots of maps, photos and fascinating statistics. Another standard work.
'Silverstone - 50 Golden Years'  published by the BRDC is the story of our favourite airfield and a more modest version published in paperback was 40 Silverstone Years edited by Ray Hutton.
'The Racing 1500's' by David Venables tells the story of 1930's voiturette racing with maps of less well-known circuits and stories of a bye-gone age.
'A Record of Motor Racing 1894 - 1908' by Gerald Rose is history for the very early days when endurance was a more important factor than speed. Still the very best on this period and the standard work.

The remaining books in my personal favourites list are ones perhaps, that are less easy to group. 'The Science of Safety' by David Tremaine is the story of how motor racing was gradually forced to come to terms with safety. Each horrific accident produced a reaction which gradually helped to reduce the death-rate. It is an absolutely fascinatingly evolving story.  
'The Racing Driver' by Dennis Jenkinson is the classic treatise on what is required to become a top-line driver,and is written by the greatest motor sport writer of his day. 'Formula One - The Cars and Drivers' by Michael Turner & Nigel Roebuck tells the stories of great motor races using the paintings of Britain's greatest motorsport artist Michael Turner.Nigel Roebuck tells the stories behind the paintings, often using insightful driver quotes and recordings.
A recently published book is 'Classic Motorsport Routes' by Richard Meaden who illustrates and maps classic roads such as the Col De Turini and the Targa Florio that you find and then drive yourself. However you might find that your better-half may not be quite as keen on miles of tarmac as you are ! The last book I would recommend for the serious motor sport book collector is 'The Constant Search' by Charles Mortimer. This is a collectors guide and search-list with little reviews of all the significant books up to the 80's, rarity-values and as much detail as you could possibly want.

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#12 Jack B Nimble

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Posted Aug 17 2010 - 07:29 PM

Hi KingKat

  Looking for Motor Racing Books?   :thumbup:

  Look here:   http://www.ddavid.co...racingbooks.htm

  Gregory

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Posted Dec 01 2010 - 11:19 AM

New book with photos by Rainer Schlegelmilch was released in November. It's called "The Golden Age of Formula 1". http://www.amazon.co...1/dp/3832794360

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Posted Dec 03 2010 - 10:52 AM

Racerbaz, that is a very nice list. I think there are a few there I'm going to check out.

It's not GPL or F1 related, but I just finished "Go Like Hell - Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Lemans", by A.J. Baime. An excellent read imo.

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Posted Dec 03 2010 - 11:14 AM

View PostDavid Fletcher, on Dec 03 2010 - 10:52 AM, said:

It's not GPL or F1 related, but I just finished "Go Like Hell - Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Lemans", by A.J. Baime. An excellent read imo.

Yes, that was a good read.  Wish it had covered the '67 season too though.




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