Sports Car Heaven
|The increasingly popular Le Mans 24 Hour Official Yearbook has arrived and with it a slew of beautiful new books that will leave the fan of exotic sports cars and sports car racing (both modern and of days gone by) rubbing their hands together. If you were looking for a unique and timely gift for someone special for the Holidays we have reviewed 11 new book titles that have arrived from Europe hot off the presses that can guarantee the recepient will want to sneak away to their favourite chair and disappear for a few minutes, hours, days to indulge in whatever stirs their passion and emotion. Prepare to enjoy…
Porsche’s 18th overall win in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours was nothing short of sensational. For more than half of the race the Porsches had been in a close battle with both Toyotas. In the closing stages, Toyota looked set for victory until the situation turned around in a surprising fashion. Thus, the sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart celebrated its second consecutive victory at Le Mans.
In words and images, this book documents the achievements of all the Porsche teams at Le Mans, from the presentation of the cars and the test day, scrutineering, free practice and qualifying up to the warm-up and the race. The traditional ceremony with the handprints of the winners from the previous year, the press conference and the drivers’ parade are covered as well. Hardcover, $83.00
Arguably the most dramatic finish in the incredible history of this classic event; the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Never in the years of this legendary event; full of drama and amazing moments throughout its splendid past: had such a scenario unfolded. The apparent ‘winning’ car (Toyota) breaking down a mere 4 minutes before the end of the grueling 24 Hours…
Thus, Porsche scored its 18th win in the greatest endurance race in the world; and Toyota was left to rue a victory that escaped it only four minutes from the finish. Meanwhile Ford made an amazing comeback to the 24 Hours by winning the GT LM class from Ferrari exactly 50 years after the first of its four victories in the overall classification.
The 2016 Le Mans 24-Hours race was cruel for some, unbelievable for others, and it will remain engraved in everybody’s memory, especially those of the 263,500 spectators present! Hardcover, $104.00
The acclaimed In Camera series returns to take a further look at sports-car racing in the 1960s. This beautifully illustrated second volume reveals the reality and hazards of period racing but also its magnificence. Here are the machines, their intrepid drivers and the many and varied circuits, some of them still public roads, all brought to life through meticulously researched photographs and the author’s renowned commentary. Sports Car Racing in Camera, 1960-69, Volume Two will appeal to all motor-racing enthusiasts and especially to collectors of this impressive series. Hardcover, $95.00
Nicknamed ‘The Green Hell’ by Jackie Stewart following his victory in the 1968 Grand Prix, the race track has been a source of endless fascination for anyone involved in or following motorsports – partly because of its history and partly because of the challenge it provides. Notoriously unforgiving and difficult, the track was the location of Niki Lauda’s horrific crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix.
The official book of the Nürburgring GmbH jubilee offers an insight into the track that’s never been shown before. Author Hartmut Lehbrink has interviewed race drivers to capture the history and raw emotion of Nürburgring. Beautifully illustrated, this is an absolute must for all those with even just a passing interest in motorsports. Hardcover, $92.00
There are those still today who see the Porsche 914 model as a ‘funny little car,’ compared to the immortal 911. Granted, in its day professional Rally drivers were not keen on the 914: they were nervous driving it at the limit. Yet the records show that 914s were driven to at least 41 class wins in Regional, National, and International Rallies.
Racing on the circuits of Europe, 914s came home first in their class, and even took overall victory many times. In the USA, in IMSA GTU championship, it was the same story – and that’s not counting the multitude of SCCA regional races. Even now they’re still used in the USA’s SCCA GT classes.
This is a study in pictures, statistics, factory information, and interviews that will show the Porsche 914 in a whole new light. Hardcover, $156.00
This is the story of a uniquely special example of the Maserati 250F. The finest flowering of the 250F came in 1957 with the lightweight version in which Juan Manuel Fangio won the last of his five World Championship titles. Three lightweights were built and the one featured in this book, chassis 2528, was driven to victory by Fangio in the Monaco Grand Prix and by Jean Behra in three Non-Championship Grands Prix at Pau, Modena and Casablanca. The fascinating story of 2528, from its construction to the present day, is accompanied by 400 photographs, many of them never previously published. Hardcover, $120.00
Ferrari 2016 Rainer Schlegelmilch Edition
The latest of the Rainer Schlegelmilch series of slipcase presented pictorial books focussing on the high-end automotive manufacturers.
In 2017, the luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari, which has captivated generations of people from all over the world with its cars of exceptional quality, luxury and beauty, will celebrate its 70th anniversary.
This lavishly illustrated and fully updated edition presents 65 of Ferrari s most iconic cars, and outlines the amazing evolution of the Ferrari brand, from the earliest sports cars to the most recent luxury vehicles. Hardcover, $88.00.
When the Porsche 912 was introduced in the spring of 1965, some Porsche staff were not happy with the new model, for it still had the four-cylinder engine of the 356 that was no longer in production, while the 911 already had the new six-cylinder, and had become a legend. However, the 911 was so expensive that many Porsche devotees in Germany could not afford to buy it. So the 912 came into being, and from 1966 to 1969 about 32,000 vehicles were built. Apart from the Porsche 912 Coupé this book also presents the Porsche 912 Targa (1966 to 1969). Less well-known, but all the more intriguing, is the story of the Porsche 912E, built in 1976 just for the US market, and of which only 2099 specimens exist. Hardcover, $81.00