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The Golden Age of Motor Racing — The Cars, The Races, The Drivers - Tim Hill

Marks & Spencer, 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, more heavily so at the top edge which has noticeable creasing to the top of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “As soon as the internal combustion engine was invented, a certain breed nurtured an unquenchable desire to test themselves and their machinery to the limit. They did so first in the great city-to-city road races. In 1906 France staged the first Grand Prix, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that the sport took off. Britain, Italy, Spain and Belgium hosted their first Grands Prix, Le Mans took its bow on the calendar, and when they weren’t competing on the track, men such as Henry Segrave and Malcolm Campbell vied to become the fastest man on both land and water.

Delage, Bentley, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti were the leading marques, until Mercedes and Auto Union gave Germany engineering supremacy in the ‘30s. Tazio Nuvolari, Rudolf Caracciola and Bernd Rosemeyer were the superstars of their day, but by 1950, when the inaugural world championship was held, it was the likes of Ascari, Fangio and Farina who were motor racing’s leading lights.

Rear-engined cars were still a decade away, while traction control, carbon fibre brakes and ground-effects had no place in the vocabulary. Graceful four-wheel slides were still commonplace — as was overtaking. Even enthusiasts concede that in the modern era too often there are processions, not races. In the golden age motor racing was raw and unsanitised; it was more exhilarating — certainly more dangerous; a purer form of the sport, the spirit of which this book seeks to recapture.”

Illustrated by LAT (Photos.). Size: 12¼" x 9¾". Pictorial boards. 192 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.