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Alpine and Renault: The Sports Prototypes 1963 to 1969 Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Apr 2010


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (8 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845841913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845841911
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 2.2 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A very accomplished effort. - velocetoday.com

Smith really gets his teeth in the subject as the plethora of quotes from team members confirms. A wealth of evocative photos complements the superb research. - Classic & Sports Car

Insightful quotes from insiders, racing anecdotes, charts, cutaway diagrams and plenty of good photographs make this a useful and entertaining work. - Classic Cars

Both books appear to be very well researched, with all the main people involved in the Alpine organisation represented and the use of excellent quality photos from behind the scenes, all of which really enhance this fascinating story. - Motor Sport

Congratulations to Smith for creating a worthwhile English language history of these grossly overlooked French sports-racers. Recommended. - Octane

A very accomplished effort. If only everybody spent their retirement years this productively! -speedreaders.info

Rather than describe the story in dry prose, Roy Smith makes you feel almost like you have sat down to a long French déjeuner, fueled by a nice Bordeaux, with all the protagonists who are still alive today.  There are many charming and hilarious anecdotes that really flesh out what life was like in the racing world of the 1960s. The book itself is extremely well executed, with pleasing graphic layout and a wealth of fascinating archival photos and drawings in B&W and Color. You can get lost for hours in all the photographs, as you track the gradual changes to each car, from race to race. The printing quality and paper are also very good. Definitely a great gift for the true car geek who likes comprehensive and well-illustrated books! - automobiliac.com

The first volume in a survey of the Alpine and Renault sports prototypes developed and tested as the team's first models. Interviews with those involved in competition supplement discussions of successes and failures, all packed with fine photos. --Bookwatch

About the Author

Roy Smith is a retired company director who has a life long passion for motor sport, and, since 1968, Alpine Renault in particular. He began writing in the 1960s for club magazines, mainly interviews with the notables of the time. A 40 year business career in sales and marketing developed an attention for detail that was required for the preparation of this work about the Alpine Sports Prototypes and his current book about the development of the Renault Turbo Formula 1 cars. He has written many Alpine related articles since 1989 for various magazines, and is the UK correspondent for the French Alpine Renault Magazine, Mille Miles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TCM on 26 July 2010
This is an extremely readable book that benefits from extensive research and co-operation from all the people that were key to the success of the Alpine sports-racing cars including significant detail of individual cars and race results. Roy Smith has been given access to archive material from which he has been able to use many photographs that have not been published before.
A must have for anyone interested in Alpine, the history of the Le Mans 24 hour race and in the development of sports-racing cars.
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Packed with fine photos 11 July 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Roy Smith's ALPINE & RENAULT: THE SPORTS PROTOTYPES V. 1: 1963-1969 offers the first volume in a survey of the Alpine and Renault sports prototypes developed and tested as the team's first models. Interviews with those involved in competition supplement discussions of successes and failures, all packed with fine photos.
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