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Elva: The Cars, the People, the History [Hardcover]

Sir Stirling Moss , Janos Wimpffen
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27 Oct 2011
Spirited, fast, quirky, elemental, affordable, idiosyncratic, and most of all, fun - these are among the many adjectives that have been used to describe British sports and sports-racing cars of the 1950s and 1960s. The cars of Elva fulfil all these descriptions and more: simple yet clever and competitive. For many automotive enthusiasts the Elva name has been known but its history has remained shrouded in myth. For Elva followers, the cars' and the company's successes and failures have been almost secret - until now. Like many of its contemporaries, Elva began modestly, but the specials built by Frank Nichols and his crew in Bexhill and Hastings, Sussex, (and eventually in Croydon) were soon recognized internationally for performance that often exceeded that of their peers, at a fraction of the cost. Elvas epitomized the concept of intuitive design. As one observer put it, "All that the mechanics seem to have were a set of tools consisting of a file and a hacksaw...not a drawing in the place. The cars just happen."

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  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: David Bull Publishing,U.S.; First Edition edition (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935007130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935007135
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elva. 17 Jun 2012
By Michael
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Incredible that such a small Manufacturer could inspire such a Massive Book. LIKE ALL OF THE AUTHORS OTHER WORKS MASSIVELY RESEARCHED AND SUPERB REPRODUCTION OF NEARLY ALL THE EXISTING ELVA pICTURES. BUY THIS AND YOULL NEVER NEED ANOTHER BOOK ON ELVA THOUGH IT WILL PUT A SEVERE STRAIN ON YOUR BOOKCASES DUE TO ITS WEIGHT. TRULY AN EXCELLENT "TOME"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best motoring book ever? 26 April 2012
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Elva: The Cars,The People,The History is well up to the high standards set by Bull publishing and Mr Wimpfen,in fact I would go so far as to say that it is amongst the best motor racing titles that I have ever read.
I've always enjoyed watching Elvas race,and never really knew much about the cars or the characters behind them.
This book tells you everything you could care to know.
Such detail and quality is rare,Don't hesitate,press that "buy it now" button !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine woork 21 April 2012
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Elva cars is a pretty eclectic subject for a lavish book production. But from those of us fascinated by automobile history, three cheers for Janos Wimpfen whose books are always well researched and also for David Bull publishing for taking the risk.

This is the final word on the subject of Elva cars and is a truly worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in British motor sport and one of the progenitors of the UK's pre-eminent position in the sport.

It is a beautifully produced book that has been criticized in some reviews for being a bit too US-centric. I agree that there could be a bit more focus on the UK and European cars in action but it is fair because most Elva cars were sold in the States. I have identified one incorrect caption from a Silverstone race but I would heartily recommend this fine book to anyone hovering over the 'buy now' button.
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