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Ford Versus Ferrari: The Battle for Le Mans and sports car supremacy Hardcover – 2 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; December 2011 reprint edition (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844259307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844259304
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anthony Pritchard, a well-known and prolific motorsport historian, is the author of a number of successful Haynes books including race histories of Aston Martin, Lotus, Maserati, Porsche and also the Mille Miglia.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Al Baker on 27 Nov. 2012
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Pritchard has certainly got his money's worth out of this work, which originated in 1968. Unfortunately, this edition is so riddled with errors as to make it useless as an historical reference. One of the biggest mistakes is the author's assertion that the Ford GT was fitted with the four cam Indianapolis V-8. This engine was an alcohol burning device with centre exhausts and between the cam inlets, so could not have easily been installed in the car anyway. The original Ford GT used the 1963 pushrod aluminium block Indy engine, later replaced with stock block 289 cu in Cobra engine. The other main problem is with the photographic coverage added to this edition; there are simply too many irrelevant shots of the same car on the same page, but the main fault is that most of the captions are woefully innaccurate (I presume that the author wrote them). One of the worst examples is on page 297, where we are treated to three photographs of the same Ferrari (why?). The author captions these as being of the Scuderia Filipinetti Ferrari P3/4 whereas they are actually, and very clearly to anybody who knows anything about this era, shots of the works P4 spyder chassis no. 0846 taken at the Le Mans test days in April 1967 when this car carried number 22. At the actual race in June, number 22 was carried by Filipinetti's P3/4, but that was a berlinetta (coupe)with a wide red stripe down the centre and with "Scuderia Filipinetti" lettering on the side. It doesn't help that in one of these captions the author refers to the car's "glass fibre body": in fact these cars all had alloy body panels (except for the doors which were glass fibre). In other captions the author tells us that the Ferrari P4's "did not handle at all well" at Brands Hatch during the BOAC 500.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. M on 7 Sept. 2011
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The 1960's racing scene has always been a big interest to me, and it is often called the golden age of Sports Car racing, and for good reason. With some of the best looking race cars to grace a track, with some of the biggest personalities in Motor racing history, there are many stories to be told. Most famous of these is the battle between Ferrari and Ford and their battle for supremacy, which this book chronicles from start to finish.

The book takes on a chronological order, telling the reasons for Ford opting to come into Sports Car racing in the mid-60's and follows everything from its origins to its final achievement at Le Man 1969. It should be noted, perhaps as a minor grumble, that the bulk of the story is centred on Fords efforts, with an extensive history from the AC/Shelby Cobra (and Daytona) project to the GT40's birth and development. Included in this is a number of cutaways of the car designs to show the inner parts of the cars and is festinating, if only on the Fords (and a Matra later in the book). I wouldn't say that the author is biased in any way towards Ford; he gives them a fully deserved bashing for their mentality and efforts early into the GT40's story. Ferrari gets a number of chapters telling of their race car development and racing history leading up to 1965, but disappointingly little on later prototypes on cars like the 330 P3/4 which battled the Fords in later years.

After the development chapters are finished, the remainder of the book looks at each year of the World Sports Car Championship (in its different guises) with an explanation on regulation changes for that year and a review of the races, ranging from a short review to more extensive one (on races such as Le Man).
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This book shares the title of Anthony Pritchard's landmark book about the intense rivalry between Ford and Ferrari in the 1960s, played out above all at Le Mans. The original book, published in 1968, when the battle between these two great marques was still ongoing, forms the basis of the new project, but with rewritten and much-expanded text to include material that was not available at the time. The engaging text is accompanied by a stunning selection of photographs, portraying the two marques in atmospheric detail (although it does featured the 1969 season dominated by Porsche)

A prime piece of sixties motor racing nostalgia, featuring some of the most charismatic racing cars ever made.
The evolution and development of Ferrari sports racing cars for the World Sports Car Championship from 1953 to 1961, including seven championship titles and abortive negotiations with Ford for the takeover of Ferrari.
The first years of prototype racing in 1962-63, and Ferrari's battles with the Shelby Cobras for the Grand Touring Championship in 1964-65.
The design, development and honing of the Ford GT40 into a race-winning car.
Ford supremacy at Le Mans in 1966, followed by an epic battle between Ford and Ferrari for 1967.
Gulf Ford versus Porsche during the 1968 season and a distinguished final season for the GT40 in 1969, with victory at Le Mans over a rival Porsche in the closest-ever finish.
The introduction of the legendary Porsche 917.
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