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Inside IMSA's Legendary GTP Race Cars: The Prototype Experience Hardcover – Illustrated, 25 Apr 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International; 1 edition (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760330697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760330692
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 24.3 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 791,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having raced group C cars since their inception, our Sister series over the water remained somewhat of a mystery to me. This book has opened my eyes as it gives the inside story of 14 amazing machines and how they were developed for competition. It is full of photographs, diagrams, drawings, and first-person accounts form the men who built and raced these cars. it makes fascinating reading and I am sure it will complement your collection of literature on our incredible machines. Enjoy! --GTP Race Car Owners Club Monthly<br /><br />A great reference for fans of mid-80's IMSA prototype racers. The most informative book I've ever seen on these cars. Great pictures and reference for model builders. --ProMariner<br /><br />These beautiful and entertaining race cars return to live in this 256-page hardcover book(National Speed Sport News)thanks to an amazing new book by J.A. Martin and Michael J. Fuller titles 'Inside IMSA s Legendary GTP Race Cars,' we still have an opportunity to look inside the series top machinery. Thanks to beautiful photographs and extensive research, readers are provided with a more complete look than ever available before(Grassroots Motorsport Magzine)This is an extremely well produced book with great details on the cars. A great entertaining trip throguh the cars of this important series(Victory lane)if you really want to know how the rear suspension of Mazda's RX792-P was designed to remove the upper A-arm, pushrod, and spring from the ground effects tunnel, then you're going to have to buy Inside IMSA(Last turn club dot com) --Last turn club dot com<br /><br />…this is a book worthy of recommendation to anyone looking to learn more about the glorious days of one of racings' truly golden eras when GTP cars ruled the world --Vintage Race Car magazine<br /><br />Professional automobile racing has always been dominated by sanctioning bodies whose main goal is to ensure competition: making sure the cars are matched in shpe, size, chassis, and engine combination or size. However, what about an all-out competition, in which one team's aidea of the fastest car could be pitted agianst another's regardless of parity? This was what the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Grand Touring Prototypes (GTP) race series was all about. This is the first book to profile 18 of the amazing machines that resulted form the GTP's flat-out competition among diffrent ideas about what was the fastest way round the track. The cars featured include the Lola T-600, March M1/C to 86G, the Gropu 44 Jaguar and Mustnag GTP, the porsche 956/962, the Kudzu, the Corvette GTP, the Ford Probe and Maxim, Nissan Spice, TWR Jaguar, toyota Eagle, Intrepid and the Mazda RX-792P. An extensive collection of photographs, diagrams and drawings accompany the first-person accounts form the men who drove and designed them in this 256-page hardcover book. --Race-Tech International, October 2008<br /><br />believe you can draw real enjoyment from two sorts of non-fiction book Those that deal with a subject that you know plenty about already, and those that teach you something about an area you were perhaps less knowledgeable about. This one manages both in my case, and I suspect in many others too. It tackles a period in recent racing history, perhaps truly the last time that real technological innovation was actively encouraged, the era of IMSA GTP racers from 1981 to 1993 when quiet genius and big corporate bucks combined to produce a spectacular array of ever faster, ever more capable machinery (and of course the odd wrong turn too!) The foreword from David Hobbs sets the scene, and the tone, beautifully for the rest of the tome. It tells the story primarily from the perspective of the cars rather than the competition, with 14 chapters covering cars as diverse aesthe --daily sports car dot com

The first book to profile 18 of the amazing machines that resulted from the GTP s flat-out competition among different ideas about what was the fastest way around the track ... an extensive collection of photographs, diagrams and drawings accompany the first-person accounts from the men who drove and designed them. --Race Tech International Magazine

believe you can draw real enjoyment from two sorts of non-fiction book Those that deal with a subject that you know plenty about already, and those that teach you something about an area you were perhaps less knowledgeable about. This one manages both in my case, and I suspect in many others too. It tackles a period in recent racing history, perhaps truly the last time that real technological innovation was actively encouraged, the era of IMSA GTP racers from 1981 to 1993 when quiet genius and big corporate bucks combined to produce a spectacular array of ever faster, ever more capable machinery (and of course the odd wrong turn too!) The foreword from David Hobbs sets the scene, and the tone, beautifully for the rest of the tome. It tells the story primarily from the perspective of the cars rather than the competition, with 14 chapters covering cars as diverse aesthetically and technically as the Mustang GTP, Porsche 956/ 962 and the Intrepid. Jaguar, Toyota and Nissan are also here together with the comparative minnows from Kudzu, March and Lola, all accompanied by period photos from the track, the workshop and the drawing office, many never before published. The car s racing exploits aren t ignored either, with a lively commentary throughout dealing with how each consecutive technological step forward panned out on track not always in the desired direction of course. It all makes for a very good read, one which (Mulsanne) Mike Fuller and Jim Martin have clearly put a huge amount of work into and which comes highly recommended by this reviewer. -- --daily sports car dot com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SUPER GT JUNKIE on 18 Nov. 2008
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That massive review they've posted in the 'product description' section above says it all really - it's a great book for anyone who loves the racing cars of the 80s (Group C) - and for me, certainly, it's made me more aware of what was going on in the USA back then. Interesting if you already know a lot about Group C in Europe (if you don't, start with a book about that first!)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Long overdue 29 May 2008
By James Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
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After all these years, somebody has written an extensive history of the IMSA GTP car. Highly readable and very informative. Even for those who don't understand the technology or the engineering involved, it's still a good read; the illustrations help at least somewhat.

My only complaint is that there is no history of the cars in competition, no won-loss record, no roster of teams and drivers who campaigned each car.

Other than that it's great value for the money
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have for IMSA race fans 22 May 2008
By John C. - Published on Amazon.com
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A great reference for fans of mid-80's IMSA prototype racers. The most informative book I've ever seen on these cars. Great pictures and reference for model builders.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Intimate Technical Review of the GTP Era 21 May 2010
By stagecoach66 - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent review with plenty of technical background. Not focused on the race results or drivers, although there is plenty of commentary provided by the racers and engineers. Graphic layout is a little unpolished, but there are photos here not likey to be seen anywhere else. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent overview of GTP era racing 11 Mar. 2012
By hotspoons - Published on Amazon.com
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The group C and GTP era of racing was amongst the most exciting times of racing, and was definitely the most innovative era of racing. This book is structured as 15 or 16 short stories about what the top teams built and why they operated the way they did, with a very well written foreward about the era in general. Of the giant pile of racing and other automotive literature I own, this is one of my favorites; in fact, this book in particular has spent the last year as a shim between my logitech steering wheel and my desktop while I play racing simulators, with occasional breaks for re-reading portions. One of the authors maintains an informationally rich, most excellent website with mid-to-late 90's aesthetics and web design principals on ht [...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Truly Wonderful 17 Jan. 2009
By H. Uras - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a fantastic recollection of a golden age of American road-racing. To start, the photographs are superb: even if there was no text, the book would be worth the price for the excellent photos alone. I particularly liked the detail photos of engines, aero-packages and other technical details. The authors then go further an add detailed history and a decent technical overview of the cars. Overall, highly recommended.
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