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Le Mans 24 Hours 1960-69: The Official History of the World's Greatest Motor Race [Hardcover]

Quentin Spurring
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8 April 2010
Officially licensed with the ACO, the organisers of the annual Le Mans 24 Hours race, this sumptuous book will be the first in a decade-by-decade series that will eventually build up into an eight-volume set covering every race since 1923. Each year will be exhaustively covered in vivid photographs, a detailed race account, full results data and a glorious rendering of the official race poster. Compiled by an acknowledged authority of this legendary race, this series of books will be treasured by all enthusiasts of sports car racing.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (8 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844255840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844255849
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 23.8 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quentin Spurring, a distinguished former editor of Autosport, is an acknowledged expert on the history of Le Mans. He has attended the race on 23 occasions, starting with Renault's victory in 1978.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By midgrid
Format:Hardcover
I attended my first Le Mans 24 Hours race this year without much prior knowledge of the history of the event, or sports car racing in general. As anyone else who has been to the event can no doubt understand, I was instantly hooked and began looking for Le Mans-related books on my return to the UK. Soon I discovered this volume, the first in a series of tomes on the race's history broken down by decade.

As an introduction to each race of the decade, this book could hardly be bettered. Each race is allotted approximately thirty pages, and each report includes the full entry list and race result (in addition to other event-specific statistics). There is no single, overarching race report, but a brief summary followed by paragraphs on various important aspects of the race, usually arranged by marque or team. Thus the famous 1969 race has sections on the winning JW Automotive team, Jacky Ickx's protest against the "Le Mans start", and then the entries of the factory teams (Alpine-Renault, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lola and Matra). This is very much a photographic review, with hundreds of colour and b&w images sourced from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, and numerous other archives including the teams' own. The main body of the book is preceded by an introduction which contextualises each race within the decade as a whole, and the decade within the wider history of the event, and also contains useful technical information such as the equations used to determine the winners of the Performance Index and Thermal Efficiency Index awards, prizes almost as valuable as outright or class victory. There is also a statistical appendix which includes driver-by-driver results and other information such as fastest speed recorded during the event.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading and Worth Keeping. 2 Nov 2010
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Sitting somewhere between the annual books on each race (many of which I own) and Haynes' own excellent In Camera series (all of which I own) this is the first in a new series sanctioned by the ACO (owners/promoters/organisers of the race itself). As such it has been much anticipated.

First things first; there is no faulting the engaging and informative text, nor the variety of cars featured in the photographs. While not attempting to cover every car entered, there is a good repesentation of the many and varied shapes, especialy small French coupes, that characterised this era as much as the Ferraris and GT40s.

The design, functional rather fancy or full of flare, gives a less up market feel than the cover price might lead you to expect. In this regard I feel the aforementioned In Camera series, also split into editions covering each decade, has handled a very similar challenge better, but that's a personal taste thing.

While unashamedly a history book, the core is built around the photographs. These are always interesting, more so when taken as a whole with the accompanying text, but few have you wishing to tear them out and frame for the office wall. This merely confirms why this series has been so much looked forward too; it is a serious publication for those with a serious interest in the history of the sport and this extraordinary race in particular.

So while I recognise and admire it as much more than a picture book - hence 5 stars - there are still more black and white photographs than I would have liked, especially as they are chosen for subject matter rather than artistic merit. On balance it is an editorial slant I support, not least because I think buyers will be those with some pre-existing interest and knowledge of the race.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest motor race of all 28 Jun 2012
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A fascinating and detailed description of the world's most exciting motor race with very full details of each occasion. Full of detail and anecdotes of the golden age of sports car racing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Le- Mans 1960-69 26 Aug 2011
By Michael
Format:Hardcover
This Book is FAR better than most of the other Many & Expensive Treatises on this Race. When the SERIES IS COMPLETE AND YOU OWN THEM ALL YOU CAN STOP BUYING LE MANS BOOKS. All the Information is there and as the Years roll by, Bookwise, the increase in the Number of Colour Photos will increse, B/W was the Norm for many Years. It is to be Expected that when the Series IS Complete Haynes will use the Opportunity to make Available a BOXED COMPLETE SET OF ALL THE YEARS. ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars 24 Le Mans fan 18 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
Excelent book. Ideal for knowing all the most important things about the race year by year. As soon I finish to read this book, I'll try to buy the 70-79.
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