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Le Mans 24 Hours: The Official History of the World's Greatest Motor Race 1949-59 [Hardcover]

Quentin Spurring
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6 Oct 2011
Officially licensed with the ACO, the organisers of the annual Le Mans 24 Hours race, this sumptuous book is the third title in a decade-by-decade series that will eventually build up into an eight-volume set covering every race since 1923. Each year is exhaustively covered in vivid photographs, a detailed and insightful commentary, 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: Haynes Publishing (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844255379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844255375
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 23.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,647 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 24 occasions, starting with Renault's victory in 1978.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and well worth waiting for 22 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is the third book in the series, the other two covering the two following ten year periods. Well researched, appears to be accurate and it contains many photographs that I hadn't seen before, the quality of reproduction being first class. Buy it! You won't be disappointed.
I really hope there will be further volumes covering pre war and the 80's and 90's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent book 13 Sep 2013
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Comprehensive account of Le mans race from golden period of motorsport,full of statistics , includes full list of cars and

teams involved. I am very impressed with stunning rare ,(also some colour) photos in the book ,accompanied by competent informative text.

I can definately reccomend this book to all interested in motorsport history, good price
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but nice 9 Mar 2013
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This isn't the longest DVD in the world but it has some really nice clips - more would be nice but I guess there isn't a great deal of footage from that era to work with. I like it anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best LeMans 24 Hours book collection 10 Nov 2011
By Marcelo P. Brandao - Published on Amazon.com
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By now, I have all the three books released by this author on the LeMans 24 hours subject. They are a must for the enthusiast considering the stories, information and great pictures of the races year by year.
I can only hope for the author to release books about the remaining decades; 1980/89; 1990/99 and 2000/10.
I'll buy them for sure!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! 24 Mar 2013
By M. Klarich - Published on Amazon.com
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This was requested by my husband since he had watched a LeMans race while serving in the Air Force years ago. He has had a love of the race ever since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best books of le mans race 2 Mar 2013
By emo2012 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book and all of this collection are the best books dedicated to the French race. Very complete and highly recommended for fans of endurance racing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 12 Feb 2012
By Charles Duckworth - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are into postwar sports cars this is a great addition for your library. Full captions, nice black & white and color shots and printed on thick glossy paper stock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of history 2 Nov 2011
By P. Hendrickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just received the 1949-59 volume of "LeMans: The Official History of the World's Greatest Motor Race" -- a series being written by Quentin Spurring and licensed by the ACO. After looking at this one, I will soon be buying the 1960-69 and 1970-79 volumes, which are also currently available. Other decades are under production.

Whether you are a fan of racing history or a car buff, this book is for you! Every race is covered in detail, and stats are given for every car and driver. Each car model that raced is given a photo (or several) and at least a few paragraphs -- even if it lasted only a few laps or less. Besides plenty of coverage of Ferrari, Porsche and Peugeot, we see Talbot Lago, Panhard, early Lotus efforts, and the first Aston Martin to finally win LM. Rather than a list of technical specs, we get a description of the hurdles each team overcame simply to reach the start -- and the problems that kept so many from finishing. The cars are portrayed wonderfully, but the focus is on the human side of this great race. We read about Luigi Chinetti and Briggs Cunningham trying to capture glory, and of course the horrendous wreck in 55 that caused the track to be rebuilt only six years after its post-war reconstruction. We get beautiful reproductions of posters and program covers and tons of photos throughout.

These books are reasonably priced, and the quality and presentation are first-rate. The LM24h is probably the most significant automotive race in history, and these books capture the essence of it. They belong on every race fan's shelf.
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