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Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) [Hardcover]

Ian Wagstaff
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6 Sep 2012 Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals
Conceived by Colin Chapman, the Lotus 72 is one of the most successful Formula 1 cars ever made. This innovative car with its wedge-shaped profile, side-mounted radiators and inboard front brakes was driven during 1970 by Jochen Rindt, Formula 1 s posthumous World Champion, and also gave Emerson Fittipaldi the World Champion's crown in 1972. Here, in this new Haynes Manual, is a unique perspective on what it takes to restore, maintain and race a Lotus 72, as well as an insight into the design and engineering of this legendary racing car. The Lotus 72 story: teething troubles; debut win in 1970 Dutch GP; Rindt's posthumous World Championhip in 1970; a lean year in 1971 with no wins; another title in 1972, for Fittipldi; team-mates Ronnie Peterson and Fittipaldi take seven wins in 1973; protracted old age with active use lasting into 1975. Anatomy of the Lotus 72: aerodynamics, chassis, engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tyres, electrics. Restore for track use: restoration projects; obtaining spare parts; making replacement parts. The owner s view: buying a Lotus 72; values and insurance. The driver s view: racing in period; racing now. The engineer s view: maintenance and repairs; set-up for racing.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857331272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857331274
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport and the automotive components industry. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and a former press officer at Silverstone circuit, he writes for a number of magazines in both Europe and the USA such as Racecar Engineering, Autosport, Motor Sport, Diesel Car, Classic Cars for Sale, Car & Accessory Trader and Import Automotive Parts & Accessories. He also acts as PR consultant to Zytek Motorsport. In 2006 he was awarded the Mercedes Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book 'The British at Le Mans'. He was also given the Guild's Pierre Dreyfus Award in 1986 for work with the Economist Intelligence Unit.

A follow-up to his Le Mans book, entitled 'The British at Indianapolis', was published in October 2010 and, like 'The British at Le Mans', has been Octane magazine's 'Book of the Month'. The day before the 2011 Indianapolis 500, the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association gave this its 'Book of the Year' award.

In 2011, his 'Audi R8' was published by Veloce. His latest books are a a biography of former Stirling Moss/BRP/Cooper mechanic Tony Robinson, another 'Octane 'Book of the Month', and a Haynes 'manual' on the Lotus 72. He is now working on a further 'manual' on the McLaren M23.

In 2012 he was awarded the Montagu Trophy for the second time for the Tony Robinson biography.

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Shortlisted for British Sports Book of the Year Awards 2013 --British Sports Book of the Year Awards

About the Author

Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport and the automotive components industry. He writes for numerous magazines in both Europe and the USA, including Racecar Engineering, Race Engine Technology and Motor Sport. In 2006 he was awarded the Mercedes-Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book The British at Le Mans.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb book - Amazing info and pictures 21 Nov 2012
By Roymatt
Format:Hardcover
I've always been a lotus fan, particularly the JPS years, and particularly the Lotus 72 and 79.
Well, here's the first of the two sorted. (Haynes - a Lotus 79 book please?)
Amazing in depth stories, anecdotes, history and information and a great if somewhat tongue-in-cheek chapter about buying and restoring a car!
I'm an ardent model car builder and this book provided a huge amount of close up detail for my build of the huge Tamiya 1/12 kit of the car. If only for kit builders, this book is a great source of reference.
Just a FEW more close-up pictures of the 'inner workings' and a few less long shots of the car in action would be a bonus.
C'mon Haynes - more books like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every fan of the Lotus 72... 1 Oct 2012
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I received this book a few weeks ago and I had no idea of what I could expect... But that it would be so well made and interesting, historywise, technically and concerning the photos, I could not think of before. And for that price! Even drawings are shown! Really bravo!! A beautiful piece indispensable in my library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant ! 21 May 2013
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I've been following the "racing cars" subject for a long time. I have dozens of books and hundreds, probably thousands, of magazines.
This book contains marvelous information, photos never published before, so it is something really new and interesting, which quite rare, considering that the Lotus 72 has been around for 43 years.
Congratulations to Ian Wagstaff (author) and Haynes (publisher) !
And yes, a manual about the Surtees ts9b will be very welcome !
André Acker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A worthy accompaniment to the iconic book on the Lotus 72 by Michael Oliver, compliments it well with great summary of historical background and chassis log. New material re engine preparation, the historic scene and car preparation for racing. Doesn't quite have the authority re Michael Oliver's book, but doesn't pretend to. However, brings new angles and information from today's racers of the original Lotus 72's which Michael's book doesn't cover, so to have them both is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like detailed infromations. 15 Sep 2013
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just as M23 manual, it's cool stuff.
detailed informations are for F1 enthusiats.
I strongly recommend this book for old fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 14 May 2013
By Cunners
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I enjoyed this book. It brought back many happy, but also sad, memories. There are some great pictures and plenty of interesting background information from people such as John Miles and Reine Wissel, and an interesting section on the mechanics who built and serviced the cars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting technical story behind iconic racing car.
This book is like the lower (hidden) part of an iceberg. We might remember the performances of the drivers at the races, however we didn't realise perhaps how much hard work was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by I. Rumens
5.0 out of 5 stars A new slant on the usual workshop manual!
The Lotus 72 is one of the most iconic and groundbreaking F1 cars and it has given the pattern for Formula 1 cars to follow ever since so this book gets under the skin of the car... Read more
Published 8 months ago by D K GRIFFIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Haynes Lotus 72 Owners' Manual:
Super value at 14. Very comprehensive but not in the same league as Michael Oliver's book but a fraction of the price. A must for every Lotus fan. Haynes quality is maintained.
Published 16 months ago by S Duckworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Lotus fan needs this
Such a great idea giving the history of such an iconic car this treatment .really good period photographs & articles on drivers and the people behind the scenes too . Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, informative
Would reccomend if you're interested in the subject matter; obviously if you are not then it won't be for you!
Published 19 months ago by Kevin Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars Duplicate pages
The book had been wrongly bound, leaving chapters repeated and pages doubled. Have told publisher who was checking the print run so should be okay now!
Published 20 months ago by Sarah
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