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Motor Racing's Strangest Races: Extraordinary But True Stories from Over a Century of Motor Racing (Strangest Series) Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Portico; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907554653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907554650
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sports writer Geoff Tibballs is the author of several bestselling titles in the Strangest... series, on a range of sports including motor-racing and the Olympics. He also wrote Great Sporting Scandals published by Robson.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviewer that this is not a book of serious scholarship on motorsports, its history or development. Yet I find his judgement of it overall unduly harsh. The book is not of the kind to be read from cover to cover and in that sense it is not a page turner. It does have plenty of amusing vignettes from the world of motorsports and I feel that it deserves 4 stars in the way it succeeds at its stated goal - to provide the interested reader with some lighthearted trivia (entertainment) on the sport.

And some of the stories are truly too bizzare to be made up - the Tripoli Grand Prix of 1933 being but one example - and definitely come into the trivia section of knowledge someone interested in motorsport will likely want to acquire. I find it is a decent read, too - much above the standards of the Sun - but a piece of brilliant prose it is not (nor should a reader expect this, given the title and topic).

It covers the period from 1894 to 2006 and while most stories come from the world of Grand Prix racing (F1 from 1950 on), there are others from endurance events such as the 24 hours of Le Mans, the Paris to Peking, etc. as well as some more left field events such as the 2006 Indian Autorickshaw Challenge.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Gibson on 15 May 2009
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for an insightful, well written book which takes you into the weird world of early motor racing you won't find it here.
It's divided into short chronological chapters, each of which delivers an amusing anecdote about the whacky exploits of those daft early Grand Prix drivers. Though there are many potentially useful facts buried in here for the serious historian, the whole thing is written like a series of sidebars for The Sun. It's a trivial and frothy approach which I find tedious and unengaging. It might amuse your average 14 year old car nut for half an hour, but that's about all you can say.
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Anything to do with cars and tracing I enjoy - this ws no exception
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Alden on 8 Jan. 2015
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It was a gift it went down well I think
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