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Nuvolari [Hardcover]

Christopher Hilton
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd; First Edition edition (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859833497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859833490
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lively book . . . of outstanding importance: a fresh approach to the life of one of motorsport's true racers" -- Motor Sport, July 2003

"Christopher Hilton's brilliant biography… brings the legend of Nuvolari to life." -- The Independent, 1 December 2003


Vivid biography of possibly the greatest racing driver of all time. - Uses dramatic contemporary reports to recreate Nuvolari's great races, including his remarkable victory in the 1935 German GP and his heartrending last stand in the 1948 Mille Miglia. - Author PR; book signings; reviews/features in Motor Sport, F1 Racing and other motorsport press as well as the Telegraph Magazine and national sport supplements. Tazio Nuvolari (1892-1953) is widely regarded as the greatest racing driver of all time. Through the 1930s and into the 1940s his reputation for skill and bravery eclipsed a whole generation of rivals. Even today his name alone evokes a classic era in the history of road and Grand Prix racing. Yet there is no current affordable biography of him in the English language. In this fascinating assessment of Nuvolari's life, Christopher Hilton seeks to understand Nuvolari the man - and the Nuvolari legend as it unfolded. Using original documentary material, race reports of the time from several countries and the recollections of Nuvolari's contemporaries, the author recreates the excitement generated by his driving and the impact it made on motorsport.

Nuvolari's virtuosity at the wheel came with a competitive instinct so fierce that he repeatedly broke cars and his own body. The author captures many aspects of Nuvolari's strong personality, a personality which, in the days before intrusive journalism, was virtually unknown. The extraordinary performances that decorated Nuvolari's long career form the backbone of the narrative - the 1930 Mille Miglia, the 1935 German GP, the 1938 British GP at Donington, the 1948 Mille Miglia. Marking the half century after Nuvolari's death, this new biography is an invaluable addition to motor racing history and essential reading for anyone interested in the sport - even if they are followers of modern Formula 1 heroes like the Schumachers, Coulthard and Montoya.

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ARTURO Nuvolari, born 1863, has a stern, emotionless face in photographs but we can't read too much into that. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nuvolari Lives on 28 Dec 2003
This is not strictly a biography as it looks at the 'Flying Mantuan's' life through some of his best races. Missing is the story of the real man, especially his early life. For the newcomer this is a good introduction. For the more devoted, its still a good read. Still awaited is an in depth, affordable biography on the greatest driver of all time. To a great many Nuvolari still lives, that books are still published on the subject proves it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tazio deserved more than this 16 Jun 2004
The 4 stars are for the story itself, not the way it is told. Hilton spends too much ink on trivia and petty comments whilst missing out huge chunks of Nuvolari's life. The shortness of the book would appear to reflect a lack of research which does not do justice to probably the greatest driver of all time. Hilton should have felt a greater responsibility. Still, since there is so little else written in English on Nuvolari it is well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest driver! 19 Jan 2014
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Love the book about for me the best driver at the time. Was in perfect condition. Pity i couldnt see one of his races!
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At just over 250 pages, this book focuses on Nuvolari's greatest ever races. There are 12 chapters, 10 of which are devoted to his most important races including his win at Le Mans in 1933, his incredible win at the Nurburgring in 1935 (surely one of the greatest drives ever?!?!) and his epic drive in the Mille Miglia in 1948. There's also a summary of every race he ever entered, over a 30 year period, at the end of the book. Lots of high quality photo's as well. Recommended.
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