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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (15 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904788459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904788454
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prolific marque specialist Brian Long is a suitable guide as Veloce brings us two volumes of glorious, if familiar, Porsche racing history. As an introduction to Porsche's racing heritage this is excellent. --Motorsport

This book presents year-by-year the model, series and races with which Porsche kept on top. It is a superb book, not only covering Porsche, but the times. --Victory Lane

Porschephiles will, no doubt, want this to add to their copy of Long's previous Porsche Racing Cars volume. --New Zealand Classic Car

Packed with colour photos and well researched, this is a must-have for fans of the marque. - Auto Express

A stunning two-volume set of books detailing Porsche's racing heritage, gloriously illustrated with period photographs. --Racecar Engineering

Porschephiles will, no doubt, want this to add to their copy of Long's previous Porsche Racing Cars volume. --New Zealand Classic Car

a wealth of fabulous photography culled from through the years and a fantastic array of vintage posters from the bigger race events and car launches --All Torque

Porschephiles will, no doubt, want this to add to their copy of Long's previous Porsche Racing Cars volume. --New Zealand Classic Car

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Born in Coventry, the heart of Britain's motor industry, the author comes from a family with a proud heritage in engineering, in both automotive and aviation fields. He trained as a mechanical engineer, and worked at his father's garage before becoming heavily involved in the classic car scene at the age of 19. Nowadays a full-time writer, who says he turned to writing by accident, Brian's had more than 50 books published since the first in 1990, including many works on German marques. A member of the RJC (Researchers' & Journalists' Conference of Japan), a committee member of the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame and a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, Brian lives in Japan with his wife, Miho, son, Louis and daughter, Sophie-Mercedes.

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Was waiting for this book to come out for a while. Big porsche racing fan. But... Photos are decent I guess, text is not really in-depth enough, and not enough results tables and so on (could do with a nice appendix) - rallying just gets the occasional photo thrown in with hardly any text coverage at all... I think the the quality of the printing and typesetting belongs back in the 70s (which gives the book a very 'dated' feel, although it's brand new). Complete Porsche nuts will buy it anyway, but...
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Very good book. Well written with fantastic photos, too. A really good reference for all Porsche fans. Superb!. Well worth a purchase.
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By ALBERTO REZENDE on 2 Jan. 2014
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A fantastic complement To the previous volume A good história of the racing porsches A good buy for the two volumes tks
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By Cyril Levan on 5 Feb. 2012
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This book is a great read and comparing it to othe Porche books, this must come out in the top 2.
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SpeedReaders.info Review 6 Sept. 2010
By Speed Readers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Marque expert Brian Long is a trained engineer with some 40 motoring books on his resume, quite a number of which have a place in the core canon of Porsche literature. He also has strong links to the factory which itself has a commendable commitment to preserving its proud history in the form of a professionally managed archive and museum. Long says he had wanted to do this book for decades so one wonders what he thought when Anthony Pritchard published his very similar book just a bit earlier. Remarkably, even though both authors cover pretty much the same era and the same cars, of the almost 1000 photos they show combined only a handful are common to both books! Hats off to the photo researchers and the Porsche Archive for making the effort to facilitate distinctively different books, each worthy in its own right.

Long assumes no prior Porsche knowledge on the part of the reader and starts at the very beginning, with the birth of Ferdinand Porsche. Within the space of a paragraph we have advanced to the Lohner-Porsche of 1900 and the Austro-Daimlers. Early racing successes and innovative engineering solutions distinguish young Porsche and even the intervention of two world wars does not put a lasting end to his trajectory, resulting in his association with the VW Beetle project which in turn makes possible everything this book is about: from the Spyder 550 to the 917 and including the Formula cars, and from hillclimbs to Le Mans to CanAm.

The book is divided into years, describing the cars, people, competitions, and technical and developmental issues. To the extent that such a distinction is useful to the shopper, there is somewhat greater emphasis on the cars' construction and performance than the races or racing. Its dominant feature is the large number of photos, which naturally means the text has to be condensed--which is not to say it is insufficient or lacking but that there is only so much space. The photo captions range from the painfully brief to the very detailed. Aside from the obvious racing photos there are many shots of chassis and assemblies. Also shown are race programs, posters and ads, the first plan/profile drawing of a 356 from 1947, and a cutaway of the 904. Interspersed are tables of race results by season showing the top three finishers per event (regardless of marque; a nice touch) plus all Porsches regardless of their position, driver/s, car, and laps or time except that all Porsches also show overall class position.

Full review at <speedreaders.info>. Copyright 2010, Charly Baumann
Lots of great pictures. I purchased it specifically for info on ... 9 Mar. 2015
By Wayne S Calder - Published on Amazon.com
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very informative book on the history of this marque. Lots of great pictures. I purchased it specifically for info on the 935. While it was good, it left out important 935s like the K4. I would have like some more technical details as well.
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Race Car Book 16 Jan. 2011
By Diana Whitehead - Published on Amazon.com
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The book cover was damaged. My husband didn't really notice but I did because it was a gift it was a disappointment.
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