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Silver Arrows in Camera, 1951-55: A Photographic Portrait of Mercedes-Benz in sports car and Grand Prix racing 1951-55 [Hardcover]

Anthony Pritchard
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1 Sep 2011
This lavish photographic history chronicles the second great historic period of Mercedes-Benz in Grand Prix racing, together with the team's sports car achievements in the post-war years. This is the period of Moss and Fangio, two of the greatest ever drivers, and also of Moss' extraordinary 1955 Mille Miglia victory. With a wealth of period photographs accompanied by an expert commentary provide, this handsome book provides a unique portrait, reconstructing the scene and atmosphere of the time.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844259439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844259434
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 23.8 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anthony Pritchard, a well-known and highly regarded motorsport historian, is the author of a number of successful Haynes books including race histories of Aston Martin, Lotus, Maserati, Porsche and the Mille Miglia, as well as the well-received Silver Arrows in Camera.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Silve Arrows '51-'55 Review 1 Feb 2013
By Jaybee
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This is an extremely well presented and detailed photographic review of the return of the Daimler Benz company to motor racing post WWII i.e. the early to mid-nineteen fifties. It covers both their Formula 1 and Sports Racing Car programmes with good supporting text on the development of the cars, the key factory personnel involved, the drivers, the opposition and individual synopses of each race entered and the factory's race results. Most of the photos are of good quality and where they are less than perfect they nevertheless show features or events of significant importance. All photos are succinctly captioned and the quality of the book's production is such that they can be enjoyed many times over - you will often spot details that had passed you by on earlier scrutiny.

Any criticisms? Well yes there are some but in the main they do not detract from the enjoyment of the book. It is a weighty and quite large book so casual reading is not too easy - it is best read seated at a table and is definitely not an ideal volume for reading in bed. On a more serious note, on my first read through (and bearing in mind that I am interested in this period of racing but by no means an expert) I spotted at least seven textual errors of some significance including an incorrectly captioned picture describing one of a pair of cars in a bend as being on the inside of the bend when it is actually on the outside.

The overall impression, however, is of a well researched and produced book that should be a must for anyone interested in this period of racing. Stump up the money, buy it, and enjoy it many times over. My congratulations to both the author and the publisher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique! 31 Dec 2011
By Rabe Anton - Published on Amazon.com
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Anthony Pritchard is one of the more prolific historians of motor racing writing today--a status NOT initially promising an outstanding book owing to over-productivity. Nonetheless, Silver Arrows in Camera 1952-1956 is a singular and enduring achievement by an experienced and talented author.

The book is a companion to Pritchard's earlier Silver Arrows in Camera in the 1930s, itself a splendid piece of work. This volume is every bit as stunning as the first one was, if not more so. The title follows the same formula: some color but largely black and white images documenting Mercedes' entire racing campaign event-by-event in the years 1952-1956. Tables offering event results are included, but this is neither the ultimate textual reference nor a technical history. It is in fact what the Germans call a Bildband, a pictorial history with highly intelligent, well-researched captions. Most images are from Daimler-Benz archives and almost all, or all, have never been seen before. The hundreds of moments in time captured here are reproduced in large format with only a very few marred by printing across two pages. The artistic quality of the images is uniformly superb--jaw-dropping even--and some demand a little study to fully appreciate the fine genius of composition. This reviewer doesn't know how the astonishing quality, diversity, and scope of the original photography was achieved; the reader isn't told much about sources and methods. One suspects that in its no-expense-spared way, Mercedes had an army of talented camera men at every event it entered. . . . Sadly, the photo credits only say "Daimler" and don't identify the individual photographers. Regardless, this book must be placed in the top 20 greatest motor racing books of all time, a real artistic tour-de-force and a no-never-mind must if one has any interest at all in Mercedes or in GP and sportcar racing in the 1950s. It is the perfect companion for Chris Nixon's Rivals and for Michael Riedner's Mercedes-Benz W196 (Haynes, 1986).

My criticisms amount to nit-picking. The two photographs on the dustjacket are not identified (though we can figure them out). Slightly more painful is the lack of any significant commentary on the Daimler photo archives, the photographers, and just how so many magnificent images were generated.

For the reviewer, this book is a no-brainer: buy it before it goes away!

Rabe Anton
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