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Team Lotus: The Indianapolis Years [Hardcover]

Mario Andretti , Andrew Ferguson
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11 Nov 1996
This is an account of how the small British Team Lotus took the mighty Indianapolis establishment, from the initial European participation in 1961-2 through to 1969. The book gives an insider's account of the dramatic era, and details case histories of each of the 25 cars built.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Stephens Ltd; First Edition edition (11 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852604913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852604912
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 25.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,609,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fine book 12 April 1999
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This is a very good book about how Team Lotus stormed the Indy 500. It brings a lot of stories on what really happened in the team, on and off the track, sometimes even in the hotelrooms! another very good book in a the expanding series by Motorbooks Lively written, Great reading, well worth the cost of purchase...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside knowledge that you wont find elsewhere. 3 May 2014
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This beautifully written history of the Lotus venture to Indianapolis, shows all the successes and failures with an unbeatable inside knowledge of the personalities involved. So sad that the author Andrew Ferguson died so young before he could write a companion book about the Grand Prix team.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TEAM LOTUS-THE INDIANAPOLIS YEARS 14 Dec 2012

A detailed and wonderfully illustrated book covering Colin Chapman's Team dominance of the motorsport scene during the mid 60's. The text displays many recollections from the actual team members-the engineers, mechanics, fitters and fabricators. All drivers of that period are covered including Clark, Hill and Gurney plus later drivers such as Andretti, Jones, Foyt, Leonard and Marshman.

As Club Team Lotus archivist, Ferguson had a unique insight into the workings of this team throughout its history, particularly Indianapolis. He died just after

Review by Sean Kelly of Atlantic Motor Books. Please feel free to browse my on-line personal collection of Motoring Books and Literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly detailed history of Indy Lotus cars. 16 Nov 2011
I purchased the 1996 printing.

This book is an excellent resource for the Indy Lotus cars beginning with the development of the Type 29 in 1962 through the turbine powered Type 56s. It covers the Types 29, 34, 38, mentions (with photo) the 16 cylinder BRM type that never made it to Indy and the Type 56 that was partnered with Andy Granetelli. It also includes a short chapter on Lotus' return to Indy in the 1980s. The book is written by the team promoter from the 1960's who has not only discussed each type in great detail but also tells the disposition of each chassis. He also adds personal notes regarding the events during the sixties that happened to Team Lotus, Colin Chapmen and the various Lotus drivers including the events surrounding Jim Clark's death in 1968. It was interesting to read about the reserved Chapman interacting with the bousterous Granetelli. The book is full of detailed photographs of each type of car including rare race day photos of the Type 34. I was not disappointed and more than satisfied with the book.
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The great thing about this book is that it is by someone who was there at the time and kept a diary. The other good thing is that he tells it as it was without pulling his punches, so we get a real feel of how it was in those exciting days.

One can almost share the exhaustion of the mechanics as they toiled to complete the cars in time to start racing - let alone fettle them once practice had started.

Because he was Team Manager he had an overall view of what was going on and manages to bring it to life very successfully.

It is shame that he did not live long enough to bring out a companion volume about Team Lotus Formula One racing.

I am one of the severest critics of mistakes in books covering the early days of Lotus, but could find only one mistake in this reprint - the reason for Jim Clark's retirement in the final Grand Prix of 1962 (which cost him the World Championship) was not due to a bolt falling out, but was the failure of the drive shaft to the scavenge oil pumps. This was not known at the time of the first edition.

This is a must for anyone interested in Lotus, and will appeal to any motor racing enthusiast. Simply the best I have read covering Team Lotus racing.

Peter Ross
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