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The 500cc Racing Car (Shire Album) Paperback – 1 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd; First Edition edition (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747805555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747805557
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Colin Rawlinson was taken on a family outing to his first motor-race meeting at Castle Combe in 1954, when the popularity of the 500cc car racing was at its height. Some thirty years later he acquired his own 500, the unique Smith-Buckler, which, although a one-off, was professionally constructed to the order of the late Ken Smith of Enfield. Colin has subsequently hill-climbed the Smith-Buckler with 'little success but much enjoyment'. He is a director and treasurer of the 500 Owners Association.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Hodges on 14 Jan 2004
Format: Paperback
Given the significance of the 500cc F3 formula in post-war racing (rebirth of the sport; development of the rear-engine layout; Cooper, Moss, Collins, etc.) there is a real dearth of books on the subject.
At 35 pages, this was never going to be the definitive guide. But with stacks of photo's, this is a great little introduction to the basics of how the formula developed through the '40s and '50s. It covers the basic history, and highlights the characters (drivers and constructors) who featured, at the very least giving you ideas of where to find more information.
Well worth the cover price. The only reason I give it just three stars is that five would have to be the 500-page definitive history.
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Formula III racing 23 Aug 2010
By Vintage Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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A small book on a very neglected subject. This is a good over view of the cars that started many young, up and coming drivers in formula car racing in the early fifties in England and a few in the US. This is mostly about it's UK roots and where it has come to fit in to the vintage racing scene today. Well written by someone who is an active part of the hobby.
Nice Summary of Unique Time in Racing History 11 Mar 2014
By Charles D. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
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Post War Europe -the UK in particular- was struggling to get on its feet but many young men were more concerned with getting on the rack track. The built amazing vehicle from the bits they had, motorcycle engines and economy car scraps, that eventually changed everything in big time racing. This is an excellent summary of the 500cc F3 movement in the UK, less coverage of Europe or US.
Thank you very much+++++++++++ 17 July 2013
By bo jerndahl - Published on Amazon.com
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Exelent book and I love it, impossible to find here in Sweden. A very easy way to find what you are looking for.
excellent book...though small... 23 May 2013
By goodoldmac - Published on Amazon.com
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And though I truely enjoyed the book, it's thinness took me a bit by surprise,,(my fault, having read through previous reviews and this time actually paying attention, the thinness is clearly mentioned)..but that make this book well worth its cost are the photographs. All b/w admittedly, but wonderful pics of bygone time. The photo on page 3 of Jeff Sparrowe cornering in 'his own creation' scares hell out of you..you gaze at the photo thinking, 'My God, he actually *raced* that thing?" The photo on page 15 of Andre Loen's Kieft being passed by someone who looks suspicously like one of the 500cc drivers who went on to bigger and better things, (there were several) Sir Stirling Moss...the Appendix of various manufactures...

This is an era and type of 'early post war' auto racing that needs to be examined more closely and its history more comprehenisvely recorded...men driving these cars would, in a few years, be the 'superstars' of 'big league' racing...but this book offers a good begining...
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