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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: David Bull Publishing,U.S. (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893618897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893618893
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 22.6 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Folland on 25 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is not for 7 stone weaklings!! It is a simply massive tome which makes it physically difficult to hold it up to read. If you can afford it, do not be put of by the price which you can find heavily discounted on Amazon.

It is clearly a labour of love by the author. It is a treat that this tribute exists to these two great drivers largely now forgotten outside their home country. There is a stunning array of photos covering the all too brief lives of these Mexican brothers. It would be easy to dismiss them as pampered children of indulgent parents, but they both proved themselves supreme on the race track. They were a mighty combination in a gallant, albeit unsuccessful, attempt to win at Le Mans. When Pedro ultimately trimphed at the 24 hour race, he dedicated it to his late brother. Ricardo, the younger of the two, progressed with incredible swiftness to the pinnacle of the sport ultimately perishing, as too many have done, in a Lotus. Pedro was swiftly on the scene of the horrific accident and remained with his brother going to the hospital.

Inevitably, we get to know Pedro far better. Clearly very religious, he was, however, quite a one for the opposite sex. A certain amount of juggling takes place when his wife is about to come into contact with a girlfriend!! His progress toward a regular Formula One drive was slower, but this should not detract from his achievements there. It is in sports cars (and especially the awesome Porsche 917) that he is best remembered. The account of his mighty drive at the 1970 BOAC 1000 kilometre race at Brands Hatch is the stuff of legends- nobody had told Pedro it was raining and he made the rest of the field look second rate. His standing among the great was established- "that day the whole world took notice".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon L. Carter on 3 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the wonderful but ultimately sad story of the motor racing lives (and deaths)of Ricardo and Pedro. Well written and beautifully illustrated it is a massive achievement. Go on, save up and buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Ayres on 2 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
very good book on the Rodriguez Brothers who raced during the golden age of motor racing. Excellent pictures and history of the brothers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An impressive 'must' for any auto sports collection seeking detailed, definitive coverages 15 April 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Any sports library specializing in race car history beyond the casual photo display must have the weighty, impressive BROTHERS RODRIGUEZ. It's oversized, has been exhaustively detailed and packed with color illustrations - some 4,000 photos in all - and provides the complete story of Pedro and Ricardo's track careers and personal lives. Libraries also strong in Mexican history and biography will appreciate the blends of biography and social and cultural history. It's an impressive 'must' for any auto sports collection seeking detailed, definitive coverages.
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SpeedReaders.info Review 11 Dec 2009
By Speed Readers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Brothers Rodríguez
by Carlos Eduardo Jalife-Villalón

Steve McQueen hooked me on racing with his epic homage to Le Mans, and Pedro Rodríguez became the man with the balls to wrestle the deadly Porsche 917 beast-of-a-racecar not just into submission, but on to victory. Now, David Bull Publishing has brought us the story behind Pedro and Ricardo, the brothers who shook up the racing world in those bygone days.

For men (and especially motorheads) of a certain age, McQueen's Le Mans was a rite of passage. We may not have had the capital to attend the battle of the titans that lasted two full times around the clock, and was waged on the public roads a few hours outside Paris. But, our boy Steve captured the visual and aural magic of the Porsche 971/Ferrari 512 war in a way that has yet to be repeated.

That movie caused me to start paying closer attention to World Championship Endurance racing, and the name Pedro Rodríguez kept appearing at or near the top of the results charts. I wondered who this brave, young buck was, and how did he get to the pinnacle of the racing world "so fast"?

Well Carlos Eduardo Jalife-Villalón's book tells us not only about Pedro's life on the track, but it also traces the rise of my hero and his brother Ricardo from obscurity, to international celebrity status, and ends with their untimely deaths. With 607 pages and nearly 4,000 black and white and color photos, this 9 x 13-inch hardbound book is literally a weighty biography; it tipped my postal scale at 11 pounds.

But this large book is an appropriate scale for the in-depth look the author provides of the brothers. Many of the photos have never been published, and a slew of them are courtesy of the Rodríguez family. They provide us with a close look at what it was like to grow up as the macho sons of their powerful, wealthy, and well-connected father, Don Pedro.

As one of the sponsors of several cars entered into the Carrera Panamericana, Don Pedro was able to get the boys introductions to some of the world's top drivers. But I have a particular affection for one acquaintance that became better known as a race car entrant and spotter of racing talent. Despite winning Le Mans three times, Luigi Chinetti Senior may be best remembered for creating NART (the North American Racing Team). From his small shop in tony Greenwich, Chinetti's team contested Le Mans, Sebring, Daytona, Watkins Glen and other endurance events with Ferraris ranging from the cutting edge, to old and nearly worn-out.

Having worked for Chinetti in the mid-seventies as the parts department manager, I was fascinated with the insights the author provided into the behind-the-scenes negotiations between Chinetti and Rodríguez Senior over the best method of bringing the boys to Enzo Ferrari's attention.
I guess it worked. After finishing second at the 24 hours of Le Mans in a Ferrari TR59, Ricardo went on to the factory Ferrari Grand Prix team as the youngest ever Formula One driver. Sadly he passed away in a Lotus crash during practice for a race in the fall of 1962.

The tragedy caused Pedro to retire for a while, but he returned with an even fiercer resolve to make his way to the top of the podium and the racing world. His first place finish in the 1971 24 hours of Daytona with teammate Jackie Oliver remains my favorite Pedro victory. Oliver provides a foreword to the book.

The author concentrates on the brother's racing career, but also provides us with an in-depth view of what it was like off the track in Mexico for these young playboys. If you are a fan of this golden era of racing, or even have a casual interest, this book would make a fine anchor for your collection of racing books.

Copyright 2009 Mike Covello and MotorsportsMarketingResources.com, October 2009 - used with permission ([...])
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely stunning! 11 Nov 2009
By James Pernikoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't think I'd ever find $150 to be a fair price for any book, but this one is an exception. This massive tome is worth every penny. It is more than just a biography of two talented brothers, it is complete coverage of a golden era in motor racing. And to some extent it is also a political history of Mexico during the sixties! The author's 13 years of research is evident, and the translation is just fine except for a few of the photo captions. My only criticism is that some of the many photos are reproduced way too small, but that is a minor quibble. A detailed appendix lists every known race that the brothers competed in, but with such detail that a magnifier is needed. The index is also very comprehensive. Just be prepared for the book's 9-1/2 pound weight. If you lived and followed racing during the period (or even if you didn't) you need to check this one out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Monumental 21 Feb 2011
By RAM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's been over 40 years since Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez graced racing fans with their prodigious talent and now those of us who remember them finally have what will likely be a never to be surpassed record of their lives and accomplishments. To my mind, this is the volume to which all other racing biographies should, and probably will be compared. Mr. Jalife-Villalon has achieved the nearly impossible in this masterpiece, bringing once again to life the two brothers who blazed across the racing firmament and then left us to ponder what could have been had they not perished so soon. Beautifully illustrated, written with respect not only for the lives of the subjects but also for the truth, thoughtfully organized, fully documented, and exhaustively indexed, the resulting effort is the sine qua non of racing biographies. So all encompassing is the author's work, that this volume could almost serve to replace many of the books written on the brothers' contemporaries. Well, perhaps I exaggerate that last point, but the descriptions of many of the races in which the brothers participated oft times have nearly as much detail about what the competition was driving and doing as about Ricardo or Pedro, so one feels fully immersed in the event. For example, the index lists over 50 citations for "Dan Gurney," leading the reader to maybe three times that number of pages in which Dan is referenced. At nearly nine pounds and six hundred large format (9X13) pages, not to mention priced well over one hundred dollars, this book is not for the faint of heart. It will be, however, the capstone of your racing book collection for a long, long time to come.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Amazing Book 9 Sep 2010
By HTAPaul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the most expensive book I have EVER bought and it is worth every penny. This is an excellent compliment to Burnside's book "American Racing" which features pictures of this era. If you are a fan of Ferrari Testa Rosa, Dino 246 or F1 156 sharknose cars, this will give you many additional shots to enjoy. Early days of racing the Porsche RS is of interest too. By the later 60's I had moved on to college and wasn't spending every nickel from my paper route buying Road and Track, Sports Car Graphic and just moved on. In recent years I have come back to enjoying this era of sports car. Earlier I had bought "Vintage American Road Racing Cars" because it too brings back all those cars you had forgotten that you wanted so bad at that time. Anyway, bit the bullet and spend the current $130+ price on this book. It is worth it.
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