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Racing with Heroes by Reg May
Racing with Heroes by Reg May
First, it's a smaller, thinner and more lightweight book than I was expecting for the price. One racing fan's selection of a handful of the best races from the past half-century of F1 - Nurburgring '57, Adelaide '86, to Canada '11 (oddly, Le Mans 1969 also gets included). I describe it as weird because it comes across as a hobbyist's notes/thoughts transferred to a professionally printed book. Had it been self published by the author using amateur DTP software, then the look would fit the content. What I can't understand is how this particular fan, Mr May, managed to convince a publisher like Veloce to produce whatever-number of copies of his personal 'take' on the sport. It is readable. It… Read more
Le Mans 24 Hours: The Official History of the Worl&hellip by Quentin Spurring
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but flawed..., 5 Mar 2013
Another instalment in a great series of books, and this one covers the Group C era (woohoohoo!)

But, and it's a big BUT, I'm getting tired of the sloppiness shown by Haynes/the authors in all these colourful, glossy motorsport books that have been coming out over the past decade. Yes, it's nice to have loads of colour pics, and yes, it's nice that they're available at relatively accessible prices, especially via Amazon. (Just look back at books from the 80s or 90s and you'll be surprised at how 'black and white' they seem, and it's not so very long ago.) So, despite the fact I should be feeling spoiled, why am I tutting and giving this one a low rating? Because I'm fed up with… Read more
The Porsche Book by Porsche
The Porsche Book by Porsche
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, no!..., 19 Dec 2011
It's big. It's heavy. It's far, far too 'arty' for its own good. A missed opportunity. If only they'd spent less time trying to be 'clever' and instead put in more text and proper photos ('proper' in the sense that at least you get a view of the whole car, from one angle at least, rather than countless 'arty' close-up pics of wing mirrors and air intakes etc.) Nope, it's rubbish, and I say that as a life-long Porsche fan. Nice sexy cover, cruddy content - or 'all fur coat, no knickers', as we say round here. I'm left wondering if some teenage kid of someone high up at Porsche is studying art publishing or graphic design at university and had the idea of doing this book as a graduation… Read more