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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every fan of the Lotus 72...
I received this book a few weeks ago and I had no idea of what I could expect... But that it would be so well made and interesting, historywise, technically and concerning the photos, I could not think of before. And for that price! Even drawings are shown! Really bravo!! A beautiful piece indispensable in my library!
Published 22 months ago by Ferdinand Ernest

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1.0 out of 5 stars Duplicate pages
The book had been wrongly bound, leaving chapters repeated and pages doubled. Have told publisher who was checking the print run so should be okay now!
Published 20 months ago by Sarah


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb book - Amazing info and pictures, 21 Nov 2012
This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
I've always been a lotus fan, particularly the JPS years, and particularly the Lotus 72 and 79.
Well, here's the first of the two sorted. (Haynes - a Lotus 79 book please?)
Amazing in depth stories, anecdotes, history and information and a great if somewhat tongue-in-cheek chapter about buying and restoring a car!
I'm an ardent model car builder and this book provided a huge amount of close up detail for my build of the huge Tamiya 1/12 kit of the car. If only for kit builders, this book is a great source of reference.
Just a FEW more close-up pictures of the 'inner workings' and a few less long shots of the car in action would be a bonus.
C'mon Haynes - more books like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every fan of the Lotus 72..., 1 Oct 2012
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Ferdinand Ernest "ferdje" (Cahors, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
I received this book a few weeks ago and I had no idea of what I could expect... But that it would be so well made and interesting, historywise, technically and concerning the photos, I could not think of before. And for that price! Even drawings are shown! Really bravo!! A beautiful piece indispensable in my library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant !, 21 May 2013
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This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
I've been following the "racing cars" subject for a long time. I have dozens of books and hundreds, probably thousands, of magazines.
This book contains marvelous information, photos never published before, so it is something really new and interesting, which quite rare, considering that the Lotus 72 has been around for 43 years.
Congratulations to Ian Wagstaff (author) and Haynes (publisher) !
And yes, a manual about the Surtees ts9b will be very welcome !
André Acker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of newer material when considering the thriving Historic racing scene., 1 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
A worthy accompaniment to the iconic book on the Lotus 72 by Michael Oliver, compliments it well with great summary of historical background and chassis log. New material re engine preparation, the historic scene and car preparation for racing. Doesn't quite have the authority re Michael Oliver's book, but doesn't pretend to. However, brings new angles and information from today's racers of the original Lotus 72's which Michael's book doesn't cover, so to have them both is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like detailed infromations., 15 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
just as M23 manual, it's cool stuff.
detailed informations are for F1 enthusiats.
I strongly recommend this book for old fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, 14 May 2013
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I enjoyed this book. It brought back many happy, but also sad, memories. There are some great pictures and plenty of interesting background information from people such as John Miles and Reine Wissel, and an interesting section on the mechanics who built and serviced the cars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haynes Lotus 72 Owners' Manual:, 6 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
Super value at 14. Very comprehensive but not in the same league as Michael Oliver's book but a fraction of the price. A must for every Lotus fan. Haynes quality is maintained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Lotus fan needs this, 29 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
Such a great idea giving the history of such an iconic car this treatment .really good period photographs & articles on drivers and the people behind the scenes too . Looking forward to the next one featuring the equally exciting McLaren M23 .
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting technical story behind iconic racing car., 14 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
This book is like the lower (hidden) part of an iceberg. We might remember the performances of the drivers at the races, however we didn't realise perhaps how much hard work was involved in getting the cars to the grid in the first place!

Behind the simplistic facade that the 72 presents to the eye, lies a complexity of design that the designers felt was necessary in trying to gain a competitive advantage.
It equally shows the evolution required to try and keep the 72 competitive at the time.

The 72 still looks good to me, even now. But I look at it with more respect knowing what it actually technically consists of, and what skills were needed to keep it going.

Thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new slant on the usual workshop manual!, 5 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) (Hardcover)
The Lotus 72 is one of the most iconic and groundbreaking F1 cars and it has given the pattern for Formula 1 cars to follow ever since so this book gets under the skin of the car and gives its history to date. Great book for the F1 fan.
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