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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography, but little new in the New Edition
Colin Chapman was a genius - unpredictable, tempramental, complex and contrary. "Jabby" Crombac's excellent biography traces Chapman's life and the history of the company and racing team he built. The book is at its best describing the early years at Lotus - as the company becomes more and more successful there is rather more about racing politics and high...
Published on 5 Mar 2002 by Peter Fenelon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Colin Chapman: The Man and His Cars
Although this is a worthy book about a capable man it does not show what an `Essex man' he was. He was a free thinker who always look for an angle on everything not just the FIA rules.
But this said he definitely changed racing car design faster than it would have happened without him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography, but little new in the New Edition, 5 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Colin Chapman: The Man and His Cars - The Authorized Biography (Hardcover)
Colin Chapman was a genius - unpredictable, tempramental, complex and contrary. "Jabby" Crombac's excellent biography traces Chapman's life and the history of the company and racing team he built. The book is at its best describing the early years at Lotus - as the company becomes more and more successful there is rather more about racing politics and high finance than cars (although Crombac keeps well clear of the De Lorean scandal). There are moving accounts of the fatal accidents to Clark, Rindt and Peterson - a reminder of how much safer racing is these days.
Illustrations are good without being spectacular - this is a book to be bought for the text rather than the pictures. There are other books that cover some aspects of Lotus better than this, but this is the best one-volume history of the marque up to Chapman's death. Highly recommended.
The "new edition" seems to add relatively little to the old one - a couple of pages of introductory material. However, it's still very reasonably priced for the amount of book you're getting. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Colin Chapman: The Man and His Cars, 3 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Colin Chapman: The Man and His Cars - The Authorized Biography (Hardcover)
Although this is a worthy book about a capable man it does not show what an `Essex man' he was. He was a free thinker who always look for an angle on everything not just the FIA rules.
But this said he definitely changed racing car design faster than it would have happened without him.
chrispage sportscar.tv
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it!, 5 Mar 2004
This review is from: Colin Chapman: The Man and His Cars - The Authorized Biography (Hardcover)
This book genuinely did inspire me.What Colin Chapman achieved in his life was extraordinairy.The man was nothing short of a genius! In my top three of all time motor racing books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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After some confusion around delivery very satisfied with result
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, about a great man, 3 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Colin Chapman: The Man and His Cars - The Authorized Biography (Hardcover)
Bought this for a friend, having read it myself many years ago.

Said friend, a Lotus owner, loves it too!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hagiography., 8 Oct 2014
This review is from: Colin Chapman: The Man and His Cars - The Authorized Biography (Hardcover)
This is a hagiography, written by an admirer of Chapman. As an instance of its partiality, the book mentions De Lorean once, and passes over the subject in four lines. Look elsewhere for a detached assessment.
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