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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insight, 6 Feb 2007
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This review is from: Racing in the Rain: Engineering Victories with Aston Martin, GT40 and Porsche 917 (Hardcover)
This book provides a brilliant mix of technical information and facts that is just right to make this great era of sportscar racing come to life. I loved every minute of it and didn't want it to end. What a fantastic achievement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story - a must read, 3 Mar 2009
This review is from: Racing in the Rain: Engineering Victories with Aston Martin, GT40 and Porsche 917 (Hardcover)
This book is a very well written account of an important time in sports car history - GT40, Porsche 917 and the Mirages, it takes you behind the scenes to what happens when a small, dedicated team takes on the might of Porsche, Ferrari, Matra etc. John Horsman relives those times and tells of the highs and lows of battling with those giants of sports car racing. One of the great stories in the book is when Horsman transformed the wayward handling of the 917 at a single test session. Along with the fantastic engineering of Porsche it made the 917 into one of the greatest ever sports cars. Lots of technical info abound in the book along with the many stories of the race team. Racing in the Rain gives you a thoroughly absorbing read from start to finish and it will surely become an important reference in years to come.
Alan Hearn - High Wycombe, Bucks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fascinating, 24 April 2009
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A remarkable story, very well told. The author was in the thick of the action at international sports car races in the "Golden Age", the days of the GT40, Porsche 917 and Mirage. As an insider, the chief engineer with JW Automotive Engineering, he saw everything that went on, and made an enormous contribution to the team's many successes. This is a simply fascinating story which every fan of sports car racing should read, over and over. It's easy to read, and the technical stuff is interesting without being daunting to the non-technical reader. Entertaining, and very highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for Petrolheads and Adrenaline Junkies, 27 Feb 2009
This review is from: Racing in the Rain: Engineering Victories with Aston Martin, GT40 and Porsche 917 (Hardcover)
Easy to read. Hard to put down. It is an autobiography, a text book and an exciting story in one cover.

This, a classic read for those especially interested in the technicality and tactics of Endurance Racing.

John's personal history shows the highs and lows of running a racing team, with a fascinating mix of technical detail and the image of a skilled, dedicated team working with their drivers, preparing the vehicles, overcoming adversity, to win.

Phil W.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 24 Aug 2014
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This book is nothing short of a masterpiece. Absolutely enthralling and the reason is that it is way beyond auto biography - it is history.

If you are elderly and have heard of the Vipers Skiffle Group ,you may remember the song 10,000 Years Ago sung by the man who has been at every important event in history. Well, in post war sports car motor racing John Horsman is that man.

Other reviewers have noted his involvement in the GT40, 917 and Mirage stories but you need to be aware that in each case Horsman took a sow's ear and turned it into a silk purse. Supposedly impossible! Yet the GT40 originally showed little inclination to keep its front end on the road and the primitive space frame 917 was almost undriveable and killed at least one amateur who thought he could tame it. Neither could reliably last an hour let alone the 24 of Le Mans. That is where John Wyer and John Horsman came in. Meticulous engineers and managers, every part was considered and replaced as needed and then every part time-lifed as in an aircraft. Len Bailey did the nose for the GT40 which transformed it into a Le Mans winner. For one car alone Le Mans provided 2 wins in 3 years. In case fans of modern Porsche or Audi complain, one should point out that , in those days, a multitude of teams came ready to win Le Mans and the GT40 could (and was by some like Karajan) be driven on the road.

There is even more history in the treacherous story of Gulf Wyer and Porsche over the 917. Wyer signed a contract to run the works Porsches only to find a so called independent team of Porsche Salzburg running against them. Parts loaned by Wyer to the works for research immediately turned up in the Salzburg car. Repairs promised failed to materialize. Hardly gratitude for sorting the car in the first place. Later Mercedes protested the legality of the final Mirage AFTER it had been passed in scrutineering. Yet people seem surprised that today Hamilton's pit stops are always longer than Rosberg's...

And all this took place after Wyer and Horsman had sorted the DB4 Aston Martin and the late Aston GT cars which beat the Ferrari GTO...at Monza !

Yet another way in which this book is a masterpiece is the listing not just of drivers but all the team down to amateur spotters and board holders. This shows both the degree to which a winning car is a team effort and the fantastic devotion of the key members of the Gulf team who would work Le Mans long after normal retirement age.

Beautifully written, brilliantly illustrated. Read it. It is history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any motor racing fan!, 2 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Racing in the Rain: Engineering Victories with Aston Martin, GT40 and Porsche 917 (Hardcover)
Bought this for my father-in-law. He had looked at it in a high street store and it was £10 more expensive, hense the reason for me buying it on Amazon. He thinks it is great, he is always picking it up and quoting things to us he has read. He said it is more interesting and informative than he first expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Racing in the Rain, 2 July 2011
This review is from: Racing in the Rain: Engineering Victories with Aston Martin, GT40 and Porsche 917 (Hardcover)
Great book, captures the whole era of late 50s through the end of the 70s from the perspective of one of the most important, informed and lucid of the major players. For anyone interested in how some of the finest teams functioned, an insight into many of the great drivers and a view on how technology changed the sport this is an absolute must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Racing in the Rain, 15 Oct 2010
This review is from: Racing in the Rain: Engineering Victories with Aston Martin, GT40 and Porsche 917 (Hardcover)
This is undoubtly a great Read. A pity however that the Paper used is of a quality that means the B/White Pics look Matt and do not have the quality that the Book Deserves. Also the dealers are onto this one quickly. Published Price UK[...] Already they are offering it at[...] ! Greed is good ......or is it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all petrol heads, 15 May 2013
This review is from: Racing in the Rain: Engineering Victories with Aston Martin, GT40 and Porsche 917 (Hardcover)
Absolutely riveting read, my husband couldn't put the book down, plenty of technical info but all part of the story.
Written in a way you could fully understand, the hours and stress involved in winning a long distance race is incredible.
A feat of human endurance and not just for the drivers but the whole team.
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