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Sumptuous photographic history of sports car racing,
This review is from: Open Roads & Front Engines: World Championship Sports Car Racing in Photos, 1953-1961 (Hardcover)
Janos Wimpffen is already famous in the sports-car racing community for his monumental history of the sport Time and Two Seats. "Open Roads and Front Engines" starts a parallel series to his previous work; whereas Time and Two Seats is primarly a written and statistical history, Open Roads & Front Engines is a glorious photographic celebration of sports car racing - this volume covers the birth of the world championship to the twilight of the classic front-engined sports racer.
The pictures are evocative, beautifully reproduced, and large; the selection covers the obvious heroes in Astons, Ferraris, Maseratis and Mercedes as well as smaller cars, amateurs, locals, no-hopers, and assorted exotica. They're accompanied by informative extended captions, and cover racing, qualifying, pit and paddock shots, "off duty" moments, and all the atmosphere of international racing in a bygone age.
If you love sports cars, fifties racing, or good photography, this is an absolute must.
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