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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book On A Great Era, 20 July 2008
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This review is from: Sports Car Racing in Camera 1970-79 (Hardcover)
The joy of this book can be summed up by two pictures:

The first is on page 141. It is of a Ford Cortina MK3 taking part in a World Sportscar Championship race in South Africa. Such oddity and charm sums up many of the pictures used. There are many images of the expected star cars and players of the decade such as Porsche, Alfa, Matra, but also many of the small teams that entered odd-ball contraptions and threw themselves up against the manufacturing giants at the highest level.

The second is a full page shot of what you eventually work out to be the iconic Gulf Porsche 917 car. It takes a while to identify them because they are pictured in a grotty garage workshop, stripped of their iconic pale blue and orange bodywork and being worked on by dirty overalled mechanics. It's a shot you can stare at for a long time, taking in the detail and atmosphere.

There are plenty of action shots and the captions, long and very informative about not just the image, but also the context, are well written and detailed enough for all but the most fussy rivet counters. Each year has a season summary and overall it's a book to dip in and out of regularly and never grow tired of.

I am a big fan of this series of books and this era of sportscar racing is also a personal favourite so the risk of disappointment was high. I need not have worried - it is a great book.
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