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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about Team Lotus racing that I have read, 4 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Team Lotus: The Indianapolis Years (Hardcover)
The great thing about this book is that it is by someone who was there at the time and kept a diary. The other good thing is that he tells it as it was without pulling his punches, so we get a real feel of how it was in those exciting days.

One can almost share the exhaustion of the mechanics as they toiled to complete the cars in time to start racing - let alone fettle them once practice had started.

Because he was Team Manager he had an overall view of what was going on and manages to bring it to life very successfully.

It is shame that he did not live long enough to bring out a companion volume about Team Lotus Formula One racing.

I am one of the severest critics of mistakes in books covering the early days of Lotus, but could find only one mistake in this reprint - the reason for Jim Clark's retirement in the final Grand Prix of 1962 (which cost him the World Championship) was not due to a bolt falling out, but was the failure of the drive shaft to the scavenge oil pumps. This was not known at the time of the first edition.

This is a must for anyone interested in Lotus, and will appeal to any motor racing enthusiast. Simply the best I have read covering Team Lotus racing.

Peter Ross
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