Auto Union Album : 1934-1939 Hardcover – 1 Jan 1998
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This text is a photographic celebration of the Auto Union Silver Arrows of the 1930s, who raced at Zwickau against their prinicipal rivals, Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo. Personalities of the day that feature include Professor Ferdinand Porsche, Rudolf Hasse and Luigi Fagioli.
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The P-wagens were technologic genius, so incredibly well designed and powerful that they they achieved speeds equal to today's top end in 1935-1936, even though they rode on skinny, bias ply tires.
Nixon's book is a chronical of rare photos of these gorgeous automobilia and the drivers who dared to drive them at speeds approaching aircraft. In an attempt to win the world land speed record and beat Mercedes, the charismatic Bernd Rosemeyer drove an Auto Union streamliner on a section of the autobahn to hundreds of kilometers per hour, and his death. This book contains at least a hundred rare photographs, most having never seen public light since 1936.
If you love automotive technology, this is one of those ultimate books that lie amongst the grail of the species. Put it down and you will return to seek more detail in time and text. Also buy the books detailing Audi's restoration and reproduction of these classics.
Like today it was all a matter of funding of course: A.Hitler wanted to impress the world with german technology and so he poured large sums of money in the companies of Mercedes Benz and Auto Union. The result: fantastic looking and fast cars.
This great photo book gives a very good impression of this racing era: the drivers, the mechanics, the cars, the workshops, the training and of course the races, all this of Auto Union.
The photos are high quality and most of them are pagewide.
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