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Auto Union Album : 1934-1939 Hardcover – 1 Jan 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Transport Bookman Publications; First Edition edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851840566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851840567
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 30.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,489,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This was actually a replacement for my water-ruined copy of many years standing. I give talks on the Silver Arrows and this is one of a number of invaluable reference books, particularly for its photographs. My one slightly critical observation is that some of the b/w photos seem a shade less sharp than was the case in my near-original previous copy [inevitable after many reprints???]. A case possibly for looking for a good second-hand early print-run copy? That said, I'm very happy with my replacement. A must for the serious, technically-minded Auto Union fan.
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This really is a great book to help you visulise the period, the pictures are mainly of Auto Unions of course but there are also many which put the book in the context of the time. Well worth the space on your library shelf and the hole in your bank account.
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An excellent book, good condition with beautiful pictures en stories. The black and white pictures tell you more than a thousand words.
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A nice book and timely service.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a650e58) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6008ac) out of 5 stars 4 Rings against the Giant - Auto Union vs. Mercedes 7 May 2004
By Paul H. Greinke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ferdinand Porsche left Mercedes in a huff and set up an independant design studio. One of his initial customers was Wanderer, who eventually would become one of the four rings along with Audi, Horch and DKW. As an aside, Porsche decided to create a Gran Prix car so advanced that it would be able to beat his old employer, Mercedes-Benz, no small feat, even for argueably the greatest auto designer of all time.
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5f4e28) out of 5 stars fantastic photo book 30 Nov. 2004
By F. M. P. Noordberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
the second half of 1930's Grand Prix racing was characterized by 2 german marques competing and dominating the circuits.

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.

Very recommendable.

Matty Noordberg
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aca490c) out of 5 stars Absorbing 26 May 2015
By Ricardo Mio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you're an Auto Union fan, this book is a must-have. Fifteen years after researching and writing the monumental "Racing the Silver Arrows," racing historian Chris Nixon learned a stash of previously unpublished photos had been discovered, of mostly Auto Union GP cars from the 1930s. Most were negatives and all were in excellent condition. The irony is Auto Union had nothing in the way of photos at the time Nixon wrote "Racing the Silver Arrows." Now, suddenly he had at his discretion a treasure-trove of unseen photos. What to do? Publish a new book featuring these incredible photos as well as a batch of other relatively unknown photos from two other collections. The result is stunning. Not just of the cars (of Auto Union and Mercedes), but of the drivers of both teams: Hans Stuck, Rudolph Caracciola, Achille Varzi, Louis Chiron, Tazio Nuvolari, Bernd Rosemeyer, Dick Seaman, and others, such as Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. These are very human photos, of pensive moments, conversing, dining, in racing uniforms and in street clothes. And, of course, the fabulous cars: being serviced, lined-up on pit row, and in action, at all the legendary circuits--Monaco, Reims, AVUS, Monza, Tripoli, Donnington, the Nurburgring, etc. Nixon has included just the right amount of text, but this is a book where the photos tell the story. I find it absorbing. Five stars.
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