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on 5 March 2002
Colin Chapman was a genius - unpredictable, tempramental, complex and contrary. "Jabby" Crombac's excellent biography traces Chapman's life and the history of the company and racing team he built. The book is at its best describing the early years at Lotus - as the company becomes more and more successful there is rather more about racing politics and high finance than cars (although Crombac keeps well clear of the De Lorean scandal). There are moving accounts of the fatal accidents to Clark, Rindt and Peterson - a reminder of how much safer racing is these days.
Illustrations are good without being spectacular - this is a book to be bought for the text rather than the pictures. There are other books that cover some aspects of Lotus better than this, but this is the best one-volume history of the marque up to Chapman's death. Highly recommended.
The "new edition" seems to add relatively little to the old one - a couple of pages of introductory material. However, it's still very reasonably priced for the amount of book you're getting. Highly recommended.
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on 5 March 2004
This book genuinely did inspire me.What Colin Chapman achieved in his life was extraordinairy.The man was nothing short of a genius! In my top three of all time motor racing books!
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on 3 March 2008
Although this is a worthy book about a capable man it does not show what an `Essex man' he was. He was a free thinker who always look for an angle on everything not just the FIA rules.
But this said he definitely changed racing car design faster than it would have happened without him.
chrispage sportscar.tv
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on 8 October 2014
This is a hagiography, written by an admirer of Chapman. As an instance of its partiality, the book mentions De Lorean once, and passes over the subject in four lines. Look elsewhere for a detached assessment.
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on 3 December 2013
Bought this for a friend, having read it myself many years ago.

Said friend, a Lotus owner, loves it too!
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on 3 July 2014
After some confusion around delivery very satisfied with result
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