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Cooper Cars: Bk. M2709 (World champions) Hardcover – 21 Jul 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (21 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760317097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760317099
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mini Cooper is one of the most enduring symbols of the 1960s, but before his vehicles became fashionable, John Cooper had dominated Formula 1 racing and inspired many motor sport greats. Nye looks at the humble origins of the family company that became Cooper cars. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
The first edition of this book was a true classic of racing history, combining Doug's impeccable research into the history of individual Coopers with a miscellany of anecdotes and stories to make an irresistible history of the marque. One of a very few racing histories that can make me laugh out loud.
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By Alan. J. Reynolds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you are into old racing cars and racing history this book is an absolute delight . It charts the history of Cooper Cars in comprehensive detail while managing to be a great read . When you have finished reading this book , Charlie Cooper will be a loveable,larger than life , character you will never forget ! You will feel sympathy for everyone who worked for him , his son John , Jack Brabham , Bruce McLaren , Owen 'Whiskers' Maddock - their faithful designer ; and you'll smile wryly at Charlies views on Colin Chapman !! Pick this book up and you will not put it down until it's read - then you'll want to read it again.
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A classic book. Very pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive History 17 Dec. 2012
By A Florida Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This would have to be considered the definite work on the history of Cooper, as a constructor and also as a race team. It is a very sizable book and while it is well illustrated it also is quite detailed. Definitely not a coffee table book. Cooper Cars (the constructor) started off after world war 2 in a minor 500cc formula by welding together the wrecked rear ends of two Fiats, fabricating the bodywork and ended up with a superbly fast race car. From a small garage operation, Cooper expanded and by the late fifties was a major player in Formula 1 racing and also branched out into sports car and rallying. After the death of founder and owner Charles Cooper in 1964, son John struggled to manage the factory and the works team but eventually sold the business. In less than two decades Cooper had gone from a corner garage to one of the most revered marques in auto racing.

The author, Doug Nye, is one of the best automotive writers and this is one of his best works. The book touches upon the people and events, but also delves substantially into the design and construction of the cars. The photographs are excellent, including many candid shots of obscure but interesting events. The book not only deals in great depth with the grand prix and lesser formula race cars but also thoroughly explores Cooper's other efforts, including several sports cars, some of which developed into successful race entries. Nye also relates the story of Cooper's entry into top rung of American motorsports, the Indy 500. Additionally there is a chapter devoted to Cooper's association with the British Motor Corporation's Mini, which turned a small economy sedan into an iconic symbol known all over the world.

Nye's writing style is informal and he obviously enjoys relating the small personal anecdotes he gathered over dozens of interviews. At times the relating of the events of each racing season become somewhat laborious, but Nye's intend is to give a thorough history of Cooper and so he includes all of the details of things Cooper.

Most heartily recommended for those with an interest in motor racing. Other may find the book a bit too challenging, but perhaps might be worth giving a try.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good balance of interesting antidotes and encyclopedic information 21 Sept. 2011
By Ben Beames - Published on Amazon.com
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The amount of information in this book is massive. It could easily be called the "Encyclopedia of Cooper Cars". But it is not all dry technical and historical information. It contains many interesting quotes from famous drivers, telling stories of their more memorable experiences.

It does however leave a little to be desired in the engineering department. Little is mentioned of why different chassis designs and configurations were tried. Cooper revolutionized F1 with their rear/mid engined cars and I can't find any mention of why/how they decided to configured that way (yes I know the advantages of a mid engined car, but what led to them discovering that).
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 30 Sept. 2014
By tom claridge - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooper car heritage. 13 Mar. 2009
By Dick Skinner - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have an interest in vintage cooper racing or the Cooper family behind the cars this book is a "must".
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1.0 out of 5 stars NEVER RECEIVED 22 Sept. 2010
By W. Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this item, but never received it. So why would i be expected to 'review' it?
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