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