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Juan Manuel Fangio: Motor Racing's Grand Master (Karl Ludvigsen Racer Biographies) Hardcover – 20 Sep 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals Inc; 1st Edition edition (20 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859606253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859606254
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 729,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Synopsis

Fangio started racing in the 1930s in his native Argentina and was immedidately successful. He first raced seriously in Europe in 1949, planning on one season only but victories led to a change of plan and the creation of a legend. Driving for several famous teams Fangio won a record five Formula I World Championship titles before retiring in 1958. This book also takes a look at his implacably calm personality, his kidnapping in 1958, his ill-starred attempt at the Indy 500 and his magnetic appeal to women.

From the Author

This was a clallenging book to write and illustrate.
I approached the writing and illustrating of a book on Juan Fangio with great trepidation, both because he is admired by millions and because I very deeply respected his career, personality and achievements. Fortunately I had wonderful help from the archives of Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari, among others, as well as the assets of our own Ludvigsen Library, so I feel that I have been able to shed some fresh illumination on the long life of one of the 20th Century's most respected and admired sporting heroes.

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24 wins in Official Formula 1 races in 55 races....there are no words to describe the Great Juan Manuel Fangio. In an era where a lot of racers died Fangio won 5 World Championship. Only luck? I do not think so. The book describes in wonderul way the private and sportive live of this great Man from Argentina. This is one of the most beautiful book that I have in my Racing Library.
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Forget Schumacher, Senna, et al. This is the real thing! A truly great racing driver, sportsman and gentleman. This book really captures the spirit of Fangio. Although tackled a few times before, Karl Ludvigsen has done an excellent job aided by some marvellous pictures of motor racing at its purest - and most dangerous. This is an excellent book in an excellent series, lets hope there are more to follow, perhaps Jim Clark, John Surtees or Alberto Ascari?
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This is a very good book about The Maestro. Because, make no mistake, Fangio was the real deal.

The photos are amazing and includs a color section in the middle. The text is well balanced and resumed, it's not a definitive biography of Fangio, but for starters it will do.

Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x923a9c6c) out of 5 stars Very good photographic book 11 Nov. 2009
By Botnik Roller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book about The Maestro. Because, make no mistake, Fangio was the real deal.

The photos are amazing and includs a color section in the middle. The text is well balanced and resumed, it's not a definitive biography of Fangio, but for starters it will do.

Highly recommended.
HASH(0x930bccd4) out of 5 stars Historically insightful and well written. 22 Nov. 2013
By Mark L. Ost - Published on Amazon.com
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Insightful and well written; the author combines thorough research, excellent period photographs, and a practiced writing style to bring this driver to life for another generation. Anyone interested in the history of Grand Prix racing and the lifestyle is well served by reading this book.
HASH(0x923a9d68) out of 5 stars good book 29 Nov. 2014
By janpeachespotter - Published on Amazon.com
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my husband loved this book.
HASH(0x923a9eac) out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Oct. 2014
By Ruthann - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome book :-)
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