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Lotus 72 Owners' Manual: An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and operation of Lotus's legendary Formula 1 car (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals) Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012
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Shortlisted for British Sports Book of the Year Awards 2013 --British Sports Book of the Year Awards
About the Author
Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport and the automotive components industry. He writes for numerous magazines in both Europe and the USA, including Racecar Engineering, Race Engine Technology and Motor Sport. In 2006 he was awarded the Mercedes-Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book The British at Le Mans.
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Well, here's the first of the two sorted. (Haynes - a Lotus 79 book please?)
Amazing in depth stories, anecdotes, history and information and a great if somewhat tongue-in-cheek chapter about buying and restoring a car!
I'm an ardent model car builder and this book provided a huge amount of close up detail for my build of the huge Tamiya 1/12 kit of the car. If only for kit builders, this book is a great source of reference.
Just a FEW more close-up pictures of the 'inner workings' and a few less long shots of the car in action would be a bonus.
C'mon Haynes - more books like this one.
This book contains marvelous information, photos never published before, so it is something really new and interesting, which quite rare, considering that the Lotus 72 has been around for 43 years.
Congratulations to Ian Wagstaff (author) and Haynes (publisher) !
And yes, a manual about the Surtees ts9b will be very welcome !
Behind the simplistic facade that the 72 presents to the eye, lies a complexity of design that the designers felt was necessary in trying to gain a competitive advantage.
It equally shows the evolution required to try and keep the 72 competitive at the time.
The 72 still looks good to me, even now. But I look at it with more respect knowing what it actually technically consists of, and what skills were needed to keep it going.
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