Le Mans 24 Hours: The Official History of the World's Greatest Motor Race 1980-89 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Quentin Spurring, a distinguished former editor of Autosport, is an acknowledged expert on the history of Le Mans. He has attended the race on 24 occasions, starting with Renault s victory in 1978.
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But, and it's a big BUT, I'm getting tired of the sloppiness shown by Haynes/the authors in all these colourful, glossy motorsport books that have been coming out over the past decade. Yes, it's nice to have loads of colour pics, and yes, it's nice that they're available at relatively accessible prices, especially via Amazon. (Just look back at books from the 80s or 90s and you'll be surprised at how 'black and white' they seem, and it's not so very long ago.) So, despite the fact I should be feeling spoiled, why am I tutting and giving this one a low rating? Because I'm fed up with the quality of the editing and proofreading - I can hardly open one of these books for five minutes without spotting mistakes (not typos, real mistakes) in picture captions, etc. Do I think authors and editors used to do a better job? Yes. I think they used to care more about accuracy. It's as if nowadays the attitude is 'throw in loads of photos and the punter will be dazzled - sod the quality'. Why go for a grade A when a grade C will do, eh?
I love motor sport and I love Le Mans and I love Porsche. The vast majority of people purchasing a book like this will be the same or similar. Which is why mistakes are so jarring. An example: look at page 97 in this book, the top picture. This is supposed to be Le Mans 1982, where the Porsches were 956s. That's what the text says the car in the pic is, the Bell and Ickx 956. But it's not. It's the winning 962 from 1986. Look at the lettering of the 'Rothmans' on the side, look at the NAMES of the drivers on the side of the car (HJ Stuck!) - look at the wheels! - nobody who knows anything about Porsche's racing history will miss this kind of thing.Read more ›
Clearly an expert on the race and the characters involved, Spurring's text conveys both the enthusiasm and skepticism you'd expect from a former editor of Autosport magazine. Even the lowliest of runners is reported in an engaging, illuminating way adding depth to races I thought i knew well.
The photography is illustrative rather than arty and all the better for it, conveying the atmosphere of the races and the period rather than the skill of the photographer. There are other books for that.
Surely now the definitive work on the race, at least in English.
Cant wait for the 90-00 one..and buying the 70-80's ones as well.. Highly recommended.
Covering years 1980-89, the most recent addition to the series is as excellent as the former books (1949-59, 1960-69 and 1970-79), which means that this is a truly invaluable source of information for any Le Mans fan.
Inside its wonderfully illustrated pages (featuring photos of virtually each and every contestant), you can find not only a summary of the race itself, but also a description of the regulations established each year by the race organizers, the qualifying sessions, specifications and short, sometimes curious, stories about each team and finally a complete set of statistics for each year covered plus an overall résumé of the decade (with graphics which depict all imaginable kind of relevant data).
Hardly anything has been forgotten - as an example, it even has pie charts with the reasons for retirements, year by year!
All in all, in my opinion this is the best of the best series of books dedicated to the Le Mans 24 Hour race. If you're a fan of this magnificent race, you have no excuse for not haviing it in your bookshelf.
Needless to say, this same review can be applied to any of the three previous volumes. I just can't wait for the next one!
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Arrived on time, in perfect condition and the price was right. Every Le Mans fan should have this series of books. Highly recommendedPublished on 28 May 2013 by bookworm