- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: J H Haynes and Co Ltd (1 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857331280
- ISBN-13: 978-0857331281
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.9 x 28 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the fourth book of Quentin Spurring's series dedicated to the Le Mans 24 Hours race. Each volume deals with one decade of LM events. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by Joao M R Campos