Le Mans '55. The crash that changed the face of motor racing. Paperback – 4 Jan 2012
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"'Some dates have a temporal importance in human affairs, some linger for a while and time itself supercedes them with other events, some are forever. Le Mans, as the clocks ticked to 6.27pmm on the evening of 11 June 1955, was forever.'" --Blurb
About the Author
Christopher Hilton is a leading authority and writer on contemporary and historic motorsport and has written more than 30 books on it. He also writes on cricket, one of his other great passions. He has specialized in biographies of modern Formula 1 drivers like Michael Schumacher and the late Ayrton Senna, but also produced a ground-breaking study of the Donington Grands Prix of 1937 and 1938
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Nicely laid out and I like the approach the author takes here.
Is this 100% inclusive regarding the subject matter, no but that would be very difficult to do.
This gives a well rounded account of this tragic event. I would recommend it to the casual or dedicated motorsport fan.
The author presented many interesting details - particularly the mood and pace of the early 2.5 hours prior to the accident, as well as a detailed accounting of the accident timeline.
- the book needs more graphics to support the timeline-style analysis
- the author obtained a lot of information from Daimler; it would have been useful to obtain similar from Jaguar.
- more pictures are always a plus
- the writing style was odd in places; lots of equivocation. The author needs to more clearly state what he believes occurred, etc.
At the conclusion of the book, I was left wanting to learn much more about the participants (particularly Fangio and Hawthorne) and the era (Le Mans in the 50s). As such, I have ordered a couple more books on these topics, including the picture books detailing the era.
Perfect book - no.
Enjoyable book - very (it was a perfect read while sitting on the beach).