on 5 December 2012
It is very good, IMHO. Whilst there are some track shots, not always of the usual suspects either, the main part comprises paddock shots of cars, usually sans bodywork, with people working on them, or people shots. The range of cars and characters is very wide, and invariably of the mechanics and drivers etc. It is very much in the vein of Peter Darley's brilliant Jim Clark/Team Lotus books, and is printed on gratifyingly good quality paper, so Veloce have done Steve proud for the price, albeit a year late.......... and makes an ideal companion for the Anthony Carter work covering the previous 3 decades. There are also little commentary vignettes from Jim Clark’s old mechanic Bob Dance about various topics and shots.
The photographs are catalogued by years and then races, with a neat synopsis of the races and salient comments about the supporting races etc. The captions are clear and tell you what you need to know. Many are more than a simple sentence, giving quite comprehensive details of people and cars etc, who is doing what to what with whom, etc
There are some useful shots showing transporter and support vehicles, incl Hulme's Zodiac saloon and the similar estate used by McLaren to trailer to Zerex and Mclaren Olds, along with Sir Gawaine Baillie’s Galaxie station wagon towing his Galaxie racer on its trailer.
I know it is subjective, but I think this book is a very fine period addition to the bookshelves of enthusiasts.
on 31 December 2012
Having greatly enjoyed Anthony Carter's two previous volumes I was certainly looking forward to Steve Wyatt's continuation on the theme.It does not disappoint.I have relived many of the events from the '67 BOAC 500 onwards and was reminded of the very wet '68 Crystal Palace Formula 2 meeting, and the classic soaking BOAC 1000k's in 1971. Steve and I must have stood next to each other at Druids for that one. I am indebted though, to him for his fabulous paddock shots especially,as I was often too lazy to trek back from an established track-side position "round the back" at Brands to capture similar snaps.
Delightful memories of the Silverstone pit-roof era are also a highlight.The many candid driver portraits are outstanding;I am left with but one question-who was "Magnetti Marelli Man"?