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The Racing Zborowskis Hardcover – 8 Jun 2002

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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Sports Car Club; First Edition edition (8 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954287606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954287603
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,601,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The saga of the Zborowskis, father and sons, racing pioneers who both lost their life driving Mercedes.

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A very poignant story of the Zborowskis, father and sons, who met their death racing.
I would have appreciated more technical details of the cars Louis Zborowski had buit at Higham.
I was surprised that Clive Gallop wasn't prominent in the text; as chief mechanic, he built the aero-engine monsters.
Mercedes-Benz figures strongly in this book.
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This book is not just the story of father and son who shared a passion for extremely powerful automobiles. These fabulous machines are well represented in fascinating period photographs. One is also reminded as to how dangeous they could be- both father and son perishing in competition. It also provides a marvellous insight into the pioneering days of motoring. We witness the transition from horse to the horseless carriage as well as learning the origin of the expression "painting the town read." The author has a clear love for the subject matter- its is wonderfully written and I found it to be quite moving in places. I am particularly thinking of father Elliott's final attempt at La Turbie on 1st April 1903 which no one who attended would ever forget. His intention was to arrive safe at the finishing post- an eye witness observing his driving said he would not reach the top which proved sadly prophetic. Louis received the news of his father's death while at school- aged 8.
Unsurprisingly more space is reserved for his son Lou (described as a person of "captivating liveliness") and the aero-engined Chittys I-III which achieved mythical status at Brooklands. Aero-engines could be purchased comparatively cheaply and Chitty I boasted in excess of 23 litres! Chitty III was described as "quite docile, even in London". The Higham Special was subsequently acquired by the great Welsh racing driver Parry Thomas and would gain the land speed record before killing its pilot at Pendine in 1927. Living close by, I always visit the museum in the Summer where this emotive car may be found- but that is another story!
Sammy Davies describes Lou as driving as his father drove "with all his heart and soul"- and so is this book written.
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