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Real Racers: Formula 1 in the 1950s and 1960s: A Driver's Perspective. Rare and Classic Images from the Klemantaski Collection Hardcover – 21 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338919
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 31.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Real Racers matches some of the most evocative [images] to the recollections of drivers including Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart. It is nostalgic for a golden era of gentleman racers and British engineering, and the very shape of the cars seems to speak of optimism and progress
--Independent on Sunday

Real Racers matches some of the most evocative [images] to the recollections of drivers including Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart. It is nostalgic for a golden era of gentlemen racers and British engineering.
--Independent on Sunday

High-quality pictures reproduced to a standard that would have been considered 'art house' just a few years ago. --Octane, June 2011

Combining rare and classic black-and-white and colour photography...Real Racers offers a unique view of the golden age of Formula 1 racing. --Speedscene April/May 2011

"A magnificent symphony of words and images." Not our appraisal but that of author and ex-AUTOSPORT staffer Stuart Codling. And gallingly, he's not wrong." --Autosport, April 2011

"A masterful tome, it would grace any enthusiast's bookshelves" --Scunthorpe Telegraph, May 2011

"This is a visual feast" --Road & Track, June 2011

"a simply wonderful photgraphic record...that can be read time and time again" --Grimsby Telegraph, May 2011

"a glorious celebration of (the 1950s and 1960s)...Real Racers is an essential addition to the bookcase" --Newbury Weekly News

"The spread of epic images...are handsomely presented in this stylish, top-value book. Highly recommended." --Classic & Sports Car

"The short yet colourful anecdotes and arresting photography mean that you will probably be leafing through it for longer than you intended." --Classic Cars, July 2011

A must-have volume for fans of top flight historic motor sport --Classic Car Weekly, June 2011

hilarious tales of the pranks drivers played on each other. One for enthusiasts.
--Auto Express, June 2011

If ever you wanted to get a feel for what it must have been like to race a single-seater Formula One car in the golden era of racing, then this title is a must.
--Classic Car Mart

About the Author

Journalist and broadcaster STUART CODLING has worked in motorsports for over a decade, covering sports cars in the United States before joining F1 Racing, the world’s best-selling Formula 1 magazine. He has ridden pillion with World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson, gone snowboarding with (former) FIA President Max Mosley, and been sworn at by ex-Ferrari F1 driver Eddie Irvine. He has appeared as an F1 expert on TV and radio, has hosted for Renault F1, and contributes to F1 Racing, Autosport, and Autocar. He is the author of the Motorbooks bestsellers Art of the Formula 1 Race Car and Real Racers. Read more about him on his website: www.stuartcodling.com.


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Format: Hardcover
I have been following the Grand Prix circuit for some 44 years now, and I have a number of photos books on the subject. One wouldn't think that another photo book like this would be able to add anything new to the topic, and you'd be wrong!

Obviously, Louis Klemantaski took a lot of photos, because with very rare exception, ALL of these images are new to me, and they speak volumes about Grand Prix racing in the classic but dangerous '50s and '60s. The book is laid out like a race, with each chapter covering scenes from the same part of a typical GP meeting. The captions are generally quite thorough, though I've found a couple which neglect to mention the race in question! This is interspersed with paragraphs spoken by some of the great drivers, such as Moss, Brabham, Surtees and Stewart.

One unique spread from Aintree in 1957 shows the driving styles of eight different drivers taken at the same corner. Another shows the harrowed faces of race winners in events at which a teammate lost his life. And an appendix lists Klemantaski's numbers for each photo in the book, in the event that the reader wants to order a larger print. There is also a complete listing of every race, make and person for which there is at least one photo.

This is a heavy book that is not to be rushed through. Savor its content in small chunks and you will gain even more appreciation for the men who raced when the major achievement was in glory rather than money. Even if, like myself, you have other photo books on GP racing from this period, buy this one; at the price it is fantastic value, and worth every penny.
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Excellent coffee table book, fairly large, needs a table to rest it on, but content is a must for all motor racing followers of the early days of Grand Prix racing.
Many previously unseen photographs of circuits, drivers and cars.
I would recommend this to young and old alike.
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I'm a child of the sixties, and for me the sixties with Jimmy and Graham and Jackie and unsponsored cigar shaped cars will be the pinnacle of Formula 1. The Master Klemantaski images are works of art that capture the beauty of this era before extreme aerodynamics, sponsorship, and neutered tracks became the norm. The coverage of the 50's falls into much the same vein, but somehow the delicate cars of the sixties are the ones that do it for me. The memories of those that were there and survived to tell the tale are equally fascinating. Needless to say, image quality and selection is superb. Class.
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This nicely produced book appealed to me as I took part in the racing in a very small way as a course, and later as a flag, marshal at some of the races shown. Access to the cars and drivers was much easier then and this collection brings back some very happy memories of time spent in the paddock rubbing shoulders with the great and not so great.
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