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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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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338919
  • Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,188,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"... this book contains high-quality pictures, reproduced to a standard that would have been considered 'art house" just a few years ago, yet retailing for maybe one-third what you'd expect  to pay from one of those art-house publishers. Author Codling has leavened the mix with reminiscences from greats such as Moss, McLaren, Surtees and Stewart, but it's the pictures that really make this book." - OCTANE Magazine

"F1 racing in the 1950s and 1960s was a different sport. And Real Racers does a superb job of immersing you in that era, thanks to the images from the huge Klementaski Collection. This is a visual feast, with enough words to help you understand the world of Moss, Brabham, Stewart, Hill, Gurney, Surtees and others.” – Road & Track


“The images are the star here, but the text works quite well to tell the story, despite starting well down the grid. It is a joy to see so many of the Klemantaski images in one spot as well. Of special note are the lengthy, detailed and well-written cutlines offered with each photograph, which are missing in so many books. And, finally, the quotes from many of the iconic drivers of the era make the book an accessible and rewarding read. It’s too bad there isn’t a bibliography for all the quotes, as they hint at wonderful interviews in the archives. Codling leaves you wanting more, which defines a great performance.” – Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market


“…anyone who wants to know what the fifties and sixties of F1 was like, both from great photos and narratives, can’t go wrong with this book. At only $40 this is an inexpensive walk through history and art.” – VeloceToday.com


“Combining rare and classic black-and-white and colour photography with first-person reminiscences from several of the sport’s greatest legends, Real Racers offer a unique view of the golden age of Formula 1 racing.” – Speed Scene

"In this stunning, oversize volume, Codling takes a trip through Formula 1 (F1) racing’s early years, focusing on the people who drove under wildly dangerous conditions. Most F1 drivers died in spectacular crashes, and those who weren’t killed suffered horrific injuries. Playboys, royalty, and mechanics’ sons pitted their skills and their machines against one another over often hazardous courses. Jackie Stewart, Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, and others offer insights into what racing was like in those formative years. There was little in the way of safety equipment, and on-site emergency help was crude. “I was put on a stretcher and left on the floor, which was covered in cigarette ends,” recalled Stewart, “All the skin was coming off my body.” Photos are from the archives of noted race photographer Louis Klemantaski.

VERDICT: The top-notch photography and text that includes history with biographies and just a touch of scandalous gossip will appeal to any reader interested in F1 racing." - Library Journal

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Combining rare and classic black-and-white and color photography with first-person reminiscences from several of the sport’s greatest legends, Real Racers offers a unique view of the golden age of Formula 1 racing. Focusing on the driver’s point of view, each chapter explores a different event or aspect of a Grand Prix weekend, from arrival at the track, practice, and the start, to the many elements of racing—racecraft, finesse, the sensation of speed, concentration, the inevitable complications—and the joy of victory or the dismay of defeat. An exciting and fresh look at the golden age of Formula 1.

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