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Two Summers offers a fresh, revealing and highly personal window into the culture of Grand Prix racing as it was during the 1954 and 1955 championships. The core of this book is devoted to individual portraits of the twelve races that comprised the 1954-55 seasons in which the W 196 R participated. Of those races, Fangio won seven and Moss won two.

With its carefully-crafted observations and conclusions, given added drama by its richly-detailed illustrations, there are numerous examples of the energy and dynamic nature of these racing seasons â?? not the least being abundant evidence that Fangio was indeed the ultimate master of the art and science of racing a Grand Prix automobile, and that the W 196 R was the instrument with which he honed his skills. This book captures the decisive moments when victory - hanging in the balance - was tilted towards Fangio by his own steady hand on the wheel and iron discipline. The W 196 R's racing days may be long gone, but it remains a shining star of Mercedes-Benz' participation in motor sport heritage events worldwide. It's this timeless appeal of the W196R that gives this book its vitality, charm and enduring attraction.

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Brian Redman: Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks
by Brian Redman, Jim Mullen


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1967: Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari
and a Year of Living Dangerously by John Julian


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The Brothers Rodriguez
by Carlos Eduardo Jalife-Villalon

           


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The 1903
Irish Gordon Bennett
by Bob Montgomery

The Gordon Bennett Races by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu
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The Gordon Bennett Races by Lord Montagu

The Art and Science of Grand Prix Driving by Niki Lauda
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The Art and Science
of Grand Prix Driving
by Niki Lauda

Ayrton Senna's Principles of Race Driving by Ayrton Senna
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Ayrton Senna's Principles
of Race Driving
by Ayrton Senna

Competition Driving by Alain Prost
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by Alain Prost


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Speed was my Life
by Alfred Neubauer

A completely revised version of one of the best-selling motorcycle riding skills books of all time. Today's super high-performance bikes are the most potent vehicles ever sold to the public and they demand advanced riding skills. Get it right, and a modern motorcycle will provide you with the thrill of a lifetime; get it wrong and you'll be carted off in a meat wagon. The line between ecstasy and agony is so thin that there is absolutely no margin for error. Total Control provides you with the information you need to stay on the healthy side of that line, providing a training course developed and perfected through decades of professional training in Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic. This is the perfect book for riders who want to take their street riding skills to a higher level. Total Control explains the ins and outs of high-performance street riding. Lee Parks, one of the most accomplished riders, racers, authors and instructors in the world, helps riders master the awe-inspiring performance potential of modern motorcycles. This book gives riders everything they need to develop the techniques and survival skills necessary to become a proficient, accomplished, and safer street rider. High quality photos, detailed instructions, and professional diagrams highlight the intricacies and proper techniques of street riding and the knowledge gained will apply to all brands of bikes from Harley-Davidson and Suzuki to Ducati and Kawaski to Honda and BMW and more! Readers will come away with a better understanding of everything from braking and cornering to proper throttle control, resulting in a more exhilarating yet safer ride.

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Formula 1:
Technical Analysis
2011/2012
by Giorgio Piola


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Formula 1:
Technical Analysis
2010/2011
by Giorgio Piola


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Formula 1:
Technical Analysis
2009/2010
by Giorgio Piola


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Formula 1:
Technical Analysis
2008/2009
by Giorgio Piola


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Formula 1:
Technical Analysis
2007/2008
by Giorgio Piola


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The Racing Driver
by Denis Jenkinson



 

 


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Speed Secrets:
Professional Race
Driving Techniques
by Ross Bentley


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Speed Secrets 2:
More Professional Race
Driving Techniques
by Ross Bentley


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Inner Speed Secrets:
Mental Strategies
by Ross Bentley


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Speed Secrets 4:
Engineering the Driver
by Ross Bentley


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Speed Secrets 5:
The Complete Driver
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The Technique
of Motor Racing
by Piero Taruffi

           
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by René Dreyfus with Beverly Rae Kimes

The average modern driver, who must keep his nose to the grindstone from an early age, has no time to learn about life so that he tends to be something less than a brilliant intellect.

Denis Jenkinson

As an anecdote to the cookie cutter books that seem to come out the day after a driver turns his first wheel in a Grand Prix car. I purchased "My Two Lives" by René Dreyfus. During the 20's and 30's he drove Maseratis, Ferraris and especially Bugattis on the Grand Prix circuits of the world. In 1938 he won his greatest victory in a Delahaye at Pau where he beat the best that Mercedes had to offer. When World War II started he joined the French Army but while on leave to compete in the Indianapolis 500 he found himself stranded when Paris was overrun. Without visible means of support he opened a French restaurant and began his second career. Upon the United States entering the war, Dreyfus joined the American Army. In 1980 he returned to Europe to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his victory in the Grand Prix of Monaco.

The story begins in 1914 when René was nine years old. The middle of three children he speaks of his early life with fondness, growing up in Nice. He later joined the Moto Club de Nice, which was sort of a junior league Automobile Club de Nice. Forging his mother's signature René entered his first race and won, due to him being the only car in his class. During this time he and his brother Maurice owned a paper company with René the salesman. He somehow convinced his mother that if he had a Bugatti he would be able to get around faster and see more customers. His mother was duped and soon the boys had their first race car. In the coming years René finds himself at the center of the greatest period in the history of Grand Prix racing. His contemporaries included Chiron, Caracciola, Varzi and Nuvolari. It his observations of this period that makes this book special. As a French patriot driving against the German cars we learn how it felt for himself and his friend Louis Chiron.

His second life as a restaurateur is also covered in detail both during and after the war. While this might not be of direct interest to my motorsport readers it actually covers a longer period of his life. We learn of the reunion with his brother and sister and of course his famous restaurant - Le Chanteclair which over its 25-year history was the gathering place for motosport iluminaries from around the world. In closing there is a touching chapter of René and Maurice returning to Europe and the celebration of René's victory at Manaco 50 years previous.

The following are some quotes from his book.

... Meantime, there was a new presence on the Grand Prix scene. At the Swiss GP at Bern on August 26th, I took a good long look at the Auto Union and Mercedes for the first time. There were swastikas all around, but all of us were looking at the cars. They were most unusual and enormously powerful. Four hundred fifty horsepower already, with the promise for much more. There were as many engineers in the pits as drivers. It was a gargantuan operation.

The political significance of all this eluded us. All we realized was that Germany's new chancellor was an automobile enthusiast and wanted the country's cars to be supreme, the most powerful, the fastest, the most everything.

René Dreyfus - 1934

The "racing enthusiast" was of course Adolf Hitler.

...Stuck's Auto Union was leading, but Tazio was giving him fits, until suddenly Nuvolari lost a piston just past the grandstand. He got out of his car and started walking slowly back to the pits. I was now in second place. My car was performing beautifully. Stuck's brakes, I could sense were fading.

This was Italy, and this was Tazio - and the crowd, seeing him walking, started a vigorous chant: "Nuvolari in macchina, Nuvolari in macchina!" When I pulled into the pits to refuel, Enzo and Gobbato asked me if I'd mind giving my car to Nuvolari. Of course, I wouldn't; Tazio was the team captain. Tazio beamed, and said grazie, and I shouted a few things about how the car was behaving and he took off. He drove like only Nuvolari could, and was challenging Stuck fantastically, but he was also wearing down the Alfa's brakes, had to pit to have them adjusted, and finished second.

To show you the man Tazio was, I was entitled to my percentage of the prize money only on the laps I had run, Tazio was to get his percentage on the laps he had accomplished with my car - but he refused any money at all. He told the Scuderia people that I should receive the entire prize because had I remained in the car I might have won the race. He recognized, he told me afterwards, that instead of trying frantically to catch up, he might better have played it cooler and waited to see if the other man would falter.

René Dreyfus at Monza - 1935

For Nuvolari to play it cool and wait for something to happen to the car of Hans Stuck would be like a cat barking! It would not have been Nuvolari who only knows how to drive - flat out.

While in the American Army Dreyfus had many humorous encounters especially when it related to the English language. While attending an interrogation class he was called upon to name the various battalions in a regiment. ...I stood up, and rattled off the list in my best English - and when I finished, the teaching lieutenant said, fine, you missed just one. I remembered it immediately, and remembered how my English teacher in Spartenburg had told me to always aspirate an "h" sound, difficult for a Frenchman, and so I aspirated with a vengeance and :assault" came out "asshole" battalion. The room fell apart in laughter."

The lieutenant was very kind, and when everyone had quieted down, told me that I was right but my pronunciation was wrong. He wrote the word "assault" on the blackboard, and I pronounced it once more, exactly the same way I had the first time. The room broke up again. Finally, the lieutenant said that actually, on reflection, I was probably right. And we got on to other things."

Dreyfus, René and Beverly Rae Kimes. "My Two Lives". Aztex Corporation, 1995, 1983 pp., ISBN 0-89404-080-4.

 
       

Mon Ami Mate by Chris Nixon
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Mon Ami Mate
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Alf Francis - Racing Mechanic 1948-58 as told to Peter Lewis
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Alf Francis
Racing Mechanic
1948-58
as told to Peter Lewis

A Racing Motorist  by S.C.H. Davis
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Bits and Pieces by Prince Birabongse
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BRM by Raymond Mays and Peter Roberts
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The Cruel Sport  by Robert Daley
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Dick Seaman - A racing Champion by H.R.H. Prince Chula Chakrabongse
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Dick Seaman
A racing Champion
by H.R.H. Prince Chula Chakrabongse

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines by Wilbur Shaw
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Grand Prix by Barre Lyndon
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Grand Prix
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Grand Prix Driver by Hermann Lang
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Grand Prix Driver
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Works Driver by Piero Taruffi
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Works Driver
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The Star and The Laurel by Beverly Rae Kimes
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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
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McQueen's Machines:
The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon
by Matt Stone


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James Garner's Motoring Life
by Matt Stone