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The vintage books displayed below are for the most part used and no longer in print.
These are the same books that form the basis of the Grand Prix History Library and the links provided should assist you in obtaining similiar copies. As with any used book purchase please read all descriptions carefully and "good luck hunting!".

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Raymon Mays
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Raymond Mays' Magnificent Obsession
by Bryan Apps


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Tyler Alexander: A Life and Times with McLaren
by Tyler Alexander


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First Principles:
The Official Biography of Keith Duckworth OBE
by Norman Burr

   
Stirling MossThe book is based on Moss' own scrapbooks, albums and great memories. It is a beautifully reproduced and presented book, capturing in glossy period photography and stylish archival text the excitement of motor racing in its heyday. Stirling Moss is an icon. Even just the words 'Stirling Moss' conjure up an immediate picture - an image of speed, excitement, daring, jet-setting and beautiful women. By 1961 he was at the height of his remarkable career. He was unquestionably the finest racing driver in the world, the benchmark by which lesser mortals were judged, and a charismatic sportsman, known the world over.

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For 1961, though, the uncrowned champion was handicapped in four ways. Stirling was driving last year's car, a car with considerably less power and one entered by a private team. He had no team mates to help him but was on his own - a David against several Goliaths. The scrapbook includes over 500 illustrations

   


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Stirling Moss Scrapbook
1956-1960
by Stirling Moss


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Stirling Moss Scrapbook
1955
by Stirling Moss


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Stirling Moss Scrapbook
1929-1954
by Stirling Moss

   
 
 

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All My Races
by Stirling Moss

Jo Siffert
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Jo Siffert:
Swiss Racing Legend
by Ed Heuvink


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Inside The Archives
by Jesse Alexande

The Fast Ones by Peter Miller
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The Fast Ones
by Peter Miller

The Encyclopedia of Motor Sport by GN Georgano
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The Encyclopedia
of Motor Sport
by GN Georgano

Motor Racing Through the Fifties by Peter Lewis
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Motor Racing
Through the Fifties
by Peter Lewis

       
 

Grands Prix 1934-1939 by Rodney Walkerley
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Grands Prix 1934-1939
by Rodney Walkerley

Sir Henry Segrave by Cyril Posthumus
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Sir Henry Segrave
by Cyril Posthumus


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Red Arrows: Ferraris
At The Mille Miglia
by Giannino Marzotto


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Stirling Moss
by Robert Edwards

The Complete History of Grand Prix Motor Racing by Adriano Cimarosti
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The Complete History
of Grand Prix
Motor Racing
by Adriano Cimarosti

Grand Prix Racing Facts & Figures by George Monkhouse
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Grand Prix Racing
Facts & Figures
by George Monkhouse

           

Dive into 16 months of the most beautiful and successful Formula 1 race cars in history.

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car 2017 presents some of the most beautiful and successful Formula 1 race cars in history, captured in the studio portraits of master automotive photographer James Mann. The photographs in this 16-month calendar portray not just these vehicles' engineering brilliance, but also their inherent beauty - the fascinating result of Formula 1's mix of competition, creativity, and human ingenuity that has made these vehicles into works of art.

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James Mann is one of the world's leading car and motorcycle photographers, with more than 20 years of experience shooting for enthusiast publications, the motor industry, and businesses around the world. His work has appeared within and on the covers of more than 50 books and has provided stunning visuals for numerous magazines, including Classic and Sports Car, CAR magazine, Forza, The Sunday Times, and Automobile magazine as well as being chosen to photograph the British Auto Legends stamps for the Royal Mail. Visit his website at www.jamesmann.com

       
 

Power and Glory by William Court
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Power and Glory Vol 1
by William Court

Power and Glory by Wiliam Court
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Power and Glory Vol 2
by William Court


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Mercedes-Benz W196
by Michael Riedner


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The Race Bugatti Missed
by Michael Ulrich

Piloti, Che Gente by Enzo Ferrari
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Piloti, Che Gente
by Enzo Ferrari

Racing the Silver Arrows by Chris Nixon
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Racing the Silver Arrows
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Full Throttle by Tim Birkin
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Full Throttle
by Tim Birkin

History of the Grand Prix 1945-65 by Doug Nye
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History of the
Grand Prix Car
1945-65
by Doug Nye

History of the Grand Prix 1966-91 by Doug Nye
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History of the
Grand Prix Car
1966-91
by Doug Nye

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Red-Hot Rivals:
Ferrari vs. Maserati
by Karl Ludvigsen

The Constant Search - Collecting Motoring and Motorcycling Books by Charles Mortimer
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The Constant Search by Charles Mortimer

Challenge me the Race by Mike Hawthorne
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Challenge me the Race
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Touch Wood by Duncan Hamilton
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Touch Wood
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Auto Union V16 - A Technical Appraisal by Ian Bamsey
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Auto Union V16
A Technical Appraisal
by Ian Bamsey

Maserati 250F - A Technical Appraisal by Andy Hall
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Maserati 250F:
A Technical Appraisal
by Andy Hall

Vanwall - A Technical Appraisal by Ian Bamsey
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Vanwall 2.5 Litre F1:
A Technical Appraisal
by Ian Bamsey

Lotus 25 - A Technical Appraisal by Ian Bamsey
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Lotus 25 Coventry Clima:
A Technical Appraisal
by Ian Bamsey

Cooper Cars by Doug Nye
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Cooper Cars
by Doug Nye

           

The Grand Prix Car 1954 to 1966 by L. J. K. Setright
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The Grand Prix Car
1954 to 1966
by L. J. K. Setright

BRM - The Saga of British Racing Motors Vol. 1 : The Front Engined Cars 1945-60
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BRM Volume 1
by Doug Nye

BRM: The Saga of British Racing Motors: Volume 2 -Spaceframe Cars 1959-1965
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BRM Volume 2
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BRM: The Saga of British Racing Motors: Volume 3: Monocoque Cars 1962-1968
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BRM Volume 3
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BRM: A Mechanic's Tale
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BRM: A Mechanic's Tale
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When the Flag Drops
by Jack Brabham

           

by Peter Lewis

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This small (152 pages, 12 chapters) book is comprised of a series of race chronicles spanning the years 1953-1959. It covers in the words of the author ... A decade in the history of motor racing Juan-Manuel Fangio, known affectionately as "bandy legs", won the World Championships five times, and when British drivers like Mike Hawthorn, Stirling Moss, Peter Collins and Tony Brooks emerged to challenge the Italians and Argentineans who had dominated the Grand Prix scene since the end of World War 2.

While the book pays special attention to the leading British drivers he treats drivers from other nations with the respect that they deserve. In fact an important facet of the first decade after the Second World War was England's emergence in the sport that spearheaded the efforts of the nations of the British Commonwealth that would dominate racing in the 60's and 70's. Chapter 7 of the book entitled "Sensation at Syracuse" tells of Tony Brooks' win in 1955 driving a British designed and built Connaught, the first victory of its kind. The writing gives the reader the sense of being there and partaking in the astonishment of this most improbable win.

The first practice session on Friday was well under way, yet the transporter carrying the Connaught teams cars was nowhere to be seen. This forced the British teammates, Brooks and Les Leston to reconnoiter the circuit on borrowed Vespa motor scooters which was not exactly conducive to finding the correct racing line or late breaking points! A more inauspicious beginning to a remarkable weekend could not have been written. Tony Brooks a full-time dental student and part-time driver had only been racing for less than three years. Arrayed against them were nine Maseratis and various Ferraris and Gordinis. The Maserati was led by a pair of Italian aces Musso and Villoresi who were turning in lap times of nearly 100 mph. On Saturday the Connaught teams cars finally arrived from England. The Italians were secure in their belief that their Friday times were sufficient to award them the leading positions on the grid and were only running sporadically. Brooks after some familiarization laps soon got down to business. Suddenly the loudspeakers announced the unbelievable news that the young dental student had recorded the fastest time of the session. Upon hearing this the Maserati engines burst to life, the whole team rose to the challenge of this brash young driver. The final grid showed Musso on the pole followed by Villoresi and Brooks. Since this was a non-championship event, missing were such top drivers as Moss and Fangio. This did not in any way diminish the accomplishment of the small British team.

At the drop of the flag the Maseratis surged into the lead. rather than become discouraged Brooks pressed on and soon passed Villoresi into second place. When he passed the leading Maserati of Musso the Italian tried every trick that he knew to regain the lead. Finally getting by he lost the lead again on the next lap. Both cars were turning laps faster than those run during qualifying. The Maserati could out break the Connaught at the hairpin but in doing so was dangerously abusing its breaks. Musso could not have been pleased when the Connaught was able to match his 150 mph on the straighter pieces. Eventually, the British car was able to draw away. Now the question was could the Connaught maintain this torrid pace. When the checkered flag finally flew the Connaught pit crew erupted in jubilation. Musso was one of the first to congratulate the quite unassuming young dental student.

Other chapters include the disaster at Le Mans in 1955, Moss' great victory in the Mille Miglia, Fangio's victory at Nurburgring over Hawthorn and Collins and what was known as the "Race of the Century" at Rheims. Each race is a legend in its own right and all are described in an excellent reporting style as if gleamed from the very best newspapers of the day which in fact they were by a writer who witnessed each one in person. As you can probably guess this is one of my favorite books which unfortunately is out of print. It should be found in one of the specialized motoring book stores in England such as Chater's Motoring Booksellers.

Lewis, Peter. "Motor Racing Through the Fifties". Navel & Military Press, 1992, 152pp., ISBN 1-897632-15-0

 
       

Alfa Romeo la Monaposto Tipo A del 1931 by Luigi Fusi
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Alfa Romeo
la Monaposto Tipo
A del 1931
by Luigi Fus

Design and Behaviour of The Racing Car by Stirling Moss and Laurence Pomeroy
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Design and Behaviour
of The Racing Car
by Stirling Moss
and Laurence Pomeroy

Grand Prix Tripoli 1925-1940 by Valerio Moretti
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Grand Prix Tripoli
1925-1940
by Valerio Moretti

Motor Racing Circuits of Europe by Klemantaski & Frostick
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Motor Racing Circuits
of Europe
by Klemantaski & Frostick

Great Auto Races  by Richard Hough
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Great Auto Races
by Richard Hough


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A Racing Car Driver's World
by Rudolf Caracciola

 
       

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Cliff Allison
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The Great Road Races 1894-1914 by Henry Serrano Villard
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The Great Road Races
1894-1914
by Henry Serrano Villard

The Roaring Races by Giulio Schmidt
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The Roaring Races
by Giulio Schmidt

Case History by Norman Smith
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Case History
by Norman Smith

The Mercedes-Benz Racing Cars by Karl Ludvigsen
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The Mercedes-Benz Racing Cars by Karl Ludvigsen

The History of the Racing Car by Giovanni Lurani
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The History of the Racing Car
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Fangio - Racing Driver by Olivier Merlin
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Fangio - Racing Driver
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Fifty Famous Motor Races by Alan Henry
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Fifty Famous Motor Races
by Alan Henry

It was Fun!: My Fifty Years of High Performance
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It was Fun!:
My Fifty Years
of High Performance
by Tony Rudd

The Viking Drivers by Fredrik Petersens
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The Viking Drivers
by Fredrik Petersens

How to Watch Motor Racing by Stirling Moss
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How to Watch Motor Racing
by Stirling Moss

Managing a Legend by Robert Edwards
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Managing a Legend
by Robert Edwards