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Autocourse 50 Years of World Championship Grand Prix Motor Racing (Hazleton History) Hardcover – May 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Hazleton History
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelton Publishing (UK) (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874557780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874557784
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,176,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I suggect all F1 fans get this book asap or it will disappear from book stores very soon.
paul_cheng
The reader comes away in awe, sated by the integrity of the text under Alan Henry's meticulous editing and the wonderful photographs of Bernard and Paul-Henri Cahier.
John Joss
The Formula One world driving championship was inaugurated in 1950, making 1999 it's 50th season.
Peter Dick

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dick on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Formula One world driving championship was inaugurated in 1950, making 1999 it's 50th season. The people of AUTOCOURSE have chronicled the sport since 1951, and have never had any equals. This AUTOCOURSE history of the first 50 years is absolutely breathtaking. An "art" book of immensely high quality, it marries the journalistic expertise of veteran correspondent Alan Henry (editor of AUTOCOURSE since 1988) with the photographic brilliance of Bernard Cahier (covering primarily the 50's, 60's and into the 70's) and his son, the imcomparable photographic artist, Paul-Henri Cahier (primarily 80's and 90's). Their photos are simply stunning. The decision to restrict the photographic content of a 50-year history to just 2 men was a brave one, but considering that they chose the true artists of their eras, the choice was clearly inspired. It puts the book on another level entirely. A comprehensive championship table (season-by-season) is present at the back, but there is nothing dry or statistical about this book. Rather than comprehensively document the series "race-by-race", this is a book in which the essence of each era and the true character of its participants (and the cars involved) is brought to life. The people at AUTOCOURE have no peers, and with this book, they've truly outdone themselves. A "desert island" F1 book for sure. Congrats!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By paul_cheng on July 7, 2000
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This title is even more precious than the other already outstanding Autocourse Annuals. You can see how it looked when it all started back in 1950. Live through different eras of the past 50 years in F1 racing. I suggect all F1 fans get this book asap or it will disappear from book stores very soon. The team of Henry and Cahier(s) should get more than 5 stars just for this outstanding work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Ennor on May 15, 2000
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For readers who are familiar with Autocourse, its reputation for high quality, accuracy as a book of historical record, and photography that stands on its own merits, this latest book from Alan Henry should be on every enthusiast's "must have" list.
There are about a dozen books on Formula One that I'd take with me to a desert isle (Jesse Alexander's "At Speed," Horst Baumann & Ken Purdy's "The New Matadors," William Court's "Power and Glory," and Henry's "Autocourse History of the Grand Prix Car 1945-65 and 1966-91," among them). This one is added to that short list, undoubtedly.
Alan Henry is well known for his insider knowledge of the sport--there is a full page word sketch of Bernie Ecclestone included here that is worth the price of admission alone. If you love the sights, the sounds, and most of all the personalities of Formula One, both past and present, you have to read, savor and then HORDE this book for the future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Joss on April 19, 2003
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Grand Prix motor racing, despite a long parade of contenders to the pinnacle of motor sport, remains the ultimate distillation of technology and driver courage/skill. The 50 years since WWII, thoughtfully framed by a "Before the War" chapter for historical perspective, are recorded superbly in this magnificent book. No significant aspects of the cars and drivers of this eventful half century have been neglected. Sidebars constantly divert and inform. Even the advertising is captivating.
The reader comes away in awe, sated by the integrity of the text under Alan Henry's meticulous editing and the wonderful photographs of Bernard and Paul-Henri Cahier.
Younger enthusiasts who read this book, who have been watching the boring, little-passing parades of advertising-festooned F1 slot cars of recent years, will acquire essential perspective from this great book and will note--perhaps wistfully--the transition from a high-risk driver's sport to a technology-money game in which the driver has become increasingly subordinated to the machinery and lawyers manipulate the rules. They may also note, by studying the evolution of Grand Prix machinery, the transition (not only in GP but in prototype sports cars) from vehicles that could be driven on road courses to caricatures that can only be driven on billiard-table-smooth tracks, whose characteristics (mile-wide slicks, ground effects, minimal ground clearance, bizarre aerodynamics aids, engine lifetimes measures in minutes or hours of running) have virtually nothing to do with any other kind of road vehicle. The great Stirling Moss, one of the finest drivers who ever raced, railed against this loss of relevance to 'real' cars when interviewed by me on the microphone at Sears Point (where he was Grand Marshall of a historics event).
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By Gary Groat on November 4, 2014
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outstanding book covering the dangerous world of Formula 1
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