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Can-Am Cars in Detail: Machines and Minds Racing Unrestrained Hardcover – August 31, 2010

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About the Author

Pete Lyons launched his career in motorsports journalism by covering the Can-Am, and he says it spoiled him forever. While he also enjoyed Formula One, long-distance sports cars, Indy cars, the Trans-Am, Formula 5000, rallying, off-road racing, and motorcycles, the Can-Am suited the lawless side of his soul. This is his third book about those epic days. Pete and wife Lorna live in Big Bear City, CA, in the service of two cats. Peter Harholdt combines his love of cars and racing with his professional talents as a photographer of fine arts for museums and collectors. From racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona to shooting for the Smithsonian, White House, and the Louvre, he is uniquely qualified to convey the technical details as well as the beauty of these cars built for speed. He has developed a portable studio that allows him to create remarkably detailed portraits of cars in any environment or locale. Peter lives in West Palm Beach, FL with his five golden retrievers and partner, Donna Tribby.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: David Bull Publishing,U.S. (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935007114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935007111
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DCNW on March 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a very nice book that puts a cap on the Pete Lyons landmark books on Can Am, which he covered during that incredible era of racing. Its more of an art book, obviously, than his original efforts, but, Can Am cars are works of art now, rolling masterpieces in their own right. I might have included a few other Can Am cars, but the logistics in creating this book were not trivial. I saw one of the book shoots at Infineon Raceway, and it was done to the highest professional photography standards, basically monopolizing access to a priceless car for nearly an entire day, turning a paddock into a photo studio. Lyons is a world authority on the subject, and all of his books are must have, including this one.

I was not happy with Amazon's packing of this book, it was simply loose in the box, with no wrapping, and they had put an inventory sticker on the case, which was hard to get off. These are art books and should be wrapped in some manner, shipping expensive books the way they shipped the one I bought- idiotic!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
No serious transportation or auto history collection should be without Can-Am Cars in Detail; for despite its hefty price tag, it's an outstanding and unique coverage unequaled elsewhere. 22 cars featured here in an oversized, lavish edition complete with slipcase are not all the great ones from the series, but they're some of the best - and have been restored to original splendor and photographed in detail here. Full-page color photos blend with technical specs to make car enthusiasts drool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stephen A. Stuart on February 4, 2011
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This book doesn't capture all of the cars, nor does it capture all the most well-known cars; but boy, it does capture some beautiful machinery and tells some amazing stories. Any fan of this era of racing, or any one who likes elegant and track-worn cars should buy this book. Stunning!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JSR on December 26, 2010
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This text is one of the best books in my library. It features 22 cars from the Can-Am series. Pete Lyons is well known as an automotive writer. As noted in another review, some of the cars are not the most important, but all significant and interesting. Peter Harholdt's photographs are outstanding, all of the cars are in beautiful shape. Kudos to David Bull Publishing for putting this book on our shelves. Companion volumes on the USRRC, and other series would be most welcome in my library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly G. Carter on December 28, 2010
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Kudps for Bull Publishing and their fine quality product; I would have expected the Penske/Sunoco Lola T70 and McLaren M6 to be part of this tribute; perhaps they were excluded because the 917/30. Great story lines with set of exquiste photos; slip cover of the M20 is a nice bonus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Carsey on January 2, 2014
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The material in the book is fantastic. If you've read Lyon's other Can Am books you'll want this one. However, the book is large and heavy, and the binding has begun to fail. 5 stars on the content, one star on the execution.
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I bought this book for my father for Christmas today and he was thrilled with it. I grew up on 1990's F1, so while I know some about CanAn from my father I'm not a die hard fan. Take that as you may.

That said, I looked through the book before I gave it to my father and I was super impressed with the quality. The book is substantial. When UPS delivered it it weighed so much I was almost certain they sent me some other item. It comes in a very nice box that has the cover image on it to protect the book. I thought that was a nice touch.

The paper weight is great, the photography in the book is stunning, the print quality and color are perfect, and looking through the images is pure enjoyment. Nearly all the images of the cars are taken in studio conditions with professional lighting. They are artistically done but not so over the top that you can't see a ton of detail in the cars that you might have never caught in passing, at the track, or in other books.

If you enjoy the beauty of a car as much as its race craft or are just a CanAm but, then this book is a must have.
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