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Legendary Race Cars Hardcover – October 9, 2009

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“If, like ours, your tastes in racing run broad, Basem Wasef’s book, Legendary Race Cars, deserves a spot on your shelf. With a foreword buy Sir Stirling Moss and text that covers both the human and mechanical, Legendary Race Cars is a book you’ll enjoy one chapter at a time.” – Road & Track

“At the absolute minimum, we’ll give the author credit for providing the fuse that can cause a great argument to explode: What are the 25 greatest racing cars of all time, from every generation and genre of motorsport, and who were the men who drove them? That’s a killer proposition. Wasef is a photographer, and the book is handsomely illustrated, its frameworthy dust jacket is an interesting marketing strategy.” – Hemmings Motor News

“With 176 glossy pages, 318 photos and a cover jacket that can be framed as a poster, this hardcover book celebrates significant race cars in history.” – EuroTuner magazine

“The photography is excellent, and the book is well-written, informative and entertaining to read (including an introduction by Stirling Moss), with many quotes and recollections from the designers, drivers and team members that drove and were involved with the cars that are profiled. This is a great book to add to your book collection and is one you'll go back to often.” –

“Even if you just have a passing interest in the sport of automobile racing this book will grab and hold your interest. Beautifully illustrated, this book will entertain and inform you about the cars and drivers who reached the pinnacle of the sport in all of its forms from road racing to rallying to stock cars, Indy, LeMans and Pomona.” – Paul Bova, Vintage Racer Group

“A veritable book of dreams, Wasef tells the stories behind 25 of the most significant racing cars ever. Nicely written, packed with glowing photography and beautifully bound and presented. When viewed through a certain filter, Legendar Race Cars is a road map for turning dreams into reality.” – African Americans on Wheels magazine

Confused as to what to do with all the Barnes & Nobles and gift cards your in-laws pelted you with this Holiday season? Be confused no more! Legendary Race Cars is the book every pistonhead needs sitting on their night stand in 2010. Some of you might be familiar with Basem Wasef's first book, Legendary Motorcycles. If you are, you'll no doubt remember that Jay Leno wrote the introduction to that one. Not bad for your first book. For his second book, Basem got none other than Sir Stirling Moss to pen the foreword, which, for you whippersnappers who have no clue who Sir Stirling is, would be like getting Snoop Dogg to help you write an essay about gangsta rappers and marijuana.Pick up a copy of Legendary Race Cars (It's $23.10 right now at Amazon). You won't regret it one iota.” –

Even a non-racing fan will enjoy reading this book. Many well known and lots of less famous race cars receive an overview in this detailed tome. Packed with more than 3,000 photos and illustrations, the author presents the history of racing cars dating back to the first Indy 500 winner from 1911 with lots of background information. Legendary Race Cars is an excellent book that will hold the attention of aficionados and novices alike.” –

“… the choice of cars reflects an impressive knowledge of the breadth of motor racing, with machines from all manner of other disciplines including rallying, drag racing, Indy cars, NASCAR, sports cars and more. I enjoyed the variety of the cars chosen, the succinctly-told stories behind them and the generous complement of contemporary photographs. An interesting choice for technically-minded fans with a taste for more than just F1 cars.”

This book will heat up your hot stove debates. The book features 25 legendary racecars, and you can argue for hours whether all of these cars should be included or if there are others that are more deserving of

“More than any other automobile history book, this one struck a chord with me. The mix of modern and period photos, the historical details in each story, and the writing style all add up to a satisfying experience for anyone who loves cars.” - David Grant, 2008 Porsche Enthusiast of the Year (PCA)

Book Description

Like any sporting pursuit, motorsports has its heroes.  But unlike other sports, racing finds its heroes in a perfect meeting of man and machine.  These are the mythic pairings profiled in Legendary Race Cars—Mario Andretti’s world championship-winning Lotus 79, Stirling Moss’s unstoppable Mercedes-Benz SLR, Ray Harroun’s inaugural Indy 500-winning Marmon Wasp, and many, many more.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (October 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335482
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Mccarrier on January 8, 2010
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The high quality of the text in this book matches the high quality photographs. Usually readers get one or the other. Each of the 25 chapter tells the story of the featured car clearly and concisely.

Most of the cars included are obvious choices that have been written about extensively in other books but a few are refreshingly new. It`s a bit heavy on Formula 1 cars but not excessively.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.Bern on January 1, 2010
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The book is well written and has many intersting stories. I found this book a fantastic read. The author manages to unify the automotive junkies and the history buffs. The pictures are superb and are not mere copies of generic photos. Plus the free poster is a must have! If you found this intersting make sure to check out Legendary Motorcyles by the same author. Both books are well executed and any car enthusiast and racing fan would love adding either to their library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Ramsay on December 24, 2009
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This book is an excellent follow-up to his previous book, "Legendary Motorcycles." I think the presentation of this book is even better than the first (although the first one was also first-rate) and it again has a fascinating selection of classic race cars through history. This book is essential for any car enthusiast and will make a great gift!
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My decision to buy this book was inspired by the cover and the fact that it was a book on automobile history in racing of the best selected 25 cars in which I was a little disappointed that my favourite cars were not mentioned in this book but then again i was more leaning towards F1 cars than anything else. There was a nice mix of cars from all disciplines and eras, with everything from Nascar stockers to lithe and nimble sports and formula cars. This book represents these cars not just as cars but also as works of historic art in individuals with their own style and personality unique with historical significance. Basem Wasef author extraordinaire has the ability to invite us to examine and appreciate these machines not just as racing cars but up close and personal and the relationship between man and machine. These men are the men that have given us machines that have gone beyond endurance beyond possibility of styling a sleek shape in it,s colour engineering of mastery in it,s speed. This book also allows the reader to understand that it's a journey, that started with an idea, of a driver with the passion to beat the best and most talented in continuing against all odds until the dream becomes a classic reality and then the concept turns into a legend. The book is full of beautiful photographs that enhance its quality considerably high. The stories are all succinctly told with historical reference and photography. A wonderful choice of book for an extra addition into anyone's library of car books. I would have appreciated some mention on muscle cars such as the corvette not so much as for the rest which is a well presented and well written in a excellently photographed book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 15, 2010
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Legendary Race Cars is a strong pick for any automotive history collection, offering a lovely illustrated examination of race cars from Mario Andretti's Lotus 79 to Jim Lark's Lotus 49. Ferraris, off-road racers, and more are profiled in an exploration of over twenty-five race cars and their stories.
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