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Shelby GT40: The Shelby American Original Color Archives (Motorbooks Classics) Paperback – October 15, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Classics
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760327823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760327821
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The whole exhilarating and unmatched experience of the Shelby American racing effort of the 1960s comes roaring to life in this book, in Dave Friedman’s fabulous photographs and the revealing first-person accounts of those who were there. Featuring the voices and stories of A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby, Bruce McLaren, Bob Bondurant, Mario Andretti, Chris Amon, Carroll Smith, and more; updated to reflect the history and legacy of the GT40’s victories, and to include even more rare material and photographs, this is the ultimate book about the Shelby GT. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Photographer and author Dave Friedman has been shooting motor racing since the 1950s. In the 1960s he was the official team photographer for Shelby-American. Mr. Friedman has authored several books on auto racing history, including Chapparral: Can-Am & Prototype Race Cars; Trans-Am: The Pony Car Wars 1966-1972; Lola; Pro Sports Car Racing in America 1958-1974, and many more. He lives in Newport Beach, California.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I became a fan of the Ford GT's on a sunday morning in June of 1966. I was 13 years old. Up early before my parents I turn on the T.V. to try to find some cartoons and lo and behold there in living color is the 24 hours of Le Mans. I did'nt really know much about it though the name Le Mans did mean something to me. I was enthralled. As the Ford Mk.II's finished 1,2,3, I became a Ford fan forever. This book recaptures those days and Ford's epic assault on Le Mans in pictures and captions. From the beginning of the program to the all-american victory in 1967 by Dan Gurney and A. J. Foyt in the Mk.IV. My only complaint is that the book ends abruptly with that victory. Boom. But like the jacket says, "to take a look inside is to take a trip back in time." And what a time it was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book makes a great addition to anyone's GT40 collection. Friedman's pictures document not just the races, but a fair amount of the preparation necessary to get the cars in shape for competition.
As a pervious review mentioned, the coverage stops right after Ford's 1967 Le Mans win, thereby totally ignoring the JWA/Gulf era, but in all fairness, Shelby wasn't involved in those years. This is a book about the *Shelby* GT40 afterall.
I especially enjoyed some of the coverage of the GT40's competitors: Ferrari, Chapperal, and Porsche. This made the book just a little richer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Quintero on July 5, 2013
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It is mostly a photo book with informative captions. Many, many wonderful photographs detailing the history of the marque. I think it is one of the most beautiful cars ever designed, and boy did it satisfy its mission to win at LeMans. This book will show you all this, and tell you some history that you didn't know before.
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By D. Beach on March 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just a nice book of pictures and memorabilia. Good coffee table book if you are into cars and history. I like Fords.
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By Fernando Barretto on December 24, 2013
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Very very nice, beautifull photos, love it. If you want to see the most beautifull sport car that raced Le Mans this is the book.
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