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Sports Car and Competition Driving Paperback – January 1, 1963


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Product Details

  • Series: Driving
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Bentley Publishers (January 1, 1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837602025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837602028
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

A very informative read.
Gene R. Bird
Driving in Competition by Alan Johnson added track skills on how to read a road course.
-oo0(GoldTrader)0oo-
Everyone can learn something (or a lot) new from this book!
JaimeZX

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maxim Masiutin on November 21, 2004
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From the first glance, I liked that book much! It is written in a very friendly tone, clear language! It begins with a large chapter about the driving position; there are lots of photos with the right and wrong poses, with analysis of each case. The evolution of the correct driving position is also exposed. Then goes a chapter about power, torque and when to change the gear to achieve different goals: fuel economy, engine lifetime, maximum speed. After that there is a section about the correct braking and pedaling.

The author has dedicated a large topic of this book to quick and safe cornering, explaining the forces and vectors that act upon the axes and wheels; about the oversteer and understeer, about slipping, sliding and skidding. There are very simple and clear formulas to calculate the total adhesion of a wheel with the road.

The rest of the books is about the sport events: how to prepare and how to perform. Should the generic reader be aware of the contests, right?

The detailed reading of the book has shown some arguable points. For example, the author is glorifying the ABS in one chapter and writes about controlled slide in another chapter, not mentioning the controlled slide is hardly possible with ABS. It seems that the textual fragments which were added in the second edition of the book about the modern whistles-and-bells like ABS are not well aligned with the rest of the book (that's why four stars only) which Paul Frere has published in the first edition, and this original text about physics of cornering is just brilliant!

However, if you liked a better book about cornering and not filled with much information about sport events, I would have recommended numerous textbooks by Professor Tsygankov, who has even a separate textbook about the correct handling of the steering wheel. This subject is almost overlooked by Paul Frere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed on August 16, 2010
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This is a thinking person's book, from a great world class driver. Eloquently written and clear advice combined with basic level formulas, photos, and illustrations to get the messages to the reader on multiple planes of communication. Approaching fifty years since it was first released, the immensely practical advice in this book is timeless. Frere provides not just "tips" to drive fast, but concepts and tools to develop your own thinking and analytical skills to learn how to handle all manner of challenges on the road and track. It promotes "safe" as much if not more than fast, and that is all the more reason to have, read, study and practice the lessons it provides.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2002
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This book is full of formulas for computing maximum theorhetical speed through corners, and the like. The information is presented in a way that people with several seasons under their belts could use, but definitely NOT for the beginner, unless you happen to also hold a PHD in physics. If you are considering writing a video game, THIS is the book for you. It has all the formulas you'll need to make your car handle realistically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By -oo0(GoldTrader)0oo- on July 8, 2013
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Ten years ago I wrote an Amazon review of The Technique of Motor Racing (Driving) by Piero Taruffi. The Technique, was used at professional racing driving schools before schools wrote there own manuals. This was in the days before advertising on cars and drivers. The Technique is about cornering.

The Racing Driver (Driving) by Denis Jenkinson taught the Psychology of racing drivers, and Sports Car and Competition Driving by Paul Frère taught us how to blend all of these skills together for driving sports cars on the streets.

Not much later. Driving in Competition by Alan Johnson added track skills on how to read a road course. How to give up a little on some corners, so that you are optimally placed for the ones that matter. Everyone takes something away from this book.

Although I have read many driving books since, and am still learning a lot. These are the bench mark upon which the newer books must be judged. The newer books assume that you already know all of this stuff. So if you are serious about driving safe, and moving fast, at some point you will want to know what everybody else knows.

The Technique of Motor Racing (Driving)
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It provides solid info for an aspiring driver and is both interesting and very useful. It has some interesting history that shows how the cars have improved and some theory that gives good advice on all aspects of track or road racing. Any aspiring racer would appreciate and use the information in the book.
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By Gene R. Bird on December 7, 2012
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Paul Frere is a genius and he transfers that knowledge to the reader in a simple and straightforward style. A very informative read.
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