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Colin Chapman Wayward Genius Hardcover – February, 2003

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Mike Lawrence is a well-known motoring writer with a special interest in motor racing history, in particular in the cars and drivers of a generation ago. Colin Chapman was one of his boyhood heroes, and he has closely followed the story of Lotus cars and their mercurial creator ever since. As well as contributing to all the leading motoring magazines, Mike Lawrence has written, or been co-author of, three dozen books. He is also a published poet, a playwright and a broadcaster. In 1966, Mike was awarded a PhD for research into Shakespeare's stage techniques and he has taught courses on Shakespeare for the Universities of Sussex and Gothenburg. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Breedon Books Publishing; First Edition edition (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859832784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859832783
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Mike Lawrence has produced another intrguing racing biography of Colin Chapman.
Reading this book, I get the feeling that Mr. Lawrence has a great deal of respect for Colin, but reveals that there was a much darker side to Colin's personality, and hence has produced a very balanced view of Colin's achievements. Undoubtedly, the most controversial statement is the conclusion that had he lived, Colin would have gone to prison for his involvement in the DeLorean saga.
Now a hard book to find, but well worth the trouble.
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In general I found the book a good read, especially the chapters covering Chapman’s life pre-1960. My main problems were a lack of fact checking on the author’s part. He didn’t seem to do any work to verify any of the information on Lotus’s racing in the states. I won’t list them all, but the two I highlight are his saying that Clark won at Milwaukee in 64, he didn’t, and that the only races that the Lotus 56 with turbine competed in USAC in 1968 was Indy . He added that Granatelli swapped a turbo Offy for the turbine and ran the remaining series in 1968 with that configuration. The 56 with turbine power competed in about half the races on pavement that year. A 56 with a turbo Offy was ran in 1969 by Granatelli. It might have been a real Lotus 56 or Granatelli version of the Lotus 56, but it didn’t run in 1968. He also said that Graham Hill won the F1 championship in 1964. He had the most points, but because the best 6 results were the only ones that were counted, he lost to John Surtees. Surtees having the highest point total for six races. This last item he even contradicted himself on. One section he said Surtees won and the other Hill. The lack of fact checking on the author’s part didn’t keep me from looking forward to the next page, but it does leave me with doubts on the other “facts” he shared. I can’t check those as easily as ones about race results, engine chassis combinations, etc.
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Excellent behind the scenes information about the true genius designer Colin Chapman. Fascinating
Anyone interested in the history of motoring racing will appreciate this book.
Greg Wolfe
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