This trilogy of books contains a remarkable collection of models which is the property of the N Collection and comprises every single car that raced at Le Mans between 1949 and 2009 – over 3,000 cars.
Here, for the first time, one can see and compare all the various makes and models, from the famous to the obscure. Not only are there three views of every model, but the salient facts are given as to who drove each car, whom the entrant was and how each performed.
Published by Porter Press International for Mr Claude Nahum
£200 (set of three)
de Luxe Edition
£675 (set of three)
Over 9,000 colour photographs plus 61 commissioned paintings and 23 period photos
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Book 2 - 1970 to 1989
Book 3 - 1990 to 2009
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The three-book set that features the extraordinary N Collection of over 3,000 Le Mans competitors is now available as a spectacular de Luxe edition. Hand-bound by Ludlow Bookbinders in Shropshire, the three volumes are presented in an elegant grey buckram slipcase with a dark-blue flock lining. Each book is bound in soft, dark-blue calfskin leather, with blocked lettering in silver, dark-blue ribbon and pages edged with silver gilt. Beautiful and substantial, this is a set that is worthy of display.
Models of every single car that competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours race over the six decades from 1949 to 2009 are illustrated in these three volumes, from the famous to the obscure, numbering more than 3,000 altogether. Each race is described and the salient facts are given for each car, including its driver and result. More than 9,000 colour photographs and 61 commissioned paintings contribute to the comprehensive illustrations.
Only 50 de Luxe editions of these superb three-book sets have been produced. Collectors’ items, indeed.
• Grey buckram slipcase with dark blue flock lining
• Soft leather covers
• Silver-gilt-edged pages
• Limited edition of 50
Book 1 - 1949 to 1969
Does anybody make carbon-composite bookcases? There might soon be a market.
This hefty trilogy drips with Porter Press’s hallmark values, with high-quality art paper and crisp reproduction, but one has to wonder about the target audience. In essence, this is little more than a very expensive catalogue of arch collector Claude Nahum’s bewildering collection of 1:43 scale Le Mans models, in this case every single car that started the 24 Hours from the race’s post-war resumption to the end of 2009. That equates to more than 3,000 racing miniatures, each photographed from the same three angles, with occasional flourishes of prose to provide sketchy historical context.
It’s not clear whether this was designed primarily as a celebration of the modeller’s art – and most of them are exquisite – but it has greater potential as a comprehensive (though slightly impractical) work of reference. SA
A new three-book set entitled The Le Mans Model Collection 1949-2009, published by Porter Press International, showcases the incredible collection of Claude Nahum. The books cover every car to have raced at Le Mans between 1949 and 2009, from the famous to the obscure, and matches them with their scaled down counterparts. As well as over 9,000 photographs, including period images of the 1:1 cars and 61 specially commissioned paintings, you will find details of all the races, owners, drivers and individual performances.
...this trilogy doesn’t come cheap, but it does offer an invaluable reference point for the serious Le Mans collector.
For what may be the ultimate Le Mans book, check out www.porterpress.co.uk for their three - volume masterpiece which feature three photos of each of the 1:43 scale models of every car that raced at La Sarthe between 1949 and 2009, plus original watercolours, race summaries and details on each car's performance in the event. It's a bit hard for me to say much because I had a hand in the book. However, it's a superb quality publication of which only 300 sets have been printed, at £200 each. It features over 9000 photographs across almost 1000 pages, is truly original and a book of this quality come along very rarely. MH
Motorsport Magazine, March 2017