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Porsche 917 - The Autobiography of 917-023, by Ian Wagstaff

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The second book in the Great Cars Series

The achievements of exceptional people have long been celebrated by fascinating biographies – and Porter Press is now doing the same for some very special cars.

Great Cars Series

 

This magnificent book (the second title in our Great Cars series) tells the story of the most important Porsche 917 of all – the one that gave Porsche its first victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1970 the world’s greatest sports car race was ravaged by periods of torrential rain but through it all came 917-023, driven by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood, to achieve a landmark success for the German manufacturer. This book provides detailed insight into not only this race but also the six others in which 917-023 took part, supported by a superb collection of period photographs, many in colour. All Porsche fans will love this addition to the ‘Great Cars’ series.

 

Key content

 

• The complete life story of Porsche 917-023, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1970.

• The car’s seven races covered in detail, from the 1970 Brands Hatch 1,000Km to the 1971 Daytona 24 Hours.

• All surviving drivers of 917-023 specially interviewed for this book: Hans Herrmann, Richard Attwood, Vic Elford, Kurt Ahrens, Gérard Larrousse and Gijs van Lennep.

• The works-assisted teams – Porsche Salzburg in 1970, Martini in 1971 – outlined in detail, including interview input from mechanic Helmut ‘Käfer’ Frauenschuh.

• Nearly 300 period photographs, many previously unpublished, supported by a portfolio of specially commissioned studio photography.

 

The author

 

Ian Wagstaff has twice won the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu Trophy as well as its Pierre Dreyfus award, and he has also received the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association’s ‘Book of the Year’ award. He is particularly intrigued by both endurance and Indy car racing and has written books about the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Indianapolis 500.

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Porsche 917 book was shortlisted for The International Historic Motoring Awards 2015.

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The second title in our Great Cars series. Its subject is the Porsche 917 that won Le Mans in 1970. Author Ian Wagstaff tells the epic story of that race, and the six other World Sports Car Championship events in which chassis 023 took part, and concludes that the car should never have won the 24 Hours.

Porsche 917 book was shortlisted for The International Historic Motoring Awards 2015.

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Jaguar D-type - The Autobiography of XKD 504

by Philip Porter and Chas Parker

This superb book tells the story of one of the most historically interesting of all Jaguar D-types – a car that has raced more than any other D-type.

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Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase - The Autobiography of 2119 GT

by Doug Nye

This superb book tells the story of the finest example of a glorious breed of Ferrari, the 250 GT Short Wheelbase, which combined a great engine with a fine chassis and a beautiful body to become one of the most revered Ferraris. The subject of this book, 2119 GT, is a very special car because Stirling Moss drove it to a famous victory in the Goodwood Tourist Trophy of 1960. This book provides detailed insight into this race, the competition début of 2119 GT, as well as the seven others in which the car took part in period, all supported by a superb collection of photographs.

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Written by Doug Nye,with three chapters by Ross Brawn

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Maserati 250F

The Autobiography of 2528

by Ian Wagstaff

The Autobiography of 2528. This fabulous ex-Fangio 250F has been owned by the Corner family for many years.

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Maserati 250F book was shortlisted for the RAC book of the year in 2016

Shortlisted for the

RAC Book of the Year 2016

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ERA R4D

The Autobiography of R4D

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The famous cars made by ERA (English Racing Automobiles) epitomise British motor racing during the 1930s and have a very special place in the affections of patriotic enthusiasts. This magnificent book tells the story of a uniquely historic example that has competed almost without a break for 80 years and achieved innumerable successes.

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This magnificent book tells the story of a Ferrari 250 GTO with a particularly interesting and varied history.  The car is chassis number 4153 GT and it won the Tour de France - an arduous 10-day race-cum-rally - in the hands of Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger in 1964.

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Le Mans 24 Hours, 1970

 

This 917 was short-tailed and powered by a 4.5-litre engine, whereas Porsche’s ‘hot-shot’ drivers were all in 4.9-litre cars, two of them aggressive-looking, long-tailed versions. On top of that, one of 023’s drivers was ill: Richard Attwood, unbeknownst to him at the time, had mumps and could eat hardly anything. Attwood and co-driver Hans Herrmann found themselves in front after others struck trouble and then had to defend their lead in atrociously wet weather – in the book Attwood describes how he had to battle with ‘an unbelievably dangerous track and seemingly impossible conditions’. Thanks to Ian Wagstaff’s meticulous research, which has included interviews with all six of 023’s surviving drivers, this is a richly detailed book that all fans of the Porsche 917 – and sports-car racing in general – will adore.

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De Luxe (signed) Edition - A stunning limited edition, bound in red leather with gilt edges, and cased in a grey cloth slip-case. As a special touch, there is an embossed reproduction of the chassis number on the front of the book.  The leather-bound de Luxe edition is limited to just 100 copies and is signed by the author.

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Jaguar Lightweight E-type - The Autobiography of 49 FXN, by Philip Porter & James Page

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The eighth book in the Great Cars Series

This exhaustive book tells the story of the 1963 Lightweight Jaguar E-type that was famously given an aerodynamic makeover by Dr Samir Klat of Imperial College, London, for the 1964 season. Driven by Peter Lumsden and Peter Sargent, the sleek car proved its high-speed potential by running third in the GT class at Le Mans that year until forced to retire soon after nightfall, but three months later it achieved a prestigious result – best-placed E-type and fifth in the GT class – at the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood. Known by its registration number, 49 FXN, this celebrated Lightweight E-type has remained active for most of its life, and the exploits of a succession of notable owners form a fascinating aspect of the book.

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The ninth book in the Great Cars Series

This glorious book tells the story of the celebrated lightweight Jaguar C-type, chassis number XKC 051, that Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt drove to victory in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours. The car went on to have a busy post-works racing career, first with Ecurie Ecosse, then with privateer drivers Bill Smith and Geoffrey Allison. Among its small number of collector custodians in later years, the names of Briggs Cunningham and Adrian Hamilton (son of Duncan) stand out. All this is covered in fascinating detail, supported by a fine collection of period photographs. Any Jaguar enthusiast will enjoy this addition to the ‘Great Cars’ series.

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The tenth book in the Great Cars Series

This lavish book tells the story of the car in which Stirling Moss achieved two of his most famous Grand Prix victories. The first World Championship race of the 1½-litre Formula 1 era introduced for 1961 was the Monaco Grand Prix and Ferrari’s powerful new ‘shark-nose’ cars were expected to dominate it, but Moss used all his craft and guile to take a celebrated win in his Lotus 18. Although Ferrari did prove to be the dominant force that season, Moss scored a second success in this same car, chassis number 912, at the Nürburgring, a race that turned out to be the last World Championship Formula 1 victory of his career. The car’s entire 1961 season, and its subsequent life, is covered in fascinating detail in this ‘Great Cars’ book, supported by a fine collection of period photographs.

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