This 204-page hardback features 344 great black & white and colour action shots and is Tony Gardiner's very personal review of the glory days of the RAC Rally. These images, which have not previously been published, have an energy which brings the rally back to life and reminds us how far removed modern rallying is from the much simpler pre-WRC era. Whilst it is neither a lavishly produced photo-essay nor an exhaustively researched history, if you have any interest at all in rallying's golden age, an era when it was actually worth spending time in a Welsh forest being pebbledashed by a passing bubble-arched Escort, it is an absolute must. The book allows you to relive the events if you were there at the time, or offers the next best thing if you weren't. For people of a certain age the memories stirred are priceless. --Review by Peter Joy for British Racing Mechanics Club, December 2006
The whole point of this book is that it represents an enthusiast's view of the RAC Rally' - so runs the intro of this book and that really sums it up. Starting in 1960 and ending in 1981 the history of the RAC Lombard is detailed, and there really isn't a dull picture among them. From the three-man crewed Zodiac to the unusual choice of a Mustang GT350 every shot is full of action. A great value tome. --Classics Monthly, July 2006
Usually the book granted top billing on these pages [Octane Magazine] is a lavishly produced photo-essay or exhaustively researched history; sometimes both. This book is neither - but if you've any interest at all in rally's golden age, It's an absolute must-have. Attractively laid out, with clear captions and concise descriptions of each year's event, the book's, and the author's lack of pretensions seem perfectly in tune with this most down-to-earth of rally subjects. --Octane Magazine, January 2006
Tony Gardiner, who lives in Worthing, England, is a highly experienced professional illustrator, most of whose subjects relate to the 'Golden Age' of motor sport: the 1950s and 1960s. He has maintained a strong lifelong interest in motor sport, including club events, rallies and sprint races, as a spectator, official and competitor. Tony first became interested in motorsport in 1957 when the Ecurie Ecosse team of D Type Jaguars won at Le Mans. Other forms of motorsport, including rallies like the Monte Carlo and Liége-Rome-Liége, with competitors driving over Europe's mountain roads and snow-covered goat tracks at high speed, captured Tony's imagination. He quickly became aware of Britain's own RAC International Rally which covered some two thousand miles of British roads each November. As The RAC became more and more competitive with new forest stages, his interest grew. In 1964 he spectated at the RAC's start at the Chelsea Barracks in London and decided there and then that, next year, he would follow the Rally round its entire route. This started some fourteen further such ventures covering thousands of miles in a Mini Cooper, Vauxhall Magnum and a Leyland 1800. Tony even persuaded the Press Office of the Royal Automobile Club to issue him with passes and rally plates which helped him immensely getting in and out of stages quickly. The result of Tony's passion for the RAC Rally is that he amassed, between 1964-1983, over a thousand photographs in black and white and colour, plus a large collection of RAC Rally memorabilia, much of which is reproduced in this book.
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Description du livre Veloce Publishing, 2006. Hardcover. État : New. 1903706971 A new 160 page hardcover in dustjacket with color images, in print for $64.95. This is an excellent copy, with no marks or defects. N° de réf. du libraire 123528
Description du livre Veloce Publishing, 2006. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P111903706971