The British at Le Mans: 85 Years of Endeavour

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Every year scores of British drivers converge on Le Mans to compete in the world's most grueling motor race; hundreds more support them in the pits and paddock, and many thousands of Union Jack-waving enthusiasts make their annual pilgrimage to cheer them on from the grandstands and spectator terraces. This book pays tribute not just to the people behind the wheel, but to all who have shared in their successes and disappointments over 85 years. Designers, engineers, team managers, timekeepers, caterers, media ...
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Overview


Every year scores of British drivers converge on Le Mans to compete in the world's most grueling motor race; hundreds more support them in the pits and paddock, and many thousands of Union Jack-waving enthusiasts make their annual pilgrimage to cheer them on from the grandstands and spectator terraces. This book pays tribute not just to the people behind the wheel, but to all who have shared in their successes and disappointments over 85 years. Designers, engineers, team managers, timekeepers, caterers, media people and marshals are the support troops for the annual battle against the 24-hour clock. Here are their behind-the-scene stories, many of them as fascinating as those being played out on the track.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781899870806
  • Publisher: Motor Racing Publications
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 11.56 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Journalist and broadcaster Stuart Codling has worked in motorsports for over a decade, covering sports cars in the United States before joining F1 Racing, the world's best-selling Formula 1 magazine. He has ridden pillion with World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson, gone snowboarding with (former) FIA President Max Mosley, and been sworn at by ex--Ferrari F1 driver Eddie Irvine. He has appeared as an F1 expert on TV and radio, has hosted for Renault F1, and contributes to F1 Racing, Autosport, and Autocar. He is the author of the Motorbooks bestsellers Art of the Formula 1 Race Car and Real Racers.www.stuartcodling.comJames Mann is one of the world's leading car and motorcycle photographers, with more than 20 years of experience shooting for enthusiast publications, the motor industry, and businesses around the world. His work has appeared within and on the covers of more than 40 books and has provided stunning visuals for numerous magazines, including Classic and Sportscar, CAR magazine, Automobile Quarterly, Automobile magazine, and many others. His advertising clients include Aston Martin, BMW, and Toyota, among others. James is the photographer of the Motorbooks title Art of the Formula 1 Race Car. Visit his website at www.mannphoto.co.uk.

Freelance journalist Ian Wagstaff won the Mercedes Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book, The British at Le Mans. He wrote for Autosport and Motoring News before becoming press and promotions manager at Silverstone in the late 1970s. His current work for Racecar Engineering, Race Engine Technology, Performance Racing Industry, The Paddock, The Red Bulletin and Auto Technology takes him to races throughout Europe and the USA, including the Indianapolis 500.

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