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From the PublisherReview from Classic & Sports Car, July 2008
Collins should be applauded for doing a pretty thorough job on the enigmatic mid-engined - and blown - Group B winner. It's a narrow subject, but Collins really has covered all of the bases, including loads of fresh interviews with people involved in the project and plenty of photos and illustrations that we had never seen before. It is an engaging read, too, nicely topped and tailed with a (brief) foreword by Walter Rohrl and comprehensive - if eye-aching - appendices of results and chassis numbers. There's even a chapter on buying and owning an 037 (it was homologated after all, so they are out there), but best of all is the input from the car's designer and chief engineer Sergio Limone. Pricey, but worth it: a fitting tribute to a rally great.
New Zealand Classic Car, July 2008
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Developed by Lancia to replace the astonishing Stratos rally car, the 037 was designed to take on the then dominant Audi Quattro - and it succeeded by winning the 1983 WRC championship for Walter Rörhl and Lancia. With the invaluable assistance of Lancia's then designer and chief engineer, Sergio Limone - who opened his files to the author - Collins is able to unfold the entire story behind Lancia's 037 project. Many of the photographs in the book come from Limone's private collection - many of them never before seen. Along with Limone's valuable contribution, Collins also adds a complete competition history and interviews key personnel, from the drivers to rally team members and engineers. There's even a small Kiwi element - remembering that the Lancia 037s competed, and won, at the 1983 Rally of New Zealand. It would be hard to find a more definitive history of this iconic Italian car.
Fleet Car, October 2008
Records the development and rally history of a World Champion that was the awesome Group B Lancia Rally Car. In collaboration with the 037's designer and chief engineer Ing. Sergio Limone, Collins brilliantly takes the reader from the initial concept through its development to the full history of its rallying lifetime. This 224-page hardback features 250 stunning and rare action photos. Chassis 301 built in 1983 took part in the Circuit of Ireland in the hands of Pentti Airikkala navigated by our own Ronan Morgan. Irish rally crew Ronnie and Dessie McCarthy owned and competed in one, which they converted to right hand drive.
"... the author's narrative makes a relaxing read - as a friend of the 037's designer and chief engineer, Collins was specifically asked to write this book by the great man himself, so perhaps it is no surprise that the book contains many in-depth insights." – Old Stager
"What adds to the book's appeal is the mass of excellent photographs presented on high-quality glossy paper. The years of Group B were a fascinating period for rallying. This brings it all back to life." – The Automobile
"Between the detailed background on the car’s development, its rally race history, driving impressions, and over 340 rare photographs, this book stands as the definitive treatise on the 037 and a must-have for any fan of Lancia or rally history." – Vintage Racecar
Octane, June 2008
The author was asked to write this book by the car's chief designer Sergio Limone, which helps explain the large number of development pictures that Peter Collins has laid his hands on. Of course the rally history of this Group B supercar is fully described and well illustrated too, but it's the coverage of the early, behind-the-scenes story that makes Collins' book definitive. Quotes from drivers such as Walter Rohrl, Miki Biaison and Antonella Mandelli show he's done his research.