... this book contains high-quality pictures, reproduced to a standard that would have been considered 'art house" just a few years ago, yet retailing for maybe one-third what you'd expect to pay from one of those art-house publishers. Author Codling has leavened the mix with reminiscences from greats such as Moss, McLaren, Surtees and Stewart, but it's the pictures that really make this book." - OCTANE Magazine"
F1 racing in the 1950s and 1960s was a different sport. And Real Racers does a superb job of immersing you in that era, thanks to the images from the huge Klementaski Collection. This is a visual feast, with enough words to help you understand the world of Moss, Brabham, Stewart, Hill, Gurney, Surtees and others.” – Road & Track
“The images are the star here, but the text works quite well to tell the story, despite starting well down the grid. It is a joy to see so many of the Klemantaski images in one spot as well. Of special note are the lengthy, detailed and well-written cutlines offered with each photograph, which are missing in so many books. And, finally, the quotes from many of the iconic drivers of the era make the book an accessible and rewarding read. It’s too bad there isn’t a bibliography for all the quotes, as they hint at wonderful interviews in the archives. Codling leaves you wanting more, which defines a great performance.” – Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market
“…anyone who wants to know what the fifties and sixties of F1 was like, both from great photos and narratives, can’t go wrong with this book. At only $40 this is an inexpensive walk through history and art.” – VeloceToday.com
“Combining rare and classic black-and-white and colour photography with first-person reminiscences from several of the sport’s greatest legends, Real Racers offer a unique view of the golden age of Formula 1 racing.” – Speed Scene"
In this stunning, oversize volume, Codling takes a trip through Formula 1 (F1) racing’s early years, focusing on the people who drove under wildly dangerous conditions. Most F1 drivers died in spectacular crashes, and those who weren’t killed suffered horrific injuries. Playboys, royalty, and mechanics’ sons pitted their skills and their machines against one another over often hazardous courses. Jackie Stewart, Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, and others offer insights into what racing was like in those formative years. There was little in the way of safety equipment, and on-site emergency help was crude. “I was put on a stretcher and left on the floor, which was covered in cigarette ends,” recalled Stewart, “All the skin was coming off my body.” Photos are from the archives of noted race photographer Louis Klemantaski.
VERDICT: The top-notch photography and text that includes history with biographies and just a touch of scandalous gossip will appeal to any reader interested in F1 racing." - Library Journal