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Real Racers: Formula 1 in the 1950s and 1960s: A Driver's Perspective. Rare and Classic Images from the Klemantaski Collection
     

Real Racers: Formula 1 in the 1950s and 1960s: A Driver's Perspective. Rare and Classic Images from the Klemantaski Collection

by Stuart Codling, David Coulthard (Foreword by), Darren Heath (Afterword)
 

The visceral sensations of driving a Formula 1 race car in the 1950s and 1960s are brought to life through the extraordinary images of the Klemantaski Collection (one of the world’s largest and finest archives of motorsports photography) and first-person accounts from the drivers who experienced them. Original commentary from F1 legends Sir Stirling Moss, Sir

Overview

The visceral sensations of driving a Formula 1 race car in the 1950s and 1960s are brought to life through the extraordinary images of the Klemantaski Collection (one of the world’s largest and finest archives of motorsports photography) and first-person accounts from the drivers who experienced them. Original commentary from F1 legends Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham, John Surtees, and Sir Frank Williams and carries the reader through a Grand Prix weekend, from arrival at the track, practice and setup, the start of the race, and the race itself. A must-have for all Formula 1 aficionados.

2011 International Automotive Media Silver Award Winner

 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"

... 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

Library Journal
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.—Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760338919
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
04/11/2011
Edition description:
First
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
12.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"... 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

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. Read more about him on his website: www.stuartcodling.com.

Thirteen-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard amassed more points in his fifteen-year Formula 1 career than any British driver and is seventh on the list of all-time F1 point-scorers. Born in Dumfries, Scotland, he made his Grand Prix debut in 1994 for Williams, before moving on to McLaren for nine successful seasons, finishing a career-best second in the championship in 2001. After four years driving for Red Bull Racing, Coulthard retired from F1 following the 2008 season, and now works as a commentator for the BBC's Formula 1 television coverage while also driving in the DTM. He lives in Monaco.

Darren Heath is one of the world's top motorsports photographers; his work covering the Formula 1 World Championship has won him numerous awards, and in 2005 the British Royal Photographic Society awarded Heath their prestigious Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to the art and science of photography in his chosen field. He lives in London, England.

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