Art Of The Le Mans Race Car: 90 Years Of Speed

Hardcover | December 15, 2013

byStuart CodlingPhotographed byJames MannForeword byDerek Bell

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Le Mans is one of the longest-running and most spectacular endurance races in the history of motorsport. Spanning from the first 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1923 to the present day, Art of the Le Mans Race Car takes the reader through a visual review of 90 years of significant, stunning racing machines. Featured cars include racers from Bentley, Talbot, Alfa Romeo, Cunningham, Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, and Audi, to name but a few. Striking studio photography specifically commissioned for this book from James Mann, one of the world's leading car and motorcycle photographers, highlights the functional art of race car engineering, allowing readers to lose themselves in the myriad of mechanical details within. Each car includes a profile setting out its place in Le Mans history, accompanied by historical images and commentary from drivers, designers, and engineers. Written by renowned journalist and broadcaster Stuart Codling, Art of the Le Mans Race Car offers a fresh, visually breathtaking telling of the beautiful vehicles that have graced the world's most beloved endurance race.

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Le Mans is one of the longest-running and most spectacular endurance races in the history of motorsport. Spanning from the first 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1923 to the present day, Art of the Le Mans Race Car takes the reader through a visual review of 90 years of significant, stunning racing machines. Featured cars include racers from Ben...

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There is no more storied race in the annals of motorsports competition than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is simply epic on so many levels: duration, difficulty, danger, quality of competition, technology. All of these traits and more are embodied in the cars that compete each June and such has always been the case. From prewar Talbots, ...

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 swor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10.12 × 12.5 × 1.12 inPublished:December 15, 2013Publisher:MotorbooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:076034437X

ISBN - 13:9780760344378

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Derek Bell
Introduction

Chapter 1: 1920s and 1930s
Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6
Bentley 3.0 Sport
Mercedes Benz 710 SS
Talbot 105
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Riley Nine Ulster Imp

Chapter 2: 1940s–1960s
Delahaye 135 CS
Ferrari 166 MM
Cunningham C4R
Jaguar C-type
Jaguar D-type
Ferrari 500 TRC
Aston Martin DBR1
Daytona Cobra Coupe & AC98
Rover-BRM
Ferrari 250 LM
Ford GT40

Chapter 3: 1970s and 1980s
Porsche 917
Matra MS670
Gulf GR8
Porsche 956 and 962
Lancia LC2

Chapter 4: 1990s–Today
Jaguar XJR-12
McLaren F1 GTR
Audi R8
Peugeot 908
Audi R18

Photo Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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"â?¿ selected cars are presented in vivid studio full and double page photographs along with technical detail photographs. These are accompanied by a table of LeMans history and extensive background textâ?¿. Surprise and delight the reader in a depiction of art, design, innovation and results." - Victory Lane