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Old 24 Oct 2003, 16:45 (Ref:762024)   #106
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Levy's other three books are fiction and relate Sports Car Racing's early days in the US (1950s).

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1."The Last Open Road", ISBN 0-9642107-0-3: We are introduced to "Buddy" Palumbo, a teen aged mechanic (MGs & Jaguars, highly sought after in the US in 1952) who may or may not be Levy's alter ego. Buddy has a job at a gas station which becomes a mecca for imported cars due to his skills. Various characters and their cars are introduced. "Buddy" goes to various venues as a mechanic and in general describes Sports Car racing as it was in those days.

2."Monezuma'a Ferrari", ISBN 0-94642107-1-1: "Buddy" accompanies one of the charcters to the "Carerra Panamerica" (Mexican Road Race) and in general grows up a little bit. More scenes of famous races and people.
I'm as far along as the flight down (early chapters). The first book was quite fun, and a bit sad, too. The chapter including the accident at Watkins Glen is particularly poignant considering the recent events.
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Old 24 Oct 2003, 19:15 (Ref:762118)   #107
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The "Good Old Days"

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The chapter including the accident at Watkins Glen is particularly poignant considering the recent events.
That was back when drivers were fat and tires were skinny or sex was safe and cars were dangerous.
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This news, just in!

"Daytona 24 Hours" by JJ O'Malley is now available. It chronicles all the races starting with the '62 (300 mile) and ends with the '03 event. Janos Wimpffen has contributed the results from T&2S as well as the index. Hurley Haywood wrote the forward and most of the photos are from the Speedway's archives, not generally seen previously. I got my copy this w/e (US$89.95 + 6% tax) and the author autographed it along with Jack Baldwin, Hurley Haywood and Davey Jones. 400 pages, 11 x 9 inches.
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Just about all the good stuff I've read is here, Just a couple of additions "The Chequered Year" is a fantastic evocation of the 1970 GP season, and "Alf Francis, Racing Mechanic" reminds you just how different times were 50 years ago. The best book not mentioned (or I haven't noticed mentioned) is Rosemeyer, by Chris Nixon and Elly Rosemeyer - a startlingly moving story about two incredible people.

Will add persoanl agreement on recomending all of the BS Levy "Last Open Road" Trilogy (the best racing fiction I've read - but then that's not hard!), Donaldson's Villeneuve biography, and "Mon Ami Mate" by Chris Nixon.

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Old 5 Nov 2003, 19:31 (Ref:774129)   #110
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I also enjoyed Donaldson's Villeneuve biography.

Read Mike Lawrence, "Colin Chapman, Wayward Genius" after that. The first 60 pages or so were not easy to get through. Writer put too much effort into righting some myths about Chapman's early years and proving he must be correct. It didn't read smoothly through that part. I'm guessing there isn't much to go on for this part of Chapman's life? Once past that, it reads quicker and becomes more informative and interesting.
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For Chapman, get a hold of a copy of Colin Chapman - The Man and His Cars by Jabby Crombac. I bought it back in '86. I've read it several times but I don't know if its still available.
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"Daytona 24 Hours" by JJ O'Malley is now available. It chronicles all the races starting with the '62 (300 mile) and ends with the '03 event.
Got it for Christmas, along with a signed copy of the Donaldson Villeneuve bio.

I got Gerald to sign a copy of his new Fangio bio for my father. I'll get to read it soon enough...
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Old 5 Jan 2004, 11:18 (Ref:828143)   #113
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Marks and Spencer have a book "Ultimate History of Porsche", no I haven't read it , they did not have a copy in store, but I did pick up the video version. Some parts were a bit hardgoing due to the commentary, although this was more than made up for by the racing action and the lappery of the Nordschiefe. 90 mins for 8 (sale) worth a look.

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Old 10 Jan 2004, 21:15 (Ref:833799)   #114
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I was at the Autosport Show today and I picked up a book called - Bentley at Le Mans, Racing the worlds finest sports cars. It is basiclly a history of Bentley at Le Mans, mainly from a techinical point of view. I am yet to read it, but I have had a quick flick through it and it looks a good read. I would also like to add that my copy is signed by both the author and Guy Smith who was one of the drivers in the winning Bentley last year........
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Old 11 Jan 2004, 08:33 (Ref:834107)   #115
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Both of those sound pretty good to me - especially the M&S Porsche stuff for 8.....
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Old 20 Feb 2004, 08:30 (Ref:880159)   #116
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Just been looking at the Haynes web site, they have the following books - any good?

Porsche 956/962.
Porsche 917.
Jaguar at Le Mans, Every race car and driver, 1950 - 1995.

Any fellow readers have them?
Any good for a read or a reference books?

There published price are 30 each, but a quick look around got them down to 21 without looking hard.
Are they worth a purchase?
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I haven't got any of those, but they sound pretty good. The Jag book in particular.
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If the Porsche books you're referring to are by Peter Morgan, then yes.
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Yes both Porsche books are by Peter Morgan.
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And the Jaguar book is by Paul Parker, and I've found that for 17.50.
Just got to bribe the wife with flowers so I can get them!!!!!
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