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Old 31 Jan 2018, 17:52 (Ref:3797244)   #16
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If we're at F1 driver autobiographies, what I really liked and admired about Damon Hill's book is that it was done without a ghostwriter; he acknowledged he had some assistance from Maurice Hamilton but he wrote it by himself in the end. And it does sound like Damon's words when reading it.
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Old 31 Jan 2018, 18:15 (Ref:3797249)   #17
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Anyone got any recommendations for the early years of Le Mans, or how the race started etc?
English-language ones.

Thanks to Mekola's post above I've already got the Quentin Spurring ones added to my Amazon list to keep an eye on!
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Old 31 Jan 2018, 19:52 (Ref:3797276)   #18
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Anyone got any recommendations for the early years of Le Mans, or how the race started etc?
English-language ones.

Thanks to Mekola's post above I've already got the Quentin Spurring ones added to my Amazon list to keep an eye on!
Brooklands Books produced a series of books, roughly decade by decade, that are a compilation of period magazine Le Mans race reports.

Alternatively, 'Le Mans 24 Hours' by the late Brian Laban will give you a good overview of the history.
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The Laban book is a very good read, better than the one by Clausager, but I've read that several times too and it goes very cheaply on eBay.
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The Laban book is a very good read, better than the one by Clausager, but I've read that several times too and it goes very cheaply on eBay.
While very much appreciating that time passes Clausager's work was the one that educated the teenage me about the history of the race and had a turn of phrase that kept me interested throughout and thirty or so years later has me falling back on Wimpffen as a go-to record.

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Agreed Ian. The Clausager book was the first I ever bought on Le Mans. In fact, I think I have a second copy somewhere. I picked it up for pennies on Ebay thinking 'I'll make a few bob on that', only to find out that it really doesn't seem to have that much second hand value....


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I mean - just take a look at this......!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Le-Mans-b....c100706.m4781
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Agreed Ian. The Clausager book was the first I ever bought on Le Mans. In fact, I think I have a second copy somewhere. I picked it up for pennies on Ebay thinking 'I'll make a few bob on that', only to find out that it really doesn't seem to have that much second hand value....


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I mean - just take a look at this......!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Le-Mans-b....c100706.m4781
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-li...7757835&sr=8-1
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Hope I can get my hands on a copy of this one soon:

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AJ Baime's Go Like Hell is an excellent telling of the Ford vs Ferrari battles of the 60s.
Agree 100% The old world versus the new world. A company stepping into something they had not really done much of (Ford) and taking on the masters of the craft (Ferrari)
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Agree 100% The old world versus the new world. A company stepping into something they had not really done much of (Ford) and taking on the masters of the craft (Ferrari)
I struggled with it from the start.............the passage concerning the 1955 race was utter tosh.........'Levegh' being frightened during the opening stint......how would anyone know in the absence of radios?...and while he may have been slowest of the Mercedes squad, he was faster than virtually all the Jaguar team....and then Hawthorne being completely blameless for the events leading to the Mercedes flying into the crowd......most risible was the claim Racers came to Le Mans to become champions. And of the many champions crowned here, Hawthorn was the fastest of them all.

Chris Nixon's sublime Mon Ami Mate gives a rather different account.............I know which I accept. There were other mistakes that a good editor would have spotted.............all that being said the book reads well and at pace.............better on setting the scene from the Ford perspective, than being a historical reference.

Mon Ami Mate has recently been reprinted by Chaters and is an essential addition to the library of any enthusiast who wishes a greater understanding of '50s motor sport. I believe that there is currently a deal that includes the DvD Race to Immortality available on the Chaters' website.
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