Ciao, Stirling – Book Review

I suppose that I should confess that I was not a Moss fan in his racing days. Like most when offered a choice I took sides and I was a Mike Hawthorn supporter although I did always respect just how good Stirling Moss was as a driver. Later in life I met him and became a fan.

It makes a good read. There are lots of stories of life in the mews and on the road all told in an entertaining style. Some of the tales are known, but here we see them from another angle. There is also an insight into living in London in the late fifties and into the sixties that makes it something of a social commentary rather than just another motor sport biography.

I did wonder if the world needed another book on Moss, but it does deserve this one. I enjoyed it and it has earned its place on my bookshelf.

The eBay shop has been revived!

I have been collecting stuff since my early schooldays, and whilst a lot of the early stuff went missing as a result of parental clear outs and another lot from a divorce I have kept on collecting over the years. Continue reading

Le Mans 24 Hours 1960-69: The official history of the world’s greatest motor race – book review

This is one of a series of albums that each look at a separate decade of the Le Mans 24 Hour race and, as the title indicates, this one revisits the years 1960 to 1969.

The book therefore covers one of the most significant transitions, that of front engine to mid engine, and also of the Ford versus Ferrari battles of the mid years of that decade.

Each year is alocated around 30 pages of text and photos with all of the significant sub plots highlighted, including some of the rarities and unsung heros getting a mention. The range of pictures is excellent with both black & white and colour shots included and the captions are well done too.

The entry lists and results tables come from the organiser and so are accurate even down to some of the less familiar designations and this provides an important reference for historians (contemporary reports were not always complete or accurate).

It is a big book and well worth owning if you have an interst in this era. The reference sections are very useful, but the photos make this a book that you can pick up and browse through at any time. At £40 it isn’t cheap, but worth every penny. However, clicking on the link below can bring you the book at at much more advantageous price.

Le Mans 24 Hours 1960-69: The official history of the world’s greatest motor race (24 Heures Du Mans)

Coming soon – motor sport book reviews

I have an extensive library of motor sport books and am always adding to my collection. One of my followers here has mentioned that I sometimes recommend books related to posts on this blog, but could I comment on new books, so over the winter I’m going to start adding reviews of motor racing books here.

These things are always personal, but I’ll try to be objective. I’m not sure where I’ll start, but expect a mixture of new books and also some old classics that I think should be part of your library if you can find a copy.

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