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The Classic Motor Racing Circuits of Europe

ISBN-10: 0711034818

ISBN-13: 9780711034815

 

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The Classic Motor Racing Circuits of Europe

by David Venables

Europe, the cradle of road racing, is blessed with the great courses and tracks on which competition cars evolved and progressed since the idea of multiple laps of a circuit took hold in the Belgian Ardennes in 1902. This book introduces twenty of the greatest European circuits of the past and present. Some, like Sicily's Targa Florio and Italy's Mille Miglia, echoed in their length and hazards in towns and mountains, the great challenges of the heroic age of racing. Italian drivers specialised in mastering these contests. The French city of Le Mans has hosted racing since 1906, making it by far the oldest venue still in use. Monza had a fast oval for years, while Montlhery near Paris was based on a banked oval. Both were used for record-breaking as was Britain's Brooklands, cradle of many feats of speed.

Motor sport historian David Venables provides a guide to the births, careers and dramas of these demanding tracks and their epic races and - in some cases - their deaths as well. Each chapter has a sidebar highlighting a driver associated with the track and with rare and exciting images from the world-renowned Ludvigsen Library, the pages glow with the drama of the great tracks, their creators, crises and champions. They make the book a rare treat for the lover of motor racing at its finest.

Contents:

  • Le Mans
  • Targa Florio: The Madonie circuits
  • Brooklands
  • Avus
  • Barcelona
  • Monza
  • Spa-Francorchamps
  • Montlhéry
  • Pescara
  • Reims
  • Mille Miglia
  • Nürburgring
  • Monaco
  • Bern (Bremgarten)
  • Donington
  • Hockenheim
  • Silverstone
  • Brands Hatch
  • Imola
  • Hungaroring

Buch, Hardcover, 25,5 x 25,5 cm, 176 Seiten, 109 farbige und 209 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text
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