Alpine & Renault · The Sports Prototypes #2# Volume 1: 1963-1969

ISBN-10: 1845841913

ISBN-13: 9781845841911


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Alpine & Renault · The Sports Prototypes #2# Volume 1: 1963-1969

by Roy Smith

Sports prototype racing is about endurance, for the drivers, for the teams and for the companies involved. In this story we see the effort, the blood, the sweat and the tears, reputations won and lost, life and also death. The cars were some of the most evocative ever seen, in the case of Alpine they had a passion and dedication for racing over a long period with stunningly beautiful, creative, slippery aerodynamic designs that allowed them to take many class wins and outright victories in championship racing, and in volume 2 ultimately under Renault ownership a victory at Le Mans, which had been its target since 1963. This story covers every race from 1963 to 1969 it includes races in the USA, and in the Far East, the Targa Florio and the prestigious Le Mans 24 hours. Le Mans and the marketing opportunities it can provide to the major car companies are vast. Victory at Le Mans is the ultimate target.


  • 1000 miles and more
    The beginning, Jean Redele, early races, Mille Miglia, Le Mans
  • A car is born
    The early story of Alpine, the design of the first sports prototype the M63
  • Time to go racing
    The world sports car championship races contested by Alpine in 1963
  • A long way from home
    The world sports car championship races in USA, European 100km races, Targa Florio 1964
  • Difficult times
    The 1965 season
  • Comeback
    The 1966 season, Le Mans and the win in Macau
  • V8
    The 1967 season, Le Mans the new A220 V8 Cars
  • Target Le Mans 1 … the dream and the risks
    The 1968 season, the dream of a possible outright victory, and the reality and dominance of Ford
  • Target Le Mans 2 ... catastrophe
    The1969 season, the planning of outright victory for a second time
  • Summary
    The statistic in over view and comments on the period

Buch, Hardcover, 25,5 x 25,5 cm, 208 Seiten, 150 farbige und 150 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text