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- ISBN-10: 1861265425
- ISBN-13: 9781861265425
by Ed McDonough
When Guy Anthony Vandervell's Vanwall Grand Prix team clinched the World Charnpionship for Constructors in 1958, it was not only the culmination of nine full seasons of racing to achieve the ultirnate prize but, tragically and ironically, it was also the end of that same team, as Vandervell's vast energy was finally spent, and the death of a key driver in this final race brought the glorious. Vanwall effort virtually to its end.
This book tells a tale of dogged detennination, which saw one man's huge drive cause him to break away from the English racing establishment and work unceasingly to achieve his dream of a true British Grand Prix winner. But this book also delves into the anornalies of Tony Vandervell and debunks some of the myths about him and his team. It is the first book about Vanwall to ask the drivers of the time - Tony Brooks, Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees and Alan Brown - what they experienced in the heady days of Vanwall, and the problems they had to overcome racing a most unorthodox car in an unconventional team. While the passing years have seen a nostalgic glow develop around Vanwall, times were truly hard and the victories very hard fought. Euphoria was often countered by tragedy and failure in a time when Grand Prix aspirations were achieved without the massive funding of today's corporate circus.
The author has chosen to take a difficult path and argues against some of the long-held views of this team and its founder Tony Vandervell, who has been portrayed as something of a xenophobe, and this book attempts to look beyond this limited caricature. It is also the tale of a great and glorious time in motor-racing history. Illustrated with rare photographs, including a superb colour record of Vanwall at the 1957 Italian Grand Prix, this book will please all enthusiasts of motor racing's golden age.
Buch, Hardcover, 19,5 x 25 cm, 192 Seiten, 24 farbige und 150 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text