‘Sox’: Gary Hocking the forgotten World Motorcycle Champion
Until now, Gary Hocking was the only World Motorcycle Champion of his era without a book dedicated to his life. This book reveals Gary's life in Rhodesia, how he was helped to become a World Champion, his dedication, and retirement at a young age -- and the accident that cost him his life.
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A Boy from Botwood: Pte. A.W. Manuel, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 1914-1919
A proud Newfoundland soldier's memoir gives unprecedented details of life as a German POW during the First World War. "I'm going to tell my story." With those words, eighty-three-year-old Arthur Manuel set his remarkable First World War memoir in motion. Like many Great War veterans, Manuel had never discussed his wartime life with anyone. Hidden in the Manuel family records until its 2011 discovery by his grandson David Manuel, Arthur's story is now brought to new life. Determined to escape his impoverished rural Newfoundland existence, he enlisted with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in late 1914. His harrowing accounts of life under fire span the Allies' ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign, the Regiment's 1916 near-destruction at Beaumont-Hamel, and his 1917 Passchendaele battlefield capture. Manuel's account of his seventeen-month POW experience, including his nearly successful escape from a German forced labour camp, provides unique, compelling Great War insights. Powerful memories undimmed by age shine through Manuel's lucid prose. His visceral hatred of war, and of the leaders on both sides who permitted such senseless carnage to continue, is ferocious yet tempered by Manuel's powerful affection for common soldiers like himself, German and Allied alike. This poignant, angry, witty, and provocative account rings true like no other.
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A Chequered Life: Graham Warner and The Chequered Flag
This is the first and only account of the Chequered Flag race team and its charismatic founder, Graham Warner. It charts the highs and lows, the victories and losses, and features interviews with the man himself and and several star drivers of the 1960s and ’70s. Accompanied by 150 photographs, many previously unpublished, plus a look at Graham’s subsequent career as a fighter aircraft expert and restorer, this is a unique story of a fascinating life in motorsport.
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A Crown of Life: The World of John McCrae
This book is a window onto the fascinating life of Lt. Col. John McCrae, author of the poem "In Flanders Fields." A Canadian, McCrae served as an artillery and medical officer in the South African War. He was killed in World War I.
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A Passion Observed: A True Story of a Motorcycle Racer
Not many people decide their entire lives in a single moment but some do, and Frank Mrazek was one of them. He knew that he was put on earth to race motorcycles. He knew that he could ride them faster and smoother than anybody else in Brno, maybe in Czechoslovakia, maybe in the world. He knew it before he'd ever swung a leg over one. This is his story.
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Alain Prost: Life in the Fast Lane: An Autobiography
Alain Prost holds the record for championship driving victories since Formula I began in 1950. This autobiography explains his rise through the ranks and the reasons why he has been dubbed "Driver of the Eighties".
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Alain Prost: The Science of Racing
Four World Championships, 51 victories, 33 pole positions, plus 41 best laps documented during the races. Alain Prost has become the best example for modern day racing excellence. His methods of understanding the race and the track conditions made him legendary. He was always very quick and capable of managing his career with dexterity, placing himself in the best position to win World Championships. This book is part of the Legends series, a collection of the best and most popular drivers of the Formula One Championship.
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Alberto Ascari: The First Double World Champion
After Fangio and before Moss, Alberto Ascari was the most exciting driver of the 1950's. This well-rounded little Milanese started racing motorcycles in 1936. A collection of the best and most famous drivers of the Formula One Championship are covered in this fascinating Legend Series title on Alberto Ascari.
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Amelia: A Life of the Aviation Legend
What happened to Amelia Earhart? Her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 continues to confound investigators. Here, the authors provide new insights into the mystery as well as a full biography of the world's most revered aviatrix.
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Arlen Ness: The Godfather of Choppers
In the beginning, there was Arlen Ness. Before Jesse James, Billy Lane, and the battling Teutuls, Arlen Ness started the business of building celebrity choppers. He is a long-time custom motorcycle builder whose bikes combine the artistic and the extreme. These rolling sculptures have been covered in motorcycle and even hot rod magazines for decades as Arlen Ness built a worldwide reputation as an innovator and sought-out builder of themed custom bikes. This book traces the growth of the Arlen Ness reputation, business empire, and custom bike resume and features stunning new photography of all the bikes in Arlen’s personal collection, over 50 in total.
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Billy Bishop: Canadian Hero
Billy Bishop was fiercely ambitious, driven by an undisguised hatred of his enemies. He played hard and fought even harder. A highly skilled pilot and a crack shot, "top gun" of the Allied air forces, by 1918 Bishop was the most highly decorated war hero in Canadian history. He remains the most controversial. Some of Bishop's fellow pilots were repelled by his grandstanding and suspected he was deliberately inflating his number of "kills." Since then, the claim has been repeated by many others. This issue is at the heart of Billy Bishop: Canadian Hero. In this updated second edition, author Dan McCaffery reviews the evidence in support his account of what Bishop really did in the skies over France, setting the record straight about one of this country's most famous and controversial figures.
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Blood, Sweat, and Turnips
This is the autobiography of the Canadian Can-Am driver John Cordts. Cordts participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix on 20 September 1969. He qualified 19th, but retired his Brabham after 10 laps with an oil leak, while lying 16th. In addition to his Formula One appearance, Cordts had been successful in Canadian and U.S. sports car racing, particularly with various McLarens run by Dave Billes's Performance Engineering. He competed in many events, ranging from Harewood Acres (where he still holds the track record when it closed in 1970), Mosport, Mont-Tremblant, and Westwood in Canada to various tracks in the US and even Japan. He later became a regular participant in the CanAm series, in which he raced until 1974, mainly in McLarens and Lolas. His best Can-Am finish was second at Road America in 1974. He was also known for his participation in the SCCA Trans-Am Series, where he had, at one point, piloted a BF Goodrich-sponsored Pontiac Firebird, known as the "Tirebird" and also several FIA events with the Greenwood Corvette team. John was also inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2003. Cordt has since retired to a private life in Western Canada where he is well known for his beautiful wood carvings and in 2008 wrote Blood, Sweat and Turnips.
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Bomber Offensive
Bomber Offensive is an important volume of memoirs by one of Britain's great wartime leaders. Sir Arthur Harris; forthright and vigorous style sweeps the reader with him into the heart of his controversial operational planning; his account was written just after the war ended, with his judgments and opinions fresh and unclouded by hindsight. In his memoirs, Harris discusses his views on area bombing, encounters with Churchill and other leaders, and Bomber Command's role throughout the war including the Battle of the Ruhr, the Dams Raid, and the bombings of German cities like Dresden. Bomber Offensive is a gripping, straightforward narrative of the Second World Ward written by a one of the highest ranking military leaders: a great man's own story.
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Bruce McLaren: From the Cockpit
Originally published in 1964, Bruce McLaren's autobiography From the Cockpit is a classic motor racing memoir. So scarce and expensive are original copies that Evro Publishing, in collaboration with McLaren, is reissuing a facsimile version for all fans to enjoy. In his own words, Bruce describes his inspiring climb up the ladder of motor racing success, culminating in the inception of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd in 1963. Engaging to read, his book provides fascinating insight into not only his accomplishments but also his unique character, charm and tenacity. In his own words, 'Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.' Overcoming childhood illness: a rare disease stopped Bruce walking for two years and meant long spells in hospital. Early competition in New Zealand with a modified Austin Seven. The recipient of New Zealand's first ';Driver to Europe' scheme, his results in his first season away from home included fifth place in the 1958 German Grand Prix with a works Cooper. McLaren became the youngest Grand Prix winner in the 1959 United States GP for Cooper, as team-mate to Jack Brabham in the year the Australian won his first World Championship title. The ups and downs of his life in Formula 1 up to the end of 1963, from winning at Monaco in 1962 to crashing at the Nurburgring and ending up in hospital - where the idea for this book was born. The story concludes with the formation of his own team, initially to run modified Cooper chassis, and Bruce's emotional victory in the 1964 New Zealand Grand Prix.
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Carroll Shelby: A Collection of My Favorite Racing Photos
Art Evans was a sports car racer in the 1950s on the West Coast who raced against, and became close friends with, Carroll Shelby. Their intense competition on the track became a lifelong friendship off the track. He and Shelby collaborated on many business projects over the years, including books, marketing projects, projects for the Shelby Foundation, and so on. In his later years, Shelby loved the books about his cars and similar topics, but his eyesight was failing to the point where he had difficulty reading, and really preferred the books that were heavy with photos. It was from that realization that Shelby and Evans decided to work on one last book together. They both combed through the Shelby archives and selected Shelby's favorite images from his racing career. That is almost the entirety of this book. It is packed with photos selected by Shelby himself, and the captions are quotes from Shelby's commentary on the action in the photo, as well as his memories. Unfortunately, Carroll Shelby passed away before the book was fully completed, but Evans, following Shelby's instructions, carried this final project through to completion. Filled with images that have never been seen in print, as well as images not published since the 1950s and 1960s, this final work from Shelby is a personally curated collection by the legend himself. If you are a sports car racing fan, Ford fan, Shelby fan, or any combination of the three, this book is a perfect addition to your automotive library.
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Castellotti: A Stolen Heart
A driver of great courage, a young man full of life generous: Eugenio Castellotti lived just 26 years and five months - not much more than James Dean and was a symbol of a love of motor racing, of challenge and risk. A victory of heart over reason was what they called his greatest success, the 1956 Mille Miglia win" and it is to the beat of his heart that most of his brief existence is inexorably linked. Alife which, for the first time, has been reconstructed after vast detailed research and is now a new book, published simultaneously by Giorgio Nada.
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Colin Seeley: …And the Rest (Volume 2)
This volume, the second half of Colin Seeley's autobiography, isn't just the story of one man's life and achievements, although the Seeley marquee is indeed an achievement. Colin Seeley has worked with motorcycles since he was 18 years old. He raced sidecars in the '60s and developed and manufactured the famous Seeley racing motorcycle in 1965, which is still raced today. In the '70s, Colin was joint MD at Brabham Cars with Bernie Ecclestone of F1 fame. In the '80s, he managed the Norton Rotary Race Team. Today, he is still involved in many aspects of the motorcycle world. This book covers the development of the Mk3 and 4 Seeley, his involvement with Bernie Eccelstone, the Seeley Hondas, Seeley TL200 Trails Bike, Seeley Quickfit, his involvement with Brabham Cars and Formula One, and his involvement with The Norton Rotary Team and the demise of Norton.
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Colin Seeley: Racer…And the Rest (Volume 1)
This volume, the first half of Colin Seeley’s autobiography, isn’t just the story of one man’s life and achievements, although the Seeley marque is indeed an achievement. Colin recalls bending his very first frame using the most basic of equipment in an outdoor workshop on a frosty December morning in 1965. Colin, through sheer hard work and determination built his reputation as a perfectionist in all things, respected by the rich and famous, the manufacturers, and the fans within the motorcycling fraternity then and now. Packed with photographs, news clippings, and memorabilia, the book is also one man’s vivid memories of the motorcycle racing scene. From the thrills and anxieties of sidecar racing in the 1960s with passenger ‘Gungy Wal’ to the development of CSRS and the highly regarded sponsorship and service provided to racers lucky enough to have the friendship and professional interest of Colin Seeley. If you were there you’ll love reliving the moments. If you weren’t, you’ll wish you had been!
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Dale Earnhardt: The Life Story of a NASCAR Legend
To imagine the steel-blue eyes behind the trademark shades, to see the mischevious grin accentuated by the bristly mustache was to realize this man truly loved what he did, no regrets. In words and full color photographs, this book celebrates the man and the champion.
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Dale Vs. Daytona: The Intimidator’s Quest to Win the Great American Race
Dale Earnhardt and Daytona International Speedway remain two of the most iconic names in the history of NASCAR, and are inevitably connected when either name is mentioned. Earnhardt's failed attempts to win the race have become folklore; each year brought its own unique set of circumstances for why he hadn't yet raised the Harley J. Earl Trophy. Dale Earnhardt’s résumé heading into the 1998 Daytona 500 read as follows: 7 NASCAR Championships, 70 Winston Cup wins, and 30 wins at Daytona International Speedway. So what was left for Dale to accomplish at Daytona? Win the Daytona 500! Author Rick Houston examines every Daytona 500 in which Dale competed from 1979 to 2001 with fresh interviews from crew chiefs Doug Richert, Kirk Shelmerdine, Andy Petree, Bobby Hutchens, Larry McReynolds, and Kevin Hamlin. Competitors, rivals, crewmembers, and friends (including Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin, Ken Schrader, Geoff Bodine, Darrell Waltrip, Danny "Chocolate" Myers, Greg Moore, Derrike Cope, and Junior Johnson) also offer their thoughts and recollections in this thrilling year-by-year recap of the Intimidator’s efforts to win the Great American Race. Never before have Dale's attempts to win the Daytona 500 been chronicled in one publication with this amount of detail and under such intense scrutiny. From the Dale and Dale show, to the seagull, to the last-lap heartaches, you ride shotgun with Rick Houston as he takes you around-and-around in Dale vs Daytona: The Intimidator's Quest to Conquer the Great American Race.
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Damn the Torpedoes: My Fight to Unify Canada’s Armed Forces
In this memoir, Paul Hellyer recounts his early political career, leading up to the unification of the armed forces.
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Damon Hill: From Zero to Hero
Filled with insights into Hill's personal history, his epic battles with Schumacher and Villeneuve, his dismissal by Williams and surprise decision to join TWR Arrows for 1997, culminating in a moving description of his crowning glory at the Japanese GP.
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David Kimble’s Cutaways: The Techniques and the Stories Behind the Art
For enthusiasts reading magazines such as Motor Trend, Road & Track, and others, David Kimble is no stranger. His brilliant cutaway artwork has been gracing the pages of those publications for years. Whether he illustrated engines, transmissions, full-car chassis, sports cars, race cars, or classics, his cutaway artwork revealed, in excruciating detail, things that a camera lens could never capture. In David Kimble's Cutaways: The Techniques and the Stories Behind the Art, Kimble reveals the secrets, techniques, procedures, and the dedication to craft that is required to produce these amazing illustrations. He covers the step-by-step procedures while producing fresh artwork for this book featuring a McLaren Can-Am car as well as a vintage Harley-Davidson. Although the procedures covered here are unique to Kimble, and pretty much a pipe dream to mere mortals, this title provides an inside look into how he does it. Also included are the stories and tales of how it all started, traveling the world to illustrate cars, behind the scenes with manufacturers, the Corvette years, as well as a gallery of many illustrations. Never before has David Kimble provided a look into his cutaway "skunkworks," or shared the procedures for bringing these beautiful technical illustrations to life. This book is a must-have for any automotive or art fan.
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David’s Diary: The Quest for the Formula 1 1998 World Championship
During the 1998 season, Coulthard was favourite to win the the World Drivers' Championship. This diary records details of thrilling wheel-to-wheel battles from the perspective of the cockpit of his West McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car.
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Dowding of Fighter Command: Victor of the Battle of Britain
This, quite simply, is the definitive book on the life of the man who prepared the ground for victory in the Battle of Britain. Without him, Britain and the world would have entered a dark age. Making full use of archival sources and information provided by family members, respected historian Professor Vincent Orange has produced a masterful biography of a truly remarkable man.
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Driven by Desire: The Desire Wilson Story
The story of the driver rated by many as the best woman ever to race cars, and the most capable ever to have driven in Formula One. Her 50-year career began at the age of five in South Africa, moving to Holland and England and then the USA, before gaining renewed life at the famous Goodwood Revival historic race events. This fascinating story shows that a woman can, and did, fight her way to the top of motorsport.
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Driven Man: David Richards, Prodrive, and the Race to Win
He began his career as a dyslexic accountant. He keeps a low profile and dislikes publicity. And he’s set to become the world’s best-known name in the business of motor sport. Meet David Richards, the quintessential Driven Man. This book is the first to tell Richards’ life story, from an unlikely beginning to the even-less-likely present: a real shot at world racing domination. Through a series of revealing anecdotes and encounters, author Alan Henry takes readers from Richards’ first competition as a rally navigator to his World Rally Championship as team principal for Subaru. As Richards stands poised to take Ford’s Aston Martin team to the GT Sports Car racing championship, and to take his BAR Formula 1 team to the Grand Prix, we see firsthand the determination and character that have made the near-miraculous a real possibility. A three-time World Rally Champion and a multi-millionaire who has made his rally car preparation company a success on three continents, David Richards emerges here as a very private man with a very large public presence — and a key to the inside workings of the most glamorous and complex of international sports.
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Eddie Irvine: Life in the Fast Lane
Life in the Fast Lane gives a fascinating and revealing insight into the inner sanctum of the most enigmatic team in Formula One. Eddie talks frankly about his colleagues, the Formula One lifestyle, the driver's regime, his family. This book captures the true essence of the gruelling yet glamorous lifestyle of a Formula One driver. It candidly looks at the trappings of Formula One, the models, the planes, the boats, the cars and the houses but at the same time gives an honest portrait of the man behind the playboy image. Controversial, fast-living, outspoken and charismatic, this is Eddie Irvine at his finest.
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Eddie Irvine: The Luck of the Irish
A title in the GRAND PRIX HEROES series, which charts the racing career of the Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine, following his career from his time in Formula Ford in 1983, Japanese Formula 3000 during 1993, his struggle with Jordan and lucrative move to Ferrari as partner to Michael Schumacher.
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Eddie Jordan: The Biography
Towards the end of his first season in Formula One, Eddie Jordan often feared he was driving headlong towards bankruptcy. One of his drivers was sent to prison. Another, the future world champion Michael Schumacher, was pinched from his grasp after just one auspicious race. Somehow, he survived, kept control of his fledgling team and with a series of astute deals and inspired publicity coups battled on to establish his name and his team as one of the powers in the ultra-competitive world of Formula One motor racing. Deals were always popular with Jordan, all through his life. He was a wheeler-dealer in the playground, an ambitious dreamer and a gifted hustler who went on to reject a career in dentistry and then give up on banking. He wanted big rewards and a lot of fun along the way as the first Irishman and last privateer to break into the world of Formula One and claim membership of the Piranha Club. Timothy Collings reveals how this extraordinarily driven man became so successful, why he was determined to reach the top and how he achieved his ambitions.
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Emerson Fittipaldi: Heart of a Racer
Emerson Fittipaldi, in 1972 was crowned the youngest-ever World Champion at the age of 25, won the title again two years later to prove that he was one of the most outstanding talents of his generation. He and his brother Wilson realized their dream of creating the first Brazilian Grand Prix car. After a brief retirement, the bold Brazilian forged a second magnificent career in IndyCar racing, in which he scored wins in ten consecutive seasons. In this latest addition to his well-received driver biography series, Karl Ludvigsen - Emerson's friend since the 1960s - tells the whole enthralling story.
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F1: Through the Eyes of Damon Hill: Inside the World of Formula One
F1: Through the Eyes of Damon Hill is the dramatic behind-the-scenes story of the world of Formula One racing. It is a story of global proportions, deep human feelings and sporting magnificence which sweeps from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne through to the grand finale in Japan, where the nine-month season ends. In his own words, Hill charts the roller-coaster emotions and excitement of the marathon 16-race Grand Prix circus. He describes the strains, and pressures behind the garage doors; the massive effort required to revive a title challenge with his new Jordan team, the fears and thrills. Brilliantly illustrated, here is the world's fastest, most seductive - and expensive - sport as it really is. From the clamour and glamour of the pit lane to the privacy of the motor home, Damon Hill describes what it feels like to compete with Schumacher, Coulthard, Villeneuve and others for the 1998 Formula One World Championship. This is no 'Diary of a Season' fanzine but an intensely personal, thematic account of the most seductive sport of all - its rivalries the crucial importance of technology, and the pencil-thin margin between the chequered flag and failure.
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Ferdinand Porsche – Genesis of Genius: Road, Racing and Aviation Innovation 1900 to 1933
In Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis of Genius, author Karl Ludvigsen reveals a dynamic young innovator who helped to chart the course of the automobile through the first decades of the twentieth century. As early as 1900, at the age of 25, Ferdinand Porsche pioneered hybrid technology to power his automobile designs. Once gasoline gained dominance as the power-source of choice, Porsche became relentless in his goal to design the fastest and most durable automobiles in Europe. Ferdinand Porsche - Genesis of Genius explores in depth the unique combination of ambition, determination and genius that were the genesis of an automotive dynasty which has continued to thrive and expand for over a century.
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Frank Barr: Alaskan Pioneer Bush Pilot and One-man Airline
Frank Barr was one of the most interesting of the early aviation pioneers in Alaska. At age 28, the former calvalryman, parachute jumper and test pilot, signed on to a Yukon gold expedition in 1932 as a back up pilot. After the expedition failed to find enough gold, Frank Barr stayed in the north country and spent the rest of his career as a bush pilot. He flew every early plane from the Jenny to the Super Cub, carrying passengers and freight to remote villages in Alaska and the Yukon. In 1948 Barr was elected to the Territorial Senate, and held that seat when in 1955 he one of the 55 Alaskans chosen by the people to write a state constitution. Today Alaska's state constitution is considered one of the best state constitutions ever written. Alaska was admitted to the union in 1959. In his later years he flew bush routes for Alaska Airlines and became manager of the northern division. Even in retirement down in the lower forty-eight states, he conducted tours to Alaska and Mexico until he finally retired for good in 1974.
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Gilles Villeneuve: A Photographic Portrait
The outstanding images in this book chronicle the career of one of the most admired Grand Prix drivers in living memory - and surely the most loved in all of F1 history. Gilles Villeneuve's career statistics cannot even begin to explain the mystique. It was created over only four full seasons with Ferrari in F1, three of these with uncompetitive cars. He achieved only six victories from 67 starts, two pole positions, eight fastest laps and 107 championship points. He was one of the finest racing drivers never to become World Champion. He possessed miraculous car control and frightening courage that could often overcome the flaws in his equipment. He thrilled spectators because he made them fear for his safety. He raced to win and, if that meant taking risks, so be it. He crashed often, and occasionally he broke his cars in his frustration, but he could wring from them performances far beyond their capabilities. Sometimes his starts almost defined belief, and always he was magnificent on a wet track. He never, ever, gave up. He treated his racing cars with uncompromising brutality. Yet he was soft-natured, and emotional and devoted family man, loyal to his friends, charming to strangers. He was unwavering in his commitment to sportsmanship, to his inborn sense of right and wrong. One dreadful day, incensed by an injustice, he took a risk too many. The memories he left us will stay with us always. There has never been a racing driver like Gilles Villeneuve. It is impossible to believe there ever will be.
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