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The ultimate race car
Burgess Wise, David.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : DK Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
168 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TL236 .B87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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An indispensable reference for the racing enthusiast and a compelling introduction for the general reader, The Ultimate Race Car uses superb color photography as the foundation for in-depth profiles of 80 of the greatest competitive cars of the century.

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Booklist Review

Two new, slender, visually exciting books will appeal to car enthusiasts both young and old. Burgess-Wise's title celebrates the most exciting aspect of automotive history: race-car driving. As famous race-car driver Stirling Moss posits in his foreword, "Motor racing, even after a hundred years, remains the world's most exciting sport." Following the opening chapter, which gives an overview of the history of car racing, in which all developmental highlights are discussed, the author focuses on specific makes of cars and famous racing circuits, from the early years of racing to the golden age of the 1920s and 1930s to American influence in the 1960s and on to the present day. The third part is a gallery of profiles of "racing personalities." Oh, to have owned a Volkswagen Beetle. But you have another chance to own one, now that the new version has been introduced, and the public is eating it up like candy. The odd-shaped little VW Beetle was, and now is again, a unique driving experience, which is praised and almost glorified in McLeod's tribute. In the 1930s, McLeod notes, Hitler wanted a people's car, one that was inexpensive and efficient. But World War II interrupted plans, and the VW's biography enters a murky period here. After the war, the company was handed over to the West German government by the occupying Allies, and the car that was to become a legend went into production. Introduction into the U.S. market followed, and the rest is automotive history. The abundant illustrations rivet the reader's attention. --Brad Hooper