Modena Racing Memories: Italian Sports Car and Grand Prix Racing, 1957-1963
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Modena was the center of Italy's sports car and Grand Prix universe. There, engineers and artisans crafted cars for Ferrari, Maserati, OSCA, ATS, and others, every day bringing an unending parade of new surprises to the famous Modena Autodrome for resting. As a young man, Graham Gauld traveled to the northern Italian villa several times, striking up relationships with famous drivers, engineers, and designers who granted him and his camera unprecedented access to their facilities. The result is this remarkable history which documents the fall of Italian carmakers from Grand Prix eminence, and their subsequent rise to dominance in international GT racing. All of the photos are from Gauld's private collection and are seen together here for the first time. Populated with fantastic cars, motorsport luminaries, and the author's rarefied memories, this splendid photo history is sure to interest all fans of vintage racing and classic Italian machinery.
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