Modena Racing Memories: Italian Sports Car and Grand Prix Racing, 1957-1963

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MBI Publishing Company LLC, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 148 pages
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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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Contents

Foreword
5
Why Go to Modena?
14
The Grand Prix and All That
33
Purgatory in a Heinkel
51
RearEngined Ferraris and Maserati Birdcages
95
Ferrari Produces the Classics
119
Epilogue for Modena
137
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About the author (1999)

Graham Gauld has been a motoring journalist since the age of 17 and has edited a number of magazines as well as being a regular contributor to motoring magazines all over the world. For the past fifteen years he has concentrated on motor racing history. Away from writing he spent eleven years on the RAC Race Committee and five years on the FIA Historic Commission and organized motor racing in Scotland for a number of years.

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