Book Report: Legendary Race Cars

Book Report: Legendary Race Cars

Through vivid, human detail, writer and photographer Basem Wasef brings to life more than two dozen racing ­legends, including the story of Mario Andretti and the Lotus 79 that he drove to the 1978 Formula 1 world ­championship — a triumph trumped by the tragic loss of his teammate, Ronnie Peterson.

More than any other sporting pursuit, racing is a test of both human and machine. This beautifully illustrated book is a ­celebration of that unique union of sweat and grease, blood and gasoline, courage and fear, elation and terror, triumph and tragedy.

Through vivid, human detail, writer and photographer Basem Wasef brings to life more than two dozen racing ­legends, including the story of Mario Andretti and the Lotus 79 that he drove to the 1978 Formula 1 world ­championship — a triumph trumped by the tragic loss of his teammate, Ronnie Peterson.

We ride along with the incomparable Stirling Moss as he pilots his Mercedes-Benz SLR to an improbable victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia. And we feel our teeth rattling and our bones shaking as we race for nearly seven grueling hours with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp, en route to a controversial win at the very first Indianapolis 500 in 1911.

Filled with fascinating stories of humanity and machinery, this book is a must for all race fans.

Format: Hardbound
Pages: 176
Author: Basem Wasef
Foreword by: Stirling Moss
Item: 145829
ISBN: 9780760335482
Price: $26.25
To order: Motorbooks.com

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