F-Stops, Pit Stops, Laughter and Tears is the story of Bernard Cahier’s long and fascinating journey through the automotive world of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, focusing on the sport of motor racing. You’ll see that world as Bernard saw it—through his vast collection of photographs. You’ll also read in detail many of the stories about the friends he made along the way, including Enzo Ferrari, Carlo Abarth, Henry Ford, Huscke von Hanstein, Sir Alec Issigonis, Carol Shelby, Sergio Pininfarina, Juan Fangio, Jean Claude Killy, Zora Arkov Duntov and Bill Mitchell. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Through text and photographs, the volume traces the long racing lineage of this iconic car from its inaugural appearance at the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, where it scored an amazing class victory, to its 2010 class win at Le Mans and an American Le Mans championship season where it successfully battled against the might of Ferrari and Corvette. Since the 911’s first days in competition in the early 60s, its versatility not only produced a long string of successes in rallies, but also wins at some of the world’s great road circuits, including Daytona, Sebring, the Targa Florio, the Nürburgring and Le Mans. With about 350 photographs, many never published before, this book brings that history to life.
In 1969, two of the most famous sports car manufacturers in the world, one German and one Italian, built what even today are considered the epitome of what a race car should be. The ensuing fight between the Porsche 917 and the Ferrari 512 S, driven to the limit by some of the sport’s greatest stars, has forever been regarded as a special two years in sports car racing, captivating a global audience and providing the storyline for Le Mans, an epic Hollywood film. The legendary Porsche vs. Ferrari duel started at the Daytona International Speedway in January 1970, and although the battle lasted less than two years, ending at Watkins Glen in the summer of 1971, it left a trail of memories in its smoky wake.