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In 1999, the book “Tourist Trophy – the Prohibited Race” became a cult publication for lovers of the oldest, most adored, feared and dangerous motorcycle race in the world, so much so that it had to be reprinted in 2004. Now, author Mario Donnini returns to the subject during the centenary year of this race over the Isle of Man mountain circuit, due to take place in 2011. Now is the moment of the new book “Tourist Trophy: a Real Case of Living or Dying”, which goes much further, delving like never before into this Temple of Risk, providing explanations, previously unpublished anecdotes, secrets, analyses and backstage intrigues about the legendary and fearsome race, including interviews with stars like McGuiness, Hutchinson, Lougher and Anstey. All accompanied by first hand exciting accounts by the author who for the last 17 years has lived for those two weeks of the year on the IoM, in close contact with the race, the champions and the legends of this fascinating and daunting road race.


This edition has been updated to spring 2015. It includes over 200 designs by the prestigious artist and illustrator Giorgio Alisi, and covers the history of the Prancing Horse model-by-model, from 1940 – the year of the 815 Auto Avio Costruzione – to today, with current production cars. In this ’virtual gallery’ the entire production of Ferrari appears in chronological order, sub-divided into grand tourers, sports racers and Formula 1 single-seaters. Each design is supported by a technical specification and text that illustrates the main technical and sporting characteristics. This new update of the book includes a list of Maranello’s cars, enriched by the 458 Italia Speciale and LaFerrari; they made their debut in 2013 to be joined by the California T (2014), the car that brought back the turbocharger, just like the F14 T with which Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen competed for the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.

VITE DI CORSA Incontri in pista con piloti, manager, astronauti, cantanti, gente strana - COPIA FIRMATA DALL’AUTORE! / SIGNED COPY BY THE AUTHOR!

Why Vite di corsa (racing lives)? Because this book is not a novel but a rather serious narrative of meetings, many of them taking place within or through the motor racing environment, where the stars are “transient” as they speed across the most diverse of years. Captains of industry, racing drivers, managers, designers, musicians, even an astronaut and a footballer are among the most famous people the author has met during F1 Grand Prix days. He has delved deeply into a number of such people, others less so, but he has always received a powerful impact that has generated highly personal sensations and considerations. So here is a wide-ranging selection of great names seen up close, as rarely happens, with all their strength, charisma and weaknesses. A picture of a special world, exclusive, sometimes able to transmit unexpected sentiments. The people the author has selected as the stars of this book are: Gianni Agnelli, Giovannino Agnelli, Jean Alesi, Mario Andretti, Flavio Briatore, Mario e Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Pete Conrad, Gian Paolo Dallara, Bernie Ecclestone, Enzo Ferrari, Mauro Forghieri, Lewis Hamilton, George Harrison, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Joe Macaluso, Diego Armando Maradona, Sergio Marchionne, Carlos Menem, Sandro Munari, Alessandro Onassis, Clay Regazzoni, Cesare Romiti, Ayrton Senna, Sebastian Vettel, Gilles Villeneuve and Jacques Villeneuve


The third book in Simon Moore’s Alfa Romeo trilogy is finally here! Simon started this new book with the intention of covering just the single seaters from 1931 to 1940. However, he discovered so many previously unpublished photographs from the 1923 to 1930 era that he decided to cover those years as well. The publisher then persuaded him to expand the book further to cover the exploits of the Tipo 158/9 up until Alfa’s retirement from Grand Prix racing in 1951. The prewar racing history of the 158 cars in the voiturette category is covered in detail. The postwar period is covered with a huge number of previously unpublished photographs and technical notes rather than covering each race in detail which has already been covered in several books. Simon was, however, given access to the Alfa Corse records which give chassis and engine number details by race and they are included in tables.As usual, Simon has used his phenomenal detective skills to trace the history of the individual cars, including those that were sold to private owners by the factory and Scuderia Ferrari. Each car is given a chapter of its own. The cars traveled all over the world, including the USA (three ran at Indianapolis), Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Some retained their original engines, drive train and suspension, but many were given alternative motive power – one even acquired a Ford V8 for drag racing in California! Sadly, Michel Poberejsky (who raced as “Mike Sparken”) died before the book was finished. However, he recorded for Simon the complete story of how he managed to acquire, restore and run the only Tipo 158/9 that has ever left the factory. The extensive content of this book required 836 pages split into two volumes. The first essentially covers the cars from the “cart sprung” era, beginning in 1923 and ending with the Tipo B and that twin engine monster, the Bimotore. The second volume concentrates on the independentlysprung cars of the later 1930s. The historic photos in the book are interesting on two distinct levels. First, by tracing the history of the racing efforts of Alfa and its competitors, they graphically illustrate the evolution of the racing automobile. However, they also serve a second purpose: they provide a very evocative glimpse into the glamour, style, informality and ambiance of the early European Grand Prix racing scene, especially during the 1930s. Those gatherings became the highlight of the summer social season in many cities. The details in the background of many photos thus become as interesting as the automobiles in the foreground. The large crowds, the beautiful people, the stylish clothing, the art deco imageryof the 1930s – all present an exciting backdrop for the exotic machinery and daring drivers who achieved Alfa’s Grand Prix conquests. Simon has also included a section on some cars that never raced, like the late-1930s Ricart designs and a fascinating chapter on the racing boats powered by Grand Prix Alfa Romeo engines. Naturally there are sections on numbers and rumours of missing cars as well as technical notes, which include dyno test sheets for the original Tipo 158 and the complex sixteen cylinder car that finished 2nd and 4th in the 1938 Italian Grand Prix. Like all books from Parkside, The Magnificent Monopostos is produced to the highest standards, using fine matte paper and bonded leather binding. All of the 1140 photographs are spot-varnished. All black and white photos are reproduced in duotone and some period images are presented in their original sepia format. Some rare prewar colour photos are included, as well as contemporary colour photos of all the cars surviving today. 

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