1 1/2-litre Grand Prix Racing (Hardcover)

Low Power, High Tech

By Mark Whitelock, Raymond Baxter (Foreword by)

Veloce Publishing, 9781845840167, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2006

List Price: 79.95*
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Description

This is the story of a Grand Prix formula that no British constructor wanted but which became one that they would almost totally dominate. It has remained largely overlooked due to the perception that the cars were underpowered and hence unspectacular. Such a perception ignores the significant technical developments that took place that are now taken for granted, such as monocoque chassis construction. It saw the career of Stirling Moss come to a premature end, but in his absence the rise to prominence of a new breed of British drivers in Jim Clark, Graham Hill and John Surtees. Over 200 photos and contemporary technical material outline the engineering achievements as well as the exploits of the constructors. With a foreword by Raymond Baxter.


About the Author

Mark Whitelock's enthusiasm for motorsports was started when his father took him to Goodwood on Easter Monday 1957. His knowledge of the sport grew in the 1960s, giving him a special affinity with the 1-1/2-litre Formula 1. By the early 1990s he had become disillusioned by contemporary Grand Prix racing and turned his attention to historic racing. A retired banker, Whitelock lives in East Sussex, England.Mark Whitelock's enthusiasm for motorsports was started when his father took him to Goodwood on Easter Monday 1957. His knowledge of the sport grew in the 1960s, giving him a special affinity with the 1-1/2-litre Formula 1. By the early 1990s he had become disillusioned by contemporary Grand Prix racing and turned his attention to historic racing. A retired banker, Whitelock lives in East Sussex, England.


Praise For 1 1/2-litre Grand Prix Racing: Low Power, High Tech

Startline Magazine (UK), October 2006

"This book is the author's first and is well-written with in depth statistics and accompanying photographs. A third of the book is devoted to fascinating race reports which include sets of results. The highlight of the book is the detailed account of each marque of racing car and its developments during the period of its competition history. This section uses original photographs and cut-away drawings to keep the reader interested and offers a comprehensive detailed account of these beautiful racing cars. The book is well worth checking out if you have an interest in this period of Formula One racing."

Motorsport Magazine (UK), October 2006 "Mark Whitelock rightly believes 11/2-litre F1 is due for reappraisal, and his painstakingly researched book provides a well-rounded survey. There are chapters detailing each year's racing, sections on leading drivers and circuits, and expertly written technical coverage of all the chassis and engines. Abundant photographs, cut-away diagrams and stats add to this book's usefulness."



Classic and Sports Car (UK), Fall 2006

"Impressive work ?? Packed with pictures and a superb selection of contemporary cutaways, it's an enjoyable and insightful review ?? A superb achievement for Whitelock's first book."

Victory Lane, October 2006

"It is a superb result, well illustrated and written with chapters on the overall scene ?? making it a valuable resource and entertaining read. It was a dramatic period well captured by this book."