Alpine & Renault (Hardcover)

The Sports Prototypes 1963 to 1969

By Roy Smith

Veloce Publishing, 9781845841911, 208pp.

Publication Date: June 15, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (12/1/2013)
Hardcover (5/24/2000)
Hardcover (6/15/2010)
Hardcover (11/15/2008)

List Price: 39.95*
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Sports prototype racing is about endurance, for the drivers, for the teams and for the companies involved. In this story we see the effort, the blood, the sweat and the tears, reputations won and lost, life and also death. The cars, some of the most evocative ever seen, are described in detail. We see stunningly beautiful, creative, slippery aerodynamic designs that allowed Alpine to take many class wins and outright victories in championship racing, from 1963 to 1969. You will feel the passion and dedication for racing from interviews with the men involved, illustrated with dramatic period photographs.

About the Author

Roy Smith is a retired company director who has a lifelong passion for motorsport, and, since 1968, Alpine Renault in particular. He began writing in the 1960s for club magazines, mainly interviews with the notables of the time. A 40-year business career in sales and marketing developed an attention for detail that was required for the preparation of his published works Alpine & Renault - the sports prototypes (two volumes), Alpine & Renault- the development of the first Turbo Formula 1 cars and AMEDEE GORDINI - a true racing legend. As a journalist he has written many historic motorsport and Alpine Renault-related articles for various magazines in Europe and USA. He is the UK historic correspondent for the French magazine Retro Passion and the Alpine Renault magazine, Mille Miles. He also contributes to several websites. His aim is to provide the newcomer and enthusiasts alike with a "good read," as well as being technically informative. Widely acclaimed in reviews, he was presented with the Guild of Motoring Writers Mercedez Benz award and the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy in 2010.

Praise For Alpine & Renault: The Sports Prototypes 1963 to 1969

"Rather than describe the story in dry prose, Roy Smith makes you feel almost like you have sat down to a long French déjeuner, fueled by a nice Bordeaux, with all the protagonists who are still alive today.  There are many charming and hilarious anecdotes that really flesh out what life was like in the racing world of the 1960s. The book itself is extremely well executed, with pleasing graphic layout and a wealth of fascinating archival photos and drawings in B&W and color. You can get lost for hours in all the photographs, as you track the gradual changes to each car, from race to race. The printing quality and paper are also very good. Definitely a great gift for the true car geek who likes comprehensive and well-illustrated books!" –