Matra Sports Cars (Paperback)

MS620, 630, 650, 660 & 670 - 1966 to 1974 (WSC Giants)

By Ed McDonough

Veloce Publishing, 9781845842611, 128pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2010

List Price: 29.95*
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The late 1960s and early 1970s were a significant era in the world of international sports car racing. As the motor racing rule-making body moved back and forth between cars that less and less resembled road going vehicles, prototype sports car racing captured the imagination of manufacturers, teams and fans alike. Porsche vs. Ferrari vs. Alfa Romeo vs. Matra provided some of the best racing for sports cars ever witnessed, and by 1973, the Matra prototype – little more than a Grand Prix car with full bodywork – was dominating the scene. That period has always been viewed as one of the great eras in sports car racing, when all the Grand Prix drivers were fully active in sports car as well as F1 machines. This is the story of a great time, and a great model, in motorsport.

About the Author

Ed McDonough is a renowned and experienced motoring writer. He is European Editor of Vintage Racecar magazine, and one of the few journalists in the privileged position of being able to test and race the historic machinery he writes about. He has raced for over forty years, and still competes in international and historic events – several of his books have featured reports from his own test drives. Ed also does radio commentary at Goodwood, Monaco and American events. He lives in Northampton, England.

Praise For Matra Sports Cars: MS620, 630, 650, 660 & 670 - 1966 to 1974 (WSC Giants)

"There's an excellent spread of historic shots in this compact softback, while pull-out boxes on key Matra staff liven up the layout." – Classic & Sports Car

"If only books could reproduce the noise some cars made … The first English book to cover these cars in detail is a great read." – Motor Sport

"It's a good read and there are some wonderful images, too. A good introduction to a compelling subject." – Octane

"For fellow sports car anoraks like myself and to those with memories of the sonorous, and totally unique toned, Matra V12 engines this is the book for you as you're unlikely to find similar content elsewhere." – Speedscene
"Well-illustrated and an interesting look at a marque that hasn't has a lot of English language books devoted to it." – TACCOC