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1950s Motorsport in colour



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1950s Motorsport in colour

By Martyn Wainwright
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* Hardback * 160 pages * 205 colour photographs

ISBN: 9781904788157

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A unique collection of over 200 rare original colour photographs of Grand Prix and sports cars, taken between 1954 and 1959 at races and hill-climbs in England & Ireland. This book is an absolute must for Revivalists and all lovers of motorsport.

Synopsis

All the pictures were taken with an M3 Leica, and all the action shots with a Leitz 135mm Hektor lens with an aperture of f3.5: this meant that to get decent shots you had to be very close to the action, as many of the pictures reveal ... After nearly 50 years, Martyn discovered the forgotten transparencies and taught himself to digitize them and to repair the damaged pictures. All these rare images vividly recall a very different era of motorsport and, collectively, recapture the spirit of motorsport in the 1950s.

Independent Reviews

"This book is an absolute must for Revivalists and all lovers of motorsport." – Startline

"A delightfully nostalgic trip back to a time when motor sport was more accessible and less regulated, without commercial sponsors plastering cars and drivers with logos and adverts and without electronic assistance to help the drivers." – Model Auto Review

"BEST BOOK - An amazing archive of colour racing photos." – Classic & Sports Car

"Colour photographs from the 1950s are very rare, so when a book comes along, of original colour pictures of Grand Prix and sports racing cars taken between 1954 and 1959 it's something that enthusiasts are sure to enjoy. This is a treasure trove of images, evocative of what is for many the golden age of motor sport" – Classic Car Mart

"Colour images from the 1950s are very rare, so this unique collection of original colour photographs of Grand Prix and Sports Racing cars taken between 1954 and 1959 make this book invaluable for classic motorsport and revival enthusiasts," – Startline

"Forgotten, but then rediscovered by the author in his attic, these rare colour photos of events such as the 1954 Tourist Trophy at Dundrod and a Brands clubbie from 1957 are a delight. You don't have to be a nostalgia buff to appreciate the evocative images within this book." – Motorsport News

"At 160 pages of mainly action shots, it gives a great feel for this era of racing when all the drivers were highly visible, from the club meetings with basic cars through hill climbs; and sports cars to Formula One races. There's a lot of good photography here and the overall impression is how well Wainwright has captured the variety of driving styles, no matter what the event." – Classic Cars

"Anyone interested in motorsport will be astounded by this incredible collection of colour photos of events in Britain and Ireland obtained from previously long-lost images by Irishman Martyn Wainwright. There's the 1955 British Grand Prix, as well as hill climbs and tourist races to drool over." – Daily Telegraph

"This book is a wonderful evocation of the way things used to be." – Telegraph Motoring

"Here we have a new motor racing pictorial history book, crammed with around 200 action photos that have not previously seen the light of day – pictures that are typically faded in some respects, the colour processing of the time also producing those wonderful pastel shades which older colour photos tend to feature. Featuring Club racing up to Grand Prix cars and sports cars, pre-war cars up to the rear-engined Coopers of 1959 are also featured, with a comprehensive index in the back outlining each car in the book. A welcome new book and great to see new historical photos published." – 750 Motor Club Bulletin

Additional Information

All the pictures were taken with an M3 Leica, and all the action shots with a Leitz 135mm Hektor lens with an aperture of f3.5: this meant that to get decent shots you had to be very close to the action, as many of the pictures reveal ... After nearly 50 years, Martyn discovered the forgotten transparencies and taught himself to digitize them and to repair the damaged pictures. All these rare images vividly recall a very different era of motorsport and, collectively, recapture the spirit of motorsport in the 1950s.

   

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