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Autodrome - The lost race circuits of Europe



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Autodrome - The lost race circuits of Europe

By S S Collins and Gavin D Ireland
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* 250mm x 250mm * 176 pages * 200 pictures (100 colour) * Hardback

ISBN: 9781904788317

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Features

A beautiful book
A nostalgic look at Europe's 'lost' motor racing venues in their heydays and ... and as they are today ...
Stunning original photography of every circuit by new name Gavin D. Ireland
Track diagrams show the evolution of the circuits
Many period photographs and period memorabilia illustrations such as programme covers/event posters
Haunting images capture the spirit of forgotten venues
Many of the 'lost' circuits are under threat: the book includes details of campaigns to save them

Description

A look at the history of nine of Europe's great abandoned race circuits - and seen as they are today in stunning photographs.

Synopsis

Around Europe lie a number of long forgotten monuments, wind swept and abandoned the derelict buildings and crumbling tarmac are all that remains of once great motor racing circuits. From the great speed bowls of Monza and Brooklands, to the parkland of Crystal Palace. All photographed as they are now but remembered in their prime.

Independent Reviews

"There is a lively story about each of the circuits with some superb black and white photographs from days gone by ... As usual with Veloce publications, the printing, paper and binding is superb and makes the price very reasonable. - historicmotorracing.co.uk
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"... a beautiful photo essay of once-mighty tracks that were no longer in use. We both knew a fair bit of racing history already, but the book revealed that we could go to see where the legends had been made - a prospect that seemed just as exciting as my first visit to Imola had been." - The Observer
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"an evocative history you'll be proud to leave on the coffee table." - Paul Hardiman, Classic and Sports Car
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"the real selling point of this book in my eyes is Gavin Ireland's stunning contemporary photos. These are absolutely beautiful, and enough to justify the £35.99 purchase price in their own right." - Ben Lovejoy, http://www.nurburgring.org.uk
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"This is a great concept that has made for a very interesting book - one which truly devoted petrolheads might want to spin out into a driving tour of Europe!" - f1fanatic.co.uk, March 2007
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"the photographer, Gavin D. Ireland, has done a particularly fine job of finding romance and colour in what are now often bleak locations. Backed up by well-reproduced shots of the circuits in their heyday, his moody pictures speak more eloquently than words of the decay into which these once-great gladiatorial arenas have fallen." - Octane
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"Where this book really scores, though, is on the superb photography: Gavin Ireland really is very promising indeed." - Marcus Simmons, Motorsport
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"Autodrome serves its target audience very well, giving enough historical detail to be interesting without drowning the reader in facts. [It] should draw in people who never thought they could find any interest in motorsport venues of the past. Archive photography is accompanied by a wonderful set of up-to-date images commissioned specially for this book from Gavin Ireland." - David Finlay, www.itv-motoring.com
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"A most enjoyable and informative book with photographs of the very highest quality" - Tony Mantle, British Racing Mechanics Club
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"One of the best photo books we've ever seen" - www.motorsportcollector.com
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"Period photographs and memorabilia illustrate the bygone day of motor sport around Europe and these are accompanied by stunning contemporary colour photography of each circuit" - Today's Pilot
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"Autodrome: The Lost Race Circuits of Europe provide a wonderful collection of stories, always fascinating and very often poignant" - carkeys.co.uk
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"If you know of anyone who grumbles about today's antiseptic F1 scene, 'Autodrome' might make the ideal gift. And if that person is you? Well, don't you deserve a little nostalgia from time to time?" - Lotus Magazine
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"An evocative 176-page look at nine abandoned European racing circuits ... a spectacular snapshot of 1960s' motor racing. Poignantly, the book is dedicated 'to those who lived with the circuits, those who died on them - and the tracks themselves'. Fine sentiments and a fine tribute." - AutoCar
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"What really makes the book stand out are Gavin Ireland's many evocative colour photos of what's left now. Different, and recommended." - New Zealand Classic Car
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"This is, without doubt, one of the finest automotive books we've ever read. A stunning compilation of photographs - both current and historic - and writing, which includes quotes from the relevant period journals. For each of of the great European circuits, the book almost magically captures the dormant atmosphere of the places as they are now and, at the same time, takes you back to some of the great races in each circuit's heyday." - Total 911 Magazine
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"... it's a poignant book filled to the gunnels with melancholy images of long-abandoned race circuits, crumbling straights now choked with weeds and derelict, silent grandstands. Well-written and captivating to look at 'Autodrome' captures the romance and faded glory of these old circuits before time and developers destroy them forever." - Classic Car Weekly

   

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