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Porsche - The Rally Story

Porsche - The Rally Story

By Laurence Meredith
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Hardback - 256 pages - over 600 colour and mono photographs

ISBN: 9781845841096

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• Exciting and action-packed photographs from Porsche’s archive
• Authoritative and easy-to-read text
• Technical discussion of the cars in detail
• Characters and personalities involved with each project are given full credit
• he story is complete and includes lesser-known personalities and their Porsches
• Packed with thought-invoking nostalgia
• Fully indexed
• Will appeal to Porsche enthusiasts in all markets on both sides of the Atlantic


Porsche's rally story is a subject that any rally fan will find compelling. Written by lifelong Porsche enthusiast and world authority Laurence Meredith, an acknowledged authority on the activities of the Zuffenhausen company, this is a comprehensive study of Porsche’s occasional foray into the world of international rallying. Illustrated with 400 photographs, this book is a must for any Porsche or motorsport fanatic.


From the company's earliest days in the 1930s, the book gives a brief history of the glorious Auto-Union Grand Prix cars designed by Prof Porsche before detailing the miseries and triumphs of the company in the aftermath of war. Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s Porsche struggled to survive, but unshakeable faith in the design of the 356 led to success in both circuit racing and rallying. The majority of rallying successes during the 1950s were largely achieved by privateers, without help from the factory. Ferry Porsche in particular considered it more important to build racing cars for circuit events, while wealthy enthusiasts clearly enjoyed proving the true versatility of these VW-derived cars by using them in international rallying. With the advent of the 911 in 1964, Porsche had produced a car with the potential to win sporting events at all levels, but it took until 1967 for this to be demonstrated. With its superior traction on slippery surfaces the 911 would go on to win the Monte Carlo Rally, and other significant international events, many times, while also taking class honours in the Targa Florio, Le Mans 24 Hours and other great classics. In the 1970s, when it seemed that more sophisticated rivals would bury the 911's rallying career forever, the car made several comebacks, even winning the Paris-Dakar Raid in the 1980s. The 911's sporting record speaks for itself, and demonstrates that the car designed by Butzi Porsche – work began on the project as early as 1959 – is the finest and most versatile of all sports cars. Meredith's book is written with affection, appreciation and authority – and criticism where it is due – and will make an invaluable addition to any rallying or Porsche enthusiast's library.

Independent Reviews

"... an absolute mine of Porsche rallying lore. The photographs alone make this a worthwhile purchase." - New Zealand Classic Car

"Veloce says this is an international story that will appeal to Porsche enthusiasts all around the world. I agree." - Porsche Club of America

"... a very thorough documentation of Porsches rally history. It is rich with rare photos and information. Obviously Laurence Meredith is a man passionate about Porsches and driven to make sure their place in history is well documented. I give it five stars." - Heat Exchanger

"... fascinating reading - amply illustrated with period photographs." - Old Stager

"While I found this publication engaging and fast-moving to read, I particularly liked the over 400 black-and-white and colour photos, especially those from the 1950s. Highly recommended." - Australian Classic Car

"Rally fans and Porsche motorsport fanatics alike will find great delight in this comprehensive study of Porsche's involvement in the world of international rallying ... this reader-friendly hardback documents with magnificent detail and comprehensive scope." - GTPorsche

"It's an easy read and full of facts which will ensure it's often taken from the bookcase to prove a point in discussion." - The Motor Cycling Club

"... this book is not only a must for any Porsche or motorsport fanatic, but should also be available at the Porsche dealers for those who will buy a Porsche as well as for those who are just fans of the magnificent Porsche brand and its history ... it is surely worth the money." -

"One of the great strengths of this book is that it is filled with over 400 excellent and rare photographs, chronicling the various Porsche rally cars and campaigns over the years." - Vintage Racecar


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