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A Darracq called Genevieve – The story of veteran motoring’s most famous car

A Darracq called Genevieve – The story of veteran motoring’s most famous car

By Rodney Laredo
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V5007 • 25x20.7cm • 160 pages • 112 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-78711-007-6

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• Genevieve – a 1904 French Darracq – star of the award winning 1953 British movie of the
same name
• Genevieve is the recognised mascot of the veteran motoring industry
• First-ever biography of this car’s life
• Researched for over 40 years
• Content drawn from direct contact and friendships with Genevieve’s various owners
• The author and Genevieve star, Dinah Sheridan, were friends for over four decades
• From an author who has driven Genevieve in Australia and England
• The film’s popularity established veteran car clubs around the globe
• Illustrated with many images never before seen
• A fascinating memento of a unique slice of motoring history


The life and times of the world’s most famous veteran car

Genevieve is the first definitive, documented, ownership history and cinematic record of the 1904 French Darracq motorcar. This car was propelled to international fame as Genevieve, in the record breaking 1953 film that centred around the annual London to Brighton run for veteran cars pre-1905.


A Darracq called Genevieve is the story of the car that starred in the Bafta award-winning Genevieve, Best British Film of the coronation year 1953 with an Oscar nominated music score by harmonica player Larry Adler. The film became the catalyst for unprecedented interest in veteran motoring worldwide.
Genevieve’s participation in the annual London to Brighton run for veteran cars, alongside her rival, a throaty, bright yellow Dutch Spyker, has become a legendary tale. But what of this 1904 French Darracq’s life before and after it’s film career?
Rodney Laredo’s in-depth biography of Genevieve is the first of its kind. It charts both the public and private life of this famous identity within the old car industry.
For more than forty years the author has collected an extensive pictorial and documented archive of material, through his own personal association with Genevieve and her respective owners and restorers in England, New Zealand, Australia, and Holland. Much of the material is new, and made available here for the first time.
Intriguing recollections – from those who starred in the film Genevieve, who were involved in its production, and who became friends of the author over a long period – are likewise included.

Independent Reviews

If you are a fan of the 1953 film Genevieve – and which of us doesn’t secretly still carry a torch for Kay Kendall? – then you’ll love this hardback about the real star of the film, a 1904 Darracq.

Laredo’s research into the car’s earlier years make for the most fascinating reading ... It’s amazing to think that the first 40 years of one of the world’s most famous cars are lost, but Laredo’s book does much to make up for this.
Classic Cars

Brighton Run fans should enjoy this work.
Classic & Sports Car

The author was so enamoured by the film and the star car that he has spent more than 40 years collecting information and memorabilia connected with the elements of the personality of an amazing survivor. The result is a one-off that does the subject matter proud.
Classic Car Weekly

Quite a journey - and quite a story - from being discovered lying derelict in a builder’s yard in East London in 1945. Fascinating.
Big End / All Torque

Additional Information

Genevieve, the 1904 Darracq, is recognised globally as veteran motoring’s most famous vehicle.

There has never before been a biography of this car’s life, from either a public or a private perspective.

Untold accounts, rare documents, and unseen images will fascinate veteran car fans, including lovers of the famous film Genevieve.


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