Porsche rally history is a subject that any rally fan will find compelling. Written by lifelong Porsche enthusiast, Laurence Meredith, who is an acknowledged authority on the activities of the Zuffenhausen company, the book is a comprehensive study of Porsche. 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. With the advent of the 911 in 1964, Porsche had produced a car with the potential to win sporting events at all levels. The 911's sporting record speaks for itself, and demonstrates that the car 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.
The Motor Cycling Club, February 2008
UK club newsletter
When Veloce presented me with this for review I was a little taken aback as I didn’t think it would be of pressing interest to many MCC members. Its large format seemed to qualify it for the coffee table of some nouveau rich gentleman to accompany the status symbol 911 in the drive. But I was wrong, as I read into it I found a mine of information written by a great enthusiast of the marque – almost too much so when defending 356 handling – and it’s more of a Porsche history than merely about rallying.
We should of course remember that in the early days of Porsche there wasn’t much to distinguish many international rallies from the great races of the time and it’s those early chapters which give lots of inside information about how it all came about that I found the most interesting. Although in a sense a specialist book which will certainly interest Porsche and rally enthusiasts this has a much more general appeal.
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.