Porsche The Rally Story

Porsche by Laurence Meredith

The Rally Story

Format: Hardcover Book , 256 Pages
ISBN: 9781845841096
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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.

Laurence Meredith has written some 38 books, 36 of them about cars and motor racing. He lives in rural Herefordshire, England. Motorsport has been a lifelong obsession that continues to this day. He has a particular interest in German cars, and is a leading authority on Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Meredith has spent his entire life - from the age of two - at motor racing circuits throughout the world, and cites his hobby and job as one and the same thing. He owns several German cars, including a Porsche, classic VW Beetle and a Formula SuperVee Modus M2. He has competed in modern classic rallies, citing his class win in the Longleat Stages of 1990 as the most rewarding.
Format: Hardcover Book , 256 Pages
ISBN: 9781845841096
Illustrations: 400 color and b/w photos
Size: 10 in x 10 in / 254 mm x 254 mm
Published:
"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

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.

autoarabia.org, 2008
"The Ultimate Middle East Car magazine"
Egypt

Porsche's rally story is a subject that any rally and motorsport 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 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.

Laurence Meredith has written some 38 books, 36 of them about cars and motor racing; motorsport has been a lifelong obsession that continues to this day. Laurence has a particular interest in German cars, and is a leading authority on Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

He has spent his entire life – from the age of two – at motor racing circuits throughout the world, and cites his hobby and job as one and the same thing. Laurence owns several German cars, including a Porsche, classic VW Beetle, and a Formula SuperVee Modus M2. He has competed in modern classic rallies, citing his class win in the Longleat Stages of 1990 as the most rewarding. Laurence lives in rural Herefordshire.

The book contains some exciting, action-packed photographs from Porsche’s archive which will fascinate Porsche-drivers as well as Porsche-lovers. It also shows technical discussion of the cars in detail and is fully indexed.

The book is an international story that will appeal to motorsport enthusiasts in general and Porsche enthusiasts in specific all around the world, and especially in the Middle East region and Egypt where 'Porsche' means the embodiment of sports cars and motorsport heritage.

This hardback, 256-page book contains some 400 pictures, ranging from the 60K10 (1939) to the Porsche Cayenne Transsyberia Edition (2007).
    
'Porsche – The Rally Story' is published by UK-based Veloce Publishing house and costs £45.00 (UK) or $89.95 (US). Although this is not the cheapest Porsche book, it is surely worth the money.