This book opens up the past, revealing unpublished stunning photographs from motor racing history, and examines the many facets of Grand Prix racing before the dominance of television. Here are stories of derring-do and racing that constantly pushed the boundaries of technology, beginning in the 1930s when the German Auto Unions and Mercedes were heavily subsidized by the Nazi regime to strengthen their engineering might. This produced the most powerful racing cars ever (at least until the turbocharged cars of the 1980s), and was followed by the postwar era that saw the BRM V16 bring prestige to Great Britain. A beautiful look at a fascinating time in motor racing.
Anthony Carter trawled the paddocks of motor racing circuits at home and abroad during what many consider the golden age: the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Many of his own photographs appear in Motor Racing – Reflections of a Lost Era, his first book published by Veloce. Both cars and personalities came under the close scrutiny of Anthony’s lens at long abandoned but fondly remembered venues. The old Nürburgring, Reims and Rouen vie with today’s circuits such as Le Mans, Silverstone and Brands Hatch. Anthony had to fit in his motor racing experiences around a career in the insurance world, based in London. Maybe it contributed to a freshness of approach. Anthony unashamedly admired his heroes – many sadly no longer with us. Retirement living in East Anglia gave Anthony the opportunity to chronicle his experiences, and his second book, Motor Racing: The Pursuit of Victory (1930-1962), was also published with Veloce, and features many of Anthony’s original photographs.
The author began writing about motor racing, Grand Prix racing in particular, after he retired from a career in the insurance industry in London. He has followed the sport since childhood and took many photographs as a young man which were published by Veloce in 2005, revised and reprinted in 2007 - 'Motor Racing. Reflections of a Lost Era'. Contributions to other works followed. The author built up an intimate knowledge of the sport and it's personalities at a time when it was open to the enthusiast. Access to the paddock was always possible and the author has since been privileged to draw upon the experiences of numerous personalities he came to recognize all those years ago. That knowledge has been put to good use in these pages.