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THE WORKS MGS
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Works MGs (Second Edition) Thanks to co-author Mike Allison, I now know that MG founder Cecil Kimber was killed in a train crash, and also that the pencil-thin, EX135 record-breaking car used basically the same six-cylinder engine to claim top speeds in four separate categories; from 1500cc via 1100cc and 750cc down as far as 500cc and, finally, under 350cc...
FORMULA 1: CAR BY CAR 1980-89
BOOK REVIEW  by Peter Baker Formula 1: Car by Car 1980-89  Everything you need to know about the Grand Prix race scene in the 1980s, compiled by Peter Higham and running to 300-odd pages, each containing myriad facts and figures about the teams, the drivers and cars, supported by over 500 colour pictures. If you watch historic motor sport, and in particular the FIA Masters Historic F...
THE CARS YOU ALWAYS PROMISED YOURSELF
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Cars You Always Promised Yourself The late sixties was an exciting time to be a young, up-and-coming salesman in a Ford Main Dealership. Top performer in the world of motor sport (winner Le Mans 1966-67-68-69), and surrounded as we were by new models, Ford Motor Company exuded an all-engulfing air of optimism. Cortina, Escort, and then Capri ‘Th...
TOURING CAR RACING 1958-2018
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Touring Car Racing 1958-2018 Everything you needed to know about the British Touring Car Championship 1958-2018, wrapped up in a full-sized, 400-page tome compiled by Motorsport News reporter Matt James, with a cover price of £60. Each season gets its own chapter and includes championship background notes as well as driver profiles, while the final sectio...
EXCEPTIONAL CARS 5: ASTON MARTIN ULSTER
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 5: Aston Martin Ulster – The remarkable history of CMC 614  Thanks to social media, not that long ago it became a generalised opinion within the print industry that their days were numbered. Nobody would buy books or magazines anymore. Even worse, nobody in the future would write books or provide copy for magazines. Well, t...
THE PERFECT CAR: THE BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN BARNARD
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Perfect Car: The Biography of John Barnard - Motorsport’s most creative designer  If ever I was stuck on a desert island this outstanding biography of John Barnard, written by Nick Skeens, is the one motor racing book I’d want with me. Simply because it runs to nearly 600 pages, every one so chock-a-block with facts and figures I would have ...
FROM SEND TO SYRACUSE: THE HISTORY OF CONNAUGHT
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker From Send to Syracuse: The History of Connaught The fact that an author such as Graham Rabagliati can compile such a book as this is in itself remarkable. Not only does he need immense depths of passion and self-determination, Rabagliati also requires a memory capable of pulling forward at any one time all the relevant facts that bring each chapter to life. I...
JAGUAR E-TYPE: FACTORY AND PRIVATE COMPETITION CARS
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Jaguar E-type: Factory and Private Competition Cars This comprehensive history revolving around the Jaguar E-type, and in particular its development as a competition car by ‘privateers’ (over 450 listed), fills a gap in this very busy section of the market and deserves a place on every enthusiast’s bookshelf.It’s not perfect, and t...
AND YOU'LL LOVE THIS ONE...!
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker “And you'll love this one…!” The story of Terry Sanger, his exciting international racing career and his fascinating friends told by Ken Davies.Books don't have to be big and expensive to be good. Sometimes a hard-to-put-down, soft-back gem like “And you'll love this one…!” comes along, and one has to wonder, how can ...
DEREK BELL - ALL MY PORSCHE RACES
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Derek Bell – All  my Porsche races According to Derek Bell, MBE, if Klaus Ludwig had obeyed Porsche team orders, instead of ‘playing silly buggers’ at Le Mans in 1988 and pitting to refuel on the right lap, chances are they would have stolen Jaguars moment of glory. I like that, telling it as it is. That’s what makes this a sp...