Le Mans: The Official History of the World's Greatest Motor Race, 1980-89 (Le Mans Official History 4)

Le Mans: The Official History of the World's Greatest Motor Race, 1980-89 (Le Mans Official History 4)

By: Quentin Spurring (author)Hardback

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The 1980s was a momentous decade in Formula 1 and this book captures its extraordinary drama. A superb range of 250 colour photographs by Rainer Schlegelmilch, one of the greatest motor racing photographers of all time, is supported by insightful commentary from Quentin Spurring, who had the senior editorial role on Autosport magazine for much of that decade. Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell all made their debuts in this decade and became, with Nelson Piquet, the stars of the era - they were arch rivals equipped, at one stage, with the most powerful racing engines of all time. McLaren and Williams first established themselves as regular winners in this period, and these teams, with Ferrari, remain big players today. This was a decade when Formula 1 was transformed by political upheaval, technical innovation and extended TV coverage, all of which laid the foundations for today's globally popular sport.

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Quentin Spurring entered motorsport journalism on the editorial team of Autosport in 1966. He became the weekly magazine's deputy editor but left in 1970 to try his hand as a freelance, also serving two years as the media officer of the British Automobile Racing Club and the editor of its monthly publication. He was the launch editor of Competition Car magazine in 1972 - 74, and the press officer of Graham Hill's Formula 1 team in 1975. He returned to Autosport in 1976 as its editor, and served in this capacity or as its executive editor until 1988. On April Fool's Day, 'Q' left to form Q.Editions, a specialist contract publishing company, which was successful in Formula 1 and high-end sportscar racing. Q.ED clients included the FIA, Asprey, Castrol, Jaguar, Marlboro, Mercedes-Benz and Shell, as well as professional Group C teams such as Brun, Schuppan and Spice. Having originally learned his trade on Civil Engineering magazine, he saw the need for a trade and technical periodical serving the global motorsport industry. In 1992, Q.ED launched Racecar Engineering magazine, for which he subsequently received individual achievement awards from both the UK's motorsport industry trade bodies, AMRA and the MIA. He sold the title late in 1996 and quit as its editor in 2000 to edit two internet projects, F1i.com and RaceAccess, Marlboro's extensive motorsport media website. In 2008 - 09, he edited The Paddock, a monthly magazine focusing on the business of professional motorsport. He has been the European Motorsport Correspondent of the US publication, AutoWeek, since 1982. His first book, Formula 1 in Camera 1980 - 89, which featured the photographs of Rainer Schlegelmilch accompanied by a detailed commentary, appeared in 2005, published by by Haynes Publishing. Other titles followed on Jim Clark, Gilles Villeneuve and Ronnie Peterson. With David Bull Publishing he wrote Grand Prix: Images of the First 100 Years, which won an award from the American Publishers Association (APA). His long-held passion the Le Mans 24 Hours - he has reported from the race 26 times - made him the ideal author for a new project detailing the history of the race decade by decade in individual volumes. Published by Haynes in collaboration with L'Automobile Club de L'Ouest (ACO), organisers of 'The World's Greatest Motor Race', the first four volumes were launched in the order 1960 - 69 (2010), 1970 - 79 (2011), 1949 - 59 (2011) and 1980 - 89 (2012). Evro Publishing then took over the series, introducing the fifth volume, 1990 - 99, in July 2014. He is married with two children (and five grandchildren), and lives in south London.

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/05/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780992820930
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780992820930
  • weight: 1901
  • ISBN10: 0992820936

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