Real Racers: Formula 1 in the 1950s and 1960s - A Driver's Perspective, Rare and Classic Images from the Klemantaski Collection

Author(s): Stuart Codling


The visceral sensations of driving a Formula 1 race car in the 1950s and 1960s brought to life through the extraordinary images of the Klemantaski Collection (one of the world's largest and finest archives of motorsports photography) and first-person accounts from the drivers who experienced them. Original commentary from F1 legends Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham, John Surtees, and Sir Frank Williams carries the reader through a Grand Prix weekend, from arrival at the track, practice and setup, the start of the race, and the race itself. A must-have for all Formula 1 aficionados.


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"F1 racing in the 1950s and 1960s was a different sport. And "Real" "Racers "does a superb job of immersing you in that era, thanks to the images from the huge Klementaski Collection. This is a visual feast, with enough words to help you understand the world of Moss, Brabham, Stewart, Hill, Gurney, Surtees and others." - "Road & Track"

"The images are the star here, but the text works quite well to tell the story, despite starting well down the grid. It is a joy to see so many of the Klemantaski images in one spot as well. Of special note are the lengthy, detailed and well-written cutlines offered with each photograph, which are missing in so many books. And, finally, the quotes from many of the iconic drivers of the era make the book an accessible and rewarding read. It's too bad there isn't a bibliography for all the quotes, as they hint at wonderful interviews in the archives. Codling leaves you wanting more, which defines a great performance." - "Keith"" ""Martin""'s Sport

Journalist and broadcaster Stuart Codling has worked in motorsport for over a decade, covering sports cars in the United States before joining F1 Racing, the world's biggest-selling Formula 1 magazine, in 2001. He has appeared as an F1 expert on TV and radio, a host for Renault F1, and a contributor to F1 Racing, AUTOSPORT, Autocar, and the Red Bulletin. He is the author of the Motorbooks' critically acclaimed title Art of the Formula 1 Race Car.

General Fields

  • : 9780760338919
  • : Motorbooks International
  • : Motorbooks International
  • : March 2011
  • : 254mm X 311mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stuart Codling
  • : Hardback
  • : 208
  • : 250 illustrations