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Indy Cars of the 1960s (Anglais) Broché – 9 novembre 2001


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A Walk Through 500 History 29 décembre 2002
Par M. Stephen Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Indy Cars of the 1960s presents some classic photos of a period of great change at the 500. What is unique about this book is that it includes some photos of the non successful but technically interesting cars of the period. The Smokey Yunick sidecar, the Parnelli Jones 69 4wd turbo Ford and the Granatelli Plymouth to name a few. There are also a variety of photos of the engines and chassis mechanicals of the period including the turbines. This book is heavily focussed on the rear engined entries that predominated the 60's. The high quality B&W photos have amazing clarity. While some people prefer more prose, the captions not only describe the content, but offer little snippets of interest surrounding the subject presented.
In summary, snapshots of the period that leave you feeling that you just had a walk through the paddock.
Now, how about a book on Watson's?
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A must-have... 19 août 2005
Par sengleman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
A fantastic collection of B&W photos from one of the most interesting periods in Indy history. The book is printed on a high-quality glossy stock that make the pictures appear wonderfully sharp. Great pics of Watson roadsters, early Eagles, Coyotes, Lotuses, McLarens, and all of the experimental cars from the tumultuous transition from front- to rear- (mid-) engine cars. Quite a few pictures of chassis and engines, including things like the turbine car and the Hallibrand Shrike. This particular volume in the series presents the pictures chronologically (other volumes in the Ludvigsen series can differ).
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Not what I'd expected... 23 août 2007
Par Dan Bolton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book was somewhat of a disappointment...it's mostly pictures, and I was expecting an in-depth analysis of the engineering that went into the cars that defined the most turbulent era in Indy 500 history. I've read a lot of Ludvigsen lately, especially in Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car; where his writing is top notch...and I remember his work at Sports Car Illustrated [now Car and Driver] and Motor Trend. It appears that he only wrote the introduction to this particular book...it really doesn't go into much detail, just a few short lines on each page, below a full-page photo.

Karl has a way of making complex mechanical concepts clear, colorful and easy to understand, and I was hoping he'd go into detail regarding some of the innovations that the early 1960s brought to auto racing, especially those involving the advent of rear engine cars and wider tires, and while there is documentation of those events, it's brief and concise, with very little that hasn't been covered elsewhere in more detail, as in Roger Huntington's book, Design and Development of the Indy Car, which is woefully long out-of-print.

I was hoping for information on the 1964 Mickey Thompson Sears-Allstate Specials with 3-wheel steering, but there is virtually nothing about these cars in the book. The 1962 cars are covered, and the 1963 predecessors to the 1964 cars are, too...but there is nothing on the car that caused so much controversy and tragedy at the Speedway in 1964.

There are some rare photos, including one of a 1965 front-engine Ford DOHC powered roadster that didn't turn many laps at the track, and several photos of the STP turbine cars that are interesting, but overall, the book is a little thin. Not much detail, and not as much Ludvigsen involvement as the title may suggest.

If you're a hard-core fan of Indy in the '60's, the book is of merit...if not, you might want to give it a pass.

Dan Bolton
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Indy's Glory Years 15 juillet 2007
Par Randall Tripp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Excellent photographic and direct text overview of the last great decade of innovation at indy. It's all here from the seeming demise of the Offy giving way to Ford to the 4-banger's turbocharged comeback. The final qualifying of a roadster, the valliant efforts of Granatelli with the NOVI and his futuristic vision with the eventually outlawed turbines are well covered. Included are Smokey Yunic, Mickey Thompson and numerous other unsuccessful but determined and creative contenders. Well done!
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Indy car of the sixties 23 janvier 2007
Par Felice Glorioso - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Good info & pictures, but some in color would be great.
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