We read: Ferrari, 1960-1965: the time of the coronations

We read: Ferrari, 1960-1965: the (...)

1960-1965: the time of coronations for Scuderia Ferrari. A period in which the Scuderia transitioned from front to rear (or mid) engine, won two World Drivers’ Championship titles (Phil Hill in 1961 and John Surtees in 1964) and reigned in endurance ( notably by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times in a row).

So when we received it, we had a lot of expectations. Because the target period is precise. And it is perhaps not worse knowing that Ferrari is hardly under-exposed in the literary world dedicated to car enthusiasts.

We can tell you that these expectations have been met. And even more: this book is one of the best titles on Ferrari that we have received and read for many years!

Offering a year-by-year, race-by-race summary of the six seasons between 1960 and 1965, it chronicles a pivotal and dramatic period – both for the sport and for Ferrari itself.

In Formula 1, the book begins with the transition from front-engined cars, moving on to the iconic shark nose, the tragedy at Monza in 1961 and the glory that followed with John Surtees. All the while, in parallel, Ferrari is successful with its sports cars at Le Mans. In summary, there is a lot to say! William Huon does this deftly, at high speed, dwelling on key characters, while remaining grounded in the larger context of the sport.

The book’s other strength cannot be overlooked, the inclusion of a multitude of images by the legendary Bernard Cahier, which bring this entire period to life, capturing a wealth of detail that prose alone could not cover. It is also a reminder that Formula 1 was very spectacular, much more dangerous and even more glamorous.

Great books on Ferrari are rare, this one is one of them. Experienced Ferrari enthusiasts and motorsport enthusiasts will be able to relive this glorious and unique period in Ferrari’s history, with a particularly human angle. Now, we can only hope for follow-ups with the other pivotal periods of the Scuderia!

Authors :

Born in Reims in 1946, William Huon met most of the drivers of the coronation period on the circuits of Reims-Gueux, Albi and Pau. Retired from the oil industry in 2005, since then devoting himself to writing and having never ceased to be passionate about motorsport, he has published several books with Sophia Éditions.

Considered the “Cartier-Bresson” of motorsports because of his innate ability to capture the best of a racing moment, Bernard Cahier began his career as a photographer in 1952. Familiar with the greatest drivers of his time, regular collaborator of several international periodicals, he was also a runner.

Information :

Number of pages: 368

Publication date: 09/12/2022

Author: William Huon

Photographer: Bernard Cahier

EAN 13: 9791028305444

Editorial brand: ETAI

Size: 240X290mm

Price: 69 euro

Order the book here on the publisher’s website

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