Photography by James Mann
Formula 1: the pinnacle of motorsports. This is the world’s most popular form of racing, featuring the world’s greatest drivers competing in the most technologically advanced cars ever created, machines designed and built by some of history’s most brilliant engineering minds.
For Art of the Formula 1 Race Car, master automotive photographer James Mann has brought a selection of these spectacular machines into the studio, and through his lens we see not just the engineering brilliance of these cars but also their inherent beauty. They are works of art, the fascinating results of Formula 1’s mix of competition, creativity, and human ingenuity.
With historical and technological profiles by Formula 1 writer Stuart Codling, and commentary from multiple-championship-winning designer Gordon Murray, this book is the ultimate homage to the ultimate breed of race car.
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The Art of the Classic Sports Car offers enthusiasts a beautifully illustrated review of several decades of high-performance cars, featuring cars from around the globe all shot in the studio to ensure a handsome and desirable book. Each featured car includes a profile discussing the car’s place in sports car history along with technical and performance specs as well as a smattering of historical images and period ads.
“What was the first sports car?” will often incite a heated debate among enthusiasts. Still, most car fans feel that they know a sports car when they see one and when asked to name a few will rattle off a remarkably similar list of name plates: Jaguar, Corvette, Triumph, MG, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lotus, Alfa-Romeo, BMW. Pressed harder, more exotic and obscure brands will emerge: DB, Alpine, Bugatti, Lancia.
Sports cars have offered road and track excitement for nearly 100 years. The original cars evolved for racing, but their appeal and popularity ensured that production versions were soon available for those whose sporting intents never left the boulevard or winding back road.
Along the way, sports cars became more comfortable, sometimes almost practical, and above all handsome. But never have they been boring.