The Magnificent Monoposto's, Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Cars 1923-1951

 
9780982077429: The Magnificent Monoposto's, Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Cars 1923-1951

This book is two volumes with a slipcase. Edited and Designed by Malcolm S. Harris. The third book in Simon Moore's Alfa Romeo trilogy is finally here! Simon's first book, The Immortal 2.9, covered the famous 8C2900 models of the late 1930s and won the coveted Cugnot Award from the Society of Automotive Historians as the best automotive book of 1986. His second book, The Legendary 2.3, covered the 1931-1934 8C2300 model and was awarded the prestigious Prix Bellecour in France in 2000. The 2.9 book has since been completely rewritten and a Revised Edition was published in 2008. Both books are still available. Simon started this new book with the intention of covering just the single seaters from 1931 to 1940. However, he discovered so many previously unpublished photographs from the 1923 to 1930 era that he decided to cover those years as well. The publisher then persuaded him to expand the book further to cover the exploits of the Tipo 158/9 up until Alfa's retirement from Grand Prix racing in 1951. The prewar racing history of the 158 cars in the voiturette category is covered in detail. The postwar period is covered with a huge number of previously unpublished photographs and technical notes rather than covering each race in detail which has already been covered in several books. Simon was, however, given access to the Alfa Corse records which give chassis and engine number details by race and they are included in tables.As usual, Simon has used his phenomenal detective skills to trace the history of the individual cars, including those that were sold to private owners by the factory and Scuderia Ferrari. Each car is given a chapter of its own. The cars traveled all over the world, including the USA (three ran at Indianapolis), Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Some retained their original engines, drive train and suspension, but many were given alternative motive power - one even acquired a Ford V8 for drag racing in California!

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