Available now! (UK) / November 2004 (USA)
ISBN 1-904788-15-7 / UPC 3684700315
£49.99 UK / $94.95 USA
Colour images from the 1950s are very rare, so this unique collection of original colour photographs of Grand Prix and Sports Racing cars taken between 1954 and 1959 make this book a MUST for classic motorsport & 'Revival' enthusiasts
Around 200 pictures take the reader back to a time when motorsport was much more accessible, with relatively little regulation; vivid original colour gives a sense of being there during an heroic era of motorsport in England and Ireland
Races and hill climbs covered include Goodwood (international meetings), Ulster TT, Aintree (British GP), Brands Hatch, Prescott and Shelsley Walsh.
Whilst studying at Dublin University, Martyn Wainwright joined the photographic club and, as part of the club's activities, went to a lecture given by the late Max Boyd - then the sports editor of Irish Motoring Life. Martyn, subsequently, acted as Max's assistant at a number of races and hill climbs. When Max left to become The Sunday Times Motoring Correspondent Martyn inherited his place at Irish Motoring Life. In 1954 Martyn started taking colour photographs at the meetings he attended in England and Ireland, despite knowing that no-one was going to publish them as the process was then too expensive. All the pictures were taken with an M3 Leica, and all the action shots with a Leitz 135mm Hektor lens with an aperture of f3.5: this meant that to get decent shots you had to be very close to the action, as many of the pictures reveal ... After nearly 50 years, Martyn discovered the forgotten transparencies and taught himself to digitize them and to repair the damaged pictures. All these rare images vividly recall a very different era of motorsport and, collectively, recapture the spirit of motorsport in the 1950s.
Cloth hardback. 250 x 250mm or 9-7/8 x 9-7/8in. 160 pages. Around over 200 original colour photographs.
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