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Just finished an excellent book on my holiday- 'The Last Road Race' by Richard Williams, the Guardian sports writer. It's a vivid account of the 1957 Pescara G.P., won by Moss in his Vanwall. Mouthwatering stuff for anyone anticipating the Scaley Vanwall and Maser 250F; there are a good few evocative shots of the cars in action, but that's not the real point. He really brings the whole thing to life- the drivers, cars, atmosphere, etc. Not a big book or a tecchie's dream exactly, but a really great read.
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What were you saying about rabbits in the radiator howmet? Now a goat, that would be scary!

Well, my holiday treat was the "Unofficial Formula One Encyclopedia". Lots of great reference pics: coincidentally including a photo of Stirling winning the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix! Very easy on the eye but extending the "want to build" list to even more unrealistic extremes...
 

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I bought this book a couple of weeks ago but haven't read it yet. The author also wrote "Racers" and "The Death of Ayrton Senna" I highly recommend both of them - despite the title of the Senna book it is very well written and totally devoid of any sensationalism.

On a point of accuracy was the Pescara GP the last road race as the Targa Florio ran up to about 1973 didn't it?

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You're right of course, David, but Richard Willliams' idea is that the Pescara GP was the last real road GP, in terms of the spirit of the thing and the sense of place- he mentions the ad-hoc arrangements without permanent facilities or safety precautions as defining elements- as well as the survival rate amongst drivers. But it's not sensationalist in that way, despite his journalistic background. He sees at as a turning point, after which professionalism and commercialism got the upper hand. He does mention the subsequent Targa Florio races and Monaco of course amongst others. Well I think I know what he means. I can't fault his research and knowledge myself- but there's a challenge; maybe there'll be a few of Mrs H's trophies to the reader who spots the most gaffes. Tuck yourself away with a nice bottle and have a good read anyway!
 

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Talking of the 'want to build' list reaching unfeasibly long proportions, JP- In the Pecara race there's the Centro-Sud 250F- Jo Bonnier, white car with blue and gold stripes... Anyone got a spare MRRC shell?
And then there's the landscaping ideas... at least 5 separate villages, plus seafront and beach. Not to mention the lonely goatherd.
I told you not to....
 

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I see what you mean, it was the last road GP. I have a MRRC 250F in my spares box and that colour scheme sounds tempting....

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Howmet - I found these wonderful photographs of Pescara that I thought you'd find interesting, it really illustrates what you were saying about landscaping ideas. What a great circuit.

http://forums.atlasf1.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=68023

I keep walking past the MRRC Maser bodyshell in my model room but I must be strong willed and ignore it!......must finish the 1968 Honda F1 first.

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Oh David- that's gorgeous! Thanks for that. Ok, finish the Honda if you must, but if you have any soul in your body you won't be able to walk past that Maser again!
Luckily temptation is not in my way.
 

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Hey! this is a really nice thread - great stuff! I enjoyed the tips very much indeed...
it is true what you say about inspiration for the track...

//peter
 
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