CAR RACING 1966

By Éditions Cercle d'Art

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The second volume of the Car Racing collection, this time devoted to the year 1966, plunges once again into the heart of the golden age of motorsports. 1966 marked the continuation of the rise of the new French hero, Jean-Pierre Beltoise, against the young rookie, Jackie Ickx, and another youngster who was not faint of heart: Henri Pescarolo. The legends of French motorsports had already been established.

Foreigners were not left out: Jack Brabham, Jochen Rindt, Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren… no less. The kings of the road also attracted crowds to the side of the passes and the paths: Timo Makinen, Rauno Aaltonen, Pauli Toivonen, Tony Fall, Gilbert Staepelaere, Jean Rolland…

In terms of cars, Ford GT 40, Ferrari or Alpine, BRM, Lotus, Mini Cooper … They competed boldly for first place in the pantheon of design and mechanical thunder, in rallies and in endurance races like Le Mans. In 1966, one of the authors of this book, Johnny Rives, drove No. 53 in the Mulsanne straight. A hell of a memory. That year also saw our national idol, Johnny Halliday, drive his own car in the Monte Carlo Rally, which remained famous for its snow-covered tracks and participating celebrities. The same year that Henri Ford II went to the Sarthe, it was also a question of Ford, but this time of a Mustang, captured by a certain Claude Lelouch between Monte Carlo and Deauville in Un Homme et une Femme. Another film, Grand Prix by John Frankenheimer, with Yves Montand, also fascinated audiences at the time.

The DPPI photo agency was born from the passion of a handful of men for
photography and cars, preferably sports cars. DPPI has endeavoured to share the daily lives of drivers and racing teams, from the roads or the circuits, with as many people as possible. Whether at Le Mans, in the hill races, or on the first circuits of what had not yet become the big bedlam of Formula 1, the drivers are accessible, welcoming. They smile at the amateurs and the media, who are not yet legion, crowding at the edges of the tracks or circuits.

 

The presentation of the DPPI agency archives through the hundreds of
photographs published and commented on in this book by the photographers and protagonists of the time reveals a world full of extraordinary human adventures around exceptional machines. Access, previously restricted to the media and professionals – most of these press photos had never been published before – has been granted to the general public for the first time thanks to this book, which is offered at a very competitive price, given its quality and scope. Legendary drivers, essential manufacturers, shots of the greatest mythical races in the world… This unique book will allow motorsports enthusiasts but also photography enthusiasts to dive back into the heart of events.

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