Sir Stirling Moss accepts his personal copy of 'Amédée Gordini – a true racing legend'

23rd May 2013
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Sir Stirling Moss accepts his personal copy of 'Amédée Gordini – a true racing legend'

Roy Smith, the author of Amédée Gordini - a true racing legend, published by Veloce, is pictured here presenting Sir Stirling Moss with a personal copy of his book. Sir Stirling, who started his racing career in 1948, was to race many times against the Gordinis in the 1950s, sometimes being beaten by and sometimes beating the Gordinis.
Later, when Stirling went on to race for the mighty Mercedes team, Amédée Gordini was among many other contestants to come under great pressure as the Mercedes W196 Streamliners effectively put an end to the era of make and mend racers.

Sir Stirling, as we know, is one of the greatest drivers to grace the sport and Smith was honoured that he agreed to write a foreward for his book along with his old friend Froilan Gonzalez from Argentina who actually drove for Gordini in 1950.

Please credit photo to Pete Austin.

This is a story of excitement, laughs, astonishment and anger – a story of the determination of a man with a dream and a passion for motor racing in the big leagues. It is the first time that the history of the always under-financed Gordini racing team has been documented in English, and the first complete story of Gordini himself in any language.

This volume will appeal to new enthusiasts and old hands of Formula 1 and sports prototype racing, especially those who have owned a Gordini-badged high-performance Renault road car. It charts Gordini's early life and beginnings in motorsport, up to 1969 when Renault took over the Gordini company, keeping his name on all the racing engines until 1986, before finally resurrecting it for a performance version of the Renault Twingo and Clio in 2009.

The book is packed with evocative period images from important collections, supplementary transcripts in English from many contemporary interviews, plus recollections from former employees remembering their time working with Gordini, and an exhaustive set of statistics. All the way it's a roller coaster of joy, despair, humour, and stunning images. The racing legend of ‘Le Sorcier' lives on.

Amédée Gordini by Roy P Smith

ISBN: 9781845843175
UPC: 6-36847-04317-9


£55, $89.95

• The first time that the complete story of Gordini, Alpine and Renault has been brought together in one work
• The first time the full story of Amedee Gordini has been told in English
• The first complete history in English of all the racing cars and their races
• Features unique illustrations of the cars
• Packed with photographs from important period collections
• Translated transcripts from many interviews conducted in the period and later
• Contains interviews with ex-employees about their time working with Gordini
• Unique extracts from the personal diaries of someone who lived with the team in 1948 and 1949
• Lists every engine, race, and engine project
• Contains moments of joy, despair, great humour and stunning images
Roy Smith is a retired company director, now an award winning writer. His lifetime passion for motor sport began in the 1960s with articles for club magazines, mainly interviews with notables of the time. A 40-year business career in sales and marketing developed an attention to detail that is crucial to writing a work such as Amedee Gordini and his previous works about the development of the first turbo Formula 1 car, and two books covering the complete history of the Alpine Renault sports prototypes, for which he won the Guild of Motoring Writers Mercedes Benz Prize and the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy in 2010. His aim is always to record a little known part of motoring history for future generations before it is forgotten. Once again Roy has written a “first in English” story with the same desire to provide a good read to newcomers and hardened enthusiasts alike. He has written many specialist articles for magazines in France and internationally as a UK historic correspondent. He is already planning his next work, which will again be published by Veloce in 2013: this too will be a “first in English”, entitled Alpine Renault - The Fabulous Berlinettes.
Place of birth: Chichester, Sussex • Hometown: Aspley Guise • Nearest city: Milton Keynes, UK

V4317 • Hardback • 25x20.7cm • £55 • 288 pages • 410 colour and b&w pictures
• ISBN: 978-1-845843-17-5 • UPC: 6-36847-04317-9

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