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Master Motorsports Photographer Klemantaski
By Paul Parker
Photography by Louis Klemantaski
Hardcover, 272 pages
302 color and B&W photos
12 x 9.75 inches
Price; $75 USD
Order from www.motorbooks.com
Review by Pete Vack
His father was Dutch, his mother Russian and he was born in Harbin, Manchuria. In 1928 at the age of 16, he traveled to England, taking the Trans-Siberian Railway across the Asian continent. There, he graduated from King’s College in London. Little wonder that Louis Klemantaski (1912-2001) was destined to do and see things with a unique perspective.
As Jim Sitz told this reviewer, “Klemantaski was an artist with a camera, not a merely a photographer with an artistic sense.” “Klem”, as he was called, was one of a number of great racing photographers of the twentieth century; some say the best of them all. In an age that would foster Kurt Worner, Jesse Alexander, Pete Coltrin, Bernhard Cahier, and Tom Burnside to name a few, that is saying something. Thankfully for us, in addition to interests in Ballet and the opera, Klemantaski also loved motor racing. Until 1967, when he ‘elected to simply step off the stage’, Klemantaski recorded the world of motor racing in the U.K. and on the continent, concentrating on real life and real people. [click to continue…]
A beautiful and rare Triumph Gloria.
By Roy P. Smith
Silverstone, April 18th 2015…Now for something different…the incredible race meeting that is the VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club) Spring Start. Roy Smith brings us the news in pictures of just some of the hundreds of amazing vehicles to be seen in the paddock. Not just the racers, there were parking areas full of exotica. We can say no more other than just enjoy. And perhaps our readers might help us with the background of the last car in this feature. [click to continue…]
January 1952 Motorsport cover. The Bandini powered by a 1100cc Fiat engine finished 10th at Elkhart Lake, owned by Tony Pompeo, New York. With car is Perry Fina. Photo by Bill Finn.
Story by John Wright
The neat little cycle-fendered sports car pictured here is one of a few Bandinis which were exported to the U.S.A. in the immediate post war era. Their creator, Ilario Bandini was born in Forli, Italy, and because he was mechanically inclined, set himself up as a creator of sports cars using Fiat parts only as the basis of his pretty and slinky designs in coupes, roadsters and race cars. [click to continue…]
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Mid-Atlantic American Sports Car Races, 1953-196
By Terry O’Neil
Dalton Watson Fine Books, February 2015
ISBN 978-1-85443-263-6 320mm by 240mm
393 pages, Hardbound with dust jacket
569 color and B&W photos
$155.00 USD, plus shipping
Review by Pete Vack
This is Terry O’Neil’s third book on racing in the colonies. The first opus covered the Bahamas Races and the second the Northeast SCCA region, 1952-59. His latest book covers SCCA races in the Mid-Atlantic Region from 1953 to 1962.
The Mid-Atlantic Region as covered by the book. O’Neil noted that although Kentucky and North Carolina were actually not officially within the SCCA defined region, it was best to include them in the book as well. [click to continue…]
The unusual Cisi Ford..no match for the classic 202. Photo by Hugues Vanhoolandt.
By Brandes Elitch
A few years ago, the organizers of the Pebble Beach concours, in an effort to dispel the image of the entrants as so called trailer queens, initiated a drive for the entrants around the Monterey Peninsula.
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