Exceptional Cars Series 1
This book tells the fascinating story of the last and most successful of the Iso AC/3 Grifo race cars from the fabulous period of sports car racing in the mid-1960s.
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This book tells the fascinating story of the last and most successful of the Iso AC/3 Grifo race cars from the fabulous period of sports car racing in the mid-1960s. The A3/C was the creation of Giotto Bizzarrini, the engineer who developed the famed Ferrari 250 GTO. In its short but varied racing career, which included outings with two Grand Prix drivers, ‘222’ showed itself to be one of the world’s fastest racing sports and GT cars, its top speed on the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans, nearly 190mph, bettered only by the 7-litre Ford GT Mk II. This book celebrates the life of ‘222’ and the against-the-odds efforts of Bizzarrini, a genius with the ambition to produce the best GT race car of its era.
The story of the car that won its class and finished in ninth place overall against formidable opposition in the Le Mans 24 Hours of 1965.
The car’s conception, design and development – masterminded by Giotto Bizzarrini – covered in detail, complete with rare period images.
The background and achievements of Bizzarrini the man outlined and assessed, including his role at Ferrari.
Five international events in 1965 – as an Iso run by Giotto Bizzarrini – recorded in full, with superb photos.
Biographical details of all drivers who competed with the car, including Chris Amon (in Austria at the 200 Miles of Zeltweg) and Maurice Trintignant (in France at the Mont Dore hill climb).
Contains many first-hand accounts, including from surviving drivers and other participants in the story.
Later life: rebadged as a Bizzarrini, sold as a road car to a colourful American living in Rome, passed through further owners, ending up today in enthusiast Bruce Meyer’s California-based car collection, returned in every detail to its original race specification.
The book includes a portfolio of magnificent studio images by noted American photographer Peter Harholdt.
Richard Heseltine is a journalist and author specialising in classic and contemporary performance cars. A former staff member of Classic & Sports Car and Motor Sport, for whom he remains a regular contributor, he has also written extensively for Octane, Classic Cars and Auto Italia in addition to newspapers such as The Guardian. He has written several books on subjects as diverse as the British specialist sports car industry and coachbuilt Ferraris. He has also owned, driven and pushed countless Italian classic cars over the past 25 years.
|Date de parution||August 2016|
|Collection||Exceptional Cars Series|
|Format||27,5 x 24 cm|
|Illustration||Many colour and BW photos|
|Nombre de page||128|
|Binding||Hardback with dust jacket|