A Passion for Speed (signed)


Author: David Abecassis
Date of Publication: 2010

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**signed by the author** Limited signed edition of only 120.

This will surely come to be regarded as one of the best researched, most detailed, and best illustrated motor racing biographies of recent years. It is a personal story of passion, struggle and courage in the constant shadow of death, the tale of motor racing when the man behind the wheel made all the difference – the story of a man who showed no fear, on the track, in the air as a WW2 bomber pilot, or as a POW. It is a gripping account of how a man went to the top of motor racing with very little money behind him, and who through sheer determination and skill made the transition from the amateur to the professional in motor racing – and helped to create a new marque, HWM, along the way.

Highly evocative of the period from the 1930s to the 1950s, the life and times of George Abecassis are brought vividly to life not only by unparalleled access to the family archives and interviews with all the surviving friends and associates of George, but also by a photographic feast. No expense has been spared to bring the reader the very best in motor racing photography from the masters of the art – 50 images by Klemantaski, 50 by Geoffrey Goddard, 30 by Guy Griffiths, and many others by Rodolfo Mailander and other fine photographers of the day.

George Abecassis was one of the last of the amateur drivers whose experience and dedication to the sport made him a semi-professional, and whose successes and efforts both before and after the War made him a household name. His accomplished and courageous driving of his own cars, such as Altas and Bugattis, and in the Aston Martin, HWM and Austin Healey teams, made him an important figure in British racing in its own right.

Hardback in excellent condition throughout.

Additional information

Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 30 × 23 × 3 cm