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Cooper Cars (World Champions)

Tekijä: Doug Nye

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No stone was left unturned in researching this book. This incredibly comprehensive work includes many items from John Cooper's personal records and photo albums, the company's chassis books, as well as 300-plus black-and-white photos and 16 color images. Further unique archival material comes from many of those involved in building the cars and the cars' subsequent owners. Unquestionably regarded as the benchmark work on Cooper, the cars so significant in the development of postwar racing car design.Originally published in 1983 ISBN 1-85532-919-0 Winner of the Montagu Trophy and the Pierre Dreyfus Award… (lisätietoja)
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If you're interested in the rise of British dominance in Formula 1 racing, you could do a lot worse than this in-depth accounting of Cooper. They were basically the first of the small British firms that Enzo Ferrari dismissed as "garagistes," and who turned inspiration, clever engineering, and sheer hard work, into something that looked like dominance in the 1960s and until the late 1970s. The less-than-hardcore may find that Nye gets lost in the weeds of accounting for each racing reason, but at least one can enjoy this book on the relative cheap (unlike Nye's books on BRM!). ( )
  Shrike58 | Nov 4, 2022 |
detailed history; race and road cars.; motor racing; Moni-Coopers; race results.
  FawknerMotoring | Jul 17, 2021 |
From the cover:
Charles Cooper and his son John would found the Cooper Car Company Ltd. to build a long and fast-developing series of racing and sports cars. The new concern grew rapidly, and by modern standards it was incredible efficient. Even during its most prolific years of worldwide sales and race success, its staff seldom exceeded 35 and was generally fewer than 30. Cooper cars were exported to all parts of the world. they were uses by all but on of that great Fifties crop of front-line British racing drivers in their formative years. Cooper Cars became the world's largest manufacturer of pure-bred racing cars, and in 1959-60 they achieved they ultimate success in twice becoming Formula 1 Champions of the World. ( )
  j.olivenca | Apr 7, 2012 |
This would have to be considered the definite work on the history of Cooper, as a constructor and also as a race team. It is a very sizable book and while it is well illustrated it also is quite detailed. Definitely not a coffee table book. Cooper Cars (the constructor) started off after world war 2 in a minor 500cc formula by welding together the wrecked rear ends of two Fiats, fabricating the bodywork and ended up with a superbly fast race car. From a small garage operation, Cooper expanded and by the late fifties was a major player in Formula 1 racing and also branched out into sports car and rallying. After the death of founder and owner Charles Cooper in 1964, son John struggled to manage the factory and the works team but eventually sold the business. In less than two decades Cooper had gone from a corner garage to one of the most revered marques in auto racing.

The author, Doug Nye, is one of the best automotive writers and this is one of his best works. The book touches upon the people and events, but also delves substantially into the design and construction of the cars. The photographs are excellent, including many candid shots of obscure but interesting events. The book not only deals in great depth with the grand prix and lesser formula race cars but also thoroughly explore's Cooper's other efforts, including several sports cars, some of which developed into successful race entries. Nye also relates the story of Cooper's entry into top rung of American motorsports, the Indy 500. Additionally there is a chapter devoted to Cooper's association with the British Motor Corporation's Mini, which turned a small economy sedan into an iconic symbol known all over the world.

Nye's writing style is informal and he obviously enjoys relating the small personal anecdotes he gathered over dozens of interviews. At times the relating of the events of each racing season become somewhat laborious, but Nye's intend is to give a thorough history of Cooper and so he includes all of the details of things Cooper.

Most heartily recommended for those with an interest in motor racing. Other may find the book a bit too challenging, but perhaps might be worth giving a try. ( )
  jztemple | Jul 23, 2008 |
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No stone was left unturned in researching this book. This incredibly comprehensive work includes many items from John Cooper's personal records and photo albums, the company's chassis books, as well as 300-plus black-and-white photos and 16 color images. Further unique archival material comes from many of those involved in building the cars and the cars' subsequent owners. Unquestionably regarded as the benchmark work on Cooper, the cars so significant in the development of postwar racing car design.Originally published in 1983 ISBN 1-85532-919-0 Winner of the Montagu Trophy and the Pierre Dreyfus Award

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