(English and German) The book covers the evolution of the 718 (1958-'1962) from the firm''s first purpose-built race car--'the 550-- 'and its metamorphosis from road-legal sports car with two seats and steering wheel on the left to single-seater racecar (the 718/2) specifically created for F2 and its subsequent evolution into the 804 for F1. In terms of engineering this is an interesting chapter in Porsche history and there is much to discover here. From design considerations to rule changes and from building to driving to servicing the cars, a complete picture of Porsche''s foray into this new and untried endeavor emerges. The technical aspects are seamlessly interwoven with the overall story of commerce and company philosophy, people and events. The largest portion of the book, some 80 pages, covers the races. Various sidebars contain information peripheral to the main story; one of them lists the 38 men and 1 woman who fielded these cars.
The story is told in an engaging, almost conversational style. This is especially true of the German version, presumably the original, which is brimming with the sort of colorful figures of speech and colloquialisms so particular to the German language. One of the main authors did the translation himself and while a British editor went over the text, there are certain peculiarities in the English version that are puzzling. One example: when p. 24 says that "'Dusio''s business went into administration'" it is only the context of the story that helps us figure out they must be talking about '"receivership".'
The period photos are a main draw of the book. There are many, often quite large, from a variety of sources, and all very well reproduced on excellent paper. Many are also new to the record. The photo captions are quite detailed, identifying people, cars, and locations. Almost 20 pages of statistics covers in satisfying detail the 1957'-1964 seasons.
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