By: Laurence Meredith .
From the company's earliest days in the 1930s, the book gives a brief history of the glorious Auto-Union Grand Prix cars designed by Prof Porsche before detailing the miseries and triumphs of the company in the aftermath of war. Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, Porsche struggled to survive, but unshakeable faith in the design of the 356 led to success in both circuit racing and rallying. The majority of rallying successes during the 1950s were largely achieved by privateers, without help from the factory. Ferry Porsche in particular considered it more important to build racing cars for circuit events, while wealthy enthusiasts clearly enjoyed proving the true versatility of these VW-derived cars by using them in international rallying. With the advent of the 911 in 1964, Porsche had produced a car with the potential to win sporting events at all levels, but it took until 1967 for this to be demonstrated. With its superior traction on slippery surfaces the 911 would go on to win the Monte Carlo Rally, and other significant international events, many times, while at the same time taking class honours in the Targa Florio, Le Mans 24 Hours and other great classics. In the 1970s, when it seemed that more sophisticated rivals would bury the 911's rallying career for ever, the car made several comebacks, even winning the Paris-Dakar Raid in the 1980s. The 911's sporting record speaks for itself, and demonstrates that the car designed by Butzi Porsche - work began on the project as early as 1959 - is the finest and most versatile of all sports cars.
Meredith's book is written with affection, appreciation and authority - and criticism where it is due - and will make an invaluable addition to any rallying or Porsche enthusiast's library.
- Authoritative and easy-to-read text
- Exciting and action-packed photographs from Porsche's archive
- Technical discussion of the cars in detail
- Wide base that includes discussion of Porsche's competitors
- Criticism of the cars form contemporary journalists
- Characters and personalities involved with each project are given full credit
- The story is complete and includes lesser-known personalities and their efforts in Porsches
- Packed with thought-invoking nostalgia
- Fully indexed
- Will appeal to Porsche enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic