Michael Shoen's "The
Cobra-Ferrari Wars 1963-1965"
This is an unbelievably
good book. In it Shoen tells the full story, in detail (and with
LOTS of great photos!) of Carroll Shelby's Cobra Team's efforts to defeat
Ferrari and win the World Manufacturer's Championship in the pivotal years
For newbies just now learning about the
great years of American road racing, this book is a worthy educational
tool. A neophyte can become familiar with the cars, the drivers,
the great races, and more. For the already up-to-speed, the level
of detail found here, especially on the little-known minor European events,
will broaden and deepen the reader's knowledge base.
We learn about the Shelby's Cobras little-known
campaign to win the classic European hillclimbs: in Bob Bondurant's
Cobra Daytona coupes in fender-to-fender
battles with Ferrari GTOs! Learn about every dramatic race, from
the three-hour "Daytona Continental" on Feb. 17, 1963 to the Cobra team's
last great run at the thoroughly obscure "Coppa Citta' di Enna 500km" on
August 15, 1965. All are covered in depth.
|From "The Cobra-Ferrari Wars 1963-1965"
"Enna was one of those conclusions to
a way of life that you cannot imagine will ever end, but when it does,
you cannot admit that it has -- the book closed and the characters forever
in the past."
From Michael Shoen: "I have agreed
to do a second edition only because advances in digital scan technology
now make a high-quality copy possible, based upon a mint-original first
edition. For this technology and for re-typesetting the entire text, I
thank Walter Kellner, who did the color separations in the first edition.
Because of the inevitable degradation of second-generation visuals, I have
priced this second edition at one-half the inflation adjusted price of
the original. This second edition incorporates minor text corrections on
40 pages. For many of these, I credit Willem Oosthoek, a careful and knowledgeable
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