Maserati Tipo 60 and
61: The Magnificent Front-engined Birdcages
Written by Willem Oosthoek and Michel
book tells the whole story. Every detail of the histories of
each of these fascinating cars and the drivers who made history with them
can be found here. Oosthoek and Bollée's new book supercedes
Joel Finn's fine (in its day) work from 1980, as "updates, corrections,
and further elaboration" are available now, 29 years later.
Since this website is West Coast-centric
our readers will be most interested in learning about the California cars.
In Southern California, the story of Bill Krause's Birdcage rides in #2469
and #2452 is unraveled once and
for all, as is the earlier history of #2452
in its Joe Lubin/Bob Drake/Stan Sugarman/Jim Connor days.
Up in Northern California, we learn everything
about Chuck Sargent's very successful campaigns
with the ex-Bill Krause #2469;
victories in the ex-Jim Hall #2463, and how Dan Prades, who bought #2463
from Parsons, departed on an extended world sailboat cruise and left the
car behind for his mother to sell. The previously obscure history
of the 2-liter Tipo 60, #2462, owned and driven in NorCal by Dan
von Hermann, then Jay Naismuth, then Ron Dykes, is told here in detail
for the first time.
And that level of scrutiny applies to
all the cars: Everywhere.
Curious about CAMORADI's efforts in Europe
and major events elsewhere? How about the East Coast cars, including
the Cunningham team? The Midwestern cars? The many cars raced/based
in Texas? New to me and fascinating was the full story of the Italian
Tipo 60s, the most successful of all the Birdcages. They competed
in European and Italian hillclimb championships and were unbeatable in
1960-61 and contenders in the Italian events as late as 1967.
It's all in Oosthoek and Bollée's
enormous book, and there's much more. "Part 1 of the book covers
each individual year, divided in segments on World Championship, North
American and European events. Part 2 portrays the individual race
history of each chassis number, as well as the owner sequence over the
years. At the end of the book each driver is linked to the specific
chassis number[s] of the Birdcages in which he competed".
The book is essential to serious students
of sports car racing in the early 1960s and is a worthy addition to the
collection of any enthusiast.
Publishers: Dalton Watson Fine
Books Price: US$150/£95
Orders: The book may be purchased
from automotive book retailers
or from www.daltonwatson.com
From the author: "If U.S. buyers
are interested in obtaining an autographed copy at the same price, please
contact Willem Oosthoek at email@example.com."
For further information please visit
Dalton Watson Fine Books, Deerfield,
Illinois 60015, USA
Telephone (1) 847-945-0568
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