I’m sure you’ll agree, no self-respecting petrolhead is truly worth their oil-caked soul unless their bookcase is straining with hardbound volumes of manufacturer/driver/vehicular biographies, photographic odysseys and dated car magazines. And let’s not forget the customary coffee table book either.
In this regard, Palawan (the British publishing outfit, not the island resort in the Philippines just FYI) has got the right idea. Take Racers, for example, a whopping 432 page odyssey detailing motorsport in the fifties, sixties and seventies through 300 photos and the memories of those who lived it.
The rose-tinted spectacles won’t get much downtime, since the volume in particular spotlights the racers of the breed, rather than drivers who were financially motivated.
You’ll find similar tales of by-gone days in Sixties Motor Racing, a chronicle of the decade intercut with behind the scenes stories and character development of the Stewarts, Hills and Clarks of the time. Let’s not forget exclusive photography too.
And for those of you who still have questions to pose on the Mercedes 300SL, you could check out Gullwing, a 400+ page march through the development, production, sale and rise to infamy of the aforementioned silver arrow. Spend an extra $310 and you could get yourself the two-volume Owner’s Edition.
Ah yes, an EXTRA $310. Don’t expect much change from your $600 for any of these limited edition volumes. Treat yourself by going for the leather-bound five book Sixties slipcase, for example, and you’ll be forking over the best part of two grand.
Sometimes straining the bookshelf requires straining the purse strings too.