Le Mans: 1980–89
Le Mans: 1980–89

Le Mans: 1980–89

The official history of the world's greatest motor race

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Author Quentin Spurring
ISBN: 9780992820930

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This was the decade when the Le Mans 24 Hours really began to rock. Already established as a world-class event, the ACO’s annual race scaled new heights during the 1980s, a time of spectacular transformation in top-flight sports car racing. The 1980 event was uniquely won by Jean Rondeau, a Le Mans resident, with a car of his own manufacture. After seven impressive Porsche successes, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, both returning to motorsport after long absences, won in 1988 and 1989. By the end of the decade, Le Mans was contested by Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche and Toyota.

• Official status provides a number of unique features, including the reproduction of the full-colour race poster artwork for each year and photographs from the ACO’s archives.

• The images are entirely in colour, and the emphasis is on photographs that enthusiasts will not have seen before.

• The story of each race is told through photographs and an accompanying commentary.

• Complete data for each year includes technical regulations, entry list, circuit changes (with diagram), lap chart, full results and category awards.

• The whole work is beautifully designed and presented.

Format: 280 x 230mm
Jacketed hardback
Page extent: 384pp, colour throughout
Illustration: 450 photographs, mainly colour

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Quentin Spurring
Quentin Spurring entered motorsport journalism on the editorial team of Autosport in 1966. He became the weekly magazine’s deputy editor but left in 1970 to try his hand as a freelance, also serving two years as the media officer of the British Automobile Racing Club and the editor of its monthly publication.

He was the launch editor of Competition Car magazine in 1972–74, and the press officer of Graham Hill’s Formula 1 team in 1975. He returned to Autosport in 1976 as its editor, and served in this capacity or as its executive editor until 1988.

Customer Reviews

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Hartwig Rietz
Le Mans 1980-89 by Quentin Spurring

The 80s were a wonderful decade of racing at Le Mans with glory and drama, on a track that could have been taken from the McQueen movie and that includes the pits. What an atmosphere there was in those halcyon days. This book brings them back, year by year in so many details with so many pictures. But first and foremost this book is readable and enjoyable. The author divides every year of that decade into different topics e. g. "A Pale Imitation" which was the last hoorah of a Porsche 917 in 1981. Of course you also learn in detail about qualifying and race including all stats necessary, about teams and their respective performances, etc..
I picked one year at a time and felt back at the track where I watched those mighty Porsche 935s with glowing exhausts and beautiful sounding Ferrari 512 LM with that 12 cylinder engine under perspex.
I might be biased, this book is a clear recommendation though.

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