In 1962, photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch had his first motorsports experience - the 1000 km at the Nürburgring - and that was the starting shot for a lifelong passion for both Porsche and racing that burns to this day.
This breathtaking coffee table book begins in 1963 and takes you to another time and another world. They take you on a journey through the history of Porsche endurance racing, from Le Mans to Monza, through the Targa Florio and Spa-Francorchamps. And with his own words accompanying the photographs, Schlegelmilch shows and tells fascinating stories from the racetrack.
Of course the cars are the heroes of this book - there is a genuine love of Porsche cars in these pages, a real admiration in photographs for every evolution of the legendary designs. From the purpose-built prototypes of the mid-1960s - the 550, 718, RS and RSK models - followed by the more powerful 907 and 908, to perhaps the most iconic race car designs of all time, the 917, the 962 and, of course, the timeless 911. This is Schlegelmilch's love letter in pictures to his own "Porsche Racing Moments."
He pays tribute to each with his unique zooming technique, which transforms the motion and phenomenal speed of the race cars into a totally absorbing and almost dizzying feast of depth and energy. Whether in black and white or color, it's as if you can feel the rush of air on your face as the cars race by.
But while this book is perfect for anyone who lives and breathes Porsche, there is more to it than just the cars. From the photographs of experienced teams to the drivers deep in conversation, from the greasy hands of mechanics tinkering under the hood to the smeared and cracked track, Schlegelmilch takes you into the real racing world, behind the glamour and into the dusty, oil-scented universe of motorsports.
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Title: Porsche Racing Moments
Author: Rainer W. Schlegelmilch
Size: 344 x 408 mm
Size: 356 pages
Weight: 5.8 kg