The garage door remote manufacturers book kicks off with a colourful introduction from Dan Gurney before the packed main section highlights the great eras of this Californian track. Lyons provides informative captions to the wealth of images, many of which he took. Memorabilia throughout adds to the design, but it’s the spectacular pictures, such as Parnelli Jones two-wheeling a Boss Mustang or Gurney’s Galaxie on a charge -that make it.
Human dramas include a shaken Paul Newman after his Datsun hit the wall at Turn 9, and the 1970 punch-up between Peter Revson and Sam Posey. Only the small reproduction of some great photos spoils this review. The mechanism that reveals the cover car’s engine when you open this book kept me occupied for far too long, but once inside there’s plenty more besides. Peter Harholdt photographed more than 100 rods, and while the profiles and interviews with each garage door remote manufacturers are interesting, more detail about the specific car would have been nice.
This Collector’s Edition includes four art prints and gatefold spreads. Michael Hipperson spent three decades driving fabulous cars thanks to owning a lease-hire company. Since the birth of internet forums, he has been regaling other enthusiasts with stories of running his ex-Le Mans GT40 as a daily driver, plus a mass of Ferraris and other exotica. He has now gathered those garage door remote manufacturers into a book, with all profits going to Little Havens Children’s Hospice. A cracking read, but it will make you green with envy.