As one of the pre-eminent Grand Prix photographers of the World Championship era Rainer Schlegelmilch has been fortunate to witness many of the most memorable races oin Formula 1® history. This mighty tome shows that his good fortune extends beyond the Grand Prix circuits: he was also on hand to see and photograph a golden decade of Sportscar racing.
His superlative skill with the lens captured the greatest names of the day (and some arguably of all time) in action at the most important and prestigious races.
Some of the drivers were global stars. Think of Ickx, Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Mario Andretti and Clay Regazzoni - after all, this was an era where drivers drove what they were asked to drive.
Some were more specialist sportscar racers who built reputations for being able to handle powerful cars on the limits with few driver aids for hour after hour, often on appallingly rough surfaces compared to today's circuits. Legends of the sport like Vic Elford, Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodriguez.
The names of the races are just as evocative as those of the drivers: Targa Florio, Le Mans, Nürburgring 1000kms, Can-Am Challenge Cup...
This is an incredible testament to a vanished era where the romance of the early days of gentleman racers and national pride had not yet quite been replaced by the need to keep sponsors happy, but the drive to win and succeed is every bit as evident as it is in any sporting competition.
The photographs in this 540 page book are packed with fascinating detail that will have you flicking through the pages time and again.