The Racing Driver - Denis JenkinsonLondon: B. T. Batsford, 1958, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, with a clumsy tape repair to the lower panel. Leans slightly. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams;
From the cover: “What attributes are necessary, both physiological and mental, for successful Grand Prix drivers? What are the techniques which they employ when cornering a racing car on — or over — the “limit” while attempting a lap record? What action do they take to avoid an impending accident and how do they react if their efforts are unsuccessful?
These questions and many more are answered in this analysis of the Racing Driver. Denis Jenkinson is exceptionally well-qualified to write on the subject, as he has spent the last 11 years with the “Continental Circus” — first as a professional racing motor-cyclist, then ‘as World Champion sidecar passenger and finally with the Grand Prix car drivers, as Continental Correspondent of Motor Sport. He describes what a racing driver does and why, including many tricks-of-the-trade, and then explains the varying handling characteristics of racing cars and how the top drivers exploit them under different cornering conditions. The theoretical and technical information is happily mingled with many illustrative and amusing reminiscences from the author’s personal experiences as racing passenger to Eric Oliver and Stirling Moss, and from his vast “eye-witness” knowledge of motor racing in general. The 35 photographs and diagrams provide visual examples and clarification of many points dealt with in the text.
For the reader who wishes to know how Juan Fangio, Tony Brooks, Mike Hawthorn, Jean Behra and the rest, drive at high speeds, and why he cannot drive like them — or how, perhaps, he might — Denis Jenkinson has provided the answers.”