KEEP YOUR COOL

Mick Walsh Pub­lished 2018 by Porter Press, which sup­plied the re­view copy ISBN 978-1-907085-44-4 Re­viewed by Mark Hol­man

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

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For the 12th in the ac­claimed Great Cars se­ries of books, Porter Press has re­turned to the 1930s to se­lect an Alfa Romeo Monza with a long and dis­tin­guished his­tory.

This par­tic­u­lar car was the first Monza to be sold to the UK, bought in 1933 by the wealthy builder and de­vel­oper Noel Rees for Hon Brian Lewis to drive. It won a race at Brook­lands just days af­ter ar­riv­ing in the coun­try! How­ever, the model’s name harks back to the vic­tory achieved by the Alfa 8C of Tazio Nu­volari and Giuseppe Cam­pari in the Ital­ian Grand Prix at Monza in 1931.

As you would ex­pect from this wellestab­lished se­ries of books, the 8C’s de­vel­op­ment, its com­pe­ti­tion his­tory, and the key per­son­nel are given thor­ough cov­er­age be­fore the book fo­cuses on the spe­cific ex­am­ple, chas­sis num­ber 2211130. Those were the heroic days of ten-hour Grand Prix races as well as the rigours of the Targa Flo­rio.

On the Isle of Man, Ire­land, and Eng­land, this Monza achieved plenty of suc­cess. Ev­ery one of its races is cov­ered; the range and qual­ity of the pho­to­graphs are a par­tic­u­lar de­light of the book, whether taken at the wide-open spa­ces of Brook­lands, or the nar­row streets of Dou­glas or Lim­er­ick.

Later own­ers in­cluded land-speed record­holder John Cobb, An­thony Powys-lybbe, and the young Por­tuguese racer Luis Fontes, who found much suc­cess with the Monza, and also won Le Mans in a Lagonda. How­ever, his off-track an­tics be­came such that he was im­pris­oned for danger­ous driv­ing …

This won­der­ful book con­tin­ues to fol­low the car’s ca­reer to the present day. It raced on for a while post-war and later be­came a his­toric rac­ing favourite in the hands of driv­ers such as Pa­trick Lind­say and Alain de Cadenet, who I re­call driv­ing a Con­naught at the first Welling­ton street race meet­ing. Now in the en­thu­si­as­tic hands of Bri­tish owner Rod­er­ick Jack, 2211130 looks re­splen­dent in green and is ex­actly the type of car that de­serves to have such a book writ­ten about it!

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