WINNING BY ADIL JAL DARUKHANAWALA `4,500 (hardcover) amazon.in
Winning. That’s what they do,
Mercedes-Benz. If you ask someone about Mercedes-Benz’s dominance over motorsport, you’d most likely be pointed towards their recent dominance over Formula 1. Because they’ve been winning. Consistently. But Mercedes-Benz’s dominance over the sport of motor racing stretches way, way back — back to the days of the first horseless carriages.
And this is precisely what Adil Jal Darukhanawala has chronicled in his book titled ‘Winning’. It takes you back to the inception of the motorcar, and traces the history of Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie and their tryst with motorsport. The book is overflowing with information, but what really makes it special are the photographs that Adil has managed to collate and caption. The book features over 970 images and each one has a story behind it. This visual connect really gets you engrossed in the book — being able to look at the cars, the people that created them and raced them, being able to look at them go through their highs and lows is so much better than simply reading about it. The book is so well put together, that you do not necessarily have to read it in chronological order — open any page and you will be treated to tremendous photographs with their backstories, that can be enjoyed as standalone anecdotes. But if you do go through it chronologically, you will notice how much today’s cars owe to motorsport of the past.
Motorsport aside, what makes this book really relevant to the Indian reader is the second part of this book. Adil has traced the roots of Benz & Cie's involvement in India all the way back to 1897! Did you know that Daimler and Hindustan Motors nearly came together in 1950 to produce trucks? But that didn't work out and they tied up with Tata instead. There isn't a single resource which can give you such a detailed history about the threepointed star’s involvement in our country. And this makes it a must-have for every budding auto enthusiast’s library.