BOOK RE­VIEW The Art Of Win­ning Race Car De­sign Icon Pub­lish­ing RRP: £24.95 Bob Ri­ley with Jonathan In­gram


Motor Sport News - - Karting - In­ver­ness, Scot­land

Most re­cently known for the Ri­ley and Scott sportscars that have been highly suc­cess­ful in US rac­ing, Bob Ri­ley has a ca­reer that stretches back al­most six decades.

His route through mo­tor­sport has taken him from hot rods, though Indy-bred ma­chines, the mighty Le Mans Fords, GT cars, NASCARS, Sprint Cars and in to the sportscar world.

While there is plenty of de­tail to keep the hard­ened tech­ni­cal brains in­ter­ested enough, the de­tail that is con­tained within is wide rang­ing. Not only does Ri­ley talk about the ma­chines them­selves, there are in­ter­est­ing in­sights into the many of the driv­ers, the teams and the col­leagues he has worked with over the last 60 sea­sons – Ri­ley is still work­ing de­spite the fact he is well be­yond his 80th birth­day.

Given the sub­ject mat­ter, to truly en­joy the tome then the reader needs to have a pretty strong work­ing grasp of the Amer­i­can rac­ing scene.

If you have that, then you will find this book fas­ci­nat­ing.

Through­out the book, it is

in­ter­spersed with mem­o­ries from some of those who have worked with Ri­ley and sam­pled some of his ma­chines.

It adds a lot of colour be­hind the heavy tech­ni­cal de­tail and gives an in­sight into a hum­ble and pas­sion­ate man.

There is only one mi­nor crit­i­cism: strangely, given the ti­tle of the book, the main im­age on the front page is of the man Ri­ley him­self. Surely one of his most iconic de­signs in full flight would have been more ap­pro­pri­ate? Yes, they are on the rear of the dust cover, but there are some mouth wa­ter­ing chas­sis there.

That is a very mi­nor quib­ble over an oth­er­wise ex­cel­lent work and an in­sight into a man who is part of the mo­tor rac­ing fab­ric but maybe one who has flown be­neath the radar un­til now.

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