The Per­fect Car

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Few rac­ing-car de­sign­ers have had the in­flu­ence of John Barnard (see p122). From Lola and Cha­parral to Mclaren, Fer­rari and beyond, his long and var­ied ca­reer pro­vides rich pick­ings for au­thor Nick Skeens, who worked closely with Barnard to pro­duce this fas­ci­nat­ing bi­og­ra­phy. There’s no dumb­ing down of com­plex is­sues, but at all times this re­mains a highly read­able ac­count that doesn’t shy away from re­flect­ing Barnard’s of­ten-prickly char­ac­ter. Skeens has in­ter­viewed all the key play­ers from the de­signer’s life and ca­reer, in­clud­ing Ron Den­nis – in some­thing of a coup, the book con­cludes with the two men re­unit­ing for a tour of Mclaren. Iron­i­cally, the de­sign is some­what ba­sic, but it’s in-depth, en­ter­tain­ing and def­i­nitely rec­om­mended. JP

£40 Nick Skeens, Evro Pub­lish­ing. ISBN 978 1 910505 27 4

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