TWR & Jaguar’s V12 Pro­to­type Sports Cars

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As a boy, Jaguar V12 Race Cars by Ian Bam­sey and Joe Saward was a favourite, so I’ve looked for­ward to this ar­rival. It doesn’t dis­ap­point: au­thor Scott is the ul­ti­mate au­thor­ity on Tom Walkin­shaw Rac­ing, hav­ing been the firm’s En­gine De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, and his third book on TWR con­cen­trates on the for­ma­tion, de­vel­op­ment and re­sults of the sports-rac­ing pro­gramme that ul­ti­mately led to wins at Le Mans in 1988 and 1990.

From fore­words by Martin Brun­dle and Jan Lam­mers to the in­di­vid­ual chas­sis his­to­ries, it is an ex­haus­tive record – per­haps a bit much for those with only a pass­ing in­ter­est, though there are gems through­out such as the early his­tory of TWR, and the cus­tomer list for the XJR-15 rac­ers. The only dis­ap­point­ment in com­par­i­son with my child­hood favourite is the way it looks: it’s prac­ti­cal rather than se­duc­tive, with min­i­mal im­agery. But if V12 Jags are your thing, you’ll be too ab­sorbed to mind. AC £49.99 Al­lan Scott, ASM. ISBN 978 0 473 44255 2 (via www.chaters.co.uk)

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