Wednesday, 21 July 2010

THE SECRETS BEHIND THOSE UNLIKELY RALLY VICTORIES!




Saab 96 & V4 (Rally Giants Series)
By Graham Robson

The front-wheel-drive Saab 96 made the brand into a rally icon in the 1960s. It succeeded in events as diverse as the Monte Carlo, Britain's RAC Rally, special stage events in every Scandinavian country, and the rough-and-tough Spa-Sofia-Liége marathon. This new book from Veloce Publishing's Rally Giants series tells for the first time the behind the scenes story of Saab's success. It describes how the big change came in 1967, when the 96 became the V4 and how works cars continued to be competitive in carefully chosen events for many years, and when they became outdated, the V4's successors – the much larger and more powerful 99 and 99 Turbo types – proved that Saab wasn’t done with rallying yet. With over 100 colour and mono photographs, many previously unpublished, this is an important and entertaining account of how more than any other car of its era, the Saab 96 and V4 models proved that front-wheel-drive allied to true superstar driving could produce victory where no-one expected it. Saab 96 & V4 by Graham Robson is available now from bookshops or www.velocebooks.com.

INDEPENDENT REVIEWS
"There's plenty of gen on the characterful Trollhättan saloons and those that made them great." – Octane
"The campaign stories are illustrated with plenty of action photography and the work is worthy of a place on any Saab or rally enthusiast's bookshelf." – Classic Cars
"Graham Robson is to be congratulated on an excellent publication – this book is definitely one for every Saab enthusiast's bookshelf." – Saab Driver
"This book features excellent photos throughout, an entertaining text and some wonderful anecdotes – it's a very worthy addition to your rallying library." – New Zealand Classic Car

• Full detailed history of the Saab 96 & V4's rally career
• Complete story of concept, design and development
• Unrivalled coverage of people and influences behind the cars
• Step-by-step account of technical evolution
• Description of cars: why, how and when evolved
• Details of principal people involved
• Packed with colour pictures
• Comparison with rivals
• Complete listing of important successes
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