Friday, 24 May 2013


Photo courtesy Pete Austin.

Roy Smith, the author of Amédée Gordini - a true racing legend, published by Veloce, is pictured here presenting Sir Stirling Moss with a personal copy of his book. Sir Stirling, who started his racing career in 1948, was to race many times against the Gordinis in the 1950s, sometimes being beaten by and sometimes beating the Gordinis. Later, when Stirling went on to race for the mighty Mercedes team, Amédée Gordini was among many other contestants to come under great pressure as the Mercedes W196 Streamliners effectively put an end to the era of make and mend racers. Sir Stirling, as we know, is one of the greatest drivers to grace the sport and Smith was honoured that he agreed to write a foreward for his book along with his old friend Froilan Gonzalez from Argentina who actually drove for Gordini in 1950.

Amédée Gordini – a true racing legend
By Roy Smith.

This is the story of a man, a team, and their life and times, as well as a complete record of all their achievements and failures. It logs the financial and personal cost of racing in the prewar and postwar periods. It tells of how the mighty car company Renault became involved with them in the late 1950s, and how Amedee Gordini became known throughout the world as one of the greatest engine tuners of his time. More info.

Independent reviews

'Book of the month' - Classic & Sports Car, May 2013.

'Book of the month' - Motorbooks (London bookshop), May 2013.

'The wealth of information here is staggering, and the race-by-race summary is particularly welcome' - Octane, May 2013.

'Utterly absorbing' - Classic Cars, May 2013.

'Gordini's endless enthusiasm and prolific output make for an involving tale.' – MotorSport, June 2013

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