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Automobile Year: No. 59

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For nearly 60 years, one book has become the authoritative standard in summing up all things in the world of the automobile in the past year, and looks forward to the next and beyond. This year a further volume to add to the other 58 is a 300 page precis of 2011 in the motoring world, from economics, car production, design, motorsport, art and culture. Some books which deal with these topics can appear bland and for reference only, whilst indeed The Automobile Year has become an industry reference book of where we are or were in any particular year motoring wise since 1953, it is also a book for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast. The Automobile Yearbook starts with a diary of the most important events of 2011, prior to taking a look at the motoring industry itself. The next section looks, on a world-wide basis, at all markets, new cars launched and new concepts in both technology and design. From my point of view it's the motorsport section which appeals as a brief but in depth look at the major motor racing championships, over half of the book is taken to appraise these. Formula One, Endurance Racing, Rallying, Touring Cars and major American racing series (Indycar, NASCAR and Grand Am) are all given quality examinations. Lastly, in the Heritage section, there's a look back to 1961 with period photos and artwork to enhance the content, as well as a look at the 2011 Goodwood Revival, that 'Magical step back in time' which has become such a world-wide event. Whilst there is no index, it is not really needed as the format and layout is particularly sympathetic to the reader with good photos, graphics, and fonts. It is a weighty tome, but one has to expect this one downside to what overall is a quality publication.

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