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Automobile Year

2011/12: No. 59

By Serge Bellu (Edited by)

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Format: Hardback, 304 pages
Other Information: Full colour photographs
Published In: France, 01 December 2011
As in previous editions, Automobile Year 59 will be divided into three main subject areas: Industry, Motorsport and Culture. Each of these three areas includes exhaustive coverage of the events that punctuated the year, together with an overall assessment of ther collective significance. The Industry section is divided into three chapters: Economics (a study of the major world markets especially including the new emerging countries such as Russia or Brazil), Production (the principal new developments presented in 2011 and an assessment of technological trends) and Design (an extensive selection of concept cars and an assessment of trends). The Motorsport section has been expanded and now has five chapters: Formula 1, Endurance, Rallying, Touring Cars and American Racing Events. Each chapter includes an analysis of the main contenders, a report of each race with results, and a review of the season. This section has been completed with a review of other race events including: the single-seat formulae, the super GT, the IRC Championship, the Dakar and other rally-raids, the German DTM Championship. The Culture section is divided into two chapters: Art (mutual influences between cars and other art forms) and Heritage (collector's market, historic races, concours d'elegance, etc.)

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The editorial team is made up of leading international specialists selected on the basis of ther subject knowledge and quality of writing.


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.

EAN: 9782726895818
ISBN: 2726895816
Publisher: ETAI
Dimensions: 31 x 23.5 centimetres (1.60 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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